Homeowner’s insurance isn’t something to gamble with. You want to be absolutely sure of adequate coverage in the event that you need it. Thus, you will look carefully at the reputation of the company you insure with, as well as, the cost of the policy. You will want to read and understand all the “fine print.” Here are some tips to help you do this.
Lower your homeowner’s insurance annual premiums by as much as five percent by maintaining a security system that is directly tied to your neighborhood police station. All that is required to qualify for this discount is to verify that you have central monitoring, which can be through a bill or insurance company contract.
No mortgage? Lower insurance rates! This isn’t easy, but many companies will drop rates if you actually own your home. For the most part, insurance companies feel that you will take care of your home better whenever you actually own it.
What would do you do if your home was destroyed in a natural disaster and needs to be rebuilt? If you purchased your homeowner’s insurance years ago, the cost of construction and materials may have gone up. For this reason it is important to make sure you buy a Guaranteed Replacement Value Insurance premium which will guarantee that your home will be rebuilt regardless of the cost.
If your home is damaged severely with water, do not dispose of any destroyed property before your insurance adjuster can assess the damage. You can remove destroyed items from the home so that they do not cause further water damage to floors or other items, but leave them on the property. Failure to do so means you may not be compensated for those items.
Keep a detailed inventory of all valuable items within your home. Suffering through a major disaster can be overcome without losing everything, but only if you remain diligent and update the insurance agency frequently. Take pictures of the contents of your home (remember cabinets and closets) for the most accurate record.
If you are going to be 55 soon, you probably should speak with your homeowner’s insurance company, or get a review on your policy. Senior citizens (55 and over) are often eligible for good insurance discounts. Tell your insurer you plan to shop around if they don’t offer a discount.
A well installed security system provides an excellent and useful way to lower your insurance costs. The savings you’ll achieve on your premiums for homeowner’s insurance from your home security system will be in addition to the feeling of security it provides you with. By working to protect your home yourself, you pose a smaller risk to insurers, which will reduce your premium costs. You will eventually save enough on premiums to pay for much, or even or all, of the security system.
These tips that you have read are words of wisdom gained through experience. They can help you to understand where some of the pitfalls areas in “exclusions.” These tips can help guide you to a policy that gives superior coverage at an affordable price. This is a good start, but the rest is up to you!