Understand Your Homeowners Insurance With These Simple Tips
If you’re using a state-sponsored insurance plan, call some private insurers to see if they’ll give you a better rate or more coverage for the same premiums. They’d like to have your business, so often they’ll be willing to work with you and offer you a great deal that you can’t refuse.
Install a sophisticated alarm system in your home, preferably one that is monitored by a reputable security company, or is linked directly to the local police station. Insurance companies reduce your yearly premium by up to 5% if you can prove by an invoice or contract that you have a centrally monitored security system installed.
Paying off your mortgage can have a significant effect on your yearly home owner’s premium. It is not easy to do in most cases, but if you can afford it you can save a lot of money because insurance companies think you will take much better care of your home when you fully own it. When creating an inventory of your home to be prepared for a home insurance claim, don’t forget your closets! Also include any storage you might have, especially if you store winter items in summer or vice versa. Your air conditioner may be hidden away in the closet, but it should be included! Don not, under any circumstances, allow your hazard insurance on your home to lapse. Most mortgage companies have a clause in the agreement you signed that in the event you don’t pay it, they will find a new policy for it, sparing no expense, and charge you for the premium. It will usually be at least double what you were paying before. You are better off doing whatever you need to in order to keep your policy current.