Top Ways to Save on your Condo/Co-op Insurance
Condominium and Co-Op Owners have Unique Coverage Needs
If you own a condominium or co-op, you have both common and personal insurance needs. Typically, your association has a master policy that insures common areas. Yet, how do you cover the cost of damage caused by a kitchen fire or theft of your personal items?
A Condominium/Co-Op Insurance policy is designed specifically to meet your unique homeowner needs, including coverage for your personal possessions, structural improvements made to your living space and additional living expenses incurred due to an accident.
Check Your Condo Association Coverage First
When selecting condo/co-op coverage, it’s important to determine what is covered by your association’s master policy and what items are your responsibilities. Typically, your condo/co-op association carries an insurance policy for common areas, such as the lobby, walkways, boiler, basement, etc. In most cases, the association’s coverage stops at the exterior walls. However, it may also cover other parts of the interior, too. It is critical to determine what the association’s master policy covers and what items are your responsibility.
Top Ways to Save on Your Premium:
- Consider raising your deductible
- Invest in a home security system
- Update exterior locks to dead bolts
- Install smoke alarms
- Select an automatic payment method
- Monitor your credit rating
- Ask about our multi-policy discounts
After you’ve determined what’s covered by the association’s master policy, a personal Condominium/Co-Op policy will help to safe guard you from losses to your personal property and the interior of your unit. As such, you will need to estimate:
- The cost to repair or replace the inside of your home if it were damaged, including fixtures, kitchen cabinets, plumbing, wiring, built-in appliances, etc. (if not covered by the association’s master policy)
- The cost to replace the contents of your home
To assist you, we will provide a form for you to conduct a thorough inventory of your home. This will help you to determine your personal property policy limits, which will ensure you have the right amount of coverage in the event of a covered loss.
We recommend insuring your personal property for its Replacement Cost Value rather than Actual Cash Value. The longer you own your belongings the less value they hold. Replacement Cost Value insures you can replace yesterday’s purchases at today’s price tags.
In addition to your belongings, the Liability to Others portion of your policy covers you against lawsuits for bodily injury or property damage that you or a family member—and some cases, pets—cause to other people. It pays for both the cost of litigation and any court awards, up to the limit of your policy, and covers you at home or away. Basic liability limits can be supplemented with an Umbrella or Excess Liability policy for greater protection.In the event a visitor is injured in your home, Medical Payments coverage allows the person to submit medical bills directly to your insurance company. The benefit is that expenses are paid to the injured person, up to the policy limit, without a liability claim being filed against you.
Additional coverages to consider
- Unit assessment coverage: Unit Assessment coverage reimburses you for the expense passed on to you by the association due to a special assessment, as long as the cause of loss was covered by the association’s policy.
- Sewer back-up: Additional water back-up coverage insures your property for damage by the back-up of sewers and drains (does not include flood protection). It is not always included in a Condo/Co-op Insurance policy.
- Flood or earthquake: These can strike anywhere, so it’s important to understand your risks and check into coverage options. We’d be happy to provide more detailed information to you about covering losses due to a flood or earthquake.