Home insurance is a vital part of your family budget. Even though you may not be required to have home insurance through the state, it is always a good idea. Additionally, if you have a mortgage on the house, then you are probably required by the bank to have home insurance. However, just because you need home insurance doesn’t mean that it has to break the bank. Here are a couple suggestions for your saving on your home insurance.
1. Improve The Security Did you know that you can get a discount on your home insurance policy by installing a security system? Insurance companies know that if you have a security system on the property you are less likely to have your home vandalized. Since they usually cover theft and damage from others in your policy, they will save money on claims, so that pass that on to you as well. If you do have a home security system, make sure you report it to your insurer.
2. Don’t Insure The Land When you bought your home, you paid for the land and the house. However, if something were to happen to the house, like it were to burn down, an earthquake hit it, or it were flooded, you wouldn’t have to purchase the land all over again. This means that if you are insuring the house for the purchase price of the home and the land, you might be overpaying in your insurance. Calculate realistically how much it would be to rebuild the house only. Then choose the insurance policy based on that amount only, this will save you a good deal of money each month.
3. Use One Insurer For Multiple Policies Bundling is a great way to get great deals on your insurance. This is because if you choose to use one insurer for multiple policies, they will generally give you a discounted price on each policy that you add. For example, you should add your auto insurance, life insurance, home insurance and any other insurance you have with one company.
4. Raise Your Deductible How often do you actually access your homeowner’s policy? Many people go years without needing to access it. This is why it might save you more money in the long run to raise the deductible. It will mean your monthly premiums are lower, but if something were to happen to the house, you would pay more out of pocket. These are just a couple tips for saving money on your homeowners insurance.