Tips to reduce your home insurance premium
Home insurance is something most of us have and need.
Would you walk in the rain without an umbrella? Probably not. Think of home and contents insurance like an umbrella for your house. Maybe you’ve avoided insurance up until now because of the cost. Here are some tips on how to reduce your premium to make it more affordable.
Not all insurance policies are the same, though you’ll find most use similar jargon.
1. Increase your excess amount
An excess is the contribution you are required to pay towards a claim you make on your insurance policy.
Insurance policies have a minimum excess amount. But if you choose to pay a higher excess, then your insurance premium may be reduced.
The insurer pays you the claim amount, less the excess amount. For instance, if you claim $10,000 of stolen goods, and your excess is $500, then you’ll receive $9,500.
Some small amounts may not be worth claiming because the excess is higher than the claim amount. Like if you crack the glass on the sliding door. It might cost $100 to repair so it’s not worth paying the excess.
2. Value your contents accurately
You don’t want to undervalue or overvalue your contents. Insuring them for less than the value means you could be left out of pocket in the event of a claim. Over-estimating means you’ll pay a higher insurance premium for cover that you don’t need. If you are not sure about how to value your contents, be sure to ask your broker as they have a number of tools available to help your value your assets.
Create a spreadsheet with all your contents and their values to help you keep track of them.
3. Install an alarm
Depending on the suburb you live in, it may be mandatory for your home to be fitted with an alarm in order to get insurance. Even if this isn’t the case, alarms can deter burglars and can reduce your contents premium. These days there are alarms to suit all budgets.
Consider additional safety measures around the home to help protect your valuables.
4. Research your area
You’ve fallen in love with a beautiful tree-lined street and you want to move in now. But this doesn’t mean it’s a low-risk neighbourhood. It could have a lot of break-ins and car thefts.
Call your broker for a quote because they’ll know if it’s been rated it as a high-risk area or not.
Your premium increases when your house is within a high break-in zone or is at risk of bushfires etc.
5. Combine policies
Some insurers offer multi-policy discounts if you bundle your insurance into one package. So you might choose to take out house, contents, and also car insurance with the same insurer. Be sure and let your broker know if you have other insurance policies so they can look to see if you are eligible for multi-policy discounts with an insurance company.