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With everything costing more these days, we are all looking for ways to save some extra cash. While some of us have done away with our morning trip to the coffee shop, others are trying to carpool to work to save money at the gas pumps. One way to save that is often overlooked is saving money on your homeowners insurance premium.
1. Save up to 25% by Raising Your Deductible
According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), if you can afford to raise your deductible to $1,000 from $500, you may save as much as 25% on your annual premium. Remember, homeowners insurance is not intended for small fix-it claims, therefore, the benefits of a lower deductible can be quickly dissolved by the higher rates that you will experience after making such claims.
Have you added new security devices to your home in the last year; perhaps a deadbolt lock, window locks, or even and an alarm system? Insurance companies highly value the protection afforded by burglar alarms and fire alarms - especially those connected to monitoring agencies such as your local police and fire department.
4. Improvements to Your Home can Mean Savings
A new home's electrical, heating, and plumbing systems, and overall structure for that matter, are likely to be in better condition than those of an older home. Accordingly, their insurance rates are generally lower as the risk for a potential claim is mitigated. If you made any home improvements to your older home, make sure you update your homeowners insurance policy accordingly.
5. Eliminate Coverage You Don't Need
Ideally, you want your policy to cover any major purchases or additions to your home, but you should not spend money for coverage that you don't need. You may have appliances, electronics, and other valuable possessions that depreciate over time; therefore, it is in your financial interest to compare the limits of your homeowners policy to the actual value of your possessions at least once every year.
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