If you are looking for basic information regarding homeowner’s insurance plus some other tips that you might not have heard of, this article is for you.
Documenting and photographing your home and its contents will expedite any future claims. Make a list of all valuables in your home and take extensive pictures of the home itself, then store this evidence in a safe place such as a safe deposit box. If something ever does happen to your home you have all the data you need to back-up any claims and get them processed faster with less scrutiny from the insurance company.
If you install a structure on your property, it will typically be covered for 10% of your home’s insurance coverage. If you put in a structure that is worth more than that, like a guest house, then you should seek out an insurance policy that covers that structure in case of damage.
When trying to save money on your homeowner’s insurance, you should check out companies that offer multiple-policy discounts, which could be 10 percent or more if you have more than one type of policy with the same company. Examples would be if you had auto or health with a company, and then purchased homeowner’s with the same company.
Try looking for multiple policy discounts in your home owner’s insurance policy. There are many insurance companies that offer a 10% or more discount to customers that have other insurance policies under one roof. Think about getting a quote for other insurance types from the same company that you received your homeowners’ policy. You could save on two annual premiums.
If you have a family, you should evaluate your homeowners’ insurance needs as your household shrinks and your material valuables (hopefully) increase. It’s worth taking a second look at your policy to see if there are coverage limits on things like jewelery and other high-value items. If there are specific individual items that you would like to make sure get covered, you can request an individual rider to make sure those items are protected against theft.
Get an estimate of damages to your home prior to filing a claim on your home owners insurance. If it is not going to cost you much more than the deductible to repair, do not file the claim. Each claim that you file will cause your premium to increase for the year.
A higher deductible on your homeowner’s insurance can save you money on premiums. While a higher deductible may mean that you will be responsible for small repair costs such as broken windows, more often than not these costs are balanced out by the savings you will receive on your annual premiums.
When buying a homeowner’s insurance policy, what is excluded from coverage is sometimes more critical that what the policy does cover. Flood coverage, for example, is not typically covered in most homeowner’s policies, but can be purchased as a separate policy. The same is true for other natural disasters such as earthquakes.
We hope you will find these tips beneficial when making decisions regarding homeowner’s insurance.