10 Facts You Should Know About Homeowners Insurance

Homeowners insurance takes a bite out of your budget when you own a home. Laura covers ten facts you should know about home insurance so you get the most out of it, fully understand the coverage, and pay less. 

Laura Adams, MBA
10-minute read
Episode #473

Fact #8: There’s a deadline to make a claim

When you do need to file a claim for major damage, don’t wait too long. Many policies include a 14-day reporting window to make sure that damage doesn’t get worse over time.

If you miss the claim deadline, you could be out of luck and have to pay repairs out of your own pocket.

Fact #9: You need to create a home inventory

If there’s a disaster, the last thing you want is to have a claim denied because you don’t have good records. Document what you own by creating a home inventory that lists your personal belongings and what you paid for them or their appraised value, then store it in a safe place or online.

Use your smart phone to take video of each room and the contents of closets and cabinet. That would help you remember everything if your home was completely destroyed in a fire, storm, or tornado.

Fact #10: You may be missing discounts

I mentioned that insurers set premiums based on your potential future risk. When you make home improvements or add technology that makes your home safer—like smoke detectors, alarm systems, deadbolts, and upgraded doors, windows, or roofing—you may qualify for discounts, so let your insurer know.  

Another smart way to save is to bundle your home or renters policy with other coverage, such as auto or life insurance, at the same company. Also consider increasing your out-of-pocket deductible (if you have enough emergency savings to cover it), because that reduces your premium.

Shopping around for quotes is the best way to make sure you aren’t overpaying for coverage. Use a site like insuranceQuotes or netQuote to get free home insurance quotes.

No one enjoys paying for insurance, but when disaster strikes, having a homeowners policy can be a financial lifesaver.

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About the Author

Laura Adams, MBA

Laura Adams received an MBA from the University of Florida. She's an award-winning personal finance author, speaker, and consumer advocate who is a frequent, trusted source for the national media. Money-Smart Solopreneur: A Personal Finance System for Freelancers, Entrepreneurs, and Side-Hustlers is her newest title. Laura's previous book, Debt-Free Blueprint: How to Get Out of Debt and Build a Financial Life You Love, was an Amazon #1 New Release. Do you have a money question? Call the Money Girl listener line at 302-364-0308. Your question could be featured on the show.