Don’t Get Caught Underwater: Flood Insurance

It’s a nightmare situation, and we’ve all seen it on the news before: Water lapping at people’s roofs, furniture floating in inundated living rooms, and entire livelihoods swept away by floods. Almost any waterway can become a flood threat if the conditions are right. What would you do if you found your home facing a rising water line?

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Most people don’t realize that basic homeowners’ insurance policies don’t cover flood damage. Think snow damage or hurricanes are covered by your policy? Check again. Many companies will not pay out for repairs from water events such as these.

Some facts you should know about flood insurance:

  • Premiums for flood insurance will vary based on home construction, year, and estimated risk.
  • There’s a 30-day waiting period before coverage goes into effect. (Don’t get caught shopping for a last-minute policy because you see a big storm coming!)
  • If you buy flood insurance while you’re engaged in the mortgage process, you may waive the 30-day waiting period.
  • The S. government will not provide flood assistance unless the area is declared a disaster zone.
  • If you’re selling a home in a flood plain, recognize that the flood insurance requirement may be viewed as a major negative in buyers’ eyes.
  • Flood maps can change, so it’s a good idea to check net for information.
  • Flood insurance doesn’t necessarily cover everything in your home, so be aware of the terms of the policy.

While the decision to purchase flood insurance is ultimately up to you, provided you’re not required by your lender to have it, you should ask yourself if the savings is worth the risk.

Be prepared for floods by reading up on them at the ready.gov website here:

http://www.ready.gov/floods

You can also learn more about flood insurance at FEMA here:

http://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program

Curious who offers flood insurance in your area? Get in touch and I’ll refer you to someone I know and trust: The Nicholas Team: Barbara P. Hughes and Gregg Nicholas Team RE/MAX Village Square;  realestate@thenicholasteam.com

 

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