How to Save on Homeowners Insurance

Chuck Klein March 1, 2018

Making the decision to buy a home is very exciting and realizing that investing money into your property, instead of spending it on rent just makes sense. Finding ways to save money when you buy a home becomes a huge priority. Here are some ways you can save.

Do Research

When you get your quote for home insurance it will be based on dwelling or building value. Do some research about the best home insurance in your area, and remember insurance companies target their products based on who their target traffic profile of client risk is. Do not assume the cost of your insurance will be the same as the current property owner’s. Insurance policies take into account very personal information in order to establish a cost. A person age, credit rating, profession etc.

Bundle your home and auto insurance policies.

One of the easiest ways to save it by doing this. Many well known insurers offer a discount if you carry multiple policies with them. It can typically save you 10% to 20% on your home owners rate.

Make your home secure.

When calculating your rate, insurance companies look at your home’s susceptibility to threats such as burglary, storms and fires. You can limit risk and possibly qualify for cheaper rates by upgrading outdated systems such as electrical and plumbing and adding features such as impact resistant roofing, deadbolt your door and window locks etc. By avoiding incidents and claims, you can also give your insurer less incentive to increase your rate come renewal time.

Take advantage of other discounts

There are a few obscure discounts such as if no one living in the house is a smoker and simply by paying your premium via automatic bank payments.

Go for a higher deductable

Raising your deductible also can help. A common deductible is $500.00 to $1,000.00; increasing this number may trigger a rate reduction. It might also dissuade you from filing minor damage claims, as the repair bill is less likely to exceed your deductible.

Improve your credit score

Improve your credit score. In many states, companies are permitted to use a credit based insurance score to help predict the likelihood of future claims, and those with poor credit may face higher rates.

Last but not least SHOP AROUND

Rates can differ from one company to another just like car or medical insurance so it pays to compare estimates from several providers.

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