By Durand. Home Insurance. Published at Saturday, April 14th, 2018 - 09:06:32 AM.
In today's economy, many homeowners are juggling higher bills on less earnings -- facing tightened family budgets in the wake of rising costs, credit limits or even job loss. Yet there is no need to struggle with the cost of home insurance. Despite industry increases, homeowners may be able to reduce their insurance rates by as much as 30 percent. Nevertheless, many homeowners are not using insurance discounts to lower rates -- even those who apply discounts may qualify for more savings than they are getting. And lowered rates are still possible, even in today's economy.
It is important to understand the average home insurance cost and all the factors that impact it. On average, homeowners pay $780 for home insurance in Ontario but factors such as location, replacement costs, coverage and riders, such as flood or jewelry coverage, can have a major impact on the coverage. Renters can also purchase insurance, and the rates are generally cheaper for renters than they are for owners. Although the market value of your home does not directly impact what you pay for insurance, it can give you an idea of what you can expect to see in terms of costs - or at least what you should plan and budget for. A home valued at under $300,000 usually sees an average cost in Ontario of $702 a year, and homes in the higher brackets, for example between $300,000 and $700,000, can expect to pay $1,000 (approximately $924) but again, the final numbers will include other factors.
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.
You can have security devices installed in your home for relatively little cost. This is highly important as it allows you keep your home protected and your insurance premiums down. This can be achieved by spending few hundreds of dollars on minor improvements and doing this can earn you special insurance discounts. Home security devices include installing a sprinkler system, fire and intruder alarm systems and upgraded dead bolts on your doors and windows. Home security monitoring packages that connect your security systems with the police and fire departments will fetch you extra discount on insurance coverage. This might be a bit more expensive to get done, but you will have peace of mind when you are sure that your home is adequately and skillfully supervised. At the same time earning yourself a price break on your home insurance.
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