Of course it doesn't matter if it is your fault or not, if they won't issue a 
policy they just won't.

Water and fire and of course theft are the big issues with insurance.

Roof needs to be satisfactory, heating and electrical and plumbing.

Holes in the ceilings and walls shouldn't matter much except that they speak to 
the rest of the maintenance and home owner attitude. Same is true for the yard 
although they may be concerned about risk for personal injury.

Your water damage history will be a problem regardless of why it happened, if 
the insurers are satisfied that the problem is fixed all should be fine but, 
there is this principle that some dwellings are just bad luck. I once knew a 
woman who was refused automobile insurance because her car had been hit four 
times in one year. She wasn't even in it on any of the occasions but the 
insurers more or less said that if her car was among hundreds in a parking lot 
it would be the one hit and that wasn't a risk they would accept.

Probably the thing to do is get a list of required improvements from the agent 
and work to that.

Another important question you need to answer is how and why is that damage 

How old are the kids, are they disciplined enough to direct in getting the yard 
cleaned up? Are you able to direct that work? Appearance can make a big 
impression even if it isn't related to the performance of the building.

Remember too, insurance is to restore what is lost. If the building is damaged 
it will obviously be replaced to a better standard than the loss. In other 
words if it burns down and insurance rebuilds it you can profit substantially 
by reselling something you otherwise couldn't have given away. Insurance 
companies are very aware of some of the baser human motivations.

Just a few reflections.

Dale Leavens.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jennifer Jackson 
  To: blindhandyman@yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Friday, August 27, 2010 6:30 AM
  Subject: [BlindHandyMan] home owner insurance

  Hey Everyone,

  I have myself in a difficult spot and I do not know how to ask what I need
  without giving some of the back ground. It will not help me to get advice
  that does not take in the full picture.

  My home owner's insurance is about to be canceled. Essentially this is based
  on our not keeping our home in good repair. My husband is in total denial
  about it being our fault, but he is wrong. So my two questions are how do I
  get insurance on a house when I have had two water damage claims in the last
  year, and wat are the main things to try and get looking decent before the
  inspection. I do mean essential too. My yard is over grown and I have holes
  in my walls and ceilings.

  I do not know how to make my husband care enough about where we live to be
  better about this. My hope is that now that the kids are all in school I
  will be able to do some of these things myself. It has just become urgent
  because I have got to get someone in here to inspect and approve us for new
  insurance. I am sorry I am not sounding to optimistic here, but I just had
  another big fight with my husband about the roof and other needed repairs. I
  am feeling a little to drained to sound positive.


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