If you have a child in college, check with your insurance agent about whether the child’s residence requires a separate insurance policy. Nearly all policies will cover belongings stored in a dorm room, while the regulations about off-campus apartment living will vary widely from policy to policy, even within the same company.
If you have recently renovated your home, make sure to let your home owner’s insurance company know. That way, should disaster ruin your newly renovated home, you will be reimbursed an amount that reflects the way your home looked after you renovated. Try to call the insurance company as soon as you make these renovations. Always remember to make policy reviews and comparisons to your homeowner’s insurance policy yearly. You can compare your policy costs with others to find the best deal, and you should always keep track of changes that have taken place that may lower your premiums. Changes such as installing a burglar alarm or even just taking down a trampoline could lower your premiums a bit.
Create a comprehensive list of the valuables that are in your home, and provide a copy to your insurance agent. Take pictures of your items, and have them stored somewhere away from your home. Confirm with your agent that all of these items will be covered, and make sure to update your agent on new valuable purchases that should be covered.
Consider liability protection as an important part of your home owners insurance policy. Liability protection will cover you if a visitor slips and falls at your home, or your dog bites someone in your yard. The standard amount most policies carry is $100,000 but most experts recommend $300,000. Carrying enough liability coverage can add valuable financial protection to your policy.
Secure your pets appropriately to make sure you do not face unexpected pet related claims. Dog bite claims are a common claim for homeowner’s insurance and are often preventable. If you have a dog, consider fencing your yard or a portion of your yard to make sure your pet is secure and to reduce the likelihood of a bite. Even if your dog is not prone to biting, a startled or scared pet can still bite in self-defense.