10 Easy Ways to Get a Discount on Your Homeowners Insurance Policy Rates

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Homeowners insurance premiums can vary depending on who you are, where you live, where you purchased your policy, and how much coverage you have. The number of discounts you get can also impact the price you pay. So are you looking to fork over less each month and still get the proper insurance coverage you need to protect yourself, your family, and your home?

Here are ten simple ways to get a discount on your homeowners insurance premiums.

1. Evaluate Your Coverage
Although the average home owner is underinsured, you may be among the minority of people who have too much coverage. Take some time to look over your policy and see if there are any ways to save money simply by taking out certain things. All you really need is enough insurance to cover your home’s replacement (i.e. rebuilding) costs, personal possessions, the cost of disaster-related living expenses, and liability to others. Anything beyond this could be considered excessive.

2. Buy Two or More Policies from the Same Insurer
There are some insurance companies that specialize exclusively in one type, whether it be auto car insurance, health insurance, life insurance, or even disability insurance.  However, there are also some companies that offer different types of coverage. If you purchase multiple policies from the same insurer, you could be eligible for a multi-policy discount. These discounts can vary from company to company, but typically range from 5-30%.

3. Ask About Associations
Many associations, organizations, schools, and employers administer group programs or have special agreements with insurance companies that provide discounts for members or alumni. Check with the groups that you are already a member of to see if you are eligible for any insurance discounts. This includes AAA membership discounts. You can also ask your insurer for a list of possible association discounts.

4. Improve Your Home’s Resistance
Making alterations to your home, such as reinforcing the roof, updating heat or electrical systems, and installing shutters, can make your home more resistant to storms and other disasters. These are all great home improvements that can help increase real estate value and also help you save as much as 10% on your homeowners insurance premiums.

5. Up Your Home Security
Small protective devices, such as smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and deadbolts can help you save 5-10% on your homeowners insurance premiums. Larger devices, such as home security systems (to prevent home burglary) or sprinkler systems (for home fire safety and protection), can help you save even more. Ask your insurer how much of a discount you could get by installing one or more of these items.

6. Ask about Building Material Discounts
If your home is reinforced for earthquakes, made from flame resistant building materials, or otherwise prepared for natural disasters, you may be eligible for a special discount. Not every insurer mentions this discount upfront, so be sure to ask for it if you think your home is made of the right stuff.

7. Ask about a Location Discount
The location of your house may also provide saving opportunities. Many insurers offer discounts to home owners who live near emergency responders, fire houses, or police precincts. Determine how many miles are between your home and these facilities, and ask your insurer about potential discounts.

8. Tie Down Your Home
This discount isn’t available for everyone, but if you have a mobile home, you could save as much as 10 % by tying, anchoring, or bolting the structure to its foundation.

9. Ask for Additional Discounts
Some companies are more forthcoming with their customers than others. You may not be getting all of the discounts you are eligible for simply because you have not asked for them. Make an appointment to meet with your insurance agent to discuss possible savings or ask for a full list of potential discounts so that you can review your saving options.

10. Compare Costs
Insurers often charge different prices for the same coverage. Comparing prices and discount packages is the best way to save on your homeowners insurance policy. You can get insurance quotes by contacting several local agents. You may also be able to compare prices by visiting websites that allow you to get price quotes from multiple companies at one time. You should compare costs each year when your policy renews, or at minimum, every two to three years.

What have you done to lower the cost of your homeowners insurance policy? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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arceliabair February 18, 2011 at 1:14 am

What a great list! Another way you can get discounts is by asking for a retiree credit if you or your spouse is retired. Since one of you is home most of the time, it makes your home a less risky place in the eyes of your home insurance company.

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