To decide about home insurance in Maryland, consider the risks covered, whether you need extra coverage for floods and earthquakes, the value to be insured, and the deductible that you can accept.
Types of Basic Maryland Home Insurance
There are two general categories of home insurance offered in the state of Maryland. One type is the HO-2 Broad Form that identifies the covered risks called “named perils.” The other type is the HO-3 Special Form that is an “open peril” type, which covers whatever is not specifically stated in the policy as being excluded. Condominiums have a special category of their own called HO-6.
Floods and Earthquakes
Flood and earthquake insurance are each separate policies from home insurance. Homeowners probably want to consider getting flood insurance no matter where the home is located because the risk of flooding is increasing due to climate change.
Flood plain maps from FEMA are outdated. They are no longer accurate when used for predicting flood zones. There have been many floods in the past few years that statistically were not supposed to happen but once in 100 years or once in 500 years.
If a home is anywhere near the coastline or within 30 miles of a river, having flood insurance is a critical consideration at this time.
Market Value and Replacement Value
Market value insurance is usually used for older homes that are built in such a way that replacing the actual materials used in the original construction would be cost-prohibitive. Instead, newer construction materials are used to recreate the home to a standard of livability.
Replacement value insurance can be between 80% to 100% of the replacement cost for a newer home to be rebuilt as close to the same condition as it was before any damage.
The other thing to decide is the amount of the deductible. This is the amount a homeowner pays out-of-pocket before any insurance claim is paid. Higher deductibles lower the monthly insurance premiums.
Work with your agent at Mid Atlantic Insurance Financial, serving Laurel, MD and the nearby communities, to understand exactly what coverage is offered by the home insurance policy you select. Add extra coverage as necessary to supplement the home insurance.
To get a quote for home insurance contact an agent at Mid Atlantic Insurance Financial in Laurel, MD by calling 301-604-4444 or use the online quote request form.