Navigating the waters of homeowner’s insurance can feel intimidating. Luckily, the fine folks at Assure-Us are here to help residents in Miami Beach, FL and surrounding areas, figure out these important decisions. If you are a first time home buyer, you probably have many questions concerning types of insurance, such as flood insurance. We are here to help you better understand these topics and to better understand your options.
Understand Your Location
You should understand that FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) establishes flood zones each year. These are areas that the Federal government deems at risk for flooding. If your new home you are purchasing falls into one of these risk zones, your mortgage company can force place flood insurance on you. Force placed insurance is often much more expensive than policies that you shop for yourself. In order to avoid this happening, you need to research the FEMA flood zones to find out if your new home will fall into this category. If your new home is in one of these areas, it is best to purchase your own flood insurance to make sure you get the best deal. It is also important to note that 20% of flooding takes place outside of FEMA flood zones.
Flood Insurance Is Not Covered in Homeowner’s Insurance
Many first time home buyers make the mistake of thinking that their homeowner’s insurance covers flooding. This is usually not the case. To be certain, you should discuss homeowner insurance options in-depth with a trained insurance representative.
Purchase What You Need
Your flood insurance needs will be different from other people’s. Make sure that your flood insurance policy is customized to your particular needs.
If you would like to learn more about flood insurance, please contact us at Assure-US, now serving Miami Beach, FL and surrounding areas.