Homeowners’ insurance isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. In fact, most mortgage companies won’t make a loan or finance a residential real estate transaction unless the buyer provides proof of coverage for the full or fair value of the property (most of the time this is the purchase price). In this article, we’ll show you some simple actions you can take to make sure your homeowners’ insurance is sufficient for your needs.
Homeowners’ insurance can be very expensive. Those that live in high-risk areas such as close to major waterways, known earthquake fault lines or other high claims areas will pay the most for coverage. In fact, those in high-risk areas are often forced to pay annual premiums in the many thousands of dollars. But even homeowners in relatively sedate, suburban neighborhoods (with property values around the national average of $210,000) could pay between $500 and $1,000 a year for a basic policy.
The good news is that although you can’t (and shouldn’t) avoid purchasing homeowners’ insurance, there are ways to minimize the cost.
Here are six ways to make sure you get the right coverage and consequent compensation for your home: