Before speaking to an insurance agent, you should know the contents in your home and their value. There are a few tips that are important to take into consideration when looking for the right policy.
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.
If you have recreational amenities in your backyard such as pools, hot tubs, trampolines, or other contraptions that are likely to cause injury, these can raise your insurance premiums, sometimes by 10 percent or more. Consider this when making a decision about purchasing a property with these things, or adding them to it.
If you want to be sure your home and belongings are covered in the event of a flood, the time to buy flood insurance is not the moment it begins to rain. Most flood insurance plans will not cover flood damage incurred within the first 30 days of purchase, so you need to make that call today, rather than putting it off.
To ensure the protection of major home improvement projects always report them to your homeowner’s insurance company once they are completed. While this may result in a small premium increase, it is the only way to make sure that the added value of your home is covered in case of damage.
Ensure that your home is adequately protected with the proper number of smoke detectors, and you could qualify for a discount on your home owners insurance premiums. Installing more than the recommended number of smoke detectors can also result in a discount from some insurance companies. Check your policy to see if qualify for a reduction in your premiums.
Find the ratings for the insurance company that you are considering opening a home insurance policy with. You will be able to learn about the billing, claims, customer service and overall satisfaction ratings. Be sure that the ratings that you are getting are coming from independent customer satisfaction surveys.
Check out Consumer Reports before you open a home owner;s policy with any company. Consumer Reports has a great website that makes it quite easy for a consumer to find the information that they seek. The scores that are given, will help you decide if that particular company is one that you want to work with.
Find out what kind of home replacement coverage is offered on your home owners insurance policy. Some will guarantee replacement while others will limit the amount of money you will get if your home is destroyed. Some insurance companies have a cap on the payments to a percentage of the face value of your policy.
Your home insurance agent will give you many options for insurance coverage. You should make a list of your items and give it to your agent to get the right coverage. Having a compiled list of valuables can serve as proof that those items were on the premises if they do happen to be destroyed.