Buying home owner’s insurance is a financial step nearly as big as buying the home itself. The costs are less, but insurance is perpetual. It outlasts even the longest mortgage. Whether you are looking for new home owner’s insurance or want to improve the current deal you have, here are some fresh ideas on the subject.
Be aware of what your home insurance actually covers. A regular home insurance policy doesn’t cover things such as flood damage. This type of insurance needs to be purchased separately through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Another thing to consider is earthquake damage. If this is something that you may experience, you will have to buy specialized coverage from a private home insurance company. Luckily, both of these types of coverage are relatively inexpensive.
When it is time to renew your policy, be sure to take the time to get quotes from other companies. You may find that you are going to get the same coverage from a different company for less than what you have been paying for the current policy that year.
If a tree falls on your property and does not block access to your home, you are liable for the cost of having it removed. You can purchase additional insurance which will not only cover the cost of removing the tree from your property, but also the cost of replacing the tree itself.
Do everything possible to prevent yourself having to make a claim on your home insurance. If you don’t make any claims with your home insurance provider, you can build up a no-claims discount. After five years of no claims, many insurance companies offer discounts of 50% or more on your annual premiums.
If you’re using a state-sponsored insurance plan, call some private insurers to see if they’ll give you a better rate or more coverage for the same premiums. They’d like to have your business, so often they’ll be willing to work with you and offer you a great deal that you can’t refuse.
When keeping records of your possessions in case of the need to place a claim, take photographs of any important or big ticket items. The photographs can often be used to prove value, and locate similar items to find out replacement cost. Keep a duplicate copy of the photographs in a safety deposit box at your bank.
Document all of your valuables and keep the pictures or videos of the things that you want covered under your home insurance, in a fireproof lockbox. This will protect your files and make filing a claim for the missing or destroyed items with your home insurance company, easier and quicker.
Save on homeowner’s insurance by installing additional smoke detectors. Smoke detectors are required in most new homes, however voluntarily installing them in older homes or installing additional detectors in a new home can get you further discounts. Not only is this a smart monetary decision, but it is one that could save the lives of you or your loved ones.
There is no way to get insurance coverage for your home without spending money. There are lots of ways, though, to get coverage for less or to get better coverage for the money you spend. This article’s tips are just scratching the surface; learning more about home owner’s insurance can lead to even better deals.
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