How to secure your home against natural disasters?

December 11, 2019

How to secure your home against natural disasters?

India is a huge country with a wide variety of flora and fauna in abundance. It is known for its biodiversity and it takes pride in the varied topography. But every climatic condition has its own drawbacks and people living in different weather conditions need to be prepared for the perils it may bring. So, how does one do that? Nobody can ever predict how nature behaves and nobody can really fight nature. But we can always protect ourselves and our precious assets from the wrath of nature. As the saying goes, “prevention is better than cure”, we too need to prepare ourselves, before we deal with nature. So, how can we protect our home from different types of natural disasters and their effects?

The answer is Home Insurance Policy . This is a category of policy which gives coverage to the structure of your home and its contents, in case of an unfortunate event or a natural calamity. During a natural disaster, we either run for cover well in advance or leave our homes when help arrives. But unfortunately, at that moment we cannot do much to protect our home and have to leave them behind to face the wrath of nature. The good news is that even though most of our belongings could be destroyed, we can replenish all of them through insurance. 

What are the types of Home Insurance?

Insurers provide a wide range of home insurance policies to cater to the need of the customers. Some of the most common variants are:

  • Structure/Building Insurance
  • Standard Fire and Special Perils Policy
  • Personal Accident
  • Public Liability Coverage
  • Householder’s Package Policy (for burglary and theft)

Home Insurance Policy Cover

A home insurance policy will protect the structure of your building, or the contents of your home, or both depending on the coverage you select. The policy covers damages done due to your property because of natural and man-made calamities. The standard cover that all insurers provide for this policy are:

  • Fire 
  • Lightening 
  • Aircraft Damage
  • Explosion 
  • Storm, cyclone, typhoon, hurricane, flood, tornado, etc.
  • Landslide/Rockslide
  • Water tank burst or overflowing tank/pipes
  • Missile test operations 
  • Leakage from sprinklers 
  • Bush Fire 
  • Earthquake etc. 

Additional coverage:

In addition to the basic coverage, you can also get an alternative accommodation add-on. This facility can be availed if you’re forced to move to a temporary location while your home is being renovated or reconstructed. This cover is normally available only if you insure the structure of your home. 

What are the exclusions in Home Insurance?

In spite of offering a wide range of coverage, there are certain scenarios which are not covered under home insurance. Those scenarios are: 

  • Damage to property that has been acquired illegally. 
  • Damage to property that was vacant for over 30 days. 
  • Manufacturing defect in electrical items.
  • Property/building older than 30 years.
  • Withholding any vital information during the issuance of the policy.
  • Routine wear and tear due to regular usage.

These are important points that you should keep in mind while purchasing a home insurance policy. All major organisations provide home insurance policies that can be purchased with a Home Loan or independently. ICICI Bank also offers home insurance policies at attractive premium rates with a high claim settlement ratio. Now wait no longer and secure your home today!

Apply for a Home Insurance here.

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