August 2, 2022
With wildfires threatening many parts of the state, the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) reminds Texans to check their home insurance coverage limits.
Although home insurance should pay for damage caused by wildfire, some homeowners may not have enough coverage to rebuild and replace personal property.
TDI offers these consumer tips:
With rising construction costs, your home insurance policy may not be enough to cover the cost of rebuilding. Ask your agent how much coverage you have and decide if you need to buy additional coverage.
A home inventory is a list of the personal property in your home. An easy way to make a home inventory is to go room to room taking photos or video. Don’t forget items in your garage or shed.
Having a home inventory will help you decide if you have enough personal property coverage and help if you need to file an insurance claim.
If you can’t stay in your home because of fire damage, most insurance policies will cover the cost of a hotel, food and other essentials. This is often called “additional living expenses.” Check your policy or ask your agent if you have this coverage and what the limits are. Be sure to save receipts for everything you buy or rent.
Take steps to minimize the risk of fire reaching your home.
For more information, contact: MediaRelations@tdi.texas.gov
TDI advises Texans to check their insurance policies – Texas Department of Insurance
August 2, 2022