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Five Ways to Get the Best Deal on Home Insurance

Thursday, 21 Oct 2010 04:32 PM

Planning to go for home insurance? You can get a best deal on home insurance if you keep some points in mind.

Substantial Deductible and Credit:
Having a higher deductible on your policy will save you money. The deductible is an amount of risk you agree to accept before the insurance company starts paying on a claim. Typically, deductibles start at $250 and insurance companies start giving discounts at a $500 deductible, increasing the discount as the deductible increases. Most companies offer deductibles up to $10,000. Once you have got the insurance, maintaining consistently good credit can also help you persuade the coverage provider to lower your premiums.

Upgrade Your Home:
Improve security and safety of your home by installing deadbolt locks, burglar alarms, smoke detectors, stronger windows, and bolstered roofing. These may cost you a bit of money, but will help in lowering the premium of the policy - resulting in a cheaper homeowners’ insurance quote. Your insurance company may also offer a significant discount of 15 percent or 20 percent if you install a sophisticated home-security system.

Keep a Tab on Other Insurers’ Offerings:
Staying loyal helps as you may receive a longevity discount if you have been with your current insurer for several years. Typical discounts are 5 percent if you have been with the company for three to five years and 10 percent for six years or more. However, do keep a tab on what other coverage providers are offering as well as comparing and evaluating the insurance covers offered is the right way to get you the best home insurance deal. Get quotes from at least three or four agents and take any longevity discounts with your current insurer into consideration when you compare prices. Also, keep tab of discounts and special offers that firms offer to senior citizens and physically handicapped people. If applicable, make sure you utilize such offers to get a cheaper insurance policy.

Check the Policy Annually:
Even if you already have a policy, make sure you review it annually. You will be able to make the necessary adjustments that reflect the correct value of your home and belongings. For example, if you have just sold a valuable artifact, you won't need the same amount of coverage. But if you added a garage, you may need to increase your coverage.

Combine Home and Auto Insurance Policies:
If you are also planning to buy insurance for your car, consider doing it from the same company from where you got your home insurance. Some companies offer discounts ranging from 5 to 15 percent if you buy multiple types of coverage from them. But check and make sure that the price being asked is lower than what buying two policies from two different companies would entail.

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