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#327159 - 10/31/10 11:10 PM Save on Home Insurance
Adrian Offline
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I wanted to pass this along to everyone on the forums here in hopes that some of you can pocket some coin(possibly a lot) by checking your home insurance policy....

Recently my policy was due for renewal and my insurance co sent me a bill for $1008 (taxes included) on my 1992 built home. This premium has been inching up over the years to the point I considered it to be getting unreasonable so I contacted my insurance agent and asked them about it, telling them I thought it was higher than what I thought it should be(I got an online quote from another source to confirm it). In discussing the matter with my agent I discovered that there are a number of things which can substancially reduce your premium....

1. I went from a $500 to a $1000 deductible

2. I'm a non smoker

3. I had a new roof installed two yrs ago

4. Installed a new furnace recently

5. Have paid off mortgage

6. Upgraded all faucets


.....all of this added up to close to a $300 reduction on my premium($725 inc tax). Check your policy and ask your agent for a better deal if you've made some improvements to your home, if you're a non smoker, paid off your mortgage or reduce your deductible to lower your rate. Good luck!
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#327163 - 11/01/10 04:49 AM Re: Save on Home Insurance [Re: Adrian]
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Most companies offer a good discount for having a monitored alarm, even more with fire monitoring.

Regardless of the premium cost, one big event will pay for decades of premiums. Rebuilding after Katrina cost a whopping $178k, and we had no structural damage!! And, I don't care where you live, get flood insurance.
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#327164 - 11/01/10 04:53 AM Re: Save on Home Insurance [Re: a401classic]
RickF Offline
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Loc: Vero Beach, Florida
Originally Posted By: a401classic
And, I don't care where you live, get flood insurance.

Amen to that.

Scott, do you have to carry a separate windstorm policy where you live?
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#327165 - 11/01/10 08:03 AM Re: Save on Home Insurance [Re: RickF]
CatBrat Offline
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I pay about $1200 a year in insurance with $500 deductible. I had recent storm water damage, but because of no flood insurance it wasn't covered. I live near the top of a hill. I do have earthquake coverage which is extra. My roof just replaced by insurance company. Because the insurance company paid for the roof, I expect my premium to go up instead of down.

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#327169 - 11/01/10 09:45 AM Re: Save on Home Insurance [Re: CatBrat]
Adrian Offline
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That sounds a little steep, Brian.

I mean the hill you live on....
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#327186 - 11/01/10 12:38 PM Re: Save on Home Insurance [Re: Adrian]
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I happen to be an insurance agent, and while I've never heard of a discount for having a new roof or furnace, I know it's required to have them in good condition. Otherwise, you risk cancellation of the policy. Having no mortgage, raising your deductible, and alarm systems are definitely going to help.
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#327189 - 11/01/10 12:46 PM Re: Save on Home Insurance [Re: sonicfox]
Adrian Offline
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Maybe policies vary across the border, Mary? my take from my agent was that a new roof and furnace would lower the risk of water damage or fire although I was admittedly surprised by the fact that modernizing faucets would actually make a difference, but she in fact, asked me if I'd upgraded them. I also installed new windows a couple of years ago but forgot to mention it to her.
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#327199 - 11/01/10 01:28 PM Re: Save on Home Insurance [Re: RickF]
a401classic Offline
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Originally Posted By: RickF
Originally Posted By: a401classic
And, I don't care where you live, get flood insurance.

Amen to that.

Scott, do you have to carry a separate windstorm policy where you live?


Our Homeowners Policy includes windstorm damage, but not flood, hench the separate policy. Across the boarder in Mississippi, they have Homeowners, Windstorm, and Flood separately. I'm guessing that FL is similar?
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#327202 - 11/01/10 01:37 PM Re: Save on Home Insurance [Re: a401classic]
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I've heard they have added Python and Gator insurance for the southern states? smile
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#327227 - 11/01/10 02:55 PM Re: Save on Home Insurance [Re: a401classic]
RickF Offline
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Originally Posted By: a401classic

Our Homeowners Policy includes windstorm damage, but not flood, hench the separate policy. Across the boarder in Mississippi, they have Homeowners, Windstorm, and Flood separately. I'm guessing that FL is similar?


Yep here in Florida the Homeowners, Windstorm and Flood are separate policies.

I love how the insurance companies do their discounts ... we had a discount for years because we have a hip roof but upon recent evaluation our policyholder determined that our hip roof is actually a 'dutch hip' so therefore we no longer get that discount and due to a somewhat huge discount that was offered right after the '04 hurricanes I installed state approved hurricane shutters costing hundreds of dollars and recently the insurance company dropped that discount for whatever reason they deemed.

My regard for insurance companies goes hand in hand with the buy-here-pay-here for 30% interest used(up) car sales lots. No offense Mary.


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