Before the weather gets cold, prepare your home for winter conditions to reduce the likelihood of damages caused by weather conditions. Below freezing temperatures can cause frozen pipes and other damages to your home, so taking the time to winterize your home can save you from home owner’s insurance claims related to weather damage.
Save money on your home owner’s insurance policy by choosing a higher deductible. The more of your losses that are covered with your own cash, the cheaper your rates will be for the insurance policy. Ask your agent for property credits or any other discounts that might apply to your home owner’s policy.
If you have fire insurance and a fire occurs in your home, damage to your landscaping is usually covered. Many people do not know this and end up having to pay their landscape damages themselves. However, most insurance companies will not pay more than 500 dollars per tree or shrub. Keep insurance considerations in mind when you plan a major home addition or renovation. The materials and techniques you use in making additions can have a major effect on your future insurance premiums. Sturdy, fire-resistant building systems like concrete and steel will cost you less to insure than standard wood-frame construction. If you have a family, you should evaluate your homeowners’ insurance needs as your household shrinks and your material valuables (hopefully) increase. It’s worth taking a second look at your policy to see if there are coverage limits on things like jewelry and other high-value items. If there are specific individual items that you would like to make sure get covered, you can request an individual rider to make sure those items are protected against theft.
When purchasing home owner’s insurance make sure to shop around and read plenty of reviews. A company may be cheap and appear to offer the exact same coverage parameters, but what they lack in cost they may lack in service. When tragedy strikes the last thing you want is a battle for the money and protection that you were paying for.