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5 Myths About Home Insurance

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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. The truth is that any such scheme is bound to have some exclusions and limitations that will leave you with a sizable gap in riders.

Let’s crush some of the common myths about home insurance:

  • Unusable Coverage:

    If your house is damaged beyond repair or is impossible to inhabit at the moment while it is being renovated, it is possible that your insurance provider will accommodate you in a hotel or service apartment temporarily. But this is not true for all house insurance plans and if you end up shelling out for all these expenses, you will soon be in huge financial trouble. Please go through the plan carefully and see to what extent the insurer will support you and for how long.

  • Expenses to restore/ replace/ renovate:

    Many tend to take it as a given that expenditures to replace your lost or destroyed belongings in the house. For instance, you may think that your three year old washing machine damaged in fire or burgled, it will be replaced as per the coverage. But did you know that a bulk of insurance schemes do not have this option at all. If not incorporated, losses will be gauged at what the item was worth right before the accident. And evidently you will have to cut your losses and settle for the current depreciated value, which will be nowhere near the price for a new one.

  • About Flood Protection:

    Practically every home insurance plan omit coverage against flood coverage, along with quakes and other natural catastrophes. This is unfortunate as it is one of the most common causes for deterioration of your house as well as ruining of contents. Floods can occur due to several reasons, such as a storm, ruptured pipes or drainage stoppage. Only a few firms include flood cover in their scheme. And if you are residing in a vulnerable region, it would be a good idea to go for a distinct flood plan or rider on additional premium.

  • Termites:

    Any building with wood is susceptible to termite attack if not taken care of properly. And they are quite caustic and especially attack your house during cold weather. Termites feed on wood and more of it. They can eat away the wooden support in the house as easily as cows chew on grass. They multiply in huge colonies and can ruin the house structure together in time. Revamping termite destruction and getting rid of them can cost thousands of rupees and very few policies cover them. Hence it would be wise to have your house checked and squirted by an expert rather than relying on home insurance.

  • Assessment of Loss:

    When you file for a home insurance claim, the insurance firm will send you an evaluator to decide the degree of the harm occurred and the ideal way to solve it. The evaluator will estimate a value based on usual factors like trending expenses and upper limit of what the company offers. But you do not have to accept the value offered by them if you feel that you are getting a raw deal. Keep your bills, receipts, photos of items etc. safe as they will come handy for further negotiation.

    When it comes to insuring your most valuable asset, give no room for myths, misconceptions or vagueness. Reading the fine print may seem painstaking, but is better in the end as you know what you are signing up for. As mentioned above, not all risks and dangers can be covered and hence take regular maintenance of your house seriously.

Customer Reviews

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  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Should be transparent"
    0.5 2.0/5 "Expected more"
    I took home insurance from HDFC Ergo by paying the premium around Rs. 3 lakhs. In the beginning they were communicated the policy for whole 25 years, now they were telling its only for 5 years. If I want to continue then I need to renew it. The policy is good it covers all natural calamities, fire, rain etc. But they should be transparent in their communication.
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    , chennai
    Reviewed on Jan 03, 2019
  • ICICI Lombard Home Insurance
    "Good Service provider"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    ICICI lombard gave me the medical coverage of Rs. 5 lakhs its entire family. The brand value is good to tie reputed hospital in area. Once I used the policy for dengue fever, they gave me cash less treatment for 10 days, they didn't charge any money. I just submitted medical card and id proof.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Nov 10, 2018
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "I want to top up my Home loan to HDFC bank home loan departm"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    Very good response by bank bazaar to connect HDFC bank home loan web site, very quick response by Bank Bazaar, Iam very happy to say if bank authorities will reply my application I am very thankful to you bank Bazaar.------------------------
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    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Nov 06, 2018
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Good Protection for House"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    While I was taking loan from HDFC bank they taken amount for the home insurance for the tenure period of five years. I think they gave me the cover for different calamities, glass, raining, fire etc. But I thought for long tenure but they gave minimal tenure period for the home protection.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Nov 05, 2018
  • review Home Insurance
    "Safe and secured"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have paid Rs. 50 to 60k premium for home insurance in SBI General for the tenure of 20 years, they give coverage for natural calamities. The documentation process was smooth and they gave me good policy coverage based on the home valuation.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , pune
    Reviewed on Sep 29, 2018
  • review Home Insurance
    "Good Service"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I've a home insurance from the New India Assurance. Considering the nominal premium I pay, the policy offers complete protection for the house and the entire appliances. It is a very useful policy in case of any mis happenings.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Jul 28, 2018
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Average Policy"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I have recently got a home insurance with HDFC ERGO one month back, i am satisfied with this insurance policy. I am not aware of the premium amount for this insurance policy. I was informed about the terms and conditions of this policy from the customer service team.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , ahmedabad
    Reviewed on Jun 05, 2018
  • ICICI Lombard Home Insurance
    "Not satisfied"
    0.5 2.0/5 "Expected more"
    I have a home insurance with ICICI Lombard from last 16 years, they gave the soft copy and hard copy of the insurance on time. A premium of Rs 3130 has to be paid for this home insurance for 15 years. I am happy with the coverage value of this insurance policy.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , coimbatore
    Reviewed on May 24, 2018
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Good policy to use"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I need to pay the premium amount of Rs,10,000 every year to the home insurance policy . The HDFC ergo has gave me the home insurance policy around 2 years ago. The customer support service is good from the HDFC ergo and I pay the premium amount through ECS mode. This policy has the tenure of 10years.
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    , jaipur
    Reviewed on May 03, 2018
  • review Home Insurance
    "Good policy to use"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have insured my home with the SBI general insurance company. I have got this policy around 5 years ago. This policy has the tenure of 20yeras. I have paid Rs,55000 and it is valid for next 20years and I would say it is a good policy to use, but I never had any claim experience with this policy.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Apr 25, 2018
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Best policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have a home insurance with HDFC ERGO from last 5 years, i have to make an one time payment for Rs 25000 for this home insurance. I find this insurance policy is best when compared to other insurance companies. I am happy with the coverage value of this insurance.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Apr 12, 2018
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Good policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    HDFC ERGO GENERAL INSURANCE company has insured my home because I have got the Home loan from the HDFC limited. I have got the Home insurance policy around 7 months ago from the HDFC ERGO GENERAL INSURANCE company, This policy has the tenure of 25years.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Mar 27, 2018
  • review Home Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have a home insurance with National insurance from last 7 years and it is a good insurance policy. I pay an insurance amount of Rs 7000-8000 for this home insurance. I do not have claim experience so far with this insurance. Customer service was good and they gave all the right information. I am happy with the coverage of this policy.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Mar 26, 2018
  • review Home Insurance
    "Average service"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    At that time loan disbursement the agent of DFHL cleared all the formalities in getting the home insurance from the CHOLAMANDALAM GENERAL INSURANCE company. I have paid Rs,1,00,000 to get the home insurance policy from the CHOLAMANDALAM GENERAL INSURANCE company.
    Was this review helpful? 2
    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Mar 16, 2018
  • ICICI Lombard Home Insurance
    "Home insurance with ICICI LOMBARD "
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have taken a home insurance from ICICI LOMBARD GENERAL INSURANCE and the premium amount is 550 for a month. This insurance policy covers the damage to the house, any robbery to the house.For natural calamities they wont provide any coverage.
    Was this review helpful? 2
    , vadodara
    Reviewed on Mar 12, 2018
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "HDFC ERGO Home insurance"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I have taken a home insurance from HDFC ERGO GENERAL INSURANCE. The premium amount is 1800 per month. They provide insurance for damage of the property. If i loss the job then, for 3 months then the EMI have not to be paid. If death happen to me then they will waive off the loan and the property documents will be returned no need to pay the loan.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Mar 07, 2018
  • Bajaj Allianz Home Insurance
    "Excellent service"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have taken a Home insurance with Bajaj Allianz,The policy is for 15 years i paid a premium amount of 8,000.I have no claim experience with till date this was taken since 2013.The premium amount is registered for an auto debit.The customer service is good.
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    , kolkata
    Reviewed on Mar 02, 2018
  • review Home Insurance
    "Good service"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have insured my home from the NATIONAL INSURANCE company. I have paid Rs,6000 to get this policy . This policy has better plan benefits and the policy coverage with this policy. This policy has the life time tenure . I would say NATIONAL INSURANCE company gives good service to the customers.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , bhimavaram
    Reviewed on Feb 12, 2018
  • review Home Insurance
    "Better policy to use"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    The SBI general insurance has offered me a home loan and they have insured my home as well. This home insurance has the tenure of 15years. The policy coverage and the plan options are good with the SBI general insurance company and I am satisfied getting the home insurance policy with the SBI.
    Was this review helpful? 2
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 30, 2018
  • ICICI Lombard Home Insurance
    "Excellent service"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have the Home insurance policy around 10 months ago from ICICI LOMBARD GENERAL INSURANCE. I have paid Rs,48,000 to this home insurance policy . This policy covers the life time tenure. The plan options and the coverage is good with this policy.
    Was this review helpful? 4
    , salem
    Reviewed on Jan 17, 2018
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