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.
You should check to see what your replacement cost coverage is estimated to be. Typically a company has a replacement cost of your possessions at 25% of the value of the house, but depending on your stuff, you may need more to cover damage. Find out how much more you would have to pay to get 100% replacement coverage.
When taking photos of items that have fine detail or are reflective for your home owner’s insurance inventory, use a dark background like black fabric. This will bring the focus to the item itself and give you a better photo. Your insurance company will only accept photos that are fully in focus.
Show some pride in your property by keeping it in top shape to make sure that you can continue getting home owner’s coverage. Sometimes insurance companies conduct drive-by inspections and they will take note of items that could result in a claim. These are things like driveway cracks, roof shingles that are missing, etc. Do what you can to avoid being placed upon the cancellation list.
If you have a child in college, check with your insurance agent about whether the child’s residence requires a separate insurance policy. Nearly all policies will cover belongings stored in a dorm room, while the regulations about off-campus apartment living will vary widely from policy to policy, even within the same company.
The homeowners policy covers, among other things, the structure of the property. Check your policy to be sure what is exactly covered. Most policies cover damages from fire, smoke, lightning, and unusual weather. Check your policy for flood coverage. You may need to buy a special endorsement or an entirely different policy for this type of coverage.
Find a company that will give you multiple policy discounts. If you have your homeowners, auto, life and disability insurance all under one roof, so to speak, then you can often get a substantial discount on your rates. Ask your current company if this is an option for you.
Pay off your mortgage! While you are, of course, planning to do this anyway, the sooner you complete it the better. Insurance companies firmly believe that individuals who outright own their home are much more likely to take good care of it. Because of this, they will drop the rates for anyone who pays it off.
Having a home security system installed, especially one that has a monthly monitoring system against burglary, can seriously reduce a homeowners insurance premiums. The cost of your system can be partially recouped in the monthly or yearly savings you will make, and of course, you will have peace of mind. It can also mean that you will feel safer when you are at home.
Install smoke detectors in your home. If you do not already have fire alarms, get one or several. Check to see how many fire alarms are recommended for a home of your size. It will lower your home owner’s insurance premium and help to keep you safe in the event of a fire.
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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