10 WAYS TO SAVE ON HOME INSURANCE PREMIUMS
1) USE THE SAME INSURANCE COMPANY FOR MULTIPLE POLICIES
Many companies will offer you a discount if you have multiple policies with them. Don’t hesitate to ask your insurance company about special rates if you use them for car insurance, home insurance, life insurance, and contents insurance. It’s generally a good idea to always get a combined home and contents insurance policy.
2) ASK FOR EVERY POSSIBLE DISCOUNT!
While asking for a multiple policy discount, why not ask for more discounts? Some insurance companies offer seniors discounts, no claim discounts, marital status discounts, and nonsmoker discounts. Ask for a list of all discounts they provide and ask if they will match discounts that other insurance companies provide. If you have been with the company for a number of years, ask them for a loyalty discount.
3) CHECK YOUR RENEWAL QUOTE AGAINST A NEW CUSTOMER QUOTE
Unfortunately, some insurance companies end up taking their existing consumers for granted. Make sure that they aren’t offering new customers any discounts on their insurance premium that you’re missing out on. Also, if you find that new customers are getting benefits that you aren’t, contact your insurer immediately and demand the same deal!
4) DON’T OVER-INSURE!
Also, make sure you haven’t over insured the contents inside of your home and make certain you keep an eye on the declining value of your assets. You could potentially reduce the value of your contents policy in line with the reduced value of your assets and save some money.
5) INCREASE YOUR DEDUCTIBLE
Perhaps the simplest way to lower your insurance costs is to lower your deductible. That means when you do make a claim, your costs will be higher, but for most people, a claim on a home and its contents is quite rare.
6) DON’T MAKE CLAIMS ON YOUR INSURANCE FOR SMALL THINGS
Avoid claiming on small losses. For example, if your house is broken into and your old television that is worth $400 gets stolen, reconsider claiming on it. For starters, your deductible might be $300, then you have to consider the fact you lose any “no claim bonuses”. Also, You could be affecting the cost of insurance premiums for the next four or five years by making a claim.
7) REVIEW THE “EXTRAS” ATTACHED TO YOUR INSURANCE POLICY
If you have any add-ons with your insurance policy — like additional jewelry, insurance, or accidental damage coverage — periodically review them. Say you’ve decided to sell most of your jewelry or store it in a bank deposit vault, you could save some money on your insurance by skipping jewelry insurance. Also, if your home is well maintained and unlikely to be damaged by accidents, you may not need an add-on like accidental insurance coverage. Say, you once had full accidental damage insurance that included pet damage, but your pet is no longer with us, make sure you remove it, because these small add-ons all contribute to the cost of the policy.
8) INSTALL AN ALARM SYSTEM AND MAKE YOUR HOME SECURE
Make sure your home is secure and if possible, install a security alarm. Your insurance company will give you a discount if you make them aware of the various security measures you have taken.
9) PREPARE YOUR HOME AGAINST NATURAL DISASTERS
If you demonstrate to your insurer that your home is fully prepared for natural disasters you can also save on insurance premiums.
10) STAY HOME!
Finally, the last way to save on home insurance is by staying at home. If you leave your home empty for 4 or more weeks, some insurers will consider that an increased risk for burglary and charge you higher premiums as a result.