North Carolina is growing much faster than the average state. Because of the booming local economy and the temperate weather, populations in cities like Charlotte and Raleigh have grown exponentially. The move away from agricultural and manufacturing work in favor of education, health care, and science has made urban housing harder to find. More than ever, city dwellers in NC purchase condos as a convenient way to own a home close to work. You can protect your condominium or townhome from financial loss by purchasing North Carolina condo insurance.
A local independent insurance agent in our network can look over your condominium association's master policy with you to see what coverage you have and what you may need. Independent agents are not bound to a single provider, and can work with several insurance companies to find the right condominium coverage or renters policy for you. Contact a member agent today to start comparing North Carolina condo insurance quotes tailored to your home and lifestyle.
Why NC Condos Sell Faster Than Ever
- North Carolina grew 18.5% during previous years
- The population of Union County exploded, with 62% growth
- Camden and Brunswick counties both experienced more than 45% growth over the same time period
- For decades, North Carolina has attracted a huge influx of retirees
Many of North Carolina's new residents, whether young professionals or newly retired couples, choose the convenience and community atmosphere of condominium living. If you own a condo, you enjoy freedom from many of the hassles of single-family home ownership, such as lawn maintenance, pool care, and landscaping worries. The condo association insures the common areas of your condominium for liability and damage, as well as the structure of the building.
However, you are responsible for the interior of the condo and all of the property you keep in the home. You are also financially responsible for accidental injuries and property damage that occur within your condo. You can protect yourself from financial loss due to fire, storm, burglary, and litigation with the right North Carolina condo insurance policy. A local agent can help you find the coverage you need.
Coverage for North Carolina Condo Owners
Many condo associations provide coverage up to the bare interior walls of the condo. Any paint, light fixtures, molding, flooring, and other improvements you make to your home have no coverage through the condominium's master policy. If your condo is damaged by a fire, storm, frozen plumbing, or vandalism, you bear the financial burden of repairing the interior walls and floors of your home. With a condo insurance policy, also known as HO-6 insurance, the improvements you make are financially protected from damage and loss. Your coverage can also cover broken glass and doors, which may or may not be included in the master policy. In addition, you may need the following forms of condo coverage:
- Liability coverage for bodily injury and property damage: If a guest in your home suffers an injury, you could be liable. Liability coverage provides for medical expenses, replacement of damaged property, settlement costs, and your legal defense, up to the limits of your policy.
- Personal property: Most people have at least $20,000 of personal possessions in the home, including furniture, electronics, musical instruments, art work, appliances, and clothing. Personal property coverage provides for repair and replacement of your possessions after a loss or a crime.
- Vacant condo coverage: If you use your condo or townhome as an occasional getaway home, you may need vacant condo insurance. This coverage is usually very inexpensive, and protects you from the cost of damage that occurs while your condo is uninhabited.
A local agent can help you add up the value of your personal property and evaluate how much liability coverage you may need so that you can have full protection for your townhome.
What If You Rent Your Condo?
If you rent your townhome or condo, you may benefit from the peace of mind that comes with a renters insurance policy. Like condo insurance, renters coverage pays for the repair or replacement of your personal possessions, if they are damaged or stolen. It only protects you up to the limits of your policy, so it is important to keep accurate values of your possessions in an inventory, and make sure your coverage remains up to date.
Renters coverage can also provide you with personal liability protection. If someone in your rental home suffers an accidental injury or property damage, your liability coverage would protect you from the cost of a lawsuit against you, up to the limits of your coverage. Renters insurance is often very affordable, and if you combine your coverage with other policies you need, you may get discounts. A local agent can discuss your unique condo rental situation, and help you find the right coverage at a price that fits your budget.
What Is Not Covered by NC Condo Insurance?
Flooding is not usually covered by condo insurance. Since the majority of North Carolina is at risk of flood, it may be a good idea to purchase flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program. Many insurance carriers provide flood coverage through the NFIP. Because several communities in North Carolina participate in special flood preparedness programs, you may be able to get flood insurance at a discount. An independent agent can help you find out about the available coverage in your area.
How Much Does North Carolina Condo Insurance Cost?
Condo insurance rates vary widely, depending largely on the condo association's master policy. Some master policies include everything up to the bare walls, which may or may not include plumbing and wiring. Other master policies provide all-in coverage, for all fixtures, flooring, and appliances, but not your personal possessions. The more your condo association insures, the less you need to pay for your condo insurance.
Regardless of how much the master policy covers, it is your responsibility to insure your personal possessions and personal liability. The cost of this coverage varies, based on local crime rates, security and safety measures, risk of storm, and the value of your property. A local agent can take your budget into account, and help you find the right amount of coverage to match your needs and risks.
How to Find North Carolina Condo Insurance
You can shop for condo insurance company by company, or you can work with an independent agent who has relationships with many insurance carriers. A local agent in our network can help you compare North Carolina condo insurance quotes.
Contact a member agent today to get North Carolina condo insurance quotes tailored to your needs and budget.