Home & Property

Cottage & Seasonal Home

Insurance

As Canadians we love our cottages and seasonal homes! They’re so much more than just a building with four walls. Cottages require special consideration when it comes to insurance.

Is it seasonal or four-season? Is it road or boat access? Do you rent it out to others?

Do you have docks that require coverage?

Let’s talk through the details of your specific cottage and your needs so that we can offer you a customized cottage or seasonal home insurance solution.

“Our cottage is now being enjoyed by the fourth generation of our family. It gives me comfort knowing that Advocate manages our insurance and will help us keep our cottage safe for generations to come.”
– Carla McLennan

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What information do I need to apply for home insurance?

A great place to start is determining the replacement value of your home. If you’re working with a licensed broker, they’ll have the tools and expertise needed to complete a new home evaluation. This can even be completed in about 10-15 minutes and will just require you to answer some questions about your home. You will also be asked about any updates that have been made such as – heating, roof, electrical and plumbing. It’s important that you share any information about prior claims you may have experienced and other details that could impact your insurance such as whether you operate a business out of your home.

We realize it is a lot to consider. Always work with a licensed broker who will take the time to discuss these important details with you and offer you solutions. At Advocate we not only want to know as many details as we can so we can build a custom insurance solution for you but we also work hard to apply as many discounts as we can to help manage your rates.

How does earthquake coverage work?

Earthquake coverage is not standard coverage on your personal property insurance and must be purchased as separate coverage on your policy. Each insurance company’s rates vary. If you are interested in adding Earthquake coverage to your policy please contact our office to discuss the different rates and coverage limits offered.

How do I know what home insurance coverage I need?

There is a lot to consider when you’re purchasing property insurance. Assessing hazards, managing risks, selecting the right insurance company, appraising values, picking coverage and limits. The list goes on. Your home is likely your most expensive asset. Please don’t put it at risk by not having adequate coverage in place. Take the time to work with a licensed broker who will listen to your needs, shop the market and present options so you can make an informed decision. We would consider it a privilege to help you with your home insurance.

Do I need additional coverage if I’m running a business out of my home?

Depending on the type of business you are running out of your home, you may require additional coverage. We will need to know if you have clients coming to your home, what type of business equipment, supplies or product you may keep at your home, the annual income generated from your home based business and the percentage of your home in which the business occupies, or if you have any employees. Generally, you will need to complete a Home Based Business questionnaire to determine your limits of coverage required.

What is credit scoring and how does it work?

Many insurance companies use credit scoring to assist in determining the rates of insurance premiums for home insurance policy. When a credit score in ordered by the insurance company, this is a “soft-hit” against your credit score and will not have an impact on your overall credit rating. You are at choice as to whether you want to participate in credit scoring. The information generated from the credit scoring can only be used to help in reducing the premium for your policy. Credit scoring cannot be used to negatively impact your premium or penalize you. Please contact us to confirm if your current provider uses credit scoring when determining your personal property insurance premium and whether you might be eligible for reduced premiums.

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