Insurance Tips – Home

Insurance is not cheap even though it is a  necessity. More over ,all most all mortgage companies won’t make a finance or loan a residential real estate transaction unless the buyer provides proof of coverage for the full or fair value of the property. There are some simple tips you can take to make sure your home’ insurance is appropriate for your needs.

Homeowners’ insurance are usually expensive. There is a huge premium to be paid when if the house is located in a high risk areas such as near major waterways, identified earthquake fault lines or other high claims areas. Even though you shouldn’t avoid purchasing home insurance, there are some ways to minimize the cost. Below are some ways ensure you get the right coverage and consequent compensation for your house.

Install a Smoke Alarms and Security System: Burglar alarm that is monitored  directly by to a local police station or  a central station will help lower the annual premiums, varying up to 5% or more. The homeowner must typically provide proof of central monitoring in the form of a bill or a contract to the insurance company, in order to obtain the discount,

Smoke alarms are another giant. More than anything, in case of fire, they could save your life!! Most modern houses, installing them in older homes can save the homeowner 10% or more in annual premiums.

To know more about homeownership, realise A Tax Primer For Homeowners and Mortgages: How Much Can You pay each month?

Increase Your Deductible: As with other insurances such as health insurance or car insurance, the higher the deductible the homeowner chooses, the lower the annual premiums. The only  problem with selecting a high deductible is that smaller claims  such as broken windows or damaged sheetrock from a leaky pipe, which typically will cost only a few hundred dollars to fix, will most likely be absorbed by the homeowner.

Design Ahead for Construction: When homeowner plans to build an addition to the home or another structure adjacent to the home, he or she should consider the materials that will be used. Because wood are highly flammable Wood-framed structures will cost more to insure. In most cases,  cement or steel-framed structures will cost less because it is less likely to succumb to fire or adverse weather conditions. Extra thing that most homeowners should, but often don’t, consider is the insurance costs associated with building a swimming pool. These items such as pools and other potentially injurious devices (e.g trampolines) can drive annual homeowners’ insurance costs up by 10% or more. Even this seem like a small price to pay given the joy these items bring, but it is still something that should be considered by the owner prior to purchase or construction.

Try to Settle Your Mortgage: It is easier said than done. but homeowners that pay off their mortgage debts will most likely see their premiums drop. Because its  simple reason is that the insurance company figures that if you own the home outright, you’ll take better care of it.

Do  Regular Policy Reviews and Comparisons: Minimum once a year compare the costs of other insurance policies with the current one . House owners should review their existing policy and identify of any changes that might have occurred that could lower their premiums.

Watch for changes in the neighbourhood that could reduce rates as well. Example : installation of a fire hydrant within 100 feet of the home, or the erection of a fire substation within close proximity to the property may lower the homeowner’s annual premiums.

Look out for Multiple Policy Discounts: Most of the  insurance companies give a discount of 10% or more to their customers that maintain other insurance contracts under the same roof (such as Motor or health insurance). Get a quote for other types of insurance from the same company that provides your house owners insurance. You may end up saving on two annual policy premiums.