When you started your home search, you probably made a list of the features you needed to have, like four bedrooms and a large kitchen, and those that would be nice to have, like a swimming pool or hot tub. While these nice-to-have amenities really can put a property over the top in terms of desirability, they can also increase the risk of an injury occurring at your home. Therefore, homes with special features like swimming pools, hot tubs, trampolines, and even wood-burning stoves typically carry higher insurance premiums due to the increased liability risk.
When you’re considering planting roots in a new town or city, it’s important to understand just how safe your new neighborhood is. While there are many details you will want to ask your realtor about the community in order to ensure the security of your home and family, two of the most important things to find out are how far your home is from a fire hydrant and what the distance is to the nearest local fire department. Not only is this critical information to have for safety reasons, but the answer can also affect how much you will be expected to pay in home insurance premiums. In fact, homes that are located in close proximity to fire hydrants and a permanently staffed fire department can expect to pay less in insurance.
In addition, the number and severity of claims in your surrounding community can affect your policy as well. That’s why, if you are looking at homes along the water, which are far more susceptible to flooding, or in a neighborhood that has experienced a recent spike in thefts and vandalism, you will likely see this reflected in higher home insurance rates.
Your Family Pet
A dog can be a great addition to any household; however, depending on the breed, your insurer may increase your premium. That’s because some carriers consider certain breeds to be more aggressive, and therefore more of a risk to insure. In order to avoid a substantial increase to your home insurance, though, your Morse insurance agent will ask you about the history and temperament of your four-legged companion and try to place your policy with a carrier that is more dog-friendly.
Your Personal Claims History
Accidents happen, which is precisely why having a comprehensive home insurance policy is essential protection against whatever life may throw at you and your property. However, it’s important to understand that your insurance carrier will likely take into account any past claims when determining your insurance premium. Insurers believe that a history of claims, regardless of size and severity, generally equates to a higher risk insured. On the flip side, if you’ve shown that you’re a responsible homeowner, with minimal to no claims on your record, you may be eligible for a lower homeowners rate as well as a variety of cost-saving discounts.
At Morse, our top priority is to make sure that you and your home are properly safeguarded; however, we are also very diligent about ensuring that your premium makes sense for you financially as well. One way that we are able to lower your premium is by finding cost-saving discounts through our select group of top national insurance carriers. Below are three of the most common discounts available to homeowners, but we also have access to many other ways you might be able to save on your home insurance. Which is why, we encourage you to contact your Morse agent to learn more about what specific discounts make the most sense for you based on your unique needs.
- Bundle and Save. If you bundle your home and auto insurance policies with the same insurer, most of the top carriers will reward you with up to 20 percent off your premium.
- Loyalty Rewards. It’s tempting to shop around when your insurance rates go up. However, by doing so, you may be missing out on the rewards that some insurers offer to their most loyal clients. In fact, homeowners who stay with the same insurance provider for multiple years generally receive a special discount of 5 to 10 percent depending on their length and loyalty.
- Home Security Credits. Installing smoke detectors, a burglar alarm and dead-bolt locks will not only increase the overall security of your home but may also lower your insurance costs. While the level of savings varies among insurance providers, you can expect to receive anywhere from 5 to 20 percent off your premium for taking these simple safety measures in your home.
As you can tell from the list of eight factors above, answering the question, “What will my home insurance cost?” is quite involved. So, just as you would be highly suspicious if your new, one-of-a-kind coffee table were to show up on your doorstep without ever speaking to the designer, Morse would encourage you to be similarly cautious if you receive a homeowners insurance quote without talking to an experienced insurance specialist about your unique needs. A customized and, more importantly, accurate insurance quote and policy takes time as there are a variety of factors that need to be properly addressed first.
At Morse, we will not only take the necessary steps to build you a proper home insurance policy that fits your budget, but we will also make sure that you know exactly what you are paying for. So, whether you are in the market to buy a new home or you are a current homeowner who would like more insight into why you are paying what you are for home insurance, the dedicated team at Morse would love nothing more than the opportunity to meet with you, learn more about your specific home insurance needs, and tailor a homeowners insurance policy that is just right for you. For a complimentary policy review, stop by any one of our four convenient locations or give us a call at 508-238-0056 today.