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Three Tools for Your Home Insurance Comparison

By Edited Sep 5, 2015 0 0

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Are you looking at cutting down your household bills? Whether you're trying to pay off debt, you want extra income for a vacation, or you just want to avoid paying more than you need to pay to insurance companies, you can reduce your premiums merely by conducting a simple home insurance comparison.

In order to compare home insurance easily, you can use a variety of tools. Some of these tools are online and you will have to put together others. Here are the tools you need to do a home insurance comparison.

Your property details


The first and most important thing you need in order to compare insurance details is the file with details of the property. You should have these details in your original purchasing information from when you bought the house, or if you rent it, you may need to ask your landlord. The information should include the rebuild value, the types of doors, locks, and windows, security system information, and property age. These details will determine your quotes, as an older property generally costs more to insure, the kinds of windows you have may affect the likelihood of damage during a storm, and the rebuild value is one of the main factors in the cost of insurance.

Your home contents inventory


Before you compare prices, you should do a walkthrough of your home and property to make an inventory of the contents you would like insured. This may be with software that facilitates creating an inventory or you could manually write everything down. Either way, calculate the value of each item and the cost of replacement. Document each room and each expensive item individually with photos and videos. Update your inventory every time you get something new and expensive like a racing bike or new appliances.

An online insurance comparison portal


There are plenty of websites online that can help you determine the cost of cover. You can get quotes from different providers at once so you know which insurer will be cheapest and what the terms and conditions of each contract are. This allows you to fairly compare insurance plans – one, for instance, may have an actual cash value replacement policy, while another may offer replacement value.

Generating a quote


Once you have the details of your home and the home insurance inventory with a total of the replacement cost of your home contents, you can use an online portal to generate quotes for your home insurance. If you aren't sure how to use online sites to compare insurance, it's usually relatively easy. You generally have to enter your area and details about your home like the rebuild value or age before you receive quotes.

Quotes are only quotes


Keep in mind that the quotes you are offered are just that: a quote. If your insurance company finds out about an unusual factor like old wiring or a backyard trampoline, they may change your premiums and charge you more for your insurance. Expect that your actual premiums will be a little higher and you may be pleasantly surprised. Don't hide any details, as if you need to file a claim, the insurance agency will do a thorough investigation to make sure there isn't anything you weren't saying when you bought your insurance. If they find anything, they can deny your claim.

Ask for additional discounts


If you find home insurance quotes and you still aren't satisfied, you can ask about additional discounts you may be eligible to receive. For instance, many insurance agencies will offer better prices to seniors because they are typically home and maintaining their property. If a pipe bursts, they will call someone in immediately rather than having to wait until they are home to find out about it. Other discounts include bundling discounts for bundling your auto and home insurance or discounts for paying via direct debit or for a year all at once.

Comparing your own home insurance is not that hard if you know what you're doing. These three tools – your basic property details, your home inventory with any expensive items highlighted so you can get additional riders if necessary, and an online web portal to allow you to get quotes all at once – will help you find the best possible deal for home insurance.

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