There are some simple tips that one should follow when looking for a new home owner’s insurance policy. Once you are a bit more educated on the lingo that home insurance agents use, you will be in a better position to purchase the type of policy options that you need.
Be aware of what your home insurance actually covers. A regular home insurance policy doesn’t cover things such as flood damage. This type of insurance needs to be purchased separately through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Another thing to consider is earthquake damage. If this is something that you may experience, you will have to buy specialized coverage from a private home insurance company. Luckily, both of these types of coverage are relatively inexpensive.
To save money on your homeowners insurance talk to your agent and see if the company provides discounts for installing additional smoke detectors. Many older homes lack them in areas that are considered standard places to install today and many insurance companies will provide a discount as an incentive for you to add more.
Paying off your mortgage may not be easy, but doing so can make your homeowner’s insurance premiums drop significantly. Insurance companies assume that people who own their houses outright are more likely to take good care of them, and so they will file fewer claims that the insurance company will have to pay.
You may think you don’t live close enough to a body of water to have to worry about flood insurance…but think again. Before you decide you don’t need it, assess the flood risk for your geographical area. You will be surprised at the unexpected parts of the country which have experienced floods in the past year or two, and if you live in or near on of these areas, flood insurance may be right for you. FEMA.gov is one site that provides information on flood risks for all parts of the U.S.
It is common for home insurance agents to try and sell you more insurance coverage than is necessary. Many of them work on commission, and will directly benefit from the extras that they sell to you. It’s smart to be prepared with knowledge before beginning the conversation with an agent.