Insurance Checklist for Home Buyers





There are several issues to consider when looking for the perfect home
to purchase. One of the most overlooked issues is insurance coverage. However,
it is one of the most important aspects of home ownership. It’s essential to
factor in the cost of insurance. Before going out to look for a home, consider
all of the expenses the purchase will incur. There are several other things to
do before preparing to sign the final documents.


Get A Credit Report.  It’s important to review the report for inaccuracies and derogatory information. Dispute any inaccuracies immediately. If a creditor can’t verify a debt, it will be erased from the report. Having good credit makes it much easier to obtain a good interest rate.


Get Renters Insurance.  Anyone who is shopping for a home but is currently renting should have renters insurance. Renters insurance provides protection for renters from the liability of injuries sustained by others while they’re on the property. It also awards compensation if personal belongings are stolen or destroyed.


Research The Nearby Fire Department.  One factor affecting insurance that most people don’t think of is the nearby fire department. If the location has permanent staff and has high ratings, the home will cost less to insure. Homes that have nearby fire hydrants also cost less to insure. Adequate water supply, trained firefighters and ample equipment are all important aspects of determining home insurance rates.


Consider Natural Disasters & Bad Weather.  Flooding and earthquakes are important issues to consider. These policies are more expensive to insure then a standard home owners policy. The Deductible on these policies are not a flat cost. It is a percentage of the estimated cost to rebuild the structure if it’s destroyed. Keep in mind that Natural disaster policies are separate policies and are not included in your homeowner’s policy coverage.


Know The Home’s Age.  While older homes have charm and unique beauty, they’re more expensive to insure than newer homes. Since some of the ornate features of older homes are more difficult to replace, the insurance premiums are higher. In addition
to this, their plumbing, electrical or gas systems may be old enough that they’re considered risky. If this is the case, they result in a higher insurance premium.


Consider Swimming Pools & Other Features.  Since a swimming pool is expensive to replace and poses a safety risk, it is considerably more expensive to insure a home that has one. Hot tubs, saunas and any other features that may pose a liability issue require careful planning for insurance. It may be best to purchase an umbrella policy to ensure
liability protection.


There are several other things to consider when looking for a new home. For example, a new roof can positively affect insurance rates. However, an older roof that needs repair will cost more to insure. Homes that aren’t up to code also cost more to insure. It’s important to speak with an agent before agreeing to purchase a home. Agents are happy to look over the property’s details to determine how much of a risk the home is. When the time comes to purchase the perfect home, an agent can help arrange ample insurance coverage for the future.


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