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Advice for DIY Renovations

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When undertaking a remodeling project, people often forget to review their insurance needs, too. Whether your additional budget is large or small, you are adding both the value of your home and your exposure to risk. To ensure that your project goes smoothly and that you have the coverage you need, here’s what you need to know.

Advice for Do-It-Yourselfers

If decide to go it alone and manage a renovation yourself, you assume all the risks. A review of your homeowners coverage for liability and property is prudent, as you are assuming more risks and exposures than contemplated by homeowners insurance.

Hiring bona fide subcontractors who can provide you with a Certificate of Insurance or copies of their policies showing their general liability and worker’s compensation coverage is mandatory for your legal protection. Otherwise, if you are hiring subcontractors or paying friends to do the work, you could be subject to worker’s compensation laws, should they become injured while working on your home. If a friend or relative helps out as a favour (no money changes hands) and gets injured, your homeowners insurance typically covers the cost of their injuries, up to your policy limits. It’s important to note that a homeowners policy is not designed to provide primary liability protection for these injuries. If a helper is seriously injured, the domino effect can be financially and emotionally difficult for all who are involved. For an extra layer of protection, it’s a good idea to also carry umbrella liability coverage, which kicks in to provide liability coverage above your homeowners limits.

Top Ways to Save on Your Premium:                          DIY                           
  • Consider raising your deductible
  • Invest in a home security system
  • Update exterior locks to dead bolts
  • Install smoke alarms
  • Select an automatic payment method
  • Monitor your credit rating
  • Ask about our multi-policy discounts
Insuring the Real Value of Your Home

Experts estimate that one-fourth of remodeling projects add at least 25 per cent to the value of a home, yet often most homeowners forget to increase their coverage to protect their investment. Most homeowners insurance policies require 100 per cent of the home’s replacement cost, so it’s important to raise your home’s policy limit before your project begins.

Keep in mind that you don’t need to increase your coverage by the same amount as the cost of renovation. Often, a major cost factor in a home improvement project is labour for tearing out something old. Determining this new replacement can be somewhat complex, so contact us for assistance. We have the latest technology available to assist with this process.

Your insurance partner

Adding to your home is exciting, but poses financial risks. Contact Moller Insurance Ltd. at 905-642-2745 to learn more about all of our home, auto and life personal risk management solutions.

 

 

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