A Guide to Understanding What Home Insurance Policy to Get

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When you’re new to buying home insurance, it can be confusing to analyze through all the information that is available online. Even going to an insurance provider’s website can be overwhelming if you are not sure exactly what to look for.

When shopping for home, condo, or tenant insurance, you need to know the different coverage options that are available and how to get additional coverage for certain areas of your home. To understand the type of home insurance policy to get, check out this essential buying guide below.

Insurance Coverage Options

Insurance coverage ranges from broad to comprehensive coverage, the most popular option for homeowners. You should understand these types of coverage before making a decision.

Named Perils

Named perils will only cover damage to items specifically named on your insurance policy. You’ll only receive an insurance reimbursement if your home or property is damaged by a named peril like fire, windstorm, hailstorm, etc.


Broad coverage is a compromise between comprehensive and named perils coverage. Broad coverage usually provides comprehensive coverage for building structure and named perils coverage on the contents.


Comprehensive insurance as the name says provides the most coverage, covering the main structure of the property and the contents inside.

Additional Coverage Options

Most insurance companies offer options to buy additional coverage to ensure you’re protected against incidents that commonly happen in the home. Some of these options include earthquake insurance, sewer backup, overland water damage, and high-value property like jewellery, bikes, fine art, collectibles, etc.

Know About Discounts

There are tons of ways to get lower insurance rates for your home.

  • Age of the building
  • Upgrades made to the property (roof, furnace, etc)
  • Customer loyalty
  • Not having a mortgage
  • Claims free
  • Alarm system
  • Water sensors
  • Occupation


Your deductible is the amount of money you’ll need to pay towards a loss and the  insurance company pays the balance of the loss amount. Generally, a lower deductible means you’ll pay a higher premium and vice versa. It’s best to evaluate your budget to gauge whether you’d be better suited to pay a higher deductible when you need to make a claim and save on your monthly premium or pay a higher premium each month to pay less in the event you need to make a claim.

You’ll find the best coverage option for your property when you understand what you get for your money, what’s covered, and how much you can anticipate spending monthly and in case you need to make a claim.

For a free, no-obligation quote on homeowners insurance, contact a member of the Bow Valley Insurance team today.