If you need to purchase a home owner’s insurance policy, there is an abundance of information available. Not all of it is clear, or even helpful. We present to you a list of shrewd tips that will make it a bit easier for you.
A renter’s insurance policy for your home is inexpensive and will protect your valuables in the event of certain types of loss or damage. The landlord will have insurance on the structure itself, but this doesn’t cover your belongings. You must get a policy for yourself in case something happens, like a flood, fire or burglary.
Be aware of what your home insurance actually covers. A regular home insurance policy doesn’t cover things such as flood damage. This type of insurance needs to be purchased separately through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Another thing to consider is earthquake damage. If this is something that you may experience, you will have to buy specialized coverage from a private home insurance company. Luckily, both of these types of coverage are relatively inexpensive.
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.
When considering home insurance, be sure to check with different providers to see if they have discounts for having multiple policies with them. You may be entitled to quite a discount if you have multiple policies with the same provider, such as home, auto, and life insurance. If they don’t offer a discount, ask them why. If you haggle you may get results, otherwise you should consider your options.
If you want to be sure you are paid properly for a homeowner’s insurance claim, you must report any loss to the insurance company immediately. Claims on your home are subject to certain time limitations, so waiting too long may give the insurer a reason to say that the claim is no longer valid.
Make sure your policy includes flood insurance. Flooding is not typically covered by homeowner’s insurance, and due to recent events, it is clear that floods can happen in areas you don’t expect. You don’t want to find out that you are uninsured if a flood ever wipes out your home completely, so make sure you do your homework on this subject.
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.
We don’t claim that this a comprehensive list of the advice that you need, but it should get you going in the right direction. Why not make a few notes outlining what tips you think that you can use? Try to apply some of these suggestions – we are confident that you can get a better deal.