It can happen in the blink of an eye. One minute, your house is intact. You look away from the stove for a minute, and something catches on fire. The flames spread, and you are powerless to stop the damage to your home. Are you prepared for this possibility? Learn how to protect yourself against this (and other dangers) with the following advice about homeowners insurance.
When shopping for homeowner’s insurance, be sure to get a policy that offers guaranteed replacement value insurance. This means that your policy will definitely rebuild your house if it were completely destroyed. As construction costs increase over time, it may cost more to build your house now than it did when your home was new. Guaranteed replacement policies absorb these costs.
When you are going to purchase homeowners insurance there are certain things that you should look for in a policy. A good thing to have is guaranteed replacement value insurance. This means that no matter the cost your home will be rebuilt if a disaster were to happen. Most people think this is automatic, however, since home values increased it probably would cost more now than what you had originally paid for the home. This way you are covered.
Pay your home insurance yearly instead of monthly. Breaking it in to monthly payments may make it seem to be cheaper but if you save the money to pay it in full for the year, you will get a discount for making that payment. This can save you a good bit of money over the years.
Take the time once a year to review your policy and make comparisons with other home insurance companies. You may find that the company that gave you the best premium rate last year is going to cost you more for the following year. Do not hesitate to change to another reputable company if the price and coverage is right.
Install smoke alarms in your home. It will not only help to protect your family in the case of a fire but it will also get you about a ten percent discount on your home insurance policy. Many newer homes already have them installed but if they are not, it is an affordable thing to add to your home.
Install a home security system that is monitored centrally by a security company. This will not only protect your family and house, but it’ll also cut down on your insurance premium. You must prove the alarm is monitored centrally to qualify for the discount.
Add extra smoke alarms to your home to reduce your insurance premiums. Adding smoke alarms can reduce your yearly premiums by as much as 10 percent. Depending on your insurance company, you may even qualify for additional discounts for adding more smoke alarms than the minimum required to receive the discount. You not only save money, but you protect the lives of everyone in your family.
You can lower your annual premium by 5% or more with the simple installation of a monitored security alarm. Whether it is connected directly to your local police station or the security company, this type of alarm saves property and people and will also save you a lot of money. Look for promotions from the major alarm system companies or call them directly to possibly negotiate a good deal.
Documenting and photographing your home and its contents will expedite any future claims. Make a list of all valuables in your home and take extensive pictures of the home itself, then store this evidence in a safe place such as a safe deposit box. If something ever does happen to your home you have all the data you need to back-up any claims and get them processed faster with less scrutiny from the insurance company.
If you have children away at college, research your home owner’s insurance coverage policy to see if their possessions in the dormitory are covered. Most policies provide some coverage in case of theft or damage as long as the child is part of your household, but it also depends on the value of their possessions. If your child is living off-campus in an apartment, they may not be covered at all.
If you have condo or apartment insurance, ask your insurer what the coverage is for accidents that lead to damage in other people’s units. Make sure that it would be enough to cover all the appliances in the kitchen, likely the most expensive room in the house. Also consider having enough coverage for an entire unit in the case of a fire.
Homeowners insurance can help protect you financially in case an emergency occurs. Like the scenario at the beginning of the article, your house can be damaged in the blink of an eye. Apply the advice in this article to make an informed decision about insurance for your house and property.