When shopping around for homeowners insurance rates, be sure to mention any safety-related improvements that you’ve made, especially if it’s an older home. Simply installing a smoke alarm on each floor of your home will not only protect your life in case of a fire, it could save you up to ten percent annually on homeowners insurance.
If you have expensive landscaping around your home, consider purchasing separate insurance for it. Most basic homeowners insurance policies will not cover damage from wind or other environmental factors to landscaping. This means that if your expensive imported trees come down in the wind, your homeowners insurance policy will generally not cover it.
To protect your personal property in a rented residence, you need renter’s insurance. The landlord or property owner will have insurance to cover losses on the building, but not on the items inside your unit. This is your responsibility. Fortunately, renter’s insurance is quite affordable, and it's available from most insurance companies and independent agents.
If you need to file a homeowners insurance claim, you’ll need to prove your losses. A good way to document your possessions is to take a video while walking through your house, describing the items. Then upload the video to a safe, non-public place online, so it won’t be destroyed if anything happens to your home. Scan receipts for your possessions, too.
Don’t automatically assume that your homeowners policy will reimburse the full replacement or retail cost of your valuables if they are destroyed or stolen. To be covered, they must be included on your policy in the form of an endorsement. A qualified appraisal must be obtained and an amendment added to your policy to ensure full protection.
Make sure you have adequate additional living expense coverage on your homeowners policy in case you are unable to live in your home due to a claim. This coverage provides funds for temporary housing and expenses due to an insured property being uninhabitable because of a claim. These living expenses can mount quickly, so carrying enough coverage on your homeowners policy can save you expense and worry should a disaster occur.
Clearly, you can do several things to get great savings on the insurance coverage you need most. Letting your insurance lapse is never a great idea. Make certain that you’ve always got enough coverage.
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