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10 Tips to Save on Your Home Insurance

The details of how premiums are calculated vary from insurer to insurer and product to product. The cost of home insurance is often established on the rebuild cost of the house i.e. what it would cost to replace the building in its entirety. The cost can also be partly dependant on perceived risks to the residence, such as its location, the installation of security devices or fire alarms. The repayments, or premiums, are generally made to the insurer on a monthly basis for a fixed period of time.

Many consumers find their house insurance premiums can be costly; however the rate can be decreased in several ways:

1. Shop around:
With such a vast amount of firms offering home insurance deals, it can seem like an impossible and lengthy task. Try using comparison sites and reputable providers like Legal & General to find the best deal.

2. Get in touch with the insurer:
The consumer can discuss with them the judgement of their property and come to find the reason the premiums are as they are.

3. Reduce the risk:
It could then be a case of installing burglar alarms, window and door locks or fire alarms, depending on the recommendations of the insurer. The less probable a property is to be damaged or burgled, the less the risk is to the provider and the premiums reflect the level of that risk.

4. Premium rates can be flexible:
As a result, they tend to take the first offer. Yet again talking, and a degree of bartering with the insurer, can often have an impact on the cost of premiums in favour of the customer.

5. Raise the excess on the policy:
The consumer normally has to contribute �50 to every claim made, but a willingness to pay more can frequently be beneficial.

6. Ponder thoroughly whether to claim or not:
The decision whether or not to actually make a claim can also influence these costs. A consumer with a history of 'no claims' is more likely to be offered decreased premiums than one who has made many. Prudent consumers may actually cover the costs of lesser damages themselves, maintaining their 'no claims' status. This can have a dramatic influence on premiums.

7. Look at your lifestyle:
Surprisingly, there are those insurers will assess a person's lifestyle while evaluating their application. Smoking habits, drinking habits and having a pet can have an effect on an insurer's judgement.

8. Take security measures:
Where personal valuables are concerned, insurers are more likely be more favourable if a safe is available and the items are kept locked in it.

9. Don't underinsure:
Not specifically a money-saving tip but it can save you from being severely out of pocket if you need to claim. Keep an annual inventory, keep hold of receipts and making sure valuable individual goods are covered is recommended.

10. Plan into the future:
If a claim has not been made, a home insurance policy can typically be cancelled with a complete refund. Knowing this, the consumer can stay aware of the market and change insurers if a better deal becomes available, without having to wait for their current cover to end.





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