There are so many insurance companies out there that it’s hard to know which companies are legitimate and which ones are only looking for your monthly fees and have no real plan of following through with their commitment. You can sort through the pretenders by checking out these housing insurance tips.
If you have any spare money in a savings account, use it to pay off your mortgage. When you own your home outright your annual home insurance premiums can drop dramatically as insurance companies tend to assume that home-owner’s are more likely to take care of and secure their property.
You should always ask how much it would cost to increase your coverage. Home owner’s insurance factors in the chance of many small tings going wrong in addition to catastrophic events, but those large events are unlikely. Given that fact, it may only cost you $20 or $25 to increase your coverage from $350,000 to $500,000 to insure your possessions as well as your house.
Make sure to get homeowner’s insurance when you purchase a house. People sometimes forget about insurance because they are too busy dealing with other matters. If something disastrous happens to your home, such a fire, hurricane, or flood, your homeowner’s insurance will help pay all or some of the repair costs.
When looking into getting homeowners insurance, it pays to get get Guaranteed Replacement Value insurance. What this means is that in the event that your home has to be rebuilt due to a disaster, the insurance company will pay for the repairs no matter what the cost is. In the long run, this could save you a lot of money.
Don’t be afraid to ask your insurer for a better deal. Before changing your home insurance provider, call up to your existing insurer and ask if they can offer you a better deal. Insurance companies do not want to lose customers to their competitors, so this technique can quite often cut your annual premiums and save you the hassle of having to change providers.
Another way to get a discount on your home insurance is by having some form of fire safety in place. Smoke alarms are a good choice. While these are generally common in most current buildings, installing them in aging homes can save you about 10% or more in annual premiums. The other plus is that they can possibly save you if there’s a fire.
If you own a very valuable object, you should consider getting insurance on it. Many insurance companies offer customized services and adapt to particular situations. You should get a professional to evaluate the value of your object; if your valuable possessions should be destroyed or damaged, the insurance would have to give you the equivalent of the estimated value.
Stay vigilant over the cost of your home insurance premiums by doing an annual check of your policy statements, and seek quotes from other companies to ensure you are paying the lowest rates. Your insurance doesn’t always automatically reflect changes that can lower your rates, so you want to make sure any discounts for adding alarms, sprinkler systems or removing a swimming pool are applied. Staying vigilant is the best way to save money!
Having insurance as a homeowner is a must, but you should never settle for just any policy backed by just any insurance company. Make sure you use these tips to find a great policy from a legitimate insurer whose services will be there in a timely fashion should you ever need them.