Not all companies are offering the same options so it is important to shop around to get the best combination of rate, coverage and customer service.
Here are 5 tips for getting insurance for your home or car:
Shop Coverage, Not Annual Premium – While saving money on the premium seems like the obvious choice, if you are underinsured and have a claim you will lose a lot of money. The replacement value of your home and how much you insure for your contents are important so if you have a major claim like a house fire, there is enough money to replace your personal items and furniture.
Increase Deductible – Your premium will decrease if you increase your deductible. Move from $500 to $1000 for example and save money.
Insure Your Home and Cars with Same Company – Most insurance companies want your business for both your home and your cars,boat, and motorcycle. So they will give you their lowest combined premium if you get their home/auto discount by using that company for both policies.
Review Insurance Annually – It is easy to get comfortable with your insurance when the premium doesn’t go up very much or if you do not file a claim for a couple of years. But asking your insurance agent for an annual review and comparing what you are paying for your coverage to other companies is a good way to save money. Most people do not read the fine print that comes in the mail which details coverage changes so people only act when they see the higher bill arrive.
Check With an Insurance Broker – Insurance brokers can check on the best coverage with a number of companies so you can easily compare the differences in coverage and premium to make an informed decision. A broker will educate you on what some of the differences are in the offerings of different companies.
Keep Your Credit Score High – Insurance is tied into your credit score as well as your driving history, and how many homeowners claims you have filed. Keeping a high credit score will help you get the lowest premium on your home and auto insurance.
Protect yourself by getting quality insurance and using a reputable and local contact for your insurance. A good insurance agent or broker will help guide you through the insurance process, which seems to be changing regularly.
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