In today's economy, every penny counts. How can you lower the cost of your homeowners insurance? Here are a few helpful tips.
1. Bundling: Many companies offer discounts for customers who buy multiple policies, such as your car, boat, and home insurance.
2. Deductibles: If you can afford a bit more of a financial burden should something happen at your home, then consider raising your deductible. This can easily save you on monthly costs.
3. Buy Early: You must obtain insurance in order to close your sale. Give yourself plenty of time for price comparisons and to ensure you'll have coverage in time for the sale.
4. It Never Hurts to Ask: Be sure to ask your insurer what discounts they have available. Certain groups and associations you may hold membership in receive discounts on their insurance!
5. Right Amount: Homeowners insurance is in effect to cover the replacement cost of items and structures on your property. This cost is, however, not the market value.
6. Safety Discounts: Many times installing safety extras such as smoke detectors and alarm systems can reduce your monthly bill!
7. Good Credit: Did you know that your credit score can affect your rates? According to Yahoo! Business & Finance, "In general, people with low credit scores and problems on their credit report end up paying more for insurance than people who don't have those kinds of issues in their lives."
And be sure to review your policy each year before renewal time to be sure that you policy still accurately covers your property. Have you made changes or modifications that would require more or less coverage? Do all or even a few of these tips and you could see your insurance bill decrease!