Home Insurance and Your HOA: What is Covered Exactly?

More and more neighborhoods in the Arlington, TX area are being built with a homeowner’s association included in the design. When shopping for a home or buying home insurance, your agent at State Insurance Solutions reminds you to check on the details and fully understand what you are responsible for and where the communal areas begin.

Sidewalks, Mailboxes, and Porches: Check with the Office

Before you start replacing a damaged mailbox or sidewalk after severe storm damage, take a walk down to the HOA office and check out what items are included in your monthly fees. If they maintain your porch, mailbox, and front walk, then your home insurance will not cover the cost of repairs. If the HOA hires somebody to paint or repair any structure in the neighborhood, it must insure that item.

Streets and Playgrounds: HOA has Your Back

In general, communal entertainment areas and general access to the neighborhood are funded by your fees. Should your child slip and fall on the playground slide, you will need to connect with the HOA insurance company. However, liability for your neighbors’ kids playing in your backyard will be yours.

Your House, Yard, and Shed: Maintain It–Insure It

A good rule of thumb is if you mow it, you are responsible for it. Your home insurance will need to indicate the presence of any exterior building within your property that you along purchase and maintain. Single-home units often require the owner to cover the roof and walls, while duplex situations are more likely to require condo insurance.

For more help in making sure that your Arlington, TX home has the right coverage, sit down with your agent at State Insurance Solutions today. They will help you craft the home insurance policy that protects your property without charging you extra for HOA owned areas and buildings.