Homeowner's insurance is a must have for any home owner. It is the car insurance of the real estate world. This insurance protects you against such things as fire, smoke, wind, hail, vandalism and slips/falls. It is typically just the house that gets insured and not the land.
This insurance is usually required by the lender in order to cover the mortgage value should the property be destroyed. I do highly recommend that my clients get this insurance and get a policy with full replacement cost, this is as opposed to the typical coverage which is replacement minus depreciation. It is hard to give an estimated cost as it really depends on the value of your home.
It is usually also a good idea to include contents in your home insurance. This protects the stuff in your house and sometimes even personal stuff stolen out of your car. If you are a non smoker and have an alarm you can typically get a discounted rate.
Mortgage life insurance covers the value of your mortgage should you die. This is not usually required by most lenders. It is recommended if you have a young family and you are the main earner. Premiums are usually quite manageable and vary depending on your age and the value of your mortgage.
Mortgage insurance is sometimes referred to mortgage loan insurance or mortgage default insurance, this is offered through CMHC and covers the lenders when a borrower has less than 20% down payment. This insurance covers the lender should you default on your payments, this is not for your benefit but is a requirement should you want a high ratio mortgage.
Home warranties will insure against the operating systems of the house. It may cover things such as the heating system, central air, electrical, plumbing, and large appliances. I usually tell my clients that if it is an older home than it may be worth it, but not to bother with it should it be a new home.
Title insurance covers your land. This is your assurance that the property you buy remains yours even if someone makes a claim against your property. If you get this insurance it is worth ensuring your coverage includes defense costs, so all legal expenses are covered. I will typically recommend this insurance when we are pushing through a deal quickly, as that can sometimes cause some things to be missed.
As you have read there are many different insurance options. I always steer my clients to a knowledgeable insurance broker to get the complete picture and to figure out all of their options.
About the Author:
Evan Sage is an award winning Toronto Real Estate Agent specializing in working with clients who are downsizing their homes in Rosedale, Lawrence Park, Lytton Park, Hoggs Hollow and North Toronto. Evan works hard to instill in his clients the confidence to make the right purchase or sale decision. He achieves this by demonstrating a superior knowledge of Toronto real estate and by educating his clients.