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The master condo policy typically protects only the shell of your unit, leaving your personal property and the unit interior at risk. It’s important you understand your bylaws and choose the protection that applies to you. Not every condo master policy provides the same coverage. We will walk you through a coverage evaluation to help you understand the coverages you choose.
What does condo insurance cover?
Your condo association’s insurance policy likely covers certain aspects of your condo, such as common or shared areas. As a result, it may cover your condo unit, but not any improvements you make or fixtures you add to the condo. It also won’t cover your personal possessions. Condo insurance is designed to make up for this shortfall. It’s a mixture of the better-known landlord insurance and renters insurance but is specially designed for your particular condo.
Protecting your personal property.
Condo insurance covers your personal belongings inside your condo unit. That could mean everything from your appliances to your clothes will be covered in the event of a loss. Without it, you would have to replace your lost or damaged possessions out-of-pocket. Condo insurance also covers damage caused by theft, fire, severe wind, lightning strikes, and frozen pipes. It’s important to note, however, that condo insurance does not cover flooding.
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Improvements and Alterations
Any improvements, alterations, or additions made to your condominium are subject to damage.
Be sure to obtain coverage for any improvements and alterations made to the unit. This includes, but is not limited to, kitchen cabinets, built-in wall units, wall-to-wall carpeting, wallpaper, paint, bathroom fixtures, tile and wood flooring, and more.
Unpredictable losses can occur to your property due to burglary, fire, water damage, storm, and more.
Personal property, such as furniture, rugs, TVs, stereos, clothes, and more may be covered under your basic insurance policy. However, items like jewelry, furs, silverware, antiques, collectibles, and other valuables should likely be insured separately.
Additional Living Expenses
Additional living expenses can be incurred if there is damage to your unit due to a fire, storm, or other event resulting in your need to live at a temporary residence.
Ensure you have the proper coverage in case you need to live elsewhere for a little while. Coverage usually includes hotel bills, restaurant meals, and other living expenses incurred while your residence is being repaired or rebuilt.
Personal and Family Liability
You're responsible if a guest in your unit trips and falls or sustains an injury while on your property or if you cause damage to other units.
Be sure that you have coverage for claims made against you for bodily injury or property damage caused by your negligence, whether intentional or not. This might include damage to other units in the building, perhaps caused by a leaking pipe in your unit or otherwise.
You're responsible if a guest is injured while on your property and you may be required to pay their medical expenses.
Ensure your insurance policy covers this risk. In the event a person is injured in your unit, he or she can submit medical bills to your insurance company. Medical expenses are usually paid without a liability claim being filed against you, with typical limits ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.
If your building owner or association suffers a loss and doesn't have adequate insurance coverage of their own, they may require you to help pay for the loss via an assessment.
Consider loss assessment coverage to protect yourself in the event of an assessment caused either by a property (building) or liability loss. Typical limits range from $5,000 to $50,000.
Physical damage can happen in many ways. As one example, suppose a fire unexpectedly breaks out in the utility closet and consumes the building causing significant damage.
Ensure that your building owner or association carries an all-risk special form to cover the risk of physical damage. Explosion of boilers are typically excluded, so a separate policy must be written to cover that exposure.
Liability coverage options.
In addition to property coverage, condo policies may also include liability coverage. For example, if a guest is injured in your condo, it will pay for their medical expenses. It can also cover you in the case of a lawsuit if you are responsible for damages to another condo property. Living expenses may also be covered if there is damage to your condo unit that renders it unlivable.
Getting coverage for your condo.
It can be confusing to figure out exactly what coverage you need for your condo unit. We make the process straightforward and simple.
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