Solid Home Owner’s Insurance Advice For Anyone To Follow
Don’t under-insure the items in your household to save a few bucks on your insurance premium. This seems like a good idea when you take out your policy, because no one really thinks a disaster is going to happen to them. The problem is, if and when a disaster does hit, it’s tough enough already without having to come to terms with the fact that your insurance money is not enough to at least replace some of the material items you’ve lost. 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. If you are looking for insurance rates for a home you are looking to purchase, get as much information about the house as you can. Before going to your agent to find out the potential insurance costs, you should know about the house. Gather information such as the age of the house and the material used to build the house. This information will help the agent get closer to the actual policy price. If you want to lower your premiums, don’t file any claims on your home owner’s insurance. The longer your history is clear for, the lower your premiums will be. A good insurance customer is one that doesn’t cost the company a lot of money, but instead pays into their plan on time. You may think you don’t live close enough to a body of water to have to worry about flood insurance…but think again. Before you decide you don’t need it, assess the flood risk for your geographical area. You will be surprised at the unexpected parts of the country which have experienced floods in the past year or two, and if you live in or near on of these areas, flood insurance may be right for you. FEMA.gov is one site that provides information on flood risks for all parts of the U.S. 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. Of course, it’s much more than their strange and foreign words that make dealing with insurance companies a bit worrisome. It’s the fact that they just may literally hold your future in their hands. Use the tips you just read to make sure that you’re as well protected as you can be and also, that you’re getting a fair price on coverage. Find a company that will give you multiple policy discounts. If you have your homeowners, auto, life and disability insurance all under one roof, so to speak, then you can often get a substantial discount on your rates. Ask your current company if this is an option for you.
If you look only at cost when seeking homeowner’s insurance, the company you choose may well be one where you deal only with a distant call center. But if a tree falls on your home, you want someone with an office nearby, someone who will actually come out and look at the damage.
When considering valuable contents, remember to include unusual or valuable items that may not normally be considered. Jewelry, art, furs and electronics are common categories of contents your agent likely verifies to make sure you have adequate coverage. However, if you collect stamps, antique books or other unusual items, valuable possessions may not be fully covered in case of loss.
If you have expensive landscaping around your home, consider purchasing separate insurance for it. Most basic homeowners insurance policies will not cover damage from wind or other environmental factors to landscaping. This means that if your expensive imported trees come down in the wind, your homeowners insurance policy will generally not cover it. Secure your property by installing an approved burglar alarm and replacing broken locks on doors and windows. Home insurance providers look favorably on customers who secure their homes, as it decreases the chances of theft or arson. An approved burglar alarm system can reduce insurance premiums by up to 8%.
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