If a tree falls – A standard home insurance policy covers damages to you, if a tree falls on your house. In addition, the policy would cover for the removal of the tree up to the policy limits they have. However, if a tree by chance falls on your property and doesn’t hit any structures or a vehicle, the home insurance policy would not cover the cost for tree removal. The cost of replacing trees or shrubs is generally covered if the loss is due to vandalism, theft and fire but not wind.
The family Picasso – If you collect art, antiques or other valuables, be sure your agent knows. Keep documentation of the worth of these items in a safe place. Understand the limits and exclusions of your policy and any endorsements. If you have particularly valuable items or ones where the value might be disputed, you might want to hire a reputable appraiser.
An act of nature – Sometimes the term, act of god is used to refer to a natural disaster such as a tornado. Most home insurance policies cover losses caused by natural occurrences, excluding earthquakes and floods.
Not covered – Typical exclusions of a home insurance policy are earth movement (without an earth-quake endorsement); damage caused by a sinkhole or groundwater; rot, decay, cracking or settling; defects in materials or workmanship; damage caused by vermin, insects, rodents, domestic or wild animals, or general wear and tear.
Mold exclusions – Many home insurance companies have added mold exclusions or limitations to policies. Insurance, by its nature, is for sudden and accidental events; mold is neither. While mold is not a large issue in Colorado as in some other states. The Colorado Department of Insurance does not have the authority to mandate such coverage but does require home insurance companies to provide very clear notice to its insureds of any exclusions or limitations.