There are so many insurance companies out there that it’s hard to know which companies are legitimate and which ones are only looking for your monthly fees and have no real plan of following through with their commitment. You can sort through the pretenders by checking out these housing insurance tips.
When considering home insurance, be sure to check with different providers to see if they have discounts for having multiple policies with them. You may be entitled to quite a discount if you have multiple policies with the same provider, such as home, auto, and life insurance. If they don’t offer a discount, ask them why. If you haggle you may get results, otherwise you should consider your options.
Before installing a pool or buying a trampoline, be sure to check with your insurance company to see what effect this will have on your premiums. Some companies will charge as much as 10% more to insure a house with a pool, trampoline or other potentially hazardous equipment on the property.
There are aspects of any home that will impact insurance prices, no matter how perfectly kept the property is. Having a swimming pool can end up driving up the costs of your policy, due to the increase in liability. You will also see a difference in price depending on how close your home is to emergency services. You shouldn’t pick a place for lower insurance rates, but you need to know that factors like that can affect the cost.
You can save thousands of dollars and years of payments by making your mortgage payment on a bi-weekly basis, instead of monthly. Ask your mortgage holder about setting you up on this payment program. Since there are 52 weeks in a year, you will end up making an additional couple of payments without breaking the bank or your budget.
Keep your homeowners insurance policy up to date. If it’s been a few years since you purchased your policy, you might be under insured. If you’ve made improvements to your home, your policy might not reflect the increased value. Building costs have gone up too, so review your policy yearly, and if needed, make changes to be adequately covered.
It is cheaper to get and keep homeowner’s insurance if you do not have injury prone devices. Insurance companies see pools, trampolines, and other similar objects to be a higher risk for injury and will therefore raise the amount of your premium. Although having a pool may be fun, removing it will save you money!
Set a long term goal of paying off your home mortgage as quickly as possible, as this will allow you to spend less to purchase homeowner’s insurance. In the eyes of an insurance company, someone who does not owe anything on his or her home is apt to maintain and make improvements to the property. Due to this, many companies offer those clients much lower annual premiums. Gather those savings by calling your agent as soon as the mortgage is fully paid.
Having insurance as a homeowner is a must, but you should never settle for just any policy backed by just any insurance company. Make sure you use these tips to find a great policy from a legitimate insurer whose services will be there in a timely fashion should you ever need them.
John Hill is the proprietor of Starmark Home Inspections. They are a highly regarded provider of property inspection services in Charlotte NC. We go places where various other property inspectors will not. call them right now to get your comprehensive residential property inspection purchased Starmark Home Inspections or give them a call at 704-606-8333 or 704-665-0262.