As your largest investment, it's important to make sure your condo has the proper insurance coverage. We'll protect your condo and everything in it for the lowest possible price.
Condo insurance can help protect your finances from expensive repairs or replacement of your condo in the event of a covered loss.
At EIA, we help you
- • Decide on coverages that protect you and your finances
- • Decide on limits that are a good fit for your personal situation
- • Shop with multiple carriers and find discounts to get you the best deal
Get a condo insurance quote with us and you could save hundreds of dollars a year. It only takes a few minutes to find out how much we can save you!
Condo insurance protects condo units while also providing both personal liability coverage and living expense coverage if a condo becomes uninhabitable. The condo association’s policy covers the roof, exterior and the interior common areas.
Condo insurance policies contain several different types of coverages that each apply to different things:
Dwelling coverage pays to repair or rebuild a condo unit if damaged or destroyed by fire, hail,
lightning, or other disaster listed in the policy up to the coverage limit in the policy. It will not pay for damage caused by a flood, earthquake, routine wear and tear or other excluded events.
How much should you have?
Our view is that you should have enough to rebuild your condo in the event of a total loss. Often, this is not the same as the current market value of your condo.
Personal Property Coverage
Personal property coverage pays to repair or replace your belongings if damaged or destroyed by fire, hail, lightning, or other disaster listed in the policy up to the coverage limit in the policy. You're protected no matter where in the world the belongings are located. It also covers the belongings of people who live with you, and the belongings of guests while the policyholder is present.
• Personal belongings include things such as furniture, electronics, clothing, sporting equipment, watercraft, silverware, firearms, furs and jewelry.
• Very valuable items, like jewelry, cash or firearms may have limited or no coverage under a typical condo insurance policy. There are separate coverages for these valuable items that can be purchased.
• Policyholders need to inventory their belongings they would claim if damaged or lost due to a peril. The inventory of belongings should include photos or video of the items as well as any receipts and proof of purchase to attach, which is much easier in this current age of smartphones.
How much should you have?
Most companies provide between 50%-70% of the dwelling limit. If you have more in belongings than 50% of the dwelling limit, please let us know so we can get your things properly protected
Liability insurance covers against lawsuits for bodily injury or property damage that policyholders or family members cause to other people. It also pays for damage caused by pets. The liability portion of the policy pays for both the cost of defending the policyholder in court and any court awards—up to the coverage limit in the policy. Coverage is not just at the home but extends to anywhere in the world. Liability limits generally start at about $100,000.
• An umbrella or excess liability policy, which provides broader coverage, including claims for libel and slander, as well as higher liability limits, can be added to the policy.
How much should you have?
Our view is that you should balance buying liability limits high enough to cover your net worth with what you can afford. Possibly add an umbrella policy for higher net worth individuals
Additional Living Expense (ALE) Insurance Coverage
Additional Living Expense insurance coverage pays the additional costs of living away from home if a condo is inhabitable due to damage from a fire, storm or other insured disaster. It covers hotel bills, meals and other living expenses incurred while the condo is being rebuilt. Coverage for additional living expenses differs from company to company.
All of these protections come standard in the most common condo insurance policy (HO-6 form). If you have a mortgage, your lender will require a certain minimum of dwelling coverage to protect the condo
What condo insurance doesn't cover
There are a number of things condo insurance will not cover. Some are obvious and some aren’t so obvious.
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• The two most important to take note of are earthquakes and floods. Both are common perils in some areas and have insurance products designed specifically for each one. Condo insurance exclusions also differ between companies and from state to state.
• Some other things condo insurance will not cover include neglect or failure to make repairs, wear and tear, corrosion and rust, contamination, animals and pests, fungi, nuclear hazards, power failure, government actions and war.
- If your condo is vacant for 30+ consecutive days, your insurance might not cover a loss unless you purchase vacant condo insurance.