By now you’re wondering, “What can I do to protect myself?” Here are a few tips to get you on your way to being fully insured.
- Look for a company who offers Guaranteed Replacement.
These companies are far and few between and are very picky about who they cover, but they do exist.
- Go to a competitor for a FULL quote.
See what other companies are offering. Tell them you want to be fully covered in case of a total loss.
- Have your insurance agent help you calculate the costs of rebuilding your home.
They are the experts and deal with this every day. Rely on their expertise.
- Insist on TOTAL home replacement.
Voice your concerns and wishes. Do not let it go unsaid.
- Insist on INFLATION GUARD.
This will annually increase the amount of coverage you have by an inflationary calculation.
- Insist on PERSONAL PROPERTY floaters.
If you have specialty items or an extra-ordinary amount of personal property, make sure they are covered.
- Insist on being told ALL products available.
Ask if they have any additional products they could sell you as add-on’s to your homeowner’s policy. For example, some companies offer higher percentages for extended replacement, code upgrade, personal property and/or appurtenant structure coverage.
- Be aware of coverage for appurtenant or “other structures”.
If you have a detached garage, guest house, large retaining walls, long walkways, large sheds etc, you might be in need of additional coverage for these structures.
- Increase the deductible to reduce the premium.
If increasing your coverage is tightening your budget, get a discount by increasing your deductible. If you have a high deductible they know you won’t be turning to them for small “nuisance” claims.
- After reviewing your coverage, write a letter of thanks.
Nothing is more frustrating than knowing you asked for more coverage and not being able to prove it later. Write a letter of thanks to your agent for reviewing your coverage to make sure you are fully covered.
CC the home office.
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