Insurance at a glance, does it exist? Yes it does it’s called the declarations page. What is most important about the declarations page? Well there are 6 things to check.
Rental Property Insurance Declarations Page – The quick and dirty
6 things to check on your declarations page
When looking at an insurance policy a great place to start is the declarations page because it’s usually what’s at the top of the stack of papers you will get. It is the one that you need to review most carefully. Why? Because it tells you VERY important things such as:
- Who is insured – You, your wife, your LLC, your corporation, “who.” This is who will get paid. This is who will be covered. Make sure this is right.
- What is insured – This will be the “location.” Does this match the address of your rental property? If not, you are opening a crack, and your property may not be insured.
- Then it will break down the coverage parts of the policy, and explain HOW MUCH. So it might say: Coverage A - $100,000. Is that the value of the property? It’s an important question. This is the maximum that you will be paid. So make sure you understand it.
- Then it will explain the deductible. Two thoughts here. Can you afford this deductible? Do you keep this cash on hand? What’s the relationship between your deposit and your deductible? If you don’t keep cash on hand, you should consider having your deductible equal you deposit.
- Next, it will explain how the home will be fixed, or the loss settlement provision. Kind of important. What will the company pay you. This is an important concept. Don’t get a great deal on an ACV policy only to feel the pain and what replacement cost once you have had a claim.
- Finally it might list any applicable endorsements. Understand what these are. Endorsements change the coverage. It could be that the endorsements are providing you awesome coverage… it could also be that they are taking away something really important.
Riveting… I know, but this is what drives all else in the policy. If you have a loss, it’s the first thing the adjuster will review. “This policy covered the home at 123 Happy Street in Pleasantville. Is the house that burned, at that address? Yes? This policy covers the house for $100,000, and that is the most we will pay.” Everything starts at the declarations page; it drives the policy. If you do nothing else review it, and make sure the declarations page is correct.
Start your quote online now, and you can have a Rental Property Insurance Declarations page in your hand in no time.