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Home Insurance: Is It Worth It?

If you own a home, then likely you have homeowners insurance on your biggest and most expensive asset. True, if you own your home outright, then there is no law requiring you to have homeowners insurance. Only mortgage companies will insist on insurance if they have a lien on your home. Is it wise to go without insurance? Should you? Keep reading and we shall look at the value of having or getting rid of your homeowners insurance.

Homeowners’ insurance rates are spiking especially for homeowners in areas where hurricane damage has been high, such as Florida. Some homeowners are finding their rates have doubled or tripled in just one year while others are learning that their policy has been cancelled by the insurance company meaning they must shop for new insurance.

The temptation to drop insurance altogether is a big one, but a dangerous choice to make unless you have a bundle of money to absorb the loss.Home insurance makes sense for the following reason:–If there is a catastrophic loss, then your home can be completely replaced. Just make certain that your policy has been updated to reflect the current replacement cost of your home. If you live in earthquake or a flood prone area, you will need to purchase separate insurance to cover these disasters.

You can save money on your policy via:–Comparison shopping. All insurers are different and rates can vary by as much a 10 to 20 percent. Shop around and don’t just go with the best rate. Companies that pay a fast claim are worth more than a slower payer any day, even if there rates are high.You are your home’s best advocate because:–You know your home. You are in the best position to determine loss, therefore you must be aware of what is allowed or not allowed before filing for a claim.

A tree that falls on your home means that you are covered, while floods and earthquakes are only covered through the writing of a separate policy. Yes, insurance on your home can certainly seem expensive and almost worth dropping until you need to use it. Your insurance company isn’t always your best friend, but they can be your only friend when disaster hits and able to help restore you financially if you selected the policy with the best coverage.

Home Insurance: Is It Worth It?

It seems like accidents, disasters, and catastrophes only strike when you're uninsured. Even if your policy only lapses one day, that will be the day that the neighbor's tree falls into your house. Not having home insurance these days is a bad idea, for every year on the news we hear about some new tragic event that has occurred because Nature had her way. Even a simple summer thunderstorm can cause wreckage and property damage. And you know that it's better to be prepared, even if insurance seems never to pay off. Though the entire idea of paying money to a company every single month "just in case" something happens seems a little ridiculous, these days you can't get by without insurance. Even the incredibly lucky will have unlucky days. The last thing you want is to be the one throwing your hands up and lamenting the next time there's a flood, tornado, or earthquake. Repair costs to damaged property and destroyed valuables often ends up being much more costly in the end. So, you know that you have to have insurance on your home. But that doesn't mean that you can afford to pay costly rates to protect your property. After all, everyone has to live within a certain budget, and usually there isn't room for much extra. So how can you safely insure all your property and still afford to live on your property? It's always a great idea to shop around and find the cheapest quotes, but who honestly has the time to stay on the phone all day? There are ways to find the best deal on your home insurance without wasting a lot of your own valuable time. First, know how to cross-deal and, if possible, lump your insurance together. If you already own a car, boat, or have any type of insurance on anything (even life insurance on yourself), you may be able to get a better deal all the way around. Call your insurance provider or insurance agent and tell them you'd like to talk about home insurance, you already have existing insurance, and can they be linked together? You'd be surprised how many companies offer deals this way, and in some cases your existing insurance becomes much cheaper. Even if you are only renting, you'll find that renter's insurance is affordable and can lower your car insurance costs. For those who already have insurance policies, or need multiple insurance, the best thing to do is to get all the insurance you need from one agent or company. Not only is this often much cheaper than buying several different policies, it saves you a lot of aggravation and extra bills. It's much easier to write a single check for all your insurance every month than five different checks to five different companies. Another way to find the best quotes on home insurance is to use the Internet. Through any search engine, you'll be able to find sites where you can compare the quotes of several different companies at the same time. Often by filling out a single online form, shoppers will be able to compare many policies at once. Calling around on the phone to essentially do the same thing could take hours, but with the Internet getting quotes is as simple as clicking a button. Many sites offer these quotes for free, so you shouldn't pay anything just to get home insurance quotes. Home insurance is something that all homeowners should have. Rental insurance can protect renters, and is often purchased at very affordable prices. Insurance doesn't have to be expensive, and getting the best rates doesn't have to be a hassle. By finding the best deals, and getting the best price, you'll have money in your pocket and your home will still be secure.

Home Insurance: Is It Worth It?

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors warns that if you can't get insurance for your house, you're in big trouble. Mortgage lenders won't lend on houses that are uninsurable and as a result its value could fall by up to 80%. It's a high flood risk that's most likely to make your house uninsurable. According to a recent survey, 6.5 million homes are already at risk from flooding of which 1.5 million are in high risk areas. The government has completed flood defences in many such areas and protection for a further 80,000 homes is due this year. But concerns have also been expressed about a further 120,000 new homes planned for the Thames Gateway which are potentially in a high “at risk” zone. Yet many areas remain vulnerable. And if global warming continues, by 2030, the 1.5 million at risk could mushroom 3.5 million. Back in 2003 the Association of British Insurers (ABI) agreed the principles which committed UK insurers to offering home and contents insurance for properties in areas which are assessed to be at a flooding risk once in seventy five years or more. The rider was that the flood defences had to be already in place or would be completed by the end of 2007. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has the responsibility of developing and maintaining these flood defences but within the insurance industry there's widespread concern that insufficient progress is being made. As a result the insurers have has warned the government that there could be widespread withdrawal of insurance cover if progress is stepped up. In the mean time, those in areas threatened by flood water could find their insurance premiums soaring. Whilst the insurance industry agreed to provide insurance cover, their commitment was simply to maintain premiums at “reasonable” levels. But there was no definition of what “reasonable” means. As a result premium increases of 60% have been common with up 400% increases in bad areas. In a tiny number of cases, cover has been withdrawn altogether, mostly in country areas where DEFRA considers the cost of defending a cluster of a few homes to be uneconomic. Environmentalists warn that unless DEFRA gets it's skates on, the UK 's current bill for flood damage could rise from £950 million a year, to £3.2 billion. After all, the average insurance claim for household flood damage is £30,000 – that's even higher than fire damage. And localised events like the 2004 flood at Boscastle, Cornwall , can cost the insurers over £15 million. If you are in any doubt whether your home or proposed home, is in a flood risk area, you should visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk. This is DEFRA's web site where you can check whether they think your home is at risk of flooding. Their maps were originally designed for planning purposes and provide information on a post-code basis. Whilst many insurers use the DEFRA information, others like More Than, have their own flood maps. These assess homes individually rather than post code areas. This means that if your existing insurer increases your premium for flood risk and uses the DEFRA information, you may still be able to get a cheaper rate from an insurer using it's own flood data if its data identifies that your property is beyond the “at risk” zone. The ABI has recently added to the pressure on DEFRA to accelerate the building and upgrading of flood defences. It has warned that unless the government increases its spending on flood defences, the insurance industry may not continue their commitment to the 2003 principles. That would be bad news for many homeowners.