Many people opt to buy condominiums as opposed to homes because, although they typically do not have backyards or basements, they are a lot easier to maintain and often are a part of an association that takes care of the landscaping and routine maintenance of the condo itself. But just because the landlords of the condominium property have some responsibility when it comes to keeping their condos in good shape, that does not mean that the owners of each individual condo don’t have their own responsibilities as well. In fact, one of the biggest responsibilities that a condominium owner should take on is finding the right condo insurance to protect their property.
Condo insurance is similar to any other kind of insurance in the sense that it is meant to protect against unlikely, unfortunate events. Some typical situations where it would be extremely important to have condo insurance include the unlikely event of a fire or natural disaster where there is damage done to the condo itself that is not completely covered by the landlord. Essentially, the insurance policy would be meant to cover any remaining expenses that would be incurred to repair any damage to the condominium itself.
Whether or not individuals need condo insurance is usually a question that is left for the property manager or association head of the condominium community. Most communities require some proof of insurance in order for a person to be able to purchase a condo there, but this is not always the case. However, anybody who owns a condo should have insurance on it, just the same as anybody who owns a house should have house insurance. This is especially true if there are a lot of valuables in the home that could not be easily replaced in the event of them being damaged.
Depending on the amount of coverage purchased, condominium insurance can cover a wide range of events. It could cover anything from structural damage caused by a storm, to fire damage and even burglary. This is true of most condominium insurance policies, but it all depends on the type of coverage purchased. Often times, buyers will opt for the lowest priced policy without realizing that the reason it was such a low price was because it did not include protection against vandalism or theft. So it is always important to realize what a policy does and does not cover before making a decision.
As with any insurance, the cost of condo insurance is going to depend on several different factors such as the size of the condominium and how much the association’s insurance already covers. However, some insurance can be cheaper than $100 a month.