As a homeowner, obtaining a good home insurance policy that protects your home and family is one of the essential costs of purchasing a home. But if you own a condo, there may be additional considerations in selecting a home insurance policy that is right for you. Here is a breakdown of the coverage you need as a condo owner and some tips on finding the right policy.
Since the actual property ownership of condos includes private and shared property, condo insurance must cover both. In the case of shared property, the major concern is liability insurance which will cover any damage caused by your negligence or an accident that would damage shared property or the property of another condo owner.
Condo Association Coverage
Another issue to consider is whether your Condo Association has blanket coverage that will protect you from damages that may be caused by other condo owners who do not have liability insurance or have limited coverage. Since condo owners pay fees that include several shared costs, such as property maintenance and some utilities, your Condo Association should offer insurance to protect you in these cases. If yours does not, you may want to check out ways to include it. In most cases, this shared coverage will cost each owner less than individual liability insurance and protect all condo owners.
Living in a gated community or secured building, like most condo complexes, may give you a false sense of security. If your condo insurance does not cover your unit's contents from theft and other damage, you could leave a huge gap in your coverage. Also, if you own valuable items such as jewelry or antiques, your content coverage may not protect the full value of these items, and a rider may be necessary.
A qualified insurance agent can give you all the information you'll need to keep your condo protected and keep you protected from liability. Give us a call today to discuss your insurance needs.