In other words, you are making somebody rich but it ain't you.
There are so many variables that go into an insurance premium. The property condition, knob and tube wiring, pools, past claims to name a few. You may also be a variable in the form of your credit score. I would check with a local insurance provider who will be able to point you in the right direction.
Deductibles are the amount of money you have to pay toward a loss before your insurance company starts to pay according to the terms of your policy. Deductibles on homeowners policies typically start at $250. By increasing your deductible to $500, you could save up to 12 percent; $1,000, up to 24 percent; $2,500, up to 30 percent; and $5,000, up to 37 percent, depending, of course, on your insurance company. 3. Buy your home and auto policies from the same insurer.
Some companies that sell homeowners, auto and liability coverage will take 5 to 15 percent off your premium if you buy two or more policies from them. 4. When you buy a home... Consider how much insuring it will cost. Because a new home's electrical, heating and plumbing systems and overall structure are likely to be in better shape than those of an older house, insurers may offer you a discount of 8 to 15 percent if your house is new. Check its construction, too. Brick, because of its resistance to wind damage is better in the East; Frame, because of its resistance to earthquake damage, better in the West. Choosing wisely could cut your premium by 5 to 15 percent. Avoiding areas that are prone to floods can save you $400 or so a year for flood insurance. Homeowners insurance does not cover flood-related damage. If you do buy a house in a flood-prone area, you'll have to buy a flood insurance policy, too.
Does your town have full-time or volunteer fire service? And is your house close to a hydrant or fire station? The closer your house is to firefighters and their equipment, the lower your premium will be.
5. Insure your house, not the land. The land under your house isn't at risk from theft, windstorm, fire and the other perils covered in your homeowners policy. So don't include its value in deciding how much homeowners insurance to buy. If you do, you'll pay a higher premium than you should. 6. Beef up your home security. You can usually get discounts of at least 5 percent for a smoke detector, burglar alarm, or dead-bolt locks. Some companies offer to cut your premium by as much as 15 or 20 percent if you install a sophisticated sprinkler system and a fire and burglar alarm that rings at the police station or other monitoring facility. These systems arenÂ´t cheap and not every system qualifies for the discount. Before you buy such a system, find out what kind your insurer recommends and how much the device would cost and how much youÂ´d save on premiums. 7. Stop smoking. Smoking accounts for more than 23,000 residential fires a year. ThatÂ´s why some insurers offer to reduce premiums if all the residents in a house donÂ´t smoke. 8. Once you retire... Retired people stay at home more and spot fires sooner than working people. Retired people have more time for maintaining their homes, too. If youÂ´re at least 55 years old and retired, you may qualify for a discount of up to 10 percent at some companies. 9. See if you can get group coverage. Alumni and business associations often work out an insurance package with an insurance company, which includes a discount for association members. Ask your associationÂ´s director if an insurer is offering a discount on homeowners insurance to you and your fellow graduates or colleagues.
10. Stay loyal to your insurer. If youÂ´ve kept your coverage with a company for several years, you may receive special consideration. Several insurers will reduce their premiums by 5 percent if you stay with them for three to five years and by 10 percent if you remain a policyholder for six years or more.
11. Compare the limits in your policy and the value of your possessions at least once a year.
You want your policy to cover any major purchases or additions to your home. But you donÂ´t want to spend money for coverage you donÂ´t need. If your five-year-old fur coat is no longer worth the $20,000 you paid for it, youÂ´ll want to reduce your floater and pocket the difference. Hope this helps. My best, John Allaire
There are a lot of variables that can effect the price of homeowner' s insurance ex.) age of the home, age of the roof, age of the furnace, prior insurance claims associated with the home and prior insurance claims associated with the homeowner. The size and the features in the home have a tremendous impact as well. That being said, or a median sized home in good condition with no major flaws and no claims against the house or the owner, you can expect to pay in the range of $70 per month. If you are new to a purchase than just an F.Y.I. your first year insurance needs to be paid up front in full to get a binder to bring to closing. Hope this helps.
Keller Williams Realty