This policy protects you from specific types of home-related accidents and incidents. The most common types are fire, theft, and vandalism. In case you are unable to stay in your home due to accidents or other incidents, the policy provides additional living expenses, such as hotel expenses.
It also provides liability protection. Ideally, the amount of coverage should be sufficient to replace your home and property, and also cover your liabilities. If you stay in a flood or earthquake-risk area, you should separately purchase flood/earthquake insurance, because homeowner’s insurance usually doesn’t cover floods and earthquakes.