Does home insurance cover a pool?
Most home policies offer protection for an in-ground pool, but there might be a few conditions around the coverage.
First, homeowners should check whether coverage is included as a standard protection. Some policies might require homeowners to add an endorsement for the pool, or select an optional coverage. An endorsement is a narrowly defined protection that’s usually optional.
Second, policies might require homeowners to take certain safety measures. Pools are often considered “attractive nuisances,” which is insurance jargon for something that kids (or others) might be tempted to play in/around without permission. Safety measures, such as a gate, pool cover or sign might be required to deter kids from endangering themselves.
(Additional attractive nuisances might include farm equipment on a ranch, a natural or manmade pond, or a backyard trampoline, among other fun things.)
An insurance agent who specializes in home insurance can help homeowners make sure that coverage is properly in place, and that they’ve taken any safety measures required, for a backyard pool.
How much coverage should homeowners purchase for their houses?
The portion of a homeowners policy that covers a house itself is normally the dwelling coverage.
Lenders usually require enough dwelling coverage to pay off the outstanding mortgage balance if a home is destroyed, but doesn’t necessarily provide any protection for the equity in a house. Additional coverage is generally recommended.
The next amount that homeowners might purchase coverage for is the home’s value, but this too isn’t necessarily enough protection. Setting the dwelling limit to a home’s value normally protects both the outstanding balance and the homeowner’s equity. Sometimes it can cost more than a house is worth to rebuild it, though.
Full replacement coverage normally covers a home for its value plus some. “Extended replacement coverage” might add a specific percentage (e.g. 25%) above the home’s value. “Guaranteed replacement cost coverage” might add however much is needed to rebuild the house, even if it’s more than 125% of the home’s value.
For the best protection, guaranteed replacement cost coverage is often recommended. A knowledgeable insurance agent can help homeowners determine whether this or another level of coverage is right for them.