A basic guide to insurance perils

by Micki L. Sanderson 07/01/2024

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Insurance perils are specific events covered in your policy. It's important to understand the limits of your homeowners insurance policy, especially any excluded perils. Here's a quick guide to the basics:

Perils commonly covered by insurance

A named perils plan covers 16 types of peril. However, it's not a universal list. For example, wind damage is not included in certain coastal zones and must be separately endorsed.

How peril, hazards & risk differ

The words risk and danger are similar to each other and are sometimes used interchangeably. However, insurance counts them as separate things. A risk is the possibility of a loss, while a peril or hazard is the actual cause of a loss.

Types of home insurance risks

Some common examples of insurance risks include:

  • Swimming pools.
  • Fireplaces.
  • Outdoor fire pits or ovens.
  • Pets.

The HO-2, HO-3 and HO-5 types of homeowners policies determine if your policies are defined against a set of specific risks based on location or home features.

Who is most affected by a home insurance peril?

A homeowner is affected by the perils insured in their policy, but so is the insurance company. Increased risk and covered perils both pose a higher cost to your insurer, which can increase the cost of your coverage.

Your mortgage lender could also be indirectly affected by home insurance risk because damage could negatively affect your home's value. To determine the specifics of your homeowners insurance, consult your provider for details.

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Micki L. Sanderson

Welcome! I am fortunate to live and work in the Pioneer Valley!  Before beginning my career in real estate, I was a high school English teacher, coach of three Varsity sports teams,  and an owner of a highly successful Amherst Bed and Breakfast. It was the quality of life here in the Amherst/Northampton area that brought me here with my three children; Ethan, Erin, and ...