Shopping for home owner’s insurance is not something most people do frequently. It is very important to make sure that you get a policy that covers your personal needs and meets your requirements for cost and customer service. Selecting the appropriate home owners insurance carrier can mean a significant difference in your life should you need to make a claim in the future.
To keep your coverage up to date, be sure to review your homeowner’s policy every year. Let your insurer know of changes in your home and property that may help keep your premiums down. For instance, if you have replaced your current roof with something more fireproof, like composite shingles, you may get a premium reduction.
To be well protected and to make sure you receive monies coming to you from a homeowner’s insurance claim, be sure everything is well documented. This can be from taking photographs and videos of everything in and around your home, and then storing copies of these in a safe place (usually NOT in your home) like at a relative’s home or store the photos in a fireproof safe it you would like to keep them in your home. Having this inventory compiled will help shorten the claims process and will help you get your money FASTER.
To help lower your annual homeowner’s insurance premiums, you may want to consider raising your deductible. You will want to do your homework on this, however, as smaller claims such as broken windows or damage from a leaky pipe may end up costing you, as you will be required to pay them.
Because your home insurance more than likely covers your belongings, documenting your major assets is an important part of getting the most from your insurance. Simply taking your camera around the house, photographing your most valuable items, and then saving that information in a zip file, is an easy way to ensure that you get the most from your insurance plan should tragedy strike. Obviously, it is far harder to prove what you owned after it is gone.
To ensure the protection of major home improvement projects always report them to your homeowner’s insurance company once they are completed. While this may result in a small premium increase, it is the only way to make sure that the added value of your home is covered in case of damage.
It could be worth using your savings to pay for minor damage repairs. Remember any type of claim with your home insurance company will increase your annual premiums. The increase could be more than what it would cost you to repair the damage yourself, so in order to protect your no-claims discount, consider not involving your home insurance provider when small amounts of damage occur to your home.
To save money on your homeowners insurance, you should pay off the mortgage as soon as possible. Most companies will consider you a smaller risk when there is no debt against a property and you will take better care of the property. Look into how much faster you can pay the loan off, by refinancing at 15 years instead of 30.
When adding a feature such as a swimming pool or trampoline to your home, factor in insurance costs and recommendations in the project. Defined as attractive nuisances, these features have increased risks associated with them can increase premium, but following recommendations like adding a secure fence and gate can offset the expense somewhat.
Following these tips can make shopping for your home owners insurance an easier process. Have any additional questions give us a call at the MVR Insurance Agency 914-693-3500. Be sure you have all of the coverage that you will need for your situation and if you ever find yourself in a place where you need to make a claim, you can be assured that your policy will cover most if not all circumstances that could occur.