If you’re a first-time homeowner, you may be wondering what to do with all the homeowners insurance quotes you’ve found. What kind of policy should you buy? How much coverage do you really need? How can you reduce your homeowners insurance rates?
Well, to really get the most you can out of your homeowners insurance quotes, you need to understand the answers to these questions.
What Kind of Policy?
Homeowners insurance quotes can differ greatly depending on what sort of homeowners insurance policy you buy. There are several levels of home insurance, and they all include coverage for different things, so finding the policy that’s right for you is an important part of sorting through those quotes to find the company that best matches your budget and your needs.
The most basic form of insurance coverage is probably not enough, but if you live in a high area, you probably don’t need to pay for flood insurance. To be sure, however, that you know what your insurance policy won’t cover. As far as your home goes, it’s probably better to be safe than sorry.
How Much Coverage?
If your home is financed, the company who holds your lien will probably require that you have a certain amount of home insurance coverage. However, be sure that this insurance coverage is enough but not too much. For example, you shouldn’t get insurance to cover the land your home is built on because, obviously, that land isn’t going anywhere. The purchase price of your house included the land it was built on, so be sure not to include that in your insurance policy. On the other hand, it may cost more to rebuild your home in the future if you lose it completely, so be sure to account for that, too.
How Can You Reduce Your Rate?
There are actually lots of ways to reduce your insurance rates, especially if you haven’t bought a home yet. If you’re still looking, find a home that’s close to a fire station and a fire hydrant, that is made of more brick than wood, and that has deadbolt locks. If you already have a home, you obviously can’t change these things, but you can add insurance rate reducers like good locks or a great security and fire alarm system.
Looking at the Quotes
Now that you know what to look for in a homeowners insurance policy, start sorting through homeowners insurance quotes until you find one that matches your needs. Be sure that you can afford the coverage, though, as there’s no since in drowning financially in order to protect yourself financially in the long run!
By Brooklyn Corey