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Insurance 101

Homeowner’s Insurance

The ABCs of Homeowner’s Insurance

When you are shopping for homeowner’s insurance, you can get the following categories of coverage:

    ·Insurance for the structure of your home

    ·Insurance for your belongings

    ·Liability insurance (for example, if something is harmed during a maintenance procedure in your home, then you have to pay the damages as the owner of the property)

    ·Living Expenses (if you have to relocate to damage to your home by factors specified in the policy)

Insurance Should Reflect Property Value

Make a general estimate of how much it will cost if you had to replace your house and your belongings. This is important if you are buying home insurance. Some helpful homeowner’s insurance tips in this regard:

    ·Do a room-by-room inventory and note the make, model and serial number of products

    ·Photos and a video inventory also are very helpful

    ·Keep a copy of the inventory list, pictures and video in a safety deposit box or with a relative

The Policy is as Good as the Provider

When shopping for a homeowner’s insurance policy, you need to exercise due diligence. Make sure you have consulted several providers (getting quotes from at least 3) before reaching a verdict. However, simply settling for a low price is a mistake; you should also pay attention to quality of service. There is no point in settling for a low cost insurance plan if the service is inefficient and the policy doesn’t cover everything you need.

Choosing a Higher Deductible

While insurance itself is there to protect your financial interests, you can save even more when buying with a plan in mind. One of the most common ways of doing this is to select a higher deductible. Bundling on your insurance needs (home, medical, and life etc.) can also help you get lower rates. Most importantly, the more policy providers you meet and the more quotes you get, the greater your chances of getting the best value for your money when it comes to homeowner’s insurance.

We hope that you find these homeowner’s insurance tips helpful.