The following is a guest story, long time back I wrote about safeguarding your money from disasters. The story reminds me of the hurricane damage we faced in 2005, here in south Florida. Here’s what happened in Ireland, there are lessons in the story, enjoy reading!
The Quigley family was enjoying a pleasant November evening when disaster struck. It began when they were distracted by the barking of a stray dog in the backyard. As the family returned to their living room, they realized that a fire in the fireplace had gotten out of control. A loud roaring sound confirmed the presence of a chimney fire.
Patrick Quigley threw baking soda on the flames, and Sheila called the local fire brigade. The fire truck took about 15 minutes to arrive. Firefighters sprayed the house with water, but it was too late to prevent damage to the roof. The fire also destroyed an attic fan. After searching the attic for leftover embers, the fire brigade departed.
The family did not have home insurance. It would cost a great deal of money to repair the roof and replace the attic fan. Sheila had lost her job a few months earlier, so Patrick was burdened with the full expense. He could not afford to pay a contractor to fix the roof until his next paycheck arrived. It wasn’t due for almost two weeks.
A few days later, heavy rain began to fall. The roof leaked, causing further damage to the house and forcing one of the children to sleep on a couch. Meanwhile, Sheila received a bill from the fire brigade. It requested a fee of 350 euros. Patrick decided to obtain a high-interest loan from a moneylender.
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With the help of this loan and 80 euros from a neighbor, the family was able to pay a contractor for the repairs. They decided to replace the attic fan later. Until Patrick received his paycheck, Sheila had to cut back on grocery purchases and put off paying several bills. The situation was rather stressful for the entire family.
After his paycheck arrived, Patrick sent a payment to the local fire brigade and repaid the moneylender. The interest on the loan amounted to 120 euros. After paying so much money to the fire brigade and the moneylender, the family still had to carefully limit their spending for the next two weeks.
This story reveals the importance of having home insurance. If the Quigley family had obtained home coverage, it would have paid for the repairs, the attic fan and the fire brigade fee. The value of a house is used to determine home insurance rates, so almost anyone can afford this type of policy.
Are you insured for your home? If not, you must have it, Insurance is your financial defense.