Embrace preventive maintenance. Remember that a homeowners insurance policy is designed to repair or replace your property in the event of an unexpected major loss, and individuals who repeatedly file claims for minor problems may face higher premiums and could jeopardize their insurability. Conducting preventive maintenance on your home and repairing small problems quickly can help avert more substantial losses down the road. A number of providers offer home warranty coverages more suitable for maintenance needs involving appliances, plumbing or the like.
Keep your records current.If the unthinkable should occur and you have to file a major insurance claim, having up-to-date records of your home’s contents and structural condition can be invaluable during the claims process. First, if you’ve made any significant renovations to the home itself after moving in, be sure to inform your insurance company, since it may affect the replacement cost of the home.
Next, take an inventory of your belongings, including how much you paid for each item and its current value. Make a record of your possessions, with pictures or a video camera, and store the records outside of your home so they are less likely to be destroyed in a disaster. The record can help you determine your coverage needs, and it also can serve as your proof of ownership if a loss occurs, helping the insurance company to estimate your payment.
Bright Ideas About Homeowners Insurance
1. Read and understand your policy.
2. Maintain a list of personal property, as well as photographic records, and store in a safe-deposit box or other location away from home.
3. Make sure that your coverage keeps pace with improvements or rising value.
4. Review your policy annually.
5. Contact your local fire department or other emergency agencies for area-specific information on improving the safety of your property.