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Insurance Question from Burton, IL

Asked on 11/27/2011

How to insurance home we will purchasse next door? We Plan to use that home (smaller than our home) for when relatives or friends visit,, for specific entertaining - not for hire, but for ourselves and maybe use it for a home office, but not sure about that - it is a historical home and on the register.. The homes are directly next door within eyesite of each other. What kind of insurance can we get? Will it be difficult &expensive to insure even though they are both are in eyesite of each other.

Answer given on November 29, 2011

If you are purchasing a home for your personal use, including allowing relatives or friends to use while visiting, even though it is next door to your present home, you should be able to purchase a homeowner policy for this structure since it will be used on a personal basis. Even if you use it for a home office, there should be no issue for that use, unless you have clients visit for business purposes. If so, you will need additional insurance, usually added by a special endorsement for this coverage.You should discuss the intended use with your insurance agent. Be sure the insurance company has no problems with the home being on the historic home. Some insurance companies have limitatioins on what they will write in that area, since reconstruction from a covered loss could be more expensive than an average home. You may need a special homeowner policy for historical homes to properly insure it.


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