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While there's little question that you should have homeowners insurance or renters insurance to protect your home in the event of a myriad of accidents and catastrophes, whether you need - or should take - earthquake insurance isn't quite as cut and dried.
This is because insuring your home against earthquakes is costly, even if you don't live near a fault line. So why add another monthly payment for a natural disaster that may - or may not - happen?
The best reason to obtain earthquake insurance is if you own your home (whether or not you have a mortgage), and are not in the financial position to pay in full for the damage to your home resulting from an earthquake.
Here are a few additional reasons to seriously consider earthquake coverage to help you avoid financial aftershocks.
To make the most of your coverage, take video or multiple photographs at several angles of the higher-value items in your home. Additional things you can do include:
Get information on affordable insurance here.
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