A standard homeowners insurance policy insures your home’s structure (house,) and your belongings in the event of a destructive event, such as a fire.
In addition, homeowner’s insurance policies are generally “package policies.” This means that the coverage includes not only damage to your property, but also your liability—that is, legal responsibility—for any injuries and property damage to others caused by you or members of your family (including your household pets).
All forms of home insurance also provide additional living expenses (ALE) coverage for the extra costs of living away from home if it is uninhabitable due to damage from an insured disaster.
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While homeowner’s insurance covers many types of disaster-related damage, there are exceptions. For example, flood insurance and earthquake insurance are both separate types of policies, which may be desirable depending on where you live.
Poor home maintenance often contributes to disasters or accidents. Maintenance-related problems are the homeowners’ responsibility, though there are niche insurance products on the market that may be available to protect against appliance wear and tear.