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Insuring Your Seasonal Residence (1)

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  • 1. Insuring Your Seasonal ResidenceSometimes insuring your vacation residence can be a bit of a challenge. These homes can be viewedas higher risk properties due to their extended periods of vacancy, thus making them more prone totheft. Some cottages are located in remote areas and may be more difficult to reach in the event of afire. Often times you can get coverage as an extension of your primary home insurance policy, aslong as you classify your second residence as a secondary or seasonal property.Begin your hunt by securing at least three quotes, comparing not only prices, but features andcoverage amounts. By combining your regular homeowner policy with your vacation residence, youmay pay less of a liability premium as well as being eligible for a reduced multi-policy rate.The coverage is similar for buildings, content and liability, but you may want to explore additionalprotection for boathouses, guest cottages, docks or other structures. The types of coverage you maywant to explore are fire and extended coverage, named perils and secondary residence - all risks. Ifyou live in an area subject to specific weather conditions, such as earthquakes or hurricanes, you cancontact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to find out if special coverage for thespecified peril is available. By doing this, you can get insurance exclusive to your needs, therebylessening the premium on your regular home owners insurance.Take measures to reduce the risk of vacant property by investing in fire extinguishers, smokedetectors and deadbolts. An alarm system for burglaries and fire can reduce a premium by as muchas 10 or 20%. If your home is located in a gated community, you may be eligible for further discounts.In the case of rental property you would need fire insurance and if desired additional protection forcontents, furnace and landscaping. Liability coverage is also a good idea to protect you againstaccidents on the property, rent loss, or vandalism.Insurance for a second home does not have to be a complicated, expensive process; take the time todetermine your individual needs and seek out the coverage you require.Long Beach Island Real Estate