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Save Money On Your Homeowners Insurance

posted by Stephen Katz @ 12:02 PM
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

SHOP AROUND!!

Asking friends and family, and searching online are some of the best ways you can find homeowners insurers. Get a range of prices from multiple companies. But don’t consider price alone. The insurer you select should offer you a fair price as well as excellent service. Quality service may cost a bit more, but you buy insurance in case you need to make a claim, so it’s important to get a company with a good reputation. Talk to a number of different companies to get a feeling for the type of service they give. Ask them what they would do to lower your costs. Check the financial ratings of the companies with AM Best or Standard and Poor’s.

RAISE YOUR DEDUCTIBLE

Deductibles are the amount of money you have to pay toward a loss before your insurance company starts to pay. Deductibles on homeowners policies typically start at $250. Increase your deductible to save!

HAVE MULTIPLE POLICIES FROM THE SAME INSURER

Some companies that sell homeowners, auto and liability coverage will take 5 to 15 percent off your premium if you buy two or more policies from them.

WHEN YOU BUY A HOME…

Consider how much insuring it will need. A new home’s electrical, heating and plumbing systems and overall structure are likely to be in better shape than those of an older house. Insurers may offer you a discount if your house is new. Check the home’s construction: On the East coast brick is better, because of its resistance to wind damage, and in the West frame is generally better, because of its resistance to earthquake damage. Choosing wisely could cut your premium by 5 to 15 percent. Avoiding areas that are in flood zones can save you potentially $400 a year for flood insurance. Homeowners insurance does not cover flood-related damage. The closer your house is to firefighters and their equipment, the lower your premium will be.

INSURE YOUR HOUSE, NOT THE LAND

The land under your house isn’t at risk from theft, windstorm, fire and the other perils covered in your homeowners policy. So don’t include its value in deciding how much homeowners insurance to buy. If you do, you’ll pay a higher premium than you should.

IMPROVE YOUR HOME SECURITY AND SAFETY

You can usually get discounts of at least 5 percent for a smoke detector, burglar alarm, or dead-bolt locks. Some companies offer to cut your premium by as much as 15 or 20 percent if you install a sophisticated sprinkler system and a fire and burglar alarm that rings at the police station or other monitoring facility. Before you buy such a system, find out what kind your insurer recommends and how much the device would cost and how much you’d save on premiums.

STOP SMOKING

Smoking accounts for more than 23,000 residential fires a year. That’s why some insurers offer to reduce premiums if all the residents in a house don’t smoke.

CHECK INTO DISCOUNTS FOR SENIORS

Retired people stay at home more and spot fires sooner than working people and have more time for maintaining their homes. If you’re at least 55 years old and retired, you may qualify for a discount of up to 10 percent with some companies.

SEE IF YOU CAN GET GROUP COVERAGE

Alumni and business associations often work out an insurance package with an insurance company, which includes a discount for association members. Ask your association’s director if an insurer is offering a discount on homeowners insurance to you and your fellow graduates or colleagues.

STAY WITH AN INSURER… If you’ve kept your coverage with the same company for several years, you may receive special consideration. Some insurers will reduce their premiums by 5 percent if you stay with them for 3 to 5 years; by 10 percent if you remain a policyholder for 6 years or more.

Stephen Katz

(770) 309-0939 (direct) or (866) 742-8400 —

For the past 18 years, Stephen Katz has built a successful business almost entirely on referrals. As your mortgage consultant throughout the home loan process, Stephen will explain the pros and cons of all available mortgage programs and help you choose the financing option that is best suited to your needs.
Throughout the loan process, he will keep you informed and will respond quickly to your requests with answers and solutions.

Consistently a top producer, Stephen is a Mortgage Bankers Association “Diamond” Award winner, a Georgia Mortgage “Top Gun” and has closed almost half a billion dollars in loans. Put his knowledge and experience to work for you!

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