Dec 12, 2012

Points To Ponder When Purchasing Insurance For Your Home

Finding the best policy for your home is very important in this modern age. With home prices becoming so astronomically high, you might not ever be able to afford to live anywhere else should something bad happen to your current residence. Read up on these insurance tips and protect yourself.

Make sure you have enough smoke detectors installed in your home. Older homes especially may need additional ones in order to get a better homeowners insurance premium. Even some newer homes can benefit financially from adding additional detectors apart from those necessary to meet the requirements.

Insurance Policy

Consider raising the deductible on your home insurance policy. A higher deductible on your insurance policy can significantly lower your annual home insurance premiums. Unfortunately, by raising the deductible, your home insurance company will no longer pay for small claims, such as broken window repair, leaky pipe repair and minor wind and flood damage repairs.

Many insurance companies offer multiple policy discounts. This means they will give you a better rate if you also insure your car, boat, motorcycle, or have multiple properties such as a vacation home all insured with the same company. Be sure to ask about multiple policy discounts while shopping for your next home owner’s insurance policy.

TIP! It can be extremely difficult to replace your valuable items in a claim if you aren’t documenting all of them with pictures. This may seem like a lot of work, but only if your insurance company knows exactly what’s been lost, damaged, stolen, or destroyed, will you be able to demonstrate what the fair replacement value of those items would be.

When considering insurance for your home, take into account the building materials that are in the home you wish to insure as well as any possible additions. Insurance companies will most likely grant greater rates for safer construction materials such as steel and cement as opposed to flammable wood. Be sure to compare rates with multiple companies also.

Smoke Alarms

Add extra smoke alarms to your home to reduce your insurance premiums. Adding smoke alarms can reduce your yearly premiums by as much as 10 percent. Depending on your insurance company, you may even qualify for additional discounts for adding more smoke alarms than the minimum required to receive the discount. You not only save money, but you protect the lives of everyone in your family.

TIP! Your homeowner’s policy may include a clause that covers a small boat used for recreational purposes. Factors such as horsepower and size will be taken into consideration with various policies.

You should consider how far your home is from a fire department before buying it. The closer it is, the lower your homeowner’s insurance will cost. Also consider factors like how close it is to the nearest fire hydrant. The further away it is, the more it will cost to insure.

Make sure your homeowner’s insurance policy is a “guaranteed replacement value” one. This protects the investment you have made in your home, because if your home is destroyed in a natural disaster, it will be reconstructed, regardless of the cost. Building a home increases in cost every year. This type of policy gives you a financial cushion and absorbs the increasing home-building costs, so you don’t have to.

Money Invested

TIP! Your premiums will go down once your mortgage is paid off. While it may not be affordable to some, your premium can be significantly reduced when this does occur.

Check into additional coverage riders on your home owner’s insurance policy if you have a lot of money invested in art, jewelry, electronics or other possessions. Most home owner’s insurance policies only cover a certain portion of possessions and cap coverage. If you have more money invested than your policy covers, purchasing additional coverage or a rider is well worth the investment.

Protecting yourself against disaster or damage is just a smart move for you and your family. By using these tips to help you select the right type of insurance, you can make sure that you’re receiving the type of coverage you need without having to pay an arm and a leg for it.

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