Gap #5: You get stuck waiting even when you’re covered.

Not all gaps are financial. With traditional homeowners or renters insurance, it could be 30 days before your claim is paid, and unfortunately, insurance companies may use delay tactics to get you to settle for less. After a disaster, you shouldn’t have to choose between getting paid quickly or getting what you are owed.


Gap #3: Parts of your home depreciate over time (hint: your roof).

Similar to how the value of a new car diminishes as soon as you drive off the lot, insurers now factor in depreciation for parts of your home that wear over time. Let’s say you have a 15-year-old roof with a 20-year lifespan. The actual cash value you receive from your insurance company will likely only be a fraction of the cost of replacement.


Gap #2: Insurance deductibles are out of control.

This is especially true for wind-related damage from tornadoes and hurricanes in high-risk areas. These disaster deductibles can be anywhere from 5-30% of your home’s value. For a $200,000 home, that could mean as much as $60,000. And that’s before your policy kicks in.


Gap #1: Most homes are underinsured by as much as 20% of their value.

Most policies are based on your home’s market value, not its replacement value, which takes into account the rising cost of materials and the increased demand (and cost) for labor and supplies. This goes for guaranteed replacement policies too, which are often capped based on the home’s insured value.

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