I’m looking for homeowners insurance and I’m getting confused by these numbers. What do they mean?
We have more in-depth information about home insurance here. These numbers correspond to either home, renters, or condo insurance. Here is a simple breakdown:
HO-1: Basic form – this only covers you from 10 named perils. “Named-peril” means that your home and personal property are covered against losses that are expressly listed on your policy. Any loss that occurs outside of that list would not be covered by the policy. The 10 named perils are:
Fire or smoke
Hail and windstorms
Damage from vehicles
Damage from aircraft
Riots and civil commotion
HO-2 – Designates a “broad form” homeowners insurance policy that provides insurance coverage on a “named-peril” basis. There are 16 covered perils on a broad form policy. They are:
Lightning or fire
Hail or windstorm
Damage caused by aircraft
Riots or civil disturbances
Damage caused by vehicles
Damage from the weight of snow, ice, or sleet
Water damage from plumbing, heating, or air conditioning overflow
Water heater cracking, tearing, and burning
Damage from electrical current
HO-3 – Designates a “special form” homeowners insurance policy that provides insurance coverage for the structure of your home on an “open-peril” basis. “Open-peril” means that you are covered against all losses except those that are expressly excluded on your policy. It’s important to note that your personal property is still covered on a “named-peril” basis with an HO-3 policy. This is the most common type of policy.
HO-4 – Simply speaking, this policy type describes a renters insurance policy. Typically with these policies, your liability and your personal property are covered up to the policy limits. This is an ideal policy for someone renting an apartment or house.
HO-5 – Designates a “comprehensive form” homeowners insurance policy. This policy type covers both your home and personal property on an “open-peril” basis. This is the broadest form of home insurance available. Given the comprehensive levels of coverage, this isn’t as a common of a home insurance policy as a HO-2 or HO-3 policy but it highly encouraged if you have valuable belongings.
HO-6 – Designates a condo insurance policy. These policies generally cover your personal property and the structure of your condo from the wall studs in.
You should still consult with the agent quoting a policy for your home and ask about the specifics of how that policy would apply.