Home insurance is a security blanket for homeowners. This is one of those unavoidable expenses that come along with owning a house. The price they pay is for the peace of mind for circumstances that homeowners do not have control over. Home insurance prices largely depend mostly on two things: the location and the age of the property.
A typical home insurance policy usually covers four parts: House coverage, external structure coverage, loss of use coverage, and coverage for personal belongings. It is very important to know what type of coverage you need.
However, not all insurance policies are equal. Here are five tips to reduce your home insurance costs:
Find and Compare
While there are plenty of companies that offer home insurance, they all differ in what their policy covers and the premium. Do not limit your research on one or two insurance companies. It is always wise to research and compare the key factors such as: Policy coverages, monthly premiums, financial stability of the insurance company, customer reviews or complaints, and credit rating agency feedback.
Asking friends and colleagues on which insurance company is better may also help. Check the company website and read all the information carefully. You can request quotes through their website so you can compare the quotes based on costs and coverage.
Consult your insurance agent regularly
Home insurance documents are quite lengthy and sometimes confusing. Discussing the insurance policy details with your insurance agent can help you in lowering your home insurance prices. Two things to keep in mind when getting home insurance: What the insurance covers, and what it doesn’t.
Do not be reluctant to ask ‘what if’ questions. What if our house caught fire, will the insurance cover the lost or damaged personal belongings? Will the claim include expenses to cover rebuilding our fence? How much claim should we get to cover our accommodation while our house is being repaired? These questions will give a definite picture of what you will get and what you will not get.
Increase your deductible
A high deductible means more savings on premiums. Deductibles are the sum of money paid toward damage before the insurance company begins to pay for a claim. When considering a premium amount, always take note of the possible repairs or other problems that might lead to filing a claim. You may consider where the property is located and the weather in that region. Is the property located in a flood-prone area? Is the property situated in a hurricane region or a district vulnerable to earthquakes? How often does home invasion occur in the neighborhood? There should be specific deductibles depending on these factors.
Insurance companies offer a number of different kinds of discounts. Some companies give discounts if the premium is paid in full. Some reductions are given if home insurance is bundled with vehicle insurance. Some insurance companies are affiliated with other private companies or government agencies, and if the client is an employee of these companies or agencies, you could potentially save money. You may also get a price cut if you installed some energy-saving devices, set up smoke detectors, and have fire extinguishers or any recent repair in your house. Always ask the insurance agent on all possible discounts that you can qualify for.
Security upgrades and disaster defense
Ask your insurance agent on what upgrades and security improvements to make to reduce home insurance prices. Strengthening the roof or adding storm shutters may reduce the insurance premiums. Installing a burglar alarm, smoke detector, or a high-end sprinkler system can also reduce premium rates. Before installing home security upgrades, compare the price against the possible savings on premium cost.
The role of an insurance agent is vital when purchasing home insurance. They are the best people to answer all questions about the insurance policy and premium payments. Make sure to ask all possible questions. Ask for recommendations on how to reduce the home premium prices and maximize insurance benefits.
An insurance company is a financial entity. Therefore, credibility and stability are also important. Take ample time to read customer reviews and feedback. Be specific on the not so positive reviews. Note the specific aspects the insurance company is lacking and how fast are they in addressing these concerns. Home insurance is required, but spending ample time finding the right provider can save you hassles and money in the future.
About Transparity Insurance Services
Transparity Insurance Services was founded for the purpose of helping clients to ensure their property and assets with no hassle. We are committed to providing a simple, easy, efficient, and positive experience to all of our clients, and prioritize open and transparent communication with our clients. Through our excellent customer service and technology, we can help you to find the right insurance program at a competitive price. Contact us today at (855) 889-2037 to learn more about what we can do for you.