A lot of states mandate that you must have some type of homeowners insurance. That leads some people to get a weak policy just to abide the law rather than getting a strong policy to protect their family and house. Don’t short-change yourself here; check out these tips on finding a great insurance policy.
If you need to file a claim with your homeowner’s insurance company, do so promptly. Quickly respond to any request for information as completely as you can. The more information the insurance company has, the faster they can process your claim. Also, much damage suffered by homes will only worsen with time, meaning that if you let it sit, the cost will be higher.
Be sure to review your policy yearly to check and see if there are any discounts available to you. This may result from additions such as a security alarm tied to a monitoring agency, a fire suppression system, and installation of additional fire alarms. There also may be items in your neighborhood that can effect it such as removal of trees or additional fire suppression outlets.
If you have expensive landscaping around your home, consider purchasing separate insurance for it. Most basic homeowners insurance policies will not cover damage from wind or other environmental factors to landscaping. This means that if your expensive imported trees come down in the wind, your homeowners insurance policy will generally not cover it.
Keeping the annual insurance premiums low is a concern for many homeowners. One way to accomplish this is by choosing a higher deductible for the policy. Your premiums will be smaller if your deductible is higher. Keep a slush fund so you can pay for small fixes.
Insuring a vacant house is very expensive, as a vacant property is a magnet for vandals. Vacant house insurance can cost more in a month than regular homeowners insurance costs for a year. If a family member can’t stay at the house, consider renting the property out, or exchange free rent for house sitting services to avoid having a property sit idle.
If you have high-value items, they may not be covered completely by typical homeowner’s insurance. For example, expensive jewelry may need to be appraised, and then the insurer will issue a rider to cover the item in case it’s stolen or damaged. Make sure to mention high-value items to your agent, to make the process of filing a claim easier, should you need to do so.
Insurance for your house is a must as long as you still owe a mortgage. This protects the bank on their investment. Once you own your home in full, you will still want your insurance in case of theft or other damage so that you are not left fully covering all the repairs and loss.
You need to make certain that your family and your home are covered, but you also need to ensure that the insurance policy you have isn’t just a bottom-of-the-barrel piece of paper that says you’re insured. You need an ironclad policy that will really pay off when you need it to. Follow the tips you just read here and make it happen.