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Advice For Getting The Best Home Owner's Insurance

Jul 10

Advice For Getting The Best Home Owner's Insurance

There are so many insurance companies out there that it's hard to know which companies are legitimate and which ones are only looking for your monthly fees and have no real plan of following through with their commitment. You can sort through the pretenders by checking out these housing insurance tips.

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Many renters overlook the need for renters insurance. The structure is typically protected already beneath the owner's fire insurance, their policy won't cover your personal belongings. Shop around and compare the types of coverage and costs you can get on a renter's homeowner's insurance policy to protect your valuables.

 

If you have a child in college, check with your insurance agent about whether the child's residence requires a separate insurance policy. Nearly all policies will cover belongings stored in a dorm room, while the regulations about off-campus apartment living will vary widely from policy to policy, even within the same company.

 

Before installing a pool or buying a trampoline, be sure to check with your insurance company to see what effect this will have on your premiums. Some companies will charge as much as 10% more to insure a house with a pool, trampoline or other potentially hazardous equipment on the property.

 

There are aspects of any home that will impact insurance prices, no matter how perfectly kept the property is. If your property has a swimming pool on it, that pool will always create higher homeowner's insurance costs than insurance for property without a pool. Your premiums will also depend on the distance between your home and emergency services. Keep this in mind as you shop for a home.

 

You might be able to get a discount on your homeowners insurance if you have a security system or alarm. It's not enough to have local alarm -- to qualify for the discount, you usually have to have a monitored service, and the insurance company will ask for proof of this, so make a copy of your monitoring service contract to give them.

 

You can always put more smoke alarms within your home. Insurers love safe investments, because they lower their own risk of payouts. Therefore, putting in lots of smoke alarms in your home is an easy way to lower your premiums because insurance companies will view your home as safer.

 

Deduct the value of the land that your home is built on. It is quite expensive and needless to cover the land that it is built on. You will save a good bit of money just by finding out the land's worth and deducting it from the amount that you are covering on your home insurance policy.

 

To make sure you're protected in the case of a disaster, purchase guaranteed replacement value insurance. This ensures that items lost in a disaster will be replaced at their current market value, no matter how much they cost. This is especially important for homes, as the cost of building typically rises over time.

 

Having insurance as a homeowner is a must, but you should never settle for just any policy backed by just any insurance company. Make sure you use these tips to find a great policy from a legitimate insurer whose services will be there in a timely fashion should you ever need them.