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Generally speaking, a condo unit is owned by a single person or a family, whereas the building and its amenities are shared amongst all the residents.
In insurance-speak, you’re responsible for covering your own condo unit, your own contents, and your personal liability. For example, if someone slips and injures themselves in your unit, the financial responsibility is on you. And if a thief breaks in and steals your expensive jewellery, you’ll need to replace all the valuables on your own.
Do condo fees cover insurance?
Your condo corporation’s insurance is paid collectively by the unit owners’ maintenance fees – it typically provides coverage for incidents of liability and damage within common areas, such as the elevators and the gym. The corporation’s insurance will likely also cover certain parts of your unit that are core to the building, such as its windows and light fixtures.
So while your maintenance fees do pay for condo corporation insurance, there are still many gaps you won’t be protected against – it’s always a good idea to purchase your own personal condo insurance policy to ensure you’re adequately protected against all risks.
While your condo corporation insurance provides some form of coverage for the building, as well as the construction of your unit, there are still many risks you aren't protected against. That's where your personal condo insurance policy comes in.
Included condo homeowners insurance coverages
Not all companies provide the same types of protection, but here are some common coverages on a standard condo home insurance policy.
Unit improvements and betterments
Unit additional protection (contigency coverage)
Loss of unit
Additional living expenses
Optional condo homeowners insurance coverages
Aside from the standard coverages on a condo home insurance policy, you can also ask your insurance provider about the following optional protections to ensure all your unique needs are met.
Directors and officers liability
What is the average condo insurance cost?
On average, expect to pay $30 to $50 per month – or $400 to $600 per year – for a condo insurance policy. To find your best rate, be sure to compare condo insurance rates with us today.compare quotes
Insurance providers factor in your unit’s unique details to calculate the cost of your condo coverage. The more details provided, the more accurate condo insurance companies can be in assessing risk, probabilities and cost. Generally speaking, the more risk your property brings – or the more expensive repairs and replacements may cost – the more expensive your condo insurance premium will be.
When determining your premium, condo insurance providers look at the following factors:
Renovations & betterments
Past claims history
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Ask about discounts
A new job can mean union membership, group discounts, or corporate discounts. And retiree may also save on condo insurance. Performing a yearly review is recommended as you may see discounts apply while your life changes.
Increase your deductible
A standard condo insurance deductible is $500. If you increase your deductible – which means paying more before the insurance company pays out the rest – you'll see your monthly premium decrease.
The longer you stay loyal to your condo insurance provider, the more you'll be rewarded with discounts – especially if you remain claims free.
Install monitored alarms
If you have a monitored alarm system installed, providing communication between your condo security system and the central station of your security provider, you could receive a discount. This typically does not include your own cameras and motion sensor lighting.
If you upgrade your unit with more expensive finishes, it will cost more to replace, and so you’ll likely pay more for insurance. If there are upgrades to your outlets or toilets, it’s worth informing your insurer to see if there may be a reduction.
Insurers will often give discounts to consumers who purchase multiple policies under them. If you can, look to have both your condo and car protected by the same provider.
Improve your credit score
If your insurer monitors your credit score, be sure to pay your bills on time and watch your balance – getting close to the max could hurt your score, therefore limiting your discounts.
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