Place a card with the price of the item and date that you purchased it next to the item you’re photographing or videotaping for your homeowner’s insurance. If you have a copy of the receipt, that is an excellent help to a claim. So keep those receipts with the video for safe keeping.
Check the financial stability and health of the insurance company that you are considering for your home insurance policy. You want to make sure that they will have the money to pay the claim if you find yourself in the position to need to file one. Do this quarterly after you open the policy as well.
If you have a child in college, check with your insurance agent about whether the child’s residence requires a separate insurance policy. Nearly all policies will cover belongings stored in a dorm room, while the regulations about off-campus apartment living will vary widely from policy to policy, even within the same company.
Be careful about the value you consider when estimating your homeowner’s insurance needs. Replacement cost is the most important value to use in your estimates. If you do not specify replacement cost, the insurance company will pay you only the item’s purchase price less any depreciation, for belongings that were stolen, lost, or burned.
If you live in a house you have to ensure that you have sewer back-up coverage. This isn’t something that you’re likely to think of until it’s too late and your basement is a flooded mess of goo. Ick! Call your insurance company and make sure your policy will cover this type of damage. If you can afford it, choose a homeowner’s insurance policy with a higher deductible to save yourself money on premiums. This is an especially good idea if you have a solid emergency fund and can afford to pay out of pocket for small amounts of damage to your home, rather than having insurance kick in after $500 (the usual deductible). Be sure to review your policy yearly to check and see if there are any discounts available to you. This may result from additions such as a security alarm tied to a monitoring agency, a fire suppression system, and installation of additional fire alarms. There also may be items in your neighborhood that can effect it such as removal of trees or additional fire suppression outlets.
Home owner’s insurance can help to protect your home from a variety of issues. If there is damage that is done to your home, it can be covered and paid for using your insurance. This can include damage and lost property from theft or even some specified disasters. Every home owner should have a policy. Bundle your insurance costs to save money. Buying your homeowner’s insurance from the same company from which you buy your auto insurance or RV insurance can result in a significantly discounted policy. However, don’t buy a bad policy based on a discount. Shop around and make sure that the cost of the combined policy is less than two separate policies at another company.
Monitor your credit score and history to keep your home owner’s insurance premiums as low as possible. Many carriers now consider credit history as a factor in determining rates, so even if you have been with a company for some time, changes in your credit report can affect the amount of premium charged.