Homeowners insurance is an essential safeguard that provides financial protection for one of your most significant investments—your home. However, misconceptions and myths often cloud the...Read More
We insure Naples, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Sarasota, and other Southwest Florida areas for primary homes, secondary and seasonal homes, condo units, as well as property you own and rent to others. We are committed to providing transparency when quoting your home and can explain the differences in companies and coverage so that you can make an educated decision. You will get the coverage you need at a price that fits your budget.
Goodlad & Swank Insurance provides the local community with expert home, flood, automotive, business, HOA, and life insurance. Goodlad & Swank actively seeks to master the products they offer and aims to provide customers with the highest level of client service found in the Florida insurance marketplace.
Homeowners insurance protects your home and possessions in the event of a covered disaster, such as fire, wind damage, or theft. It also provides liability coverage if someone is injured on your property. A standard homeowners policy covers dwelling protection, personal property protection, liability protection, and medical payments to others.
Most mortgage lenders require proof of insurance before they’ll provide a loan. Even if you’re not required to have homeowners insurance, it’s still a good idea to have coverage in case of an unforeseen event.
A home is usually the biggest purchase you’ll ever make, so it’s important to safeguard it against any potential risks. Homeowners’ insurance can give you peace of mind, knowing that your home and possessions are protected in the event of a covered disaster.
The purpose of you having home insurance is to transfer risk to the insurance company. You pay them an agreed amount each policy term. In return, they agree to cover economic damages up to the maximum limit of coverage described in your policy. Most people cannot afford to go without home insurance. Losing your home to a fire or hurricane would be a nightmare. Knowing you’re covered in a disaster because you’ve transferred that risk to the insurance company gives you peace of mind.
Provides funds to replace or repair the structure when damage is caused due to a covered peril.
This will replace your personal belongings with like kind and quality
Replacement cost less depreciation.
May pay for non-residents injuries that you are legally responsible for.
This coverage can provide financial assistance to you while your home is being repaired and is unlivable as a result of a covered loss.
May protect you, your spouse, and resident relatives under age 21 for claims you’re legally obligated to pay resulting from things such as injury, sickness, disease, and death. The coverage may also include the cost of defending claims against you.
Homeowners’ insurance laws and regulations are constantly changing. It is important to know what is and what isn’t covered in your policies. Here are some additional options to consider:
Jewelry, Guns, Fine Art Collections. Let’s face it, every home contains items that would interest a burglar. Family heirlooms or just that giant 80” TV on the wall can be covered. Be sure to let our representatives know if you have high-dollar items. There are limits to the amount offered on this coverage so it’s important to detail what you have. Sometimes we can build a list outlining all of the items and in certain cases, we can write you a special policy called a Personal Articles Policy to provide the proper coverage amounts.
Flood Coverage. Roughly 30% of flood claims occur in places that are “not in a flood zone”. This coverage does NOT come standard with your homeowners’ insurance, so it is important to have in Florida. Essentially, all of Florida is a flood zone with certain areas more prone to flooding than others. Also, keep in mind that if you are in certain flood zones banks require this coverage. It’s important to check with an agent to determine pricing before buying a home. The cost of the policy could be so high that it affects your DTI (debt to income) and a house that was affordable without it is now outside of your price range.
Equipment Breakdown. TVs, HVAC systems, and other appliances break down or are damaged. For a low yearly charge, you can be covered. It is a nice feeling to know you will not be responsible for hundreds or even thousands of dollars in repairs.
Identity Theft. Many carriers offer this at a low cost to provide you with identity theft protection. The world gets more complicated every day, and this is a smart, and cheap way, to protect yourself from online dangers.
Water Damage. Storms can cause water damage to your home. Leaking pipes also cause problems. Be sure to check that your Fort Myers homeowners insurance policy has adequate coverage for water damage. The age of your home is also hugely important here. You will likely start facing coverage restrictions if your house is over 30 years old. There are options for a partial or full buyback of this important coverage, but only certain carriers offer that. Please call us to review your options.
The team at Goodlad & Swank Insurance works hard every day to offer the most coverage for your money. We strive to offer only the most competitive and thorough rates of any insurance agency in the great State of Florida. Your home is your castle, and we will work with you to provide ways to make your most important investment safer secure. Contact us today to get started.
A hurricane eats your roof. A BBQ accident goes awry and burns your back porch and living room. Someone throws a chair through a slider, steals some belongings and trashes your house while you’re relaxing in Islamorada on vacation. In any of these situations, you’ll be happy to took the time to get home insurance. Most basic homeowner’s insurance policies include dwelling coverage which covers the cost to repair or rebuild due to damage such as:
This coverage is for things like a shed, gazebo, swimming pool, detached garage or backyard fence on your property. With other structures coverage, your policy will cover a percentage of the Dwelling Coverage — it’s typically around 10% so if you have items listed above and they are higher value it is important to share that with your agent. A $350,000 house would have $35,000 of Other Structures coverage in a normal policy.
Keep in mind it would be nice to have this coverage on your property for the things that might not be part of your primary dwelling, but would still incur an expense to replace if they sustained damage. Bear in mind additional coverage is also available for more complex structures like a pool house or guest house. Let your agent know so we can accurately calculate the coverage amounts.
If it’s the dry season and a wildfire in the neighborhood burns your house to the ground, you’ll need help replacing things beyond just your house. What about that new sofa you love so much? Or that amazing 80” Sony TV needs to watch The Mandalorian? That is barely scratching the surface. You would need new clothes, new cups, new China, a new cooler, new chairs…. I’m running out of C words, but you get the point.
This coverage protects your possessions inside your house that help make it a house. On thing else to keep in mind is that expensive items like art and jewelry are covered but there is usually a dollar limit on them. If you have these it might be worth looking into a Personal Items Policy which is designed to cover such items.
Liability insurance covers you against any lawsuits for bodily injury or property damage in your home. This coverage will pay for legal representation and could also cover damages you’ve been deemed responsible for in court.
Personal liability insurance provides coverage for you, your home, and your guests in the event of an accident or bodily injury. Legally, you are the responsible party for damages and medical payments if a guest in your home is injured, regardless of the accidental nature of the event. You might also be liable for accidents that occur away from your property if your family is the cause, or if family members who live with you are responsible. Personal liability protection covers legal defense costs and damages if you are sued and also applicable medical payments.
We had clients suffer major damage to their houses from Hurricane Irma. The Additional Living Expense covers the cost of hotel bills and restaurants bills while you’re forced to stay away from home until things are fixed.
It is meant to help you pay for costs over and above your usual living expenses you take on while your home gets rebuilt or repaired. One client had a big pine tree basically cut his house in half. He was quite happy this coverage allowed him to maintain a decent quality of life while the contractor got busy.
When the water start rising, hopefully you are in a safe place and have flood insurance in place. This is because standard home insurance policies do not cover flood damage to your home. If you live in a designated flood zone, you should have a flood insurance policy and also a home insurance policy. If you live in a preferred flood risk area there is still a chance of flooding – 30% of claims come from non-flood zones. The preferred risk policies are very reasonable – typically around $450 annually for $250,000 in coverage.
I get it. We live in Florida and who worries about earthquakes? The answer is not many people and there are very few annually and most occur in the Panhandle. Regardless, they do happen and would require a separate policy to cover damages.
Most polices will offer Catastrophic Ground Collapse coverage. This is the coverage that should step up if your house disappears overnight in a hole in the ground. The separate Sinkhole coverage is more for the slow and subtle shifting of the ground beneath your house’s foundation. This often can cause only cosmetic damage that is very costly to repair, so it’s typically not offered. In fact, there are some carriers that might limit all of these coverages if your house is located near a known and active sinkhole area.
Termites, old and peeling roof shingles, leaky water pipes and prior damage are all things home insurance usually won’t cover. Taking steps to maintain your home and showing pride of ownership are important for a number or reasons. Your home is a big investment and should be treated with love and care. The home insurance policy is not designed to cover things that should be the owners responsibility.
Are you looking to save on your new insurance policy? Our professionals have the skills to help you get the best rates. Ask us about what we can do to help you save.
Goodlad & Swank Insurance is a family-owned insurance agency founded in 2009. We’ve built a team of knowledgeable professionals that value integrity, caring for our clients, and offering you superior service.
We’ve partnered with one of the largest selections of carriers in all of Florida making it easy for you to have a one-stop-shop for all your insurance needs.
An unforeseen event coupled with inadequate insurance can quickly result in financial trouble. We recognize that addressing insurance may not be your idea of fun, but our goal is to make the process as enjoyable as possible. In the end, you may just find yourself letting us know what the grandkids are up to or how the honeymoon went. Get to know us, you’ll be happy you did.
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