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Flood insurance: How much should you buy?

When calculating your flood insurance coverage limits and premiums, you should heavily consider the value of the property as well as the severity of floods in your area. At Keslar Insurance Agency, we don’t just help you buy insurance but also guide you on how much coverage is adequate for you based on the information you provide. Just like any home insurance policy in Newmarket, NH, and the surrounding communities, flood insurance requires you to have enough coverage to rebuild your home in case of floods.

Concentrate on the main peril–flooding

For you to file a claim on flood insurance, your insurance provider must ascertain that it is indeed floods that caused the damage in your home. Flood insurance concentrates on two main areas:

  • The structure of your home
  • Your personal property inside the house

The structure of your home

In most cases, floods affect the contents of the home. If your home has an upper floor, chances of the upper floor being affected are close to zero; therefore, you can concentrate on the value of contents on the ground floor. If your home is a bungalow, where all the rooms are under one floor, then you may need to purchase flood insurance based on the whole value of the property. That means you pay more than another homeowner with a two-story building.

High risk or low risk

You also need to determine whether you live in a high risk or low-risk area. High-risk areas have a higher chance of flooding every year than low-risk regions. Assess the level of risk in your area from the NFIP before making a final decision. If your area is undetermined, you can still buy flood insurance based on the value of your personal belongings in the home.

To determine how much flood insurance is adequate for your home, it requires your personal input, but if you still need help, Keslar Insurance Agency in Newmarket, NH is here to help. Feel free to call or visit our website for more information.

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