Home insurance can be confusing. Before you decide what coverage is right for you, you need to understand what it is, how it works and what the terms mean. We’ve put together some information to help answer those questions, so you’re prepared to get the coverage you need. Keep in mind, this information is not specific to COUNTRY Financial, and is only meant to provide a general overview of home insurance.1
Simply put, home insurance is protection. You pay your insurance company a premium (your bill) usually monthly, twice a year, or annually. That premium pays for your coverage for you, your home, and your belongings. The coverage is outlined in your insurance policy.
When you buy home insurance from a company, they’ll ask about you, your home, and all your belongings. Based on your answers, they’ll give you information to help you choose how much insurance protection you need if your home, and its contents, were completely destroyed. This makes up your policy, a document that outlines what your insurance company agrees to protect.
When something happens to your home or things, you file a claim with your insurance company. That’s how you ask for payment to help you repair or replace something that’s protected under your policy. If the claim is covered, your insurance company will pay for the damage or loss, after you pay your deductible. Your deductible is the amount of money you pay on your own before your insurance kicks in.
You get to decide up front. If you choose a low deductible, you’re taking on less risk, so your premium will go up. A higher deductible means more risk for you, and your bill goes down.
Unlike car insurance, you aren’t required by law to have home insurance. However, if you have a mortgage, your lender will probably require it to help protect their investment.
A standard home policy will usually cover damage or loss, caused by events like storms, fires or theft. Here’s what’s typically covered:
These are the standard items you’ll find in most home insurance policies, but what if you need more? Explore our coverages to learn about what we have to offer.
These are some events (sometimes called perils) commonly included in home coverage. Please note that this is not an inclusive list.
Most standard home policies do not include coverage for:
While this list doesn’t include everything that’s not covered under a home insurance policy, it gives you a pretty good start. You can usually purchase additional coverage for some of the items listed above.
It’s different for everyone. Just as factors like size and location affect the purchase price of a house; the cost of home insurance also varies based on things like:
COUNTRY Financial® is the marketing name for the COUNTRY Financial family of affiliated companies (collectively, COUNTRY), which include COUNTRY Life Insurance Company®, COUNTRY Mutual Insurance Company®, and their respective subsidiaries, located in Bloomington, Illinois.
1 Please refer to your policy for specific coverages and terms related to your insurance.
Home insurance policies issued by COUNTRY Mutual Insurance Company®, COUNTRY Preferred Insurance Company® and COUNTRY Casualty Insurance Company®, Bloomington, IL.