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Which type of property insurance do you need?
Types of Home Insurance
When shopping for property insurance in Milton, you must be aware of the different home policy types. There are several home insurance policies including home, condo, tenant and rented dwelling. Be sure to select the correct one, each one will have unique coverage that only applies to that risk. If you need help or are unsure, you should call an insurance broker.
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Milton Property Insurance
Milton, part of the Halton region was all farmlands not too long ago! It has expanded very quickly and is now home to many families.
Milton has become a very popular city especially for many families who are selling their Mississauga houses and upgrading to larger homes in Milton. Neighborhoods such as Bowes, Cobden and Old Milton have become very popular. With fair real-estate pricing and the many amenities the city has to offer, Milton is a perfect place to start a family! Hop on the 401 and you’ll be in Toronto in under an hour (unless there is an accident which is very common).
How Do Milton Home Insurance Prices Compare to Other cities?
Milton Home insurance prices will vary depending on many factors and there is no exact answer to this question. Factors such as age of the property, use, size, upgrades etc. will all impact the price. If there were prior claims on your property, many insurance companies may reject to offer insurance.
Generally, house insurance will be more expensive than a condo or tenant policy. This is because the potential loss is much higher if a claim were to occur on a house than a smaller condo. It’s also a lot more exposure to outside damage with houses.
FYI: When you are insuring a condo, you only own what’s inside the walls. When insuring a condo, you are primarily purchasing content coverage. For this reason, your condo policy may start at as little as $25 per month while a house can start at $50+ per month.
How do you get a quote?
To fully get peace of mind that you are covered, the best way is to speak to an insurance professional and do a review of your home.
1. Get all the details. We would first ask you questions about your home such as the size, age, build and address of the property. Is it rented out? Is it your primary home? Does the home have custom finishing or basic from the builder? Is the basement finished?
2. Create a replacement cost evaluator. This is one of the most important steps when correctly shopping around for insurance. When shopping multiple insurers you should be using the exact same replacement cost so that you are comparing apples to apples.
3. Decide which coverage and endorsements are required to to ensure the property is fully covered.
4. Using that same information, we then shop Canada’s largest insurance companies and see which provider offers the best rate.
Should I notify My insurance company if I'm renovating?
You should never do any renovations without notifying your home insurance company. If it is very basic renovations such as painting your walls, you should have no problems. However, if you are doing larger upgrades or structural changes, your standard homeowners policy may not cover you.
You will need a temporary Builders-Risk policy to fully cover you. Some property insurers offer that extension directly while others will require you to get a secondary Builders-Risk policy.
FYI: If you decide to upgrade your own and are looking for a General Contractor, be sure to ask if they are licensed and insured. This can save you a lot of trouble if something were to happen!
Additional Coverage (Floaters)
If you own expensive jewelry, you will want to add a jewelry floater to your home insurance policy. Most Home insurance policies come with standard jewelry coverage up to $1,000 per claim. If you own a $8,000 necklace, you will not be reimbursed for it under your standard coverage. You will need to have an appraisal and pictures of the jewelry and you will be charged the premium depending on the value of your piece. Insuring engagement rings is a very common item that is insured using floaters.
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Rented Home Insurance in Milton
Are you planning to rent out your home? Be sure to have the proper coverage to avoid insurance issues. Insurance companies are denying more claims every year.
The largest mistakes that many homeowners make is renting out their property without securing the correct type of coverage. If you currently own multiple properties and have insured them all as primary homes, your insurance policy may not cover your claim as this is considered misrepresentation.
With recent rules in the property insurance industry, most insurers want to have both the primary residence as well as any other rentals on the same policy. The Majority of insurance companies won’t offer a rental insurance quote if they do not have the primary residence.
If you are renting out the basement of your home or perhaps a room, be sure to notify your insurance company. Premiums are not high and usually do not require a second policy outside your primary homeowners policy.
When screening your future tenants, always request proper tenant insurance from all your tenants. This spreads the liability over to them as well and covers you in the event of your tenants negligence.
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Filip Ambroziak is a RIBO (Registered Insurance Broker of Ontario) and LLQP licensed broker operating in Ontario. After many successful years in the industry, he has created a client base covering a range of small to large businesses, builders risk policies, commercial and personal auto, rented dwellings, high worth homes, dealerships, contractors, lawyers, real estate brokerages, non-for-profits and many more.
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