Most people dream of their own home. It is usually the largest investment anyone makes during a lifetime. The investment will be good if you secure the value of your property with insurance. There are basic clauses that nearly everyone includes.
Most insurance policies carry a deductible. This is the amount the insured pays initially while the insurer pays the rest. When you select a low amount deductible, the policy will be more expensive. Whatever the amount of the deductible, it must be paid before the insurance company pays the balance. Keep that amount in a bank in case you need it,
Your homeowner’s policy must be for as much as you still owe the bank on your mortgage. But, it is wise to insure it for replacement value. If your home and contents were destroyed, by fire for example, the insurance would enable you to rebuild a home of comparable quality and buy furniture replacements. Any items such as expensive electronics, computers and jewelry are usually insured for an extra amount as stated on your policy.
There are security discounts for those who have smoke alarms in all recommended places and security systems to protect against burglary. If you do not smoke, there is a discount available for that. If you take out your homeowner’s policy and your automobile policy from the same insurer, there is also a discount for that.
Make certain flood insurance is a part of your policy. Flood insurance is not always available from your company. In an area noted for flooding, there may be a policy offered by the government. Remember, water damage such as from a roof is different from flooding and it is covered in most cases. You can include in your policy whatever you are concerned about losing. Possibly it may be cheaper to keep jewelry and collections, such as expensive coin collections, in a safety deposit box instead of paying an extra premium for it.