Your home is one of your most valuable assets, and it is important to protect that asset with good insurance. But how can you be sure you have a good homeowner’s insurance policy? And how do you know what you should avoid? These tips will give you the information you need to make good insurance choices.
Consider a policy that offers guaranteed replacement value when shopping for home owners insurance. Guaranteed replacement value means that if your home is destroyed the insurance company will pay the cost to rebuild it, regardless of what that cost is. Considering that the cost of construction often increases over the years, this is especially important if you will be in your home long term. Having such a cushion can offer you true peace of mind.
If you are looking to lower your homeowner’s insurance premium, you may want to consider installing a burglar alarm. An alarm monitored by a central location or through your local police may lower your annual premiums by five percent or more. Show proof of this to your insurance company, and begin seeing the benefits of lower premiums.
Increase your home owner’s insurance deductible. There are quite a few pros and cons to increasing the deductible amount on your insurance. However, if you are having trouble paying your home owner’s insurance, you might want to seriously consider it. It can end up saving you anywhere from 10% to 37% off your premium.
Be sure to review your policy yearly to check and see if there are any discounts available to you. This may result from additions such as a security alarm tied to a monitoring agency, a fire suppression system, and installation of additional fire alarms. There also may be items in your neighborhood that can effect it such as removal of trees or additional fire suppression outlets.
If you are satisfied with your home insurance company, try and get greater savings out of them with a multiple policy discount! Many times a company will offer a significant discount as an incentive for taking out more than one policy with them so look into coverage for your car or health with the same company and quite possibly save on two or more annual policy premiums!
If you are having difficult times paying your home owner’s insurance premiums, you may want to talk to your agent about increasing your deductible. You are going to see a decrease in your premiums if you make this little change. You can always readjust it once you have things back on track.
Don’t forget your drawers when completing your photo or video inventory for your home insurance. Also, make sure you include anything you might be hiding away in a secret spot like expensive jewelry. Open up that jewelry box and take photos of each item separately with the purchase price and date of purchase, if known.
To make sure you’re covered for the full value of any item you’re insuring, have the item endorsed. Seek out an appraisal for the item from a professional, and have the contents of that appraisal added into your insurance contract. Knowing the precise value of your item will expedite the claims process and make sure your insurance company pays you back what you deserve.
When getting homeowners or renters insurance make sure you tell your insurance agent to add an addendum for flood and water damage. Most policies do not cover water damage unless it is added to the policy. Even if you don’t live in a flood zone, your home can suffer water damage from extreme weather and after a fire.
When considering home insurance, consider how important it is to have a higher or lower deductible. With a lower deductible, your rates will be higher throughout the year, but you’ll have to pay less for damages to your house. With a higher deductible, you keep more money in your pocket in terms of paying your premium, however most smaller claims will cost less than your deductible amount.
It’s important to take the time to assure your homeowner’s insurance policy is a good one. Now that you’ve read this article, you have advice that will guide you through the insurance process. Take time to review your insurance policy from time to time. Protect one of your most valuable assets!
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