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Homeowners insurance: How much you can save

by Sandy Berkenbush 06/28/2022

Budget-conscious homeowners know there are often ways to save on goods and services, but might wonder when it comes to homeowners insurance, “how much?” Insurance is complicated, and homeowners insurance cost is determined by many factors. Luckily, despite how complex it might seem, there are some ways you can save on your homeowners insurance.

Here are some budget-friendly insurance tips:

Leverage your history

Your insurance company will ask for information about prior insurance history when creating a quote for your homeowners policy. If you’re buying your first home, you likely won’t have prior homeowners insurance history to share.

However, if you’ve ever had renters insurance, you can use this history to your advantage. You may be eligible for a discount on your quote if you’ve never made a claim in the past.

Bundle your insurance policies

Most insurance companies offer discounts for bundling different types of insurance with the same provider. If your homeowners insurance provider offers car insurance, for example, it might be worth it to switch your auto policy to them and bundle.

Standard homeowners insurance policies include dwelling coverage, liability coverage and personal property coverage. However, they might also offer additional coverage at a discount compared to what you pay elsewhere. For example, if you have personal liability insurance with another provider, you may be able to switch and lower your homeowners premium at the same time.

Keep up with renewals

Gaps in insurance history can sometimes equal higher premiums. If you’ve ever fallen behind on payments and had a policy canceled, your new insurance provider may see that as a higher risk and increase your premiums.

As long as you keep any existing policies current, you’re more likely to avoid penalties from a new provider. You may even be offered a discount for being fully insured for a long period of time without gaps.

These are only a few tips for saving on your homeowners insurance policy. Shop around for the best quote, and inquire with an insurance agent about any special discounts you might be eligible for.

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Sandy Berkenbush

I’m Sandy Berkenbush, co-owner of Stone Ridge Properties and a lifelong West Newbury resident. I have been a licensed REALTOR® in Massachusetts selling real estate for 30 years, with a focus on the Merrimack River communities that I have come to know so well.