East Coast earthquake: Are you covered?
The quake in Virginia -- and another in Colorado -- must have millions wondering whether their homeowners insurance will cover damage. It won't.
This post comes from partner site Insurance.com.
Such a question is second nature to folks in California, but less likely to come to mind in Virginia -- the epicenter of the recent quake -- or even southern Colorado, which experienced a 5.3 magnitude temblor just hours before the East Coast event.
The hard truth is that damages associated with earthquakes are not covered under a standard homeowners insurance policy.
As the Insurance.com story "Earthquake insurance can put you on solid ground" points out, "shaking movement of the earth is not covered by a standard homeowners insurance policy, although some subsequent damage may be eligible for coverage." Post continues after video.
If the East Coast and Colorado earthquakes shook your insurance faith, don't worry: You can purchase a separate earthquake insurance policy that will give you peace of mind. Such insurance covers both the structure and the contents of a home.
Some insurance companies offer an earthquake endorsement to home insurance policies. Ask your insurance agent if such endorsements are available.
Before you sign up for earthquake insurance, make sure you understand what is and isn't covered -- and what your deductible will be. The Insurance.com story on earthquake insurance is a great place to start your research.
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And the best part you have to come up with the first $10000 as a deductible.
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