To buy, or not to buy earthquake insurance? After the last couple of earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, that question is on the front burner again. Whether you live in St. Louis or San Francisco, it’s hard to ignore that gnawing feeling in your gut that not having the insurance could mean big problems in the event of a Big One.
Many homeowners, however, still hold off on purchasing insurance; in California, only 12% of owners with homeowners’ policies also have earthquake coverage. Why? Denial, for one. And the anticipated cost, for another.
- The truth is that this coverage is relatively inexpensive, and can be easily added to your existing homeowner policy.
When you decide to purchase earthquake insurance, remember you should buy enough to cover the costs of rebuilding your house and replacing broken possessions. The amount of insurance you buy should be based on replacement and reconstruction costs, not the market value of your property and possessions. A generally accepted rule of thumb is that you should not risk more than 10 percent of your liquid assets. A large earthquake could mean :
- your home’s structure could be damaged or destroyed
- all of your personal belongings could be destroyed
- Money for temporary rent and relocation costs
Do not make the mistake of thinking earthquakes are regional or too far in-between – every area of the country is at risk for earthquake damage. Although some areas are much more of a risk than others, no area is immune.
For more information on Earthquake Insurance contact, Mahoney & Obara Insurance Agency, Inc. at 508-853-9085 or fill out our online form above for your FREE Earthquake Insurance Quote today.