Navigating the housing market can feel like a maze sometimes, right? One corner you don’t want to cut, however, is home insurance. Let’s unpack what you need to know to cover both your new home and peace of mind.
Why Home Insurance is Non-Negotiable
Home insurance isn’t just a formality; it’s a lifesaver, literally and financially. Whether you’re buying a quaint century home in downtown Brampton, a modern townhouse in Mississauga, or settling in the peaceful surroundings of Caledon, you’ll want to make sure you’re covered. Here are the top 10 reasons why:
1. Financial Protection Against Property Damage: Nature is unpredictable. Insurance ensures that you have the finances to rebuild or repair.
2. Liability Coverage: Accidents can happen at any home, and it’s best to be prepared.
3. Content Coverage: Your belongings are covered, too!
4. Mortgage Requirement: No insurance, no mortgage. It’s that simple.
5. Peace of Mind: You can’t put a price on feeling secure in your own home.
6. Coverage for Additional Living Expenses: If the worst happens, at least your temporary move will be covered.
7. Customizable Policies: Your policy can be as unique as your new home.
8. Asset Protection: Safeguard your investment for the long term.
9. Easier Resale: A well-insured home is attractive to future buyers.
10. Compliance with Provincial Regulations: Some areas require specific coverages.
Unique Situations Require Special Attention
Keith and I have seen it all in our years as Realtors®. Not all homes are the same, and not all insurance companies will cover every type of home. For instance, if the property you’re eyeing is a century home or has knob and tube wiring, obtaining insurance can be tricky.
Your First Step – Talk to Your Current Insurer
Now, you might be wondering, “Where can I get home insurance?” You’ve got several options. Many people start with their current car insurance provider, as bundling multiple types of insurance can often give you a discount. But don’t just settle for the first quote you get. We always suggest shopping around, whether it’s online or through an independent insurance broker, to find the best fit for your needs.
Essential Clause in Your Offer
We recommend adding a Home Insurance Clause to your offer if we anticipate any challenges with securing insurance. This protects you, ensuring you can back out without losing your deposit if insurance becomes an issue.
What Your Lender Wants
If you’re planning on taking out a mortgage, know that home insurance isn’t optional—it’s a necessity. Lenders will not finalize your mortgage until you have insurance in place for the property you intend to purchase. This requirement provides a safety net for both you and your lender, ensuring that the investment is protected against unforeseen circumstances.
While having home insurance is not legally required in Ontario if you don’t have a mortgage, skipping it is not something we’d recommend. Imagine losing your home to a fire or natural disaster and not having insurance to cover the damages; it’s a financial burden most of us can’t bear. So even if you own your home outright, insurance is a smart way to protect one of your most significant investments.
Keith and I are always here to offer guidance throughout your home-buying process, including helping you navigate the world of home insurance. In fact, if we know the property you’re considering might have issues with obtaining insurance, like if it’s an older home or has outdated wiring, we’ll add a Home Insurance Clause in the offer to protect you, the buyer. That way, if you can’t get insured, you’re not stuck proceeding with the purchase and risking your deposit.
Home insurance isn’t just a checkbox to tick off; it’s an essential layer of financial protection for one of the biggest investments of your life. Always discuss your options with your insurer and, most importantly, understand what you’re getting into. If you have any questions or need guidance, Keith and I are just a call or email away.