Everybody who owns a home needs to insure it. Not every homeowner knows how to get the best policies and the best bargains though. Homeowner’s insurance is such a broad field and the costs are so high, just a little learning can have a very big effect. Here are a few tips to stretch your insurance dollar further.
Double check your coverage so no surprises come up. If you live in a flood plain or other area vulnerable to floods, buy coverage specifically for this. Most home owner’s coverage does not include flood damage. Exclude certain items from coverage if you tend to be careful with your belongings. Cameras and bicycles drive up your insurance cost, so see how much your rates drop if you exclude these items.
To avoid an increase in your homeowner’s insurance rate, you should avoid submitting small claims. Some insurers take even small claims into account when figuring if they want to keep you as a policyholder, and you might find yourself uninsured for the big things because you wanted to be be reimbursed for a relatively small amount.
Try to purchase floaters. Many home owner’s policies limit the amount you can get on some expensive items like computer equipment, jewelry, and other fine collectibles to just a fraction of there replacement value. If this happens, be sure to pick up a policy called a “floater” or an “endorsement” for each item. You can be reimbursed if the article is lost. If an item is new, save the receipt and fax a copy to your agent. If the item is old, get an appraisal. Be sure to save one copy and send the other to your agent.
Install a security system in your home. Not only will it make you and your family feel safer and give your home some added safety from potential intruders, you will also find that it usually lowers your usual home insurance premiums. It can actually end up saving you as much as 20%.
Monitor your credit score and history to keep your home owner’s insurance premiums as low as possible. Many carriers now consider credit history as a factor in determining rates, so even if you have been with a company for some time, changes in your credit report can affect the amount of premium charged.
Tell your insurance company about any special features or benefits of your neighborhood. For example, if you live in a gated community, you may be eligible for additional discounts. If your gated neighborhood offers regular security patrols or a formal entrance procedure, these safety features can further reduce your home owner’s insurance premium.
Homeowner’s insurance can be costly, so it is important to do anything you can to reduce the costs. One way that you be able to reduce the cost is to ask if you are eligible for group coverage, which may be available through your job, business associations, or alumni groups. You could be eligible for substantial savings, so it is worth doing a little research.
It is important that you look at more than cost when purchasing homeowner’s insurance. You need to know how long it’s going to take your insurer to service your claim. Before you choose the company that will insure your home, research their record for claims service. Also make sure that the company is financially stable.
Hopefully these homeowner’s insurance tips have been of some benefit to you. This insurance is for helping you in case of disaster; you want to get the best, most cost-effective coverage you can. If you ever need to make a claim, you will appreciate every bit of time and effort you take to find the best deal on homeowner’s insurance now.
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