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How Do I Choose the Best Budget Home Insurance?

Amanda R. Bell
Amanda R. Bell

Choosing the best budget home insurance policy is all about weighing the cost versus the risk and determining what coverage you need and where you may be able to cut back. Picking a policy with a high loss deductible, but a low damage deductible, can save you a significant amount of money each year. Using the cost of your home rather than the entire amount that you paid for the property when determining the cost to rebuild your home can also save you a large amount of money. Eliminating unnecessary insurance coverage for certain possessions or mortgage life insurance can also help you to choose the best budget home insurance.

Your deductible will play a large factor in how much you pay each year for home insurance. Most companies offer separate deductibles for general loss and loss due to a specific cause. When it comes to general loss, picking a higher deductible will drastically reduce the cost of your policy. If your home is in an area that is prone to natural disasters, such as earthquakes or flooding, maintaining a lower deductible for these specific loss causes may cost you more initially, but pay out in the event of severe damage to your property. You can also decide to maintain high deductibles in these areas, although, if you do this, it is best to keep the deductible amount in a special savings account in the case of disaster.

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Many budget home insurance policies offer coverage for the cost to rebuild your home if it is destroyed. Despite this, many people make the mistake of using their full mortgage amount as a coverage amount. To save money, have an appraisal done on just the house itself, without factoring in the land. The cost of your home and the land it sits on makes up the majority of your mortgage amount, however, you will never have to replace the actual land, making insuring your entire mortgage for rebuilding costs a waste of money. Getting a professional appraisal will help you to determine how much it may cost to replace the home in the event that something happens, keeping your budget home insurance as cheap as possible.

The company you choose for your policy will likely offer coverage for a large amount of unnecessary things. The most common is insurance for the possessions inside of your home. While it may be a good idea to cover any large ticket items, such as family heirlooms or pricey electronics, covering smaller furniture or household items can make your annual insurance costs more expensive, and may be unnecessary if you have a decent amount of money in savings. It is also typically unnecessary to purchase mortgage life insurance, which ensures that your mortgage company is paid back in the event that you pass away, as a part of your budget home insurance. In general, it is cheaper to purchase regular life insurance in an amount that will cover the rest of the loan in the case of premature death.

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