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Home Insurance Guide

Home insurance forms an integral part of every homeowner's life. It works like a protective security shield which safeguards not only your house but also your personal possessions and assets from any potential risk or damage which may be caused by any manmade or natural causes. Also, banks and lending institutions now require all home loan applicants to provide some proof of having taken a home insurance policy for the property in question.

In India, there are several banks and financial institutions which offer a variety of home loans, each with a unique set of features and benefits to address different home financing needs. However, choosing which home loan is right for you, could be a difficult task. There’s much more to home insurance beyond the usual queries surrounding premium installments or tenure. That’s where this home insurance guide comes in handy. With this guide, you can lay to rest all those questions popping in your mind about home insurance policies, questions and details which you would otherwise be unaware of. Find all that and much more, pertaining to home insurance in this comprehensive guide and be on your way to choose the best home insurance deal available out there.

Hazard Insurance Vs Home Insurance

Giving a major chunk of your life’s earnings – if one investment calls for such an act, it is buying a roof over your head. Your home. Hence going a couple of extra mile to protect that asset from all possible threats (at least financially) is definitely worth it.

Questions to Ask When Getting Home Insurance

When it comes to home insurance, there are a million question which might arise in your mind. Here are a few commonly asked questions pertaining to home insurance, answered for you.

Types of Home Insurance in India

To suit the varied needs of every individual customer, leading home insurance companies and banks in India offer a broad range of home insurance policies.

What Does Home Insurance Cover in a Fire ?

The fire and allied perils section of a home insurance policy covers the structure of property or the contents of the home including personal belongings or both against any loss or damage caused by fire.

What is Covered By Renters Insurance ?

Renters insurance is not something many are aware of. After all, it is but a temporary arrangement until you buy your own home or have to shift due to some reason.

What is High Value Home Insurance ?

As the name suggests, High Value Home Insurance provides a comprehensive coverage for a property whose cost is substantially higher than the normal properties. A High Value Home Insurance covers the contents and structure of the home including personal property, fixtures and fittings, bank cards, contents of the house and other liabilities. 

What is Landlord Insurance Policy ?

Landlord Insurance is a special type of home insurance policy that covers the home owners from financial losses that they might incur with rental properties. This policy will cover standard fire and allied perils and also theft and malicious damage. 

Why do You Need Home Insurance ?

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Why Should You Have Home Insurance ?

If you are a house owner, no matter which corner of the world you may be living in, you automatically require home insurance. Just like you purchase insurance policies for the medical and financial well-being of your loved ones, you house, too, requires protection from various external perils.

How Much Home Insurance Do You Need ?

As a homeowner, you fully understand the significance of home insurance holds, not just in protecting your house but also your family. So, when it’s time to buy a new insurance policy, how does one decide on the amount of home insurance they require?

How to Buy Home Insurance Policy ?

Following the rising trend of e-shopping, now, insurance policies are the latest entrant of the online shopping realm. Quick, easy and hassle free, online purchase of insurance policies has eliminated the need for us to visit the insurer or fix appointments with agents or brokers to do the job for us. 

How to Claim Home Insurance ?

Unlike cars whose value depreciates from the moment you purchase them, houses generally increase in value over time. If you see from a future perspective, owning a property is an investment that will ensure your financial security in years to come. 

How to Claim Home Insurance for Water Damage ?

As a homeowner, it is your duty to understand the risks covered by your home insurance policy and also how to file a claim in case of damage and loss. Damage to properties caused by water is very common especially in apartments where there are shared pipes.

How to Compare Home Insurance Companies ?

When it comes to your loved ones, you wish to provide them with the best protection there is. From health insurance to life insurance, you want nothing but only the best for them. Just like your loved ones are invaluable, so is your home.

How to Find The Best Home Insurance Rates ?

Home insurance is very important as it protects your most valuable asset, your home, from unforeseen risks. However, owing to the premium costs and the intimidating insurance terms, many people do not take a home insurance policy at all.

How to Choose Home Insurance Coverage ?

Evading home insurance is not one of the best ways to save money. The risks and zero peace of mind are just not worth it. Comparison is the oldest and the best way ever to reduce chances missing a good deal.

Why Home Insurance Rates Increase ?

A new financial year! If nothing, you must have surely noticed a steady rise in your home insurance premiums. In fact, a humungous surge! You are not the only one. Statistics show the same. But this could also be because with the rising income, there are more items to buy cover for.

How to Get Home Insurance Cheaper ?

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Why is It Important to Have House Insurance ?

To realize the value of house insurance/home insurance, it is important to understand what house insurance is. Home insurance is a unique type of property insurance that covers your house from different kinds of dangers like accidents, perils damages and thefts.

What is Home Insurance Premium?

A comprehensive Home Insurance policy, provided by insurance companies, covers our house from every possible dangers, risks and threats. To cater to the varied needs of policyholders, insurance companies provide them with an option of choosing coverages.

What Are the Most Important Features of a Home Insurance Policy?

In the world of insurance, home insurance policies are often one of the most comprehensive ones. Typically a home insurance policy will provide all-round protection which covers you, your house, your family members and also any liability which may arise.

How Can I Save Money on My Home Insurance ?

Purchasing or constructing a house, though initially quite stressful, can be one of the best investment decisions one can make. House insurance is an automatic addition which is a necessity to protect your new house from any potential risks or dangers. 

How to Secure Your Home While Away on Vacation

It doesn't matter if you are planning to lay sprawled on a beach in one of the French Polynesian Island for a weekend or traversing the countryside on a road trip or enjoying a family get-together in your hometown. 

5 Myths About Home Insurance

Ironically, Home Insurance is one of the most common types of insurance, but also one of the most miscalculated. Majority of property holders reckon that the schemes they purchased will indemnify them against virtually every loss/ destruction incurred to the building and everything in it. 

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Customer Reviews

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  • ICICI Lombard Home Insurance
    "Unhappy"
    0.5 1.0/5 "Really Bad"
    I am not satisfied with ICICI Lombard for home insurance because the premium is very higher and the claim was not good. I will not recommend and would suggest to go with LIC housing. The premium is 1.30L for 7 years where LIC is charging 60k for 12 years.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Sep 24, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo
    HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Good"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I got a home insurance from HDFC ERGO recently and they have been charging be monthly 506rupees which is reasonable and the payment mode is ECS. They have provided me an insurance for 5 years. I have no issues with the service. I don't have claim experience.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Sep 14, 2019
  • review Home Insurance
    "Recommendable policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    When i taken the home loan, they have provided me a home insurance with Reliance. They have provided me a coverage value of Rs. 70 lakhs which is my loan amount. In one shot, i have paid the amount of Rs. 1 lakhs which covers for 15 years. It covers only for the house.
    Was this review helpful? 2
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jul 26, 2019
  • Bajaj Allianz Home Insurance
    "Required policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    It was very fast and i didn't run for any kind of documentation part. Since i took the home loan from Bajaj Finance, they have provided me a home insurance policy with them. I'm not sure about the premium amount. This policy has a coverage of 100% including the hold things.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , secunderabad
    Reviewed on Jul 24, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "NOT SATISFIED"
    0.5 1.0/5 "Really Bad"
    I have a home insurance with HDFC ERGO GENERAL INSURANCE where the premium paid was 2-3K where the duration of the policy is was 5years but i have canceled the policy within 1 month. The documents submitted was basic documents, but i am not satisfied with the policy.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , pune
    Reviewed on Jul 13, 2019
  • Tata AIG Home Insurance
    "Super Insurance "
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    When i purchased my home loan, they have provided me a home insurance from TATA AIG. I have paid the premium amount of Rs.12000 but i have chosen the monthly payment mode and that will be deducted from home loan EMI. They told me a coverage of 20 lakhs like the current value of my house. Its included for the theft cover also. I have a 8 benefits from this policy like theft coverage, fire cover, builder problem etc.,
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , navi mumbai
    Reviewed on Jul 04, 2019
  • review Home Insurance
    "Very good policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    When i taken my home loan, they have given me a home insurance along with the home loan. Since its a compulsory policy, i have purchased the loan. I'm not sure about the insured period. Overall, I'm satisfied with the policy. This policy is covered 100% for the home not for the products.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019
  • Bajaj Allianz Home Insurance
    "Satisfactory"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    Its having higer coverage of 2L and the policy is valid for 25 years. Bajaj Allianz has charged me 25K yearly and the benefits are good. It was provided along with my home loan. They have provided me a good service. The documents has been provided to me on time.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , vadodara
    Reviewed on Jun 22, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Excellent service"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    While i have taken my home loan from HDFC,LTD they have asked me to take a house insurance policy. I pay the premium amount nominal which is applicable till my loan tenure period. It use to get auto debited from my account. They have given me a coverage upto Rs. 5 lakhs for 10 years .
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , ahmedabad
    Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Complicated policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    While i have taken my home loan from HDFC, they have asked me to take a life insurance policy. I pay the premium amount of Rs. 50000 which is applicable till my loan tenure period. They are deducting the insurance premium amount from loan premium amount. They have given me a coverage upto Rs. 4 lakhs.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Jun 09, 2019
  • review Home Insurance
    "Better"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I got a home insurance from SBI General Insurance and they have charged 50K for the insurance which was little bit higher when compared to others. They have not sent the insurance paper yet. The policy is valid for 15 years. It covers fire accidents, natural calamities and everything.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Jun 07, 2019
  • review Home Insurance
    "Good Service"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have taken Health Insurance through Royal Sundaram through Online .I am paying a premium of Rs. 15000 it is a 1year nee to renew each year ,I am paying through by online ,This insurance was referred by Citi Bank .I have not faced any issues so far on using this policy .There are cashless facility as well.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on May 31, 2019
  • ICICI Lombard Home Insurance
    "Good Service"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have taken Health insurance policy since got call from ICICI Lombard hence taken the policy.This is a 1year policy need to renew the policy every year ,There is cashless facility on this policy ,premium is very nominal it is Rs.13000 paying through auto debit .I have got the policy documents on time ,Submitted documents also and not gone for any claim so far.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , thane
    Reviewed on May 28, 2019
  • Tata AIG Home Insurance
    "Good for home protection"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    Tata Aig home insurance policy has the tenure of 15 years, when I took home loan from Axis they took around Rs. 25,000. Its covers rain, riots, terrorism, natural calamity, fire everything come under this, hence its a good protection for me.
    Was this review helpful? 2
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on May 13, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Good"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I got a Home insurance from HDFC ERGO while taking the home loan. The policy is valid for 5years and the premium is reasonable. They have charged me 69K and have received the soft copy of the insurance. The policy coverage is good and it includes natural calamities and fire accident.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , pune
    Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Good. Can work on the charges"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    HDFC Ergo home insurance policy is good and there is a coverage for five years, and I can renew it if I wish too. I also have the option to continue till the loan gets completed. The total amount is of 1.11 Lakhs. I need to pay 700rs on a monthly basis. I suggest that the charges should be on a lower side.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , ahmedabad
    Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019
  • Bharti Axa Home Insurance
    " Premium should be economical"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I paid premium of Rs.1.5 lakh to Bharti Axa for home insurance it has the tenure upto loan end peroid of 20 years. I believe its covers all natural calamities like earth quake, the premium is huge as compared to others. I got the policy paper through PNB Housing,
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Apr 12, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Good"
    0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
    They have charged me a premium of 1.4L for the home insurance which is 26 years. I have received the insurance paper from HDFC ERGO. Actually the premium is on higher side when compared to other insurer but have no other go. The customer service is always good. They have given me better benefits but still looking for bit more.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , kolkata
    Reviewed on Mar 29, 2019
  • review Home Insurance
    "Excellent"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I do have a home insurance with SBI GENERAL INSURANCE and it was offered along with the home loan. They have charged me 6K for 15 years. I have no claims till now. I have received the insurance documents. It has lot of benefits. I have not contacted the customer service.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , kolkata
    Reviewed on Feb 15, 2019
  • review Home Insurance
    "Good for future"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I don't have any experience of claiming anything in this policy. Its covered with the complete home and products like all the electronic items. I have made the one time premium amount of Rs. 35000 for 25 years. They have given me a coverage amount of Rs. 16 lakhs. When i avail my home loan they have offered this policy.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Jan 29, 2019
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