A Condominium or Unit-owners Policy is similar to a Homeowners Policy. It’s a package policy including coverage for your condo, its contents and loss of use. The policy has liability coverage for unintentional acts that cause bodily injury. Even though it may be called “all risk,” some risks are excluded (earthquake and flood, for example), and the policy doesn’t cover land.
With a condo, you don’t own and insure the exterior, so your cost may be less. The ownership deed, usually called the “condominium declaration” or the “master deed,” lets you know the exact provisions of ownership and rights of occupancy. It usually contains an insurance requirements section, sometimes found in the condominium association bylaws.
If you own a townhouse, you may need to purchase a Homeowners Policy – it depends on whether you own the exterior walls to your unit. It can be confusing trying to determine which policy suits your needs, so contact your homeowners association, and talk with your Bankers agent.
Understanding Your Risks and Coverages
Before you purchase a policy, it is important that you understand the risks you face so you can make the best choice to get the right policy at the right price. When you think about it, the first risk you should consider is actually two‐pronged: the risk of buying too little coverage, or too much. With that risk in mind, you can better identify the other risks you face, and how much coverage you need in relation to those risks.
Bankers Helps You Prepare for the Risks You May Face
Simply put, risk management is the process of first identifying the risks you face as a condominium owner and second, figuring out ways to minimize – or manage – them. There are nine major risks that face condo owners and some or all may apply to you, depending on where you live:
To learn how to protect yourself and your family from these risks visit Insurance 101.
A deductible is the amount of out-of-pocket expense you must pay for damages before the insurance coverage begins.Learn More
For many of us, our home is the most valuable single asset we own. Therefore, protecting it and our families with the proper insurance is critical.
- The property portion of a typical condominium policy covers damages to the condominium and the owner’s belongings, and expenses you may incur due to the loss of use of your condo at the time of a covered loss.
- The policy also has a liability portion that provides bodily injury coverage for acts unintentionally caused by you or your family.
You may want to take a moment to review our additional coverages that allow you to customize your policy to fit your individual needs. Click the “Learn More” button for details. Not all coverages are available in all states. Please consult with your local agent for availability.Learn More
Increasing Your Coverage Limits
Some policy limits can be increased to better suit your individual needs. These increased individual limits will still fall within your total coverage amount, but the amount you receive per item can be increased with this coverage.
- Home Computer
- Jewelry & Furs
- Increased Business Property
- Loss Assessment Coverage
- Increased Ordinance or Law
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Living in a CAT State
You Want Catastrophe Experience When You Need It
Those of us who live in a “CAT State” – a catastrophe-prone state – know that being prepared is key. This includes having the right insurance coverage. That said, one of the most important considerations in selecting an insurance company – especially if you live in coastal states – is catastrophe experience. Bankers has weathered an impressive 25+ catastrophes and offers exceptional customer service and claims response time. You don’t want to think it can happen to you, but, in the event of an emergency, you want an insurance company that knows precisely how to meet your needs.
Remember, you can buy Earthquake and Flood Insurance separately. These two important risks are not covered in your basic condominium policy.
Ready to Speak to an Agent?
Insurance is complex and you need professional advice you can trust. We partner with top-quality independent agents who can help guide you through the purchasing process. There are many things you should be asking your agent prior to purchasing insurance for your home or business. Below, we’ve listed a few questions you might not have considered.
First, be prepared before you visit your agent. Do an inventory of your home or business. You may be surprised how much you really have. Visit knowyourstuff.org.*
Below are a few of the types of questions your agent can answer:
- Does my lender require flood insurance? Am I in a special flood hazard zone? (Everyone is in a flood zone!)
- How much flood coverage do I need?
- What is Umbrella Insurance and is it just for the wealthy?
- Do I need special coverage for an in-home office?
- I collect antiques and jewelry. How do I get this covered?
- Do I need employment practices liability lnsurance and what does it cover?
- Is my company required to maintain workers compensation coverage?
- What will happen if I cannot operate my business?
- I conduct business out of state. Is my electronic information protected?
- What is identity theft and is there a way to protect myself from it?