How to save on your Household Insurance
Your home is your most important asset. It provides shelter for you and your family. It is filled with memories and objects that you have gathered over the years. That’s why it is important to make sure your home is properly insured. You want to protect your most important asset in case of fire, accidents, storms, theft or property damage. A good insurance policy will provide this protection.
However, we are facing tough economic times that have forced many families to tighten their belts and cut back their spending. Many people have canceled their home insurance policies in an effort to save money. This is a mistake. An economic crisis is when you need insurance coverage the most. You don’t want to be one incident away from financial ruin.
Instead, focus on ways you can save on your home insurance. A lot of home owners are saving on their premium by raising their deductible. Raising the deductible one level can save a family hundreds of dollars every year on home insurance.
Home owners also receive a discount on their insurance premium by installing proper safety devices around the home, such as smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and burglar alarms. Is your home equipped with these?
Purchase more than one policy from the same provider. This process, known as bundling, can save you even more money each year on your home insurance policy. Companies award clients that continue to come back for more than one insurance policy.
Always insure your home for 100% of the cost to replace the home in the event of a disaster or damage of the property. “Insured to value” as it is defined, will save you money on your premium and provide you will adequate coverage.
Strong credit scores really go a long way in influencing insurance provider’s decision to grant a high or low rate. A lot of folks do not realize this, but maintaining a strong credit score is highly important especially in the insurance world. Insurance companies view a good credit score as a direct indicator of the responsibility of the individual.
While it is important to cut back on expenses during a tight economy, it is not a good idea to cut back or cancel your home insurance policy. You want to make sure your investment is protected. If you have specific questions or need an insurance quote, contact a qualified insurance provider. They can help you design a home insurance policy that not only meets your needs, but that is also affordable.
Tom Martens is the syndication coordinator Insurance-south-africa.co.za. South Arica’s leading Insurance information portal.