They have jurisdiction here.
that local construction codes may have been upgraded substantially since your
older home was built, especially in areas that are susceptible to tornadoes, hurricanes,
or earthquakes. Ask for an endorsement to cover the extra rebuilding expense of
meeting modern construction codes.
insurance before you remodel.
Before the sledgehammer comes down on your
remodeling project, call your insurance agent. Ask how to cover the cost of construction
in your policy, as well as any accidents that may happen on the job. If you've
made improvements already, make sure that your home is currently "insured to value."
Otherwise your policy won't cover the improved value of your home, i.e., new kitchen
or bath, bedroom, sunroom, etc., if you ever make a claim. After your remodeling
project's complete, invite your insurance agent to inspect the value of your project
and upgrade your policy accordingly.
Are You Covered for Floods?
Do you live in an area prone to floods or mud slides?
Special Condo Coverage Is it for
Condominium owners need to review two policies: their own and the
master policy provided by the condo or coop association board. Make sure you're
covered for anything that's NOT covered by the master policy. Sometimes unit owners
can get a discount for getting a policy from the association's insurance company.
Enough on Insuring Your Home Here's how to SAVE big bucks on your policy�
Up the Phone... & Pick Up Some Cash! Competition is Good
against each other. Insurance is big business. There are plenty of insurance carriers
competing for your attention. With a little research, you could find a cheaper
carrier. By raising your deductible, exploring group coverage, or just changing
your existing policy, you could easily knock a few hundred dollars off your annual
premium. Few homeowners take advantage of these money-saving strategies.
a hard look at your insurance and cut your premiums.
Are You Paying
the Wrong People?
Not everyone should be getting your hard-earned money.
Before you give your existing company any more of your hard-earned money, call
around and get the best rate. Try the yellow pages and get referrals
from friends. Don't be bashful, provide your current rate and ask them how you
could save money. Then get back to your current provider and ask if they're willing
to match the quote.
Have You Thought About Discounts?
are many ways to cut costs...here are some of the most popular. Slashing Your
Bill Easy ways to reduce the premium.
It�s Cheaper in a CrowdGrab
While you're shopping around, ask your employer about
group insurance. Insurance companies love dealing with people in groups. It's
cheaper that way, and it's easier to quantify risks. Explore group rates with
your business professional association, alumni society, or other groups you belong
Cheaper Isn't Always Better
Look for quality and reputation.
The cheapest policy won't guarantee good service. Check with the state insurance
commission for any complaints against the company. Check the carrier's financial
ratings on the Internet.
Discounts, Get Your Discounts
are some for everyone! There are a number
of discounts available if you look for them and ASK!
Pricing 5 to 15% Off.
Buy more than one type of policy from the
same provider-home, automobile and liability umbrella, for example, and you can
get a substantial discount, typically 5 to 15% off the normal rate for a single
Drive Your Deductible Up, Premium Down 12 to
What's your current deductible? (That's the amount you contribute
toward a loss before your insurance coverage kicks in.) Most people opt for a
low deductible of $250. Here's the catch: the lower the deductible, the higher
your annual premium. Time to change the equation! Simply boosting your deductible
from $250 to $500 could save you 12 percent per year, raising it to $1,000 saves
you 24 percent� you do the math! Balance the annual savings against possibly paying
the higher deductible in the event of a claim.
We're not done saving yet�
Seek Senior Citizen Savings 10% Off.
think that people in their golden years are wiser and a better risk. Take advantage
of it. Ask about senior citizen discounts.
Cash-In on Customer Credits
5 to 10% Off.
Some insurance companies know how to keep you happy, and
loyal. They offer a 5% discount as an incentive for sticking with the same company
for three years, or 10% for five years� especially if your claims record is relatively
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