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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. The case may not be so with other types of policies like auto insurance policies which only cover third party liability and damages relating to automobiles. Home insurance, on the other hand, provides cover which extends beyond just the structure of the house. The most important features of a home insurance policy may be categorized into two parts, based on the kind of cover they provide. These are (i) Cover For Damages and (ii) Cover for Liabilities. Read on to find out more about each of these features which form a part of a homeowner insurance policy.

Cover for Damages

The major / basic component of any home insurance policy is the cover it provides against a variety of damages. Home insurance policies typically insure not only your house but any surrounding structures, your personal property or possessions, as well as cover for any alternate accommodation arrangements you might have to make.

  1. Cover For The Structure
  2. This is the basic coverage part of every home insurance policy. Under this section, the policy protects the physical structure of the dwelling / house / building against a variety of risks and damages. This coverage covers the structure of the house which essentially includes the building, electrical apparatus, heating, air-conditioning, plumbing, etc. Also, do remember that the land on which the house has been built is never a part of the home insurance coverage.

  3. Coverage Of Additional Structures
  4. In addition to providing coverage to the structure of the house itself, an insurance policy will also provide cover to any additional structures surrounding the house which may not be attached to the house. Some examples of the non-attached structures covered under a home insurance policy include detached garages, fence surrounding the house, a backyard shed, a retaining wall, the driveway, mailbox, pool etc.

  5. Cover For Personal Possessions / Property
  6. A home insurance policy also covers your personal property or the contents of your house against a variety of risks. The personal property cover usually includes electrical appliances like television sets, personal computers, microwaves, refrigerators, air-conditioners, etc. It also includes furniture like beds, couches, dining tables, along with furnishings like curtains, rugs etc. Often, expensive assets like jewelry is also included under the personal property cover of home insurance policy. However, when it comes to personal property cover, most insurance companies have specified limits for different items of personal possession.

  7. Cover for Alternate / Additional Accommodation
  8. Another important feature of a home insurance policy is the Loss of Use cover or cover for Alternate / Additional accommodation expenses. The objective of this cover is to reimburse the policy holder / home owner for all living expenses which they might incur, in case the insured house is damaged or destroyed by an insured cause. The expenses covered under this section typically include additional rent, travel, food and any other living expenses which might be borne by the home owner towards their alternate living arrangements. Do remember to keep all the receipts of any expenses incurred during such a period of temporary living arrangement for insurance purposes.

Cover For Liabilities

The remaining two sections featuring in an insurance policy are designed to cover home owner for any liability which may arise due to any damage to property of bodily harm caused to any third party. This section liabilities which may occur not only within the house but even those which may occur outside.

  1. Liability Cover
  2. Liability cover is one of the most important features of any home insurance policy. This cover basically protects you from any legal liabilities which may arise in case of any damage or bodily harm caused to any if there occurs any bodily harm / injury or damage being caused to any third person or property, on your premises or by you. An example of a liability cover would be in a situation where a tree from your garden (located in your premises) falls on the neighbor’s fence and damages it. The neighbor might sue you for damages. In this case, the cost of repair or any legal charges of such an outcome shall be covered by the insurance company.

  3. Coverage for Medical Payments to Others
  4. The last feature of a home insurance policy would be cover for any medical payment which the homeowner might have to make to any third person in case they suffer any bodily harm or injury when they are in your house or on your property. This cover, however, is designed to cover the cost of minor injuries. Some examples of situations where medical payments insurance may apply would be:

    • Your child’s friend breaks their arm while playing on the swing in your backyard.
    • A visiting relative slips on the stairs inside your house and injures their back.
    • A neighbor slips in the ice formed on your driveway and injured their foot.
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  • 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 .
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    , ahmedabad
    Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo
    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.
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    , 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.
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    , 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.
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    , 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.
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    , 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.
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    , 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.
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    , 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.
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    , 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,
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    , 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.
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    , 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.
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    , 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.
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    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Jan 29, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Average"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I have insured my home with HDFC , home got insured at 174000 and the customer service is good , they help me through out the process . Only i got disappointed at one place they wrongly updated my name . My premium amount use to get auto debited from my account . It was average experience .
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    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 27, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Average Service"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I had taken this insurance policy a while back and the premium had been paying on a Quarterly basis. The premium amount has been around 80,000 and the payment method has been simple. Their customer support has responsive and is helpful at times.
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    , ahmedabad
    Reviewed on Jan 26, 2019
  • ICICI Lombard Home Insurance
    "Satisfactory"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    At the time of home loan they have issued me a home insurance with ICICI Lombard actually the product was good. They have more number of branches. I took the policy amount of 1L which is one time premium for 20 years. The sum assured is 40L. I am very much happy with their service.
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    , pune
    Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019
  • ICICI Lombard Home Insurance
    "Average Policy"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I have take Home Insurance from the Icici which i got through my Home loan where its been given by them . The premium amount which i paid for the is quiet high , The explained the policy very well and but they haven't given the document for that , as i don't know the sum assured amount and policy details.
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    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019
  • 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.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , 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.
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    , 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
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