Owning a home means responsibility. Part of this responsibility is insuring your home. But, if you are unfamiliar with home owner’s insurance, there may be some things you do not understand. Take these tips to mind, as you begin looking for insurance for your home.
To save money on your homeowner’s insurance consider the costs of construction projects before you begin building. Structures with wooden frames cost more to insure because they have more risk of burning, while structures with steel frames cost less because they are sturdier and hold up under adverse weather or other conditions.
Pay your mortgage down as much as you can to reduce the cost of your policy. Insurance companies make the assumption that people who own their homes will take better care of their homes than those who don’t. If you get your mortgage debt paid off, you won’t have to spend as much in annual premiums.
Lower your annual home insurance premiums by raising your deductible. The higher the deductible, the less you pay. Even though you will be stuck with footing the bill for smaller problems you may encounter, it is worth it in the long run. Insurance companies tend to raise a homeowner’s premium after any claim they make, no matter how small.
Even if renter’s insurance isn’t mandated where you are living, it is highly recommended. You simply never know what is going to happen. Renter’s insurance covers all your valuables in the case of some disaster like a fire or a flood.
Check the status of your homeowner’s insurance premiums at least once a year, to see if you may qualify for a lower rate. Your current rate may be based on an old crime statistic, for example, or you may have installed a security system that could lower your rates. Discuss these changes with your insurance agent.
Make sure you have enough smoke detectors installed in your home. Older homes especially may need additional ones in order to get a better homeowners insurance premium. Even some newer homes can benefit financially from adding additional detectors apart from those necessary to meet the requirements.
Install a security system to help lower your homeowner’s insurance premium by 5%. Your security system must be watched over by a central station or tied directly to your local police station, in order to get this discount. Your insurance agent will want to see proof that your security system is being monitored.
Putting an addition onto your home will increase your homeowner’s insurance rates because there’s now more home to insure. Minimize the increase by being smart with your building choices. If you can arrange for steel-framed construction, you may be able to pay less by choosing this less-flammable material. Consider the new roof’s fire rating as well.
A home is a significant investment that you need to protect. And it all starts with homeowner’s insurance. You need, though, to make sure certain things are covered in it. Give these tips consideration as you begin to look for your home’s policy.