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Home Owners

Coverage Options
Our home programs cover many kinds of properties and risks. Coverage options may differ by program.

  • Primary residences, seasonal and secondary homes

  • Condominiums

  • Renters programs

  • Older homes or lower in value

  • Homes with minor cosmetic conditions

  • Applicants with credit or loss issues

  • Applicants who have been declined, canceled or non-renewed by another insurance company

  • And more!

Your Independent Agent will help you determine what program is best suited for your home.

Property Coverage
Property insurance covers physical damage to your home, other detached structures or personal property. While no insurance policy covers everything, your policy should cover a wide range of possible damages or causes of loss. 1 Preferred Place has homeowners and dwelling fire owner-occupied programs that cover losses differently.

  • Comprehensive Coverage - Covers direct, sudden and accidental physical losses that aren't specifically excluded in your policy.

  • Named Peril coverage - Covers the perils (causes of damage such as fire, wind, hail, etc.) which are specifically named in your policy.

Liability Coverage
Liability insurance covers you if you're found legally responsible for a covered injury or property damage to someone who doesn't live in your home. It compensates injured persons for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and property damage, and if the coverage applies, legal counsel is furnished if you're sued.

Optional Coverage
1 Preferred Place offers important optional coverage that let you customize your policy. Some coverage may be subject to company approval. These are a few of the most popular coverage options:

  • Replacement Cost coverage on personal property

  • Additional coverage for jewelry, watches and furs

  • Business property and liability

  • High liability limits

Settlement Methods
Your settlement method depends on which 1 Preferred Place policy you choose and whether or not you purchase any optional endorsements.

  • Actual Cash Value. An ACV settlement is the cost to replace or repair your damaged property, with a deduction to reflect the age and condition of the damaged property.

  • Agreed Loss Settlement. An Agreed Loss settlement means that in the case of a covered total loss to the home, your settlement will be the Amount of Insurance listed on your Declarations Page, with no deductible on the coverage for your home, unless stated elsewhere in the policy.

  • Replacement Cost. Our policy with Replacement Cost settlement reflects the cost to repair or replace damaged items with new items at today's prices.

  • Extended Replacement Cost. For a covered loss, Extended Replacement Cost covers the cost to repair or replace your home when those costs exceed the amount of insurance stated in your policy, up to the limit stated in your policy.

Flood Coverage
If you'd like a flood policy through the National Flood Insurance Program, 1 Preferred Place's Flood Unit can help. Visit the Flood Insurance page for your no-obligation estimate.

Insuring expensive items with floaters/endorsements.

There may be limits on how much coverage you get for expensive items such as jewelry, silverware and furs. Generally, there is a limit on jewelry for $1,000 to $2,000. You should ask your agent or look it up in your policy. This information is in Section I, Personal Property, Special Limits of Liability. Insurance companies may also place a limit on what they'll pay for computers.

If the limits are too low, consider buying a special personal property floater or an endorsement. These allow you to insure these items individually or as a collection. With floaters and endorsements, there is no deductible. You are charged a premium based on what the item (or collection) is, where you live and its dollar value.

You can determine the value by providing your agent with a recent receipt or getting the item or collection appraised.

Additional living expenses after a disaster

This is a very important feature of a standard homeowners insurance policy. This pays the additional costs of temporarily living away from your home if you can't live in it due to a fire, severe storm or other insured disaster. It covers hotel bills, restaurant meals and other living expenses incurred while your home is being rebuilt.

Coverage for additional living expenses differs from company to company. Many policies provide coverage for about 20% of the insurance on your house. Some companies will even sell you a policy that provides you with an unlimited amount of loss of use coverage, for a limited amount of time.

If you rent out part of your house, this coverage also reimburses you for the rent that you would have collected from your tenant if your home had not been destroyed.

You should talk to your agent or company to make sure you know exactly how much coverage you have and how long the coverage will be in effect. In most cases, you can increase this coverage for an additional premium.

Liability to others

This part of your policy covers you against lawsuits for bodily injury or property damage that you or family members cause to other people. It also pays for damage caused by pets. It pays for both the cost of defending you in court and for any damages a court rules you must pay.

Generally, most homeowners insurance policies provide a minimum of $100,000 worth of liability insurance, but higher amounts are available. Increasingly, it is recommended that homeowners consider purchasing at least $300,000 to $500,000 worth of coverage of liability protection.

Umbrella or Excess Liability.

You should buy enough liability insurance to protect your assets. If you own property and or have investments and savings that are worth more than the liability limits in your policy, you may consider purchasing an excess liability or umbrella policy.

Umbrella or excess liability policies provide extra coverage. They start to pay after you have used up the liability insurance in your underlying home (or auto) policy. An umbrella policy is not part of your homeowners policy. You have to purchase it separately. In addition to providing a higher dollar amount, they offer broader coverage. You are covered for libel, slander, and invasion of privacy. These things are not covered under standard homeowners or auto policies.

The cost of an umbrella policy depends on how much underlying insurance you have and the kind of risk you represent. The greater the underlying liability coverage, the cheaper the policy. This is because you would be the less likely to need the additional insurance. Most companies will require a minimum of $300,000 on your home and your car, if you own one.