When a person purchases a home in any city in Oklahoma, especially if that home is financed, Oklahoma home insurance will be required. However, whether the person owns their home outright and there is no requirement for this type of insurance, or the person has financed the purchase of the home, home insurance is an important financial tool that every homeowner should have.
There are a number of questions that someone may have about the various aspects of home insurance. Perhaps one of the most important factors replacement cost versus actual value costs. This is an important factor to understand for any time an item will need to be replaced in a home.
Most home insurance providers prefer actual value coverage. In addition, many homeowners may prefer this because this type of clause in the policy typically makes the policy a bit more affordable. However it's important to understand why replacement cost coverage is better.
Actual value cost coverage helps reimburse a homeowner for the property that was lost, damaged or stolen. In essence, the reimbursement is the value of the item when purchased minus depreciation. This means that if a person purchased a top-of-the-line refrigerator five years ago, the amount of money they are reimbursed by the insurance company minus depreciation will not likely cover the purchasing of a new top-of-the-line refrigerator.
This is where replacement costs is better. Replacement costs will reimburse the homeowner for an item of equal quality. This means that the reimbursement for the lost, stolen or damaged top-of-the-line refrigerator bought five years ago will be the amount of money it would take to purchase a top-of-the-line refrigerator today. This means that a homeowner won't have to settle for lesser quality appliances with this type of coverage.
While there are other things that you need to consider when purchasing a home insurance, replacement cost versus actual value cost for lost, stolen or damaged items is one of the things that need to be closely considered. While an actual value policy may cost less, it could present some hassles and inconveniences should the policy have to be enacted to replace a television, refrigerator, washing machine or dryer.