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December 27, 2023
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What Are the 3 Types of Homeowners Property Insurance Coverage?

Homeowners insurance is essential for homeowners like you to safeguard their property and possessions. A robust insurance policy can help financially protect homeowners from covered events. A homeowners insurance policy typically includes dwelling coverage, personal belongings coverage, personal liability coverage and additional living expenses coverage.

However, not all homeowners policies are created equally, especially when it comes to how they cover property and belongings. Homeowners must carefully research and understand their policies because of the differences in coverage options.

Different Types of Homeowners Coverage

The following are the three types of homeowners insurance coverage in terms of property protection. The main difference between the three types is how the insured items are covered and how claims are paid out.white house under maple trees

  1. Actual cash value helps cover the cost of the home in addition to the value of the owner’s belongings after subtracting the depreciation value (i.e., how much the items are currently worth, not how much you initially paid). A policy with coverage based on actual cash value is typically less expensive.
  2. Replacement cost value helps cover the amount it would cost to replace your home with the exact same one in today’s market. Insurers typically recommend this policy because you can rebuild or repair your home up to its original value.
  3. Extended replacement cost is an expanded version of replacement cost value and the most comprehensive option. It can pay the cost to rebuild your home even if the costs exceed its estimated value. This policy may protect you against inflation on materials and construction costs. It is often recommended to homeowners in areas known to experience natural disasters because rebuilding costs often increase due to demand. Insurers may offer an extended replacement policy to cover your home for 20%-25% more than its replacement value. Even if you don’t live in an area prone to natural disasters, you can still benefit from extended replacement cost coverage.

How Much Homeowners Insurance Do I Need?

Deciding on the appropriate level of homeowners insurance requires careful consideration of factors such as the replacement value of your home and personal belongings, liability coverage and any additional endorsements needed, such as flood or earthquake insurance. The value of your home, its location and local risks play a crucial role in determining the adequate coverage levels. It is essential to regularly review and update your policy to ensure it reflects changes in your home’s value, personal possessions and any home improvements. Underestimating the coverage needed may expose you to financial vulnerability, making it imperative to obtain the right insurance for your situation.

For personalized recommendations tailored to your specific circumstances, contact Variety Insurance Agency to discuss your homeowners insurance needs. Our team can provide guidance and assist you in securing the appropriate coverage.


This blog is intended for informational and educational use only. It is not exhaustive and should not be construed as legal advice. Please contact your insurance professional for further information.

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