Another of many great home insurance tips when wanting to save money on insurance is to offer to pay more out in excess on the policy. The excess is the amount the provider would ask you to pay towards an insurance claim before they will payout. For example if you have to make a claim for £250 of damage or loss and you were paying an excess of £100 the insurance company would then payout for the remainder which would be £150.
The more secure your home is the less chance of you being a victim of theft so the cheaper the insurance premiums might be. You could install a good quality alarm on the property; fix deadbolts on the doors and window alarms on the windows. Good high fencing around the property can also help towards keeping down the cost of the insurance. Installing such as fire alarms could also help to keep down the cost of insurance as with alarms fitted there would be less chance of fire destroying your home.
When taking out home insurance the premiums are worked out on how much you choose to insure. Therefore you do not want to take out insurance that is grossly over estimated. To get an accurate idea of how much to insure against you would have to go around your home and jot down the cost of items. Do not forget to look in cupboards, wardrobes and your loft and count all items however small as they all add up.
Home insurance can be taken out as home contents insurance and buildings insurance. While contents insurance protects your belongings in the home, buildings insurance would protect the shell of the home. Mortgage lenders will usually insist that you take out buildings insurance to cover the shell when they provide you with the mortgage. Often if you take out both forms of home insurance together you can make huge savings as opposed to searching around and taking out cover with different providers.
Look into whether your neighbourhood has a neighbourhood watch scheme. If it has then it can be worthwhile becoming a member. If not then you could look into starting such as scheme. If there is a scheme in place this can deter thieves and as you would be seen to be living in a safer neighbourhood this could help to keep the cost of the premiums down.
Finally another of the valuable home insurance tips to consider is to check the policy over with a fine tooth comb. There will be limits and exclusions in all home insurance offered by all providers. It is essential that you know what is and is not covered in your home insurance to avoid any nasty surprises if you should have to make a claim.
David Thomson is Chief Executive of BestDealInsurance an independent specialist broker dedicated to providing their clients with the best insurance deal on their home insurance, car and life insurance.View all articles by David Thomson
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