Snow and ice
Your home insurance protects you against damage caused by snow and freezing rain, but not in all cases. It all depends on the coverage you chose when you purchased your home insurance policy.
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However, for covered damage, your insurer will indemnify according to your policy coverage amount. He’ll also factor in the maximum coverage amount () when reimbursing certain categories of items.
Replacing destroyed or damaged items
First, your home insurer will have items cleaned if they can be cleaned and repair damaged items that can be repaired.
If items must be replaced, your insurer will replace them with new items of the same type and quality if you chose this settlement option when you purchased your policy. If not, your insurer will indemnify you based on their actual cash value.
Your insurer’s obligation
Your home insurer is required to return your belongings to the state they were in prior to the loss. A large branch weighed down by a heavy coat of snow and ice falls on the table of your patio set. Your insurer will only replace the damaged table, not the complete set.
Your insurer also has to pay you for the damage within 60 days of receiving your claim or any information or supporting documents it may request.
Repairing your building
And if your building is damaged, a plan will have to be drawn up to evaluate the cost of rebuilding the damaged premises. Your insurer will have the damaged or destroyed portions repaired or rebuilt. If you opt not to have these repairs done, your insurer will reimburse you an amount of money based on the actual cash value.
Choosing a supplier or contractor
You can use a supplier or contractor of your choice to repair or replace an item or rebuild the damaged premises. However, discuss it first with your insurer so that you can agree on the indemnity amounts.
And remember: you’ll have to deduct the amount of your policy deductible from the indemnity amount you receive from your insurer for each claim you make.
Did you lose the contents of your freezer after a power outage?
$1,000: this is the maximum
compensation you can receive.