All property owners should have adequate insurance to cover against a disaster. If a property has a mortgage on it and still owes a balance due, the lender will require property insurance coverage. If your property does not have a mortgage balance, it is vital to have property insurance as well. All it takes is a random 100-year flood event or a fire to wipe out the home and its contents. Lucky for today’s homeowners, there are many ways to save money on property insurance. Here are four tips that are sure to save money and ensure the best coverage:
1. Make Use Of The Power Of The Internet
The internet has made it very simple to get multiple quotes on property insurance with very little effort. Many people do not take advantage of this power. Just like other products, insurance is a competitive business. There can be as much as a 40% or more difference in the annual price of competing policies from different insurance companies. There is no reason to pay more than necessary for identical coverage.
2. Combine Policies To Receive Discounts
One of the advantages of going with a major insurance carrier is they offer all kinds of insurance. Moving an automobile policy over to the same company providing property insurance can result in some significant savings on both policies. Signing up for life insurance with this same company can add additional discounts and benefits. As discussed in tip number one above, the internet can be a great tool to find multiple policy discounts.
3. Speak With A Qualified Agent
While the internet has made it very easy to price shop, it has not replaced the value of speaking with an agent prior to making a purchase. They provide valuable insights into the various policies available, and can often suggest actions that will save additional money. It is perfectly fine to inform the agent of what you find online, and the prices of the policies. People are often surprised that an insurance agent is able to beat an online quote, or match it but provide better coverage for the same price.
4. Keep Up To Date On Your Property Values
Once a policy is in place, it is important to keep up to date on the current values of properties in the area. The property insurance will cover a replacement value for the home, but over time the cost of replacement can rise. Most policies have a method to index for such increases or decreases over time, but the value can lag at times. It is important to review coverage limits at least once a year to make sure they are in line with reality. Should anything seem off, a simple phone call to the insurance company can get a review of coverage limits started. Another area that many people forget is coverage for the contents inside the home. Many overlook this coverage, or underestimate the value to replace furnishings, clothing and expensive items such as computers and televisions. Make sure the coverage adequately reflects the value to replace belongings should a disaster strike and a claim is necessary.