Buying Home Insurance in BC
Widely considered as a person’s most expensive purchase is the home in which they live. Having the most comprehensive home insurance in place with the proper limits to rebuild and protect your home in the event of a total loss is therefore absolutely vital.
As one of BC’s largest insurance broker networks specializing in house insurance, we calculate the current rebuilding cost of your home using various professional evaluation methods. These tools are based on costs obtained from contractors and appraisers and allow us to offer some of the best and most accurate home insurance policies available in British Columbia. Whether you live in Victoria, Vancouver, or a more remote area of BC, we offer competitive home insurance products for all British Columbians.
What's Covered by Homeowners Insurance?
From your beautiful hardwood floors to your brand new granite countertops and everything in between, the insurance policy you buy is there to ensure that your home will be rebuilt or fixed as good as it was before your loss, if not better. This policy also provides coverage for things such as outhouses, garden sheds, patios, decks, and even that beautiful garage you just built.
We all have lots of stuff, so this part of the policy ensures that all of your belongings inside your home, such as furniture, appliances, electronics, books, clothing, and other personal items are covered. This also includes personal property temporarily held at other locations and in your vehicle.
When certain situations occur that result in unintentional bodily injury or property damage to others arising from your actions, your insurance policy extends coverage to protect you against liability claims and possible resulting lawsuits.
Additional Living Expenses
If you get displaced from your home as a result of a covered loss, this element of your policy will provide coverage for costs such as hotel rooms, meals, storage costs, and other living expenses while you are forced to live away from your home.
Our Online Homeowners Coverage Details
Our online home insurance policy offers a comprehensive insurance solution that our BC home insurance customers love. It features a series of industry-leading coverages, elevated coverage limits, and it’s backed by superior, locally operated claims service. We have featured some of the key components of our online homeowners policy below:
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|Detached Private Structure||
|Additional Living Expenses||
|Jewellery, Watches, Gems||
- Coverages subject to eligibility and may change at any time.
Enhance Your Coverage with Optional Add-Ons & Customizations
This coverage provides broader water damage protection in the case of loss or damage caused by and happening at the same time as surface water, groundwater or sewer back up event. The coverage limits are the same as those available for Sewer Backup but may not be available to all BC residents, and is subject to the policy deductible.
Earthquakes are common in BC, with an average of 3,000 reported each year. To cover any damage caused to your home as a direct result of a seismic event, you can add earthquake coverage to your house insurance policy.
In addition to a number of important add-ons, our online Homeowners policy provides you with a number of flexible and customizable coverage options. For example, you can select your policy deductible, home deductible protection limit, personal property limit, and even schedule special items such as jewelry, bicycles, and other items.
Tips on Getting Cheap Home Insurance
Build your claims-free discount
Most insurance carriers provide discounts to those who have gone several years without experiencing an insurance claim.
Improve your home security
Make your home more secure with a monitored burglar alarm system and many insurance carriers will offer you a home security discount as a result.
Paying for your insurance premiums annually typically offers significant savings over paying for your premiums on a monthly basis.
Online Home insurance that meets your needs
Whether you want the basic package that covers the essential items or a more customized option for your special needs, we have you covered.
Choose from one of the bundled packages, especially designed for your needs, including:
• Practical package: The essential & minimum coverages that get you basic coverage
• Popular package: Ideal for nearly everyone as it features the most frequently selected coverages
• Premium package: The perfect option for those who require higher limits and enhanced coverage
Customize your policy further:
• Increase your liability limit
• Lower your premium by increasing your deductible
• Schedule special items such as jewellery, bikes and more
• Add earthquake coverage in case the “big one” hits
Frequently Asked Questions
Home insurance is complicated. Below are a few answers to frequently asked questions about home insurance coverage, deductibles and premiums.
- The building (ie the dwelling)
- Detached Structures on the premises, like a garage, shed outhouse, etc
- The Personal Property you own, such as computers, books furniture, electronics, clothing, books, jewellery, etc
- Any trees and shrubs located outside and on the premises
- Your Additional living expenses, should you have to relocate as a result of a covered claim
- The loss of any rental income after making a claim, if applicable.
- Your homeowners insurance typically also covers the same things for your spouse and any relatives who are living with you in the same household.
Keep in mind that you can typically customize your insurance policy to get the right type and amount of insurance for your specific needs, such as adding a high-end bicycle or an expensive piece of jewelry. It’s always good to keep your policy current and up to date with the value of the personal possessions of everyone on the policy to ensure you’re adequately covered.
This includes items such as the number of stories of the home, the area covered by the dwelling, the possible presence of a garage, and even down to the basement, whether it was fully finished or not. It’s important to remember that the value you insure your home for is not necessarily a reflection of the current market value of your home or how much you think you could get for your home if you were to sell it today.
All major insurance companies use your postal code to determine the frequency and severity of the claims reported in your neighborhood, and they will use it to determine the risk, and therefore set the rate accordingly. For example, if you live in an area with a high likelihood of break-ins or vandalism, your rate could be higher than what you would pay in an area where those things are rare. The same can be sent for areas prone to flooding, forest fires, etc.
Other items that affect your premium are the age, structure and construction type of your home, as well as the heating system you use, the type (and age) of your electrical system and of course your insurance experience, and the various optional coverages you choose to add, such as coverage for Earthquake, overland flooding and others.
If you purchased your policy through one of our offices, please contact the office directly and one of our advisors can make any changes on your behalf. It’s that easy.
By increasing your deductible, you typically lower your annual premium. It’s an effective way to reduce your cost, but keep in mind that you should not have a deductible that’s higher than what you can afford to be out of pocket. If you do have an emergency fund that could help you take on a sizable deductible hit you may wish to consider upping the deductible.
Make sure you look into all possible discounts you may be eligible for, and if you’re not entirely sure, don’t hesitate to ask one of our advisors. You may receive a discount for being mortgage-free, having a monitored alarm system, living in a new home, or even being claims-free for several years.
Depending on the homeowners policy you purchase, your main policy deductible can range from $500 to $5,000. The deducible you select should reflect the amount of risk you are willing to take on yourself. Keep in mind, the higher your deductible, the lower your premium, and vice versa.
- Insure your home for the full rebuilding costs (if you don’t, you’re on the hook for the shortage)
- Review your home inventory each year when you renew your policy
- Find the right combination between the amount of the deductible you’re comfortable paying and the
- premium you pay (don’t forget, you get what you pay for)
- For high-value jewellery or fine art, consider scheduling them separately
- Do your research and select the insurance carrier that has a positive reputation for solid claims service