Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Lower Your Home Insurance Costs

A home in Louisiana damaged by Hurricane KatrinaImage via WikipediaIn my state, we are bracing ourselves for the next round of home insurance premium increases. It seems that even though we haven't been hit by any major weather events over the last several years, the insurance companies fund to cover such things is highly underfunded. 


Price increases for home insurance are not the kind of expenses you can cut back on, they have to be paid.

Finding ways to reduce or slow the increase of your home insurance bills are possible. It will take some effort, but it is possible to save yourself some money.

Raise Your Deductible.

A deductible is the amount of money you are going to pay toward the loss before the insurance company begins to pay a claim. Presently, most insurance companies recommend a deductible of at least $1000. Why not increase the deductible to $1500 or $2000. See how much you will be saving and with the two options. If it will save you a substantial amount, why not change it. Try it for a year, if your fearful it's to high, change it back. The insurance company will gladly take your money.

Improve Your Homes Resistance to Damage.

Insurance companies are very helpful in offering discounts for a smoke and fire alarm. Ask for a list of these discounts. A burglar alarm with central station monitoring will reduce your insurance costs. Check to see if your insurance company will give you a discount for new dead bolts and other security monitoring.

If you live in areas with major weather events and natural disasters, you may be able to save on premiums by adding storm shutters, strengthening your roof or replacing it completely. Finding ways to make your home more modern and up to the newer building codes for your heating, plumbing and electrical systems to reduce the risk of fire or water damage will reduce insurance costs.

Shop Around.

Always remember you are not tied to one insurance company. Seek out several home insurance companies for a quote. Check consumers reports, independent insurance agents, and online insurance quote websites. Be sure to weigh the best price with the quality of the company. Go online and search for complaints against your insurance company. Make sure your insurance company is rated well by the state and has the financial capacity to be able to pay when the time comes.

Combine Home and Auto Policies With The Same Insurer.

Some companies that sell homeowners, auto and liability coverage will take 5 to 15 percent off your premium if you buy two or more policies from them. But make certain this combined price is lower than buying the different coverages from different companies.

Make Sure Your Credit Report is Good.

It may seem to not be fair to link the amount of your home insurance premium with your credit score but it is a regular practice of insurance companies. When you apply for credit, a low credit score is punished by paying a higher rate on borrowing money. So it is with insurance companies, you will be judged a higher risk and charged more for your premium.

Finally, review the cost of rebuilding your home and make sure you are paying the right amount of insurance for it to be replaced. A newer home will sometimes have a lower premium because the age of the house makes a difference. The quality of you fire department is taken into consideration. If you live in a urban or rural community, it will affect the price of your premium.

There are many ways to save money on your home insurance costs, it just takes working closely with your insurance agent to make sure every discount is taken.


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2 comments:

  1. Improving your resistance to damage such as fire can help you save a lot of penny.

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  2. Insurance companies are very helpful in offering discounts for a smoke and fire alarm. Ask for a list of these discounts. A burglar alarm with central station monitoring will reduce your insurance costs. Check to see if your insurance company will give you a discount for new dead bolts and other security monitoring.

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