Homeowner Insurance Rates

By: Ken Marlborough

Given the amount of expenses involved in purchasing a house, it makes great sense to safeguard it against any damages that may result due to any disaster such as floods, earthquakes, lightening and fire. Then again, your property may be damaged as a result of acts of vandalism or riots; calamities come uninvited and without warning. Safeguarding against them is a necessity one cannot afford to ignore.

There are many homeowner insurance policies available in the market. Check out the Internet, yellow pages, newspapers and talk to your friends. You will come across companies offering homeowner insurance policies at competitive rates. Most will offer attractive discounts. Yet discounts will vary from company to company and from state to state. Whatever the case, get a few quotes from reputable companies and do a comparative study of the coverage that is offered and also the associated rates.

Plan judiciously and you can keep the rates of the policies in check. In fact, one way to keep the rate of the premiums low is to protect your home against natural disasters such as fire, theft and other calamities. For example, you can add storm shutters, reinforce the roof, install a burglar alarm, and maintain your plumbing and heating. All these measures will help reduce the cost of your premiums.

Another option would be to opt for higher deductibles. Deductibles are the costs that you have to pay before the insurance company moves in to settle the claim. The higher the deductible, the lower will be the cost of the premiums. Other factors to consider are if you are 55 years of age, retired and stay at home most of the time, you will be eligible for a higher discount. This is because then there are fewer chances of the home being burglarized or damaged by fire if you are at home. Also, you can further bring down the rates of your premiums if you buy multiple insurances from the same agent. For example, you'll get a better discount if you purchase your auto and homeowner insurance policy from the same agent.

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