By Durand. Home Insurance. Published at Thursday, April 19th, 2018 - 09:28:15 AM.
Consider the findings reported by independent insurance agent association, Trusted Choice, in a 2009 national survey: "53 million household respondents 'admitted they are probably not taking advantage of all homeowners insurance discounts or said that they simply did not know' about policyholder discounts they likely qualify for." The survey also found that the largest percentage of respondents, about 26%, estimated they save 6-10% on their insurance premiums by using discounts. In fact, many insurance consumers could be saving significantly more-as much as 30%, according to independent insurance agencies, which often shop on behalf of consumers and help them find discounts and compare rates.
Before you buy home insurance policies, ensure you are satisfied with the terms. If the coverage benefits do not cater to your needs, your hard-earned money in the form of premiums could be a colossal waste. Read the exclusions (things not covered) thoroughly in order to understand the terms. You can read them online on the home page of the insurance brand. In general, the damage to your property caused by wear and tear are not covered. It is essential to understand that the list of exclusions can vary from company to company. Known by different names like 'Home Insurance and Home and Contents Insurance', it is a policy custom-made for persons like my colleague. By getting your home insured, you can be free of distress as the insurance plan will offer a complete protection against fire, theft, lighting, vandalism, and other unpredictable threats. Whether or not you visit your far-away house, you can sleep in peace in the other house or rented accommodation.
There are different kinds of coverage which go from an HO0 category which covers damage from fire, smoke, lightning, explosion and others which are very general, up to an HO5 category which covers most anything that can happen to your home. An HO5 home insurance policy will cover everything with the exception of items specifically mentioned in it, some of the items most insurance companies will not cover are floods, earthquakes and termite damage. Beware just because you buy this category of home insurance, it does not mean you are covered, the policy you buy must detail specifically what is and is not covered.
Now, this is all available to us, thanks to the advancements of the Internet. It is important to understand, however, that the elimination of an agent, means a bit more homework on your part. Things may be cheaper and easier by utilizing the power of the Internet, but you'll be missing guidance from a qualified agent. So, you'll need to take a look at what type of coverage you need, what specifically you need to cover, and how much. These are important areas of guidance that will be lacking, due to the lack of advice. So, it's important to do some due diligence, rather than just finding the best rate and going with it. It's also important to note that you should try to work with high quality insurance companies rated "A" or better. You'll more than likely be paying into a policy for years, and you'll want to make sure that company is around when you need them most. All insurance companies are not created equal, some will weasel out of claims at every chance they get, and that's why quality is so important.
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