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Surprising things renters insurance covers — and leaves out

Oct. 14, 2020 6:56 AM EDT

Insurance is designed to offer peace of mind, but there’s a reason your policy has all that fine print: You might not have the coverage you expect. Like any other insurance policy, renters insurance has exclusions, and knowing about them ahead of time can help you avoid unexpected bills in a disaster. ...

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Liz Weston: Beware high-risk homes that drive up insurance

Oct. 5, 2020 6:38 AM EDT

When house hunting, the price of homeowners insurance probably isn’t top of mind. But homes with hidden risks can make getting coverage difficult, expensive or both. Learning how to identify them could save you a bundle. This could be a particularly important concern for first-time homebuyers and those...

FILE - In this July 21, 2020, file photo, a homeowner tours their new home, in Washingtonville, N.Y.  Home improvement projects and furniture purchases have increased as people spend more time at home due to the pandemic. Some people may not realize that their homeowners or renters insurance doesn’t automatically cover every change. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Upgrading your space while stuck at home? Get it insured

Sep. 30, 2020 8:16 AM EDT

As many Americans face months on end stuck indoors, some are using their time (and money) to create a change of scenery or upgrade their surroundings. Office equipment purchases are on the rise, and people are tackling more renovation projects than usual. But expensive new stuff and significant home improvements...

FILE - Smoke from wildfires fills the sky over Pasadena, Calif., in this view looking east down Colorado Boulevard in a Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 file photo. The fires consuming the forests of California and Oregon and darkening the skies over San Francisco and Portland are also damaging an economy already struggling with the coronavirus outbreak. In the communities where they are raging, wildfires are destroying property, running up huge losses for property insurers and putting a strain on economic activity that could linger for a year or more.  (AP Photo/John Antczak, File)

Wildfires during pandemic intensify economic pain in West

Sep. 14, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

The fires consuming the forests of California and Oregon and darkening the skies over San Francisco and Portland are also damaging a regional economy already singed by the coronavirus outbreak. Wildfires are destroying property, running up huge losses for property insurers and putting a strain on economic...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2020 file photo, buildings and homes are flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura near Lake Charles, La. Homeowners often make four key mistakes with their property insurance during hurricane season. They don’t have flood insurance, they don’t get their needed coverage in time, they carry a deductible that is too high or they don’t have enough coverage.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

4 home insurance pitfalls to avoid during hurricane season

Sep. 9, 2020 6:58 AM EDT

For homeowners in coastal states, the 2020 hurricane season could mean financial disaster. Named storms are rolling in at a record pace, with as many as 25 expected in the Atlantic this season — twice the average number. After battering the Louisiana coast in late August, Hurricane Laura alone may account...

FILE - In this Monday, March 25, 2019, file photo, cars and trucks travel on Interstate 5 near Olympia, Wash. A new study says that safety features such as automatic emergency braking and forward collision warnings could prevent more than 40% of crashes in which semis rear-end other vehicles. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Study: Electronics could stop 40% of big truck rear crashes

Sep. 3, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Safety features such as automatic emergency braking and forward collision warnings could prevent more than 40% of crashes in which semis rear-end other vehicles, a new study has found. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a research group supported by auto insurers, also found that...