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How to Select the Best Homeowners Insurance Coverage. Call Affordable Insurance today 870-425-6079

How to Select the Best Homeowners Insurance Coverage Call Affordable Insurance 870-425-6079
Insurance Advice for New Homeowners

Buying a home is an exciting, new adventure. One of the many decisions you will make is how to insure your new home.

The Insurance Information Institute reports that one in 20 insured homes has a claim each year. While you never want to file a claim, having the right coverage is critical to your new investment.

Here’s how you can make sure you’re choosing the best homeowners insurance coverage for your home.

1. Understand What Homeowners Insurance Provides 

It’s important to understand homeowners insurance when selecting your coverages.

A simple definition of homeowners insurance: an agreement to repair or replace your home and put your life back to where it was after a disaster/covered loss in return for a premium/payment.

 

Most standard homeowners insurance policies cover:

  • The cost to rebuild your home after a disaster
  • Your contents inside the home in the event of a covered loss
  • Liability coverage to pay medical bills if somebody is injured on your property
  • Living expenses if you have to leave your home after a disaster

2. Explore Your Options

One of the important choices you will make when selecting a policy is your limit of insurance.

Your limit of insurance is the maximum your insurance company will pay you in the event of a covered loss.

New homeowners will often consider their home’s resale value when deciding their limits of insurance. However, you are not insuring your home’s resale value.

You want your insurance limit to cover the cost to completely rebuild your home after a covered loss.

Beyond choosing your limits, you will also have optional coverages you can add on to your policy. These may include:

  • Guaranteed Home Replacement Cost: Provides full replacement of your home in the event that your coverage limit is too low. This may occur due to unforeseen changes in construction material and labor costs.
  • Personal Property Replacement Cost: Pays you the cost to purchase new contents regardless of the resale value or age in the event of a covered loss. Alternatively, standard coverage will pay you the cash value of your contents at their depreciated value.
  • Equipment Breakdown Coverage: Covers the breakdown of all your important home systems and personal major appliances. For example, air-conditioning systems, furnaces, compressors, laptops, televisions, home appliances, and hot-water heaters

 Check out this interactive home tour to see Equipment Breakdown Coverage in action.

3. Choose the Right Insurance Company

Your next step is choosing the right insurance company.

When you search for the cheapest insurance option online, you are most likely missing important details and coverages. A low price doesn’t necessarily mean appropriate coverage.

Affordable Insurance represents many insurance companies. We can provide you with personalized quotes from any of them based on your needs.

Affordable Insurance will help you dig deeper and find out exactly what is and isn’t covered under each policy you consider. Our success is dependent on representing quality insurance companies. So, we very familiar with insurance companies known for superior customer service.

4. Bundle Your Insurance Policies for Extra Savings

Oftentimes, insurance companies offer multiple-policy discounts since they sell multiple types of insurance. If you buy more than one policy from the same insurance company you may qualify for policy discounts.

So, if you have the option to bundle your policies with one insurance company, it is usually a good idea.

5. Remember to Look Ahead

Lastly, remember your home insurance needs may change over time.

As your home and family change, let us know. This will help make sure you still have the best coverages for your home.

Examples of these changes may include:

  • Remodeling or renovating parts of your home
  • Changes to who is living in the home
  • Changes to how much time you spend in the home throughout the year
  • Upgrading the contents of your home
  • Adding a deck
  • Digging a pool
  • Finishing your basement

Another aspect of your home that may change over time is the contents inside. It’s a good idea to keep an up-to-date home inventory to document the items in your home. Several free apps can help you capture the information quickly.

Choosing the Best Homeowners Insurance for Your Home Doesn’t Have to be Hard

Purchasing your first house and homeowners insurance is not something to rush through. Give us a call today to ensure your home is covered properly.

Disclaimer: The analysis of coverage is in general terms and is superseded in all respects by the Insuring Agreements, Endorsements, Exclusions, Terms and Conditions of the Policy. Some of the coverage mentioned in this material may not be applicable in all states or may have to be modified to conform to applicable state law. Some coverages may have been eliminated or modified since the publishing of this material. Please check with your local Independent Auto-Owners Insurance Agent for details.

Affordable Insurance Offers Tips to Help You Save on Homeowners Insurance

Purchasing the homeowners insurance that is right for you and your home can be confusing, especially for first-time buyers. By learning the basics on how to get the most for your money, you can save on your homeowners insurance and feel confident you have adequate coverage. Affordable Insurance, a leading provider of homeowners and auto insurance, offer these tips to lead you in the right direction when you purchase your homeowners insurance.

  • Raise your deductible. Companies generally have deductibles (what you pay before your insurance policy kicks in) starting at $500. By choosing a higher deductible ($750,

$1,000, $2500 or higher), you’ll have lower annual premium payments.

  • Consider how much insuring a new home will be. The age of your home may qualify you for savings because plumbing, heating and electrical systems of newer homes have lower risks than outdated systems. Construction of the home (brick versus wooden frame) can affect your cost as well, depending on your home’s location. Also, if you live near your local fire department, your homeowners rates might be lower than if you are many miles away.
  • Insure your home, not your land. Since homeowners policies don’t provide protection for your land, it would be a waste of money to include its value as part of your dwelling coverage, which should only reflect the price it would cost to repair or replace your home’s structure.
  • Insure your car and home with the same company. You can save money if you have more than one type of policy with the same insurance company. The more good business you give the company, the more valuable you are as a
  • Improve home security and safety. If your home has certain types of fire alarms, burglar alarms, locks, or smoke detectors, you’ve reduced your risk and may qualify for a
  • Look for senior discounts. If you are at least 55 years old and retired, your insurance company may offer you a discount. Retirees often spend more time at home and are more likely to spot trouble and prevent a
  • Stay with one insurer. If you keep your coverage under one insurer for several years, you may be offered a discount from the company. The longer you are a customer, the more money you will likely end up
  • Compare the limits in your policy to the value of your possessions at least once a year. If you make any major purchases or additions, you want to ensure they will be covered, but you do not want to spend more than is

Established in 1995, Affordable Insurance is an independent insurance agency offering a full range of insurance products including AUTO, HOME, LIFE, HEALTH, BUSINESS.

For information and quotes on insurance coverage, please visit Affordable Insurance at one of our locations 635 Hwy 62 East Mountain Home, Arkansas; 816 East Main Street Flippin, Arkansas; 324 Highway 62 65 North Harrison, Arkansas or call 870-425-6079.