While no one wants to think about anything bad happening to their home or belongings, the reality is that it happens to people every day. Home owner’s insurance can grant you peace of mind that if anything should happen to your home, you will have the needed financial assistance to get it taken care of. This article will help you get started by teaching you a bit about home owner’s insurance.
To make sure that you are paying the lowest amount on your homeowner’s insurance, compare the cost of your insurance policy to another company’s policies at least once a year. You should also review your existing policy and mark any changes that may have occurred which could lower your premium.
If you are building an addition to your home or considering a major renovation, check what effect this will have on your homeowner’s insurance rates. Wood-framed structures are considered to be a fire risk, for example, and will raise your insurance rates. Using cement, steel, or other fireproof materials will mean your addition costs less to insure.
When you move homes, be sure that your belongings are insured for the move. This may mean buying insurance from the moving company. Your homeowner’s insurance policy may also cover items that are damaged, lost, or stolen in transit. Check with your insurance agent about a “special perils endorsement”, which will protect valuables during a move.
When you are looking into homeowners insurance there are things that you can do to help with the costs of your premium. One of the things that you can choose to do is to make your deductible higher. It will lower your premium but you should keep in mind that smaller things such as a broken window may have to be paid out of pocket by you.
If you need to file a homeowner’s insurance claim, you’ll need to prove your losses. A good way to document your possessions is to take a video while walking through your house, describing the items. Then upload the video to a safe, non-public place online, so it won’t be destroyed if anything happens to your home. Scan receipts for your possessions, too.
Be sure to let you insurance agent know if you are approaching your 55th birthday. This may save you some money on your existing policy or make you eligible for a better policy. Senior citizens (55 and over) are often eligible for good insurance discounts. If your insurance company does not offer a discount, it may be time to look at different insurance companies.
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.
Home owner’s insurance is something that we all hope to never need, but in the case of a natural disaster or theft, it can be an invaluable thing to have. Taking into account what you have learned from this article, you now have the knowledge you need to begin protecting your home and family with this important insurance.