Latest Refreshes – Homeowners Insurance Tips That You Can Use
When you have homeowners insurance, about once a year you should sit down and review your policy. Maybe there are things that you have done such as installing smoke alarms, burglar alarms or a sprinkler system. If you’ve done those things and provide proof, that may help to lower your premium. You can save money on your homeowners insurance by providing proof that you have made your home a safer place through the installation of a number of safety-related features. Install smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, deadbolt locks, burglar alarms, and/or fire alarms, and your insurer will likely offer you a preferred rate. Before the weather gets cold, prepare your home for winter conditions to reduce the likelihood of damages caused by weather conditions. Below freezing temperatures can cause frozen pipes and other damages to your home, so taking the time to winterize your home can save you from home owner’s insurance claims related to weather damage.
There are two things you can do to lower your home insurance premiums. First, install a security system. This will potentially reduce your annual premium by 5%. Bear in mind, that you must issue the insurance company with proof that you have a working security system, such as a contract or bill. Second, install smoke alarms throughout your home. This could save you as much as 10% per year. 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. Make sure that you are aware of any changes to your policy following a life-changing event. After it happens, be sure to inform your agent. This includes marriage divorce, adult children moving out or back in, etc. The amount of insurance you will need and everything that you want covered will vary throughout the years. Make sure to keep your policies and inventory up to date. Create a comprehensive list of the valuables that are in your home, and provide a copy to your insurance agent. Take pictures of your items, and have them stored somewhere away from your home. Confirm with your agent that all of these items will be covered, and make sure to update your agent on new valuable purchases that should be covered.
Now that you have this crucial information. You can make sure that you are covered. As stated at the beginning, your home is most likely your largest asset. It needs more protection than most things in your life. You can use the tools provided here to get yourself and your home covered.
Consider geography when you consider how much your home owner’s insurance policy will cost. Regardless of the materials used for your home, where it’s located can make a huge difference in cost. Homes at the beach or near a large lake, will cost more to insure, as will homes in a earthquake prone zone. Make sure to budget these factors in when selecting your policy. List all of your valuable belongings on a schedule. You may need to purchase an extra rider, or add-on coverage, for certain items. Furs, Persian carpets, collectibles, art and antiques all usually have some type of coverage limit on a home owner’s policy. Cover each item with your agent and make sure they are fully covered.
Update your home owners’ insurance policy regularly. Your original insurance policy took the original number of bedrooms, bathrooms, construction type and location into consideration. Contact your insurance agent every time you make significant improvements on your home, such as added a swimming pool or increased the number of rooms, so they can reimburse you for the repair costs that might occur. Make sure you have enough coverage for the contents within your home. Most of the time regular homeowner’s insurance will be enough to cover your contents if something happens, but if you have really valuable items, you may want to buy additional coverage for those items or increase the content insurance. Increase your home owner’s insurance deductible. There are quite a few pros and cons to increasing the deductible amount on your insurance. However, if you are having trouble paying your home owner’s insurance, you might want to seriously consider it. It can end up saving you anywhere from 10% to 37% off your premium.