Given that most homeowners insurance policies exclude flood damage, you may want to consider purchasing an auxiliary policy. In fact, depending on where you live, you may be required to have flood insurance if you are in a high-risk zone.
If your home falls in a high-risk flood area as determined by FEMA and you have a mortgage from a lender, you are legally mandated to have flood insurance. Generally speaking, if your home falls in a moderate-to-low-risk area then you will not be required to have flood insurance, but check with your mortgage lender to confirm. To learn if you need flood insurance, you can use FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center to find out. When looking at the map, keep in mind that it is not updated in real-time so the information may be outdated. If you live in a coastal community, low-lying area, or near a body of water you are more likely to need flood insurance. However, even if you are not required to have flood insurance but live near water you should strongly consider purchasing a policy. The peace of mind afforded by flood insurance is well worth the cost.
Check with your lender or real estate agent to confirm if you’ll need flood insurance. Flood insurance can be purchased through private organizations like Lee Insurance Agency LLC in North Carolina. At Lee Insurance Agency, we pride ourselves on delivering excellent customer service and always putting you first. Give us a call today or stop by our conveniently located office to learn more about our flood insurance offerings. We promise you’ll leave completely satisfied.