Dwelling insurance is the biggest part of what people consider a “home insurance” policy. “Homeowners insurance” is another blanket term for a policy that covers the structure (dwelling) as well as the contents (household goods). Stonewall Farm Mutual splits that into two separate policies, and we’ll explain below.
Dwelling insurance pays to repair or even rebuild your home when a covered hazard damages or destroys it (minus your deductible and applicable depreciation). We cover mobile and manufactured homes, as well. Our industry term for these hazards is “perils” and here are some of the common ones:
Commonly, general insurance agencies will require that you pay 1-2% of your home’s value as the deductible each time you file a claim. Our deductible, as voted on by our members, is a low $500 per claim, and for accidental water discharge the deductible is 1% of the dwelling coverage.
We write a separate policy for your household goods (everything from your bed, kitchen, appliances, firearms, and other possessions that are not part of the building structure). We cover outbuildings, tools and machinery and can line item “all risk jewelry” all under one policy.
“Builder’s risk” insurance covers your dwelling if something should happen to it as it is being built. This reimburses you for the cost of the damaged or destroyed materials in your unoccupied dwelling.