Although you may pay more for other types of insurance such as car insurance or medical care insurance, house owners insurance can cost a substantial amount of money. Getting the best deal starts with shopping around with different carriers or having a reputable insurance broker do the shopping for you.
Benefits are at least as important as price. A cheap house insurance plan that won’t cover you will is a bad decision at any cost.
Your house insurance plan probably offers benefits that you have never thought of. It can pay you if your house is burned down or if your things are damaged. It can also pay a third party if you injure them due to a negligent act. This is true even if that act takes place far from your home. It can also reimburse you for living expenses when you are unable to live in your home due to a covered event.
The benefit that most people focus on is the part that will pay you if your house is in a fire or is damaged by some other covered peril. This is probably the most paramount coverage. It is critical to get the right amount of coverage for this aspect of your coverage.
Determining the right amount of coverage is not as easy as finding out the potential sales price of your home. Your insurance company will not use the potential sales price when deciding what to pay you to rebuild or repair your home.
There are two reasons why the potential sales price is not important. This amount required to rebuild your home can be much higher or much lower than the cost to purchase a similar structure. The insurance company is not required to replace the land your house sits on.
The cost of the land and the location of your house are part of your current market value. They are not involved in the calculations required to determine replacement value.