Your Insurance and Renting Out Your Home
Home sharing has become more and more popular over the past few years with companies like Airbnb and Homeway. But before renting out a room or the whole house, it’s always best to consult with your insurance agent to make sure you have the right coverage. Below is a blog that gives a some information to consider before you begin home sharing.
Home-sharing continues to grow in popularity as owners use their homes for income generation, and travelers look for unique experiences. If fact, experts are predicting vacation home rentals will increase 25% this year – up from a 19% jump last year – and it’s expected this growth trend will continue for some time.
Movie Claim Monday: where our insurance minds speculate whether certain incidents in the cinematic universe would in fact be considered a covered claim.*
This week’s movie claim Monday is on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast** (the new one), simply because the writer of this blog has a two year old and that is the only movie we have been watching for the past month. Disregarding the fact that this is taking place in revolution-era France, there are a few parts in this movie that the insurance agent in me kept noting:
-During the Gaston song, Gaston uses his gun and shoots the ceiling. Would the business insurance cover that? Maybe—it could be considered vandalism. But if he owns the tavern, as it seems that he might, then no, because he (the owner) is knowingly damaging his own property.
-In terms of homeowner’s insurance, would the castles crumbling walls be covered? Nope. Though it is due to magic, I still think it is wear and tear and that is never covered by any homeowner’s insurance.
-Lastly, would the enchanted objects need life insurance or would they just be considered personal property? Not like they’re constantly being destroyed or anything, but near the end Chip almost gets smashed to smithereens, and I just have to wonder if and how he would have been covered.
*Disclaimer: Each insurance policy is different, and while we speculate here for enjoyment purposes, you will need to discuss your insurance policy directly with your agent or CSR. Our speculations here are in no way an indication that a similar occurrence would in fact be covered.
**All characters described and mentioned are copyrighted by Disney
In light of all of the recent weather disasters and catastrophes, we in the Brown & Brown personal lines department want to be sure you aren’t in for a surprise (the bad kind, not the good kind) if something were to happen to you. It is important that you understand the coverages provided to you by homeowner’s insurance and your auto insurance. Contact your agent today to review your policy.
Review Your Policy
The first thing to do is read your policy. Car insurance terminology can be a bit daunting, but the main thing to know is your limits of liability, your uninsured motorist coverage, and your deductibles. For home insurance, make sure that your dwelling coverage is at replacement cost. There is obviously a lot more to each policy, and if you have questions, our personal lines agents are here to help.
Contact Your Agent
We want you to be confident that you are covered properly. Our three offices are in Albuquerque, Taos, and Santa Fe, but we insure clients throughout all of New Mexico. We hope you give one of our offices a call to help with all of your insurance needs.
In the month of June, Brown & Brown Insurance of New Mexico co-hosted two events. On June 15th the Dental Lunch & Learn was held at the Northern Italian Grill, where we had the pleasure of having guest speaker Dr. Pino with Pino Periodontics discuss topics regarding todays dental technology and helpful tips and advice for oral care.
On Thursday, June 23rd the Wildfire Prevention Event was held at the Albuquerque Country Club. Chubb Insurance presented services they provide for the Wildfire Defense Services. Attendees also viewed a live demonstration of the effects of Thermo-Gel when applied to a dwelling. Visit our blog for more information and pictures of the events.
Below are some other blogs you may find helpful from the month of June.
Firework Pet Safety
Dogs and Umbrella Insurance
Renting your home