Tenacity and patience are a must when comparing home insurance policies. Usually, people would simply jump to the end and simply compare the annual premium that each insurance company has quoted them. This can be a drastic mistake as coverage amounts are mainly dependent on the insurance policy’s components. A substantial reduction in a single coverage amount can cause a sizable decrease in the premium. The problem will surface when a claim is rejected because of insufficient coverage under the policy.
The wise shopper compares all amounts on all policies using certain tools, such as a spreadsheet. Every insurance company will have a column, and each row will have the same category. By making exact comparisons, you can clearly see the discrepancies revealing why the premiums are not the same. Writing notes next to each of the categories will keep you reminded as to why you excluded a specific insurer from consideration.
As you compare standard home insurance policies, keep in mind that they will probably not differ in price considerably. Home insurers give out discounts to encourage homeowners to keep their property low-risk – for example, by installing fire suppression devices or CCTV cameras.
Certainly, a wise home insurance shopper will use every single discount possible. Whatever money you have invested in the recommended risk mitigation measures can be recouped through much lower insurance premiums in the next few years. And if you stay with the same company, your loyalty will be rewarded through multi-policy discounts on your life and auto insurance policies.
The limits for liability insurance are raised as insurance companies are aware of litigation against the homeowner being a possibility. In the face of a major lawsuit, extra coverage can be made possible by an umbrella liability insurance policy, where the insured’s livelihood and property are protected from loss.
So what are you supposed to consider as you compare different home insurance companies?
First of all, industry reputation. Look up your prospective providers’ third-party ratings online. In the U.S., for instance, all insurance providers offering homeowner’s insurance policies are rated by AM Best Company. The ratings are given based on the actual performance of the company in various areas, including claim handling. Low ratings reflect a huge number of customer complaints filed against the provider.
Also look into an insurer’s customer service model. Central customer service gives basic support to customers, and this acceptable to some policyholders. Local agents provide help through the whole policy term, as well as recommend coverage changes when necessary.
Finally, rapid claim response after a loss is crucial to the homeowner. Experienced claims adjusters give enough estimates to include needed repairs to the home.