Does homeowners insurance protect against wildfires?
The short answer is: yes. Typical homeowners insurance does include fire — including wildfire — as a covered peril. That means if your house is damaged by a fire your insurance will cover the cost to repair or rebuild the home, replace belongings and potentially pay for temporary housing if your house is uninhabitable.
Your dwelling coverage covers the cost of repairing or replacing your house; other structures coverage will cover replacing or repairing unattached buildings like sheds or structures like fences; and personal property coverage will cover your personal property including furniture, electronics, clothes, etc. Other structures and personal property coverage limits are usually a percentage of the dwelling coverage which should be the amount it will actually cost to replace your house.
With lumber prices and labor shortages, the cost of building (or rebuilding) a house has skyrocketed in recent years. Now may be a good time to review your home insurance to make sure your dwelling coverage policy limits are keeping up with the actual cost of replacement. If the cost to repair or replace your house exceeds your policy limits, you may be stuck paying the difference.