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Can my son's name be on my homeowners policy if he's not on the deed of the house?

Your son would not need to be listed in any way on the policy unless he is a part-owner. Any payouts from insurance would go to the lender and homeowner(s), so having him on there would not do anything for him.   If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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My homeowners insurance is canceling my coverage based on us having a home daycare. How do we get coverage?

If it was not disclosed to your insurer at the time of finalizing your policy that you're running a business out of your home, it is within the company's right to void it. While you likely won't need a home daycare endorsement if you already have separate liability insurance, every potential home insurance company will want to know that your home is also a place of business. Learn more about home daycare insurance here. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.  

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How do you establish the cost of replacement for homeowners insurance policies?

Similar to how individual companies have different underwriting methods to determine rates, every insurer figures their replacement cost for a home differently. Some use tax records, mortgage info, average property values, and other data.

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Where can I find vacant home insurance for my grandmother's house?

Vacant or unoccupied homes are still covered under many homeowners plans. You'll just want to specify that the home is vacant upfront as you search for a new plan.

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How soon after switching home insurance policies can you make a claim?

Hopefully, you will not need to file a claim, but insurance will follow the effective date. If your policy takes effect January 1st, 2020, then that is the first date that a claim would be honored.

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How do I get a false claim on my record removed?

The best course of action would be to call that insurance company and request all paperwork associated with that claim. It should show as a zero dollar payout, which you could show to other companies to dispute the claim. If you want to fight it off your record, you'd need to look up your CLUE report from LexisNexis and open a dispute regarding that claim.

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Does a zero dollar home insurance claim affect rating a policy?

If you were not paid out, a canceled claim should not have an effect on your premium. Database systems used for cataloging claims history can sometimes confuse this, however.

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Can I keep the contents of my house after insurance paid out for them?

Your insurance company is likely going to pay for debris removal. Removing certain things while doing so may come with additional cost and typically insurance is not going to allow that.

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How do I get a false claim off my insurance report?

I would call my prior insurance company (your renters provider) showing the false claim and see how they have it marked. I would also have them send confirmation that the claim was dropped and not paid out.

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What is O&L coverage and why do I have it?

O and L stands for Ordinance and Law. Though your agent said that it wouldn't cover code upgrades, perhaps he meant that if a code went into law, your insurance isn't going to accept claims to upgrade the home and bring it up to code — unless your home suffers a loss. What this coverage does is that if your home is damaged, you have additional funds to bring the building up to code with any new laws since the home was originally built.

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What kind of insurance do I need for a short term rental property?

Thanks for your question. It sounds like you would want a standard HO-3 homeowners policy that would allow for short term rentals.
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