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.
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 you move homes, be sure that your belongings are insured for the move. This may mean buying insurance from the moving company. Your homeowner’s insurance policy may also cover items that are damaged, lost, or stolen in transit. Check with your insurance agent about a “special perils endorsement”, which will protect valuables during a move.
When considering insurance for your home, be aware of how certain possessions may affect your rates. Having a pool or skateboard ramp may bring hours of joy and fun to your family and friends, however they can make a large impact on your rates. Check with multiple providers and consider if it is worth it to have these recreational items.
If your home is damaged severely with water, do not dispose of any destroyed property before your insurance adjuster can assess the damage. You can remove destroyed items from the home so that they do not cause further water damage to floors or other items, but leave them on the property. Failure to do so means you may not be compensated for those items.
To save money on your homeowners insurance talk to your agent and see if the company provides discounts for installing additional smoke detectors. Many older homes lack them in areas that are considered standard places to install today and many insurance companies will provide a discount as an incentive for you to add more.
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are subject to certain time limitations, so waiting too long may give the insurer a reason to say that the claim is no longer valid.
To protect your personal property in a rented residence, you need renter’s insurance. The landlord or property owner will have insurance to cover losses on the building, but not on the items inside your unit. This is your responsibility. Fortunately, renter’s insurance is quite affordable, and available from most insurance companies and independent agents.
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.