What You Should Consider When Buying Home Insurance
One of the most overlooked but important parts of buying a house is shopping for home insurance. Insurance agents do find it ordinary to get those last-minute phone calls from title and/or escrow companies asking for a home insurance binder. To avoid this complication, start looking for a suitable homeowner policy as soon as both parties have agreed on a price.
The following are helpful tips to guide you as you shop for homeowner’s insurance:
Considerations for Insurability
To determine insurability, your insurance agent will want to know things like how old the house and its plumbing and electrical systems are, its location, the type of roof it has, square footage, how many claims were filed 5 years going back, and so on.
If a property is located in a rural area without a fire department or even a fire hydrant on the street, an insurance company may deny coverage. In that is true for you, you can try a specialty or surplus-lines insurer, although you will have to wait for a quote much, much longer.
Yes, a higher deductible means you get to save more on your policy. Usually, you will get a discount if you go for a $500 deductible, and this will even increase if you raise your deductible. The highest deductible you can go for is $10,000, but take note that a lot of mortgage providers will not allow you to exceed a $1,000 deductible. Be sure to clear this up with your lender beforehand.
What You Need
In most cases, agents will rely on a cost estimator to know cost replacement estimates. The purpose is to make sure that your house will be sufficiently insured. Keep in mind that insurance companies do not cover dirt, so if your property includes a large lawn, don’t be shocked to get coverage that is worth so much less than the price of the house when you purchased it. Insurance only covers the house itself, not the land.
You can actually decide on other options for your home insurance coverage, depending on what you think you need. One is liability coverage, which is usually overlooked. This comes in handy for claims that arise from property damage or bodily injury. Let’s say you accidentally caused a fire on your neighbor’s property. You might have to leave the area, but your policy will pay your neighbor.
Finally, make sure you’re getting all of the discounts for which you are eligible. For example, you have a home alarm system that is monitored by a central station, this will probably fetch you up to a 10% discount. Ask your agent about discounts.