Question:

Are you feeling overwhelmed by insurance info?

Information Gathering

Don't let yourself become overwhelmed by the insurance industry. When people feel overwhelmed they tend to jump into a quick decision to get the whole thing over with and end up with a policy that is either too expensive, doesn't provide enough coverage, or both. Don't let that happen to you.

Know what you need going into your search so you can understand the benefits as well as the negatives from each company and their offerings. How do you get this information? There are plenty of resources at your disposal.

Try contacting your state Department of Insurance. Every state has one and they can start you off with some helpful information and a list of licensed homeowners insurance companies in your area. The check sites like the Insurance Information Institute at www.iii.org for all the latest information on the insurance industry, contact information for ratings and analyses companies and more. Then you are ready start getting free online homeowners insurance quotes.

It may sound complicated, but these resources can help make the whole process easy for you to understand and navigate. This way you can avoid being duped by promotional advertising and slogans, and get right to the heart of the matter: the best insurance for you.

Home Insurance Frequently Asked Questions

Are you feeling overwhelmed by insurance info?

Have you talked about insurance with your family?

Is the site you are using secure and is your firewall/anti-virus software up to date?

Have you checked your insurer's annual statement filed with the Dep. of Insurance?

What is a house year?

Do you have coverage for additional structures like sheds and garages?

Is the site you got your quote from reliable and informative?

Have you ever compared quotes online?

What are the benefits of online comparisons?

Are you comparing the right quotes?

Do you check auto and health quotes regularly, too?

Are you focusing on the right types of policies?

Do insurance quotes come with any obligation?

Is there a discrepancy that you cannot understand?

Did you look at homeowner's insurance company ratings?

Did you ask friends and family what insurance they have?

Were they polite when you contacted them?

Do they offer ways for you to save in the future?

What insurance companies are licensed in your state?

Is the company stable?

Are lower rates always better?

Should I take photos of valuables and renovations in my house?

Do you know what your provider's claim guidelines are?

What should you do for insurance purposes after your home is hit by a natural disaster?

What should I do when a claim is the result of a crime?

How do you handle claim disputes?

What is a public adjuster?

How do I get my claim money?

What condition is your home in?

Do you have a dog?

Do you live in a rural or urban area?

Are you planning to put a pool in?

Is the inspector you chose bonded?

Is the contractor insured?

Do you have all the proper permits and know all the building codes necessary?

Have you notified your insurer of planned renovations?

Have you had your valuables appraised?

Does my homeowners insurance cover all my possessions?

Do you save your receipts?

What is replacement vs cash value?

What should I do if my policy is not going to be renewed?

Are you always honest and accurate with insurance claims?

Does your mortgage require a minimum insurance policy?

Have you done your homework on insurance companies?

What is a hard market?

What are territorial ratings?

What is "twisting?"

What are the most and least expensive insurance states?

Doers anyone in your family smoke?

Should I go with a lower or higher deductible?

Do you have a home security system?

Do you have smoke and CO2 detectors?

Are you keeping your house in good condition?

Have you looked into multiple policy discounts?

Have you looked into organization discounts?

Have you had your valuables appraised recently?

Can my credit score affect my insurance rates?

Have you factored insurance costs into your monthly budget?

Have you thought about not having home insurance?

Have you read the fine print?

Can you take the more expensive of 2 plans and still save?

Do you follow what is happening in the insurance industry?

Do insurance companies ever offer incentive-based savings?

What is liability coverage?

Is insurance for part-time homes different than full-time?

Where can I get flood protection?

Do I need hurricane coverage?

What are endorsements and riders?

What are extended and guaranteed replacement cost coverages?

Do I need sewage backup protection?

Do I need to have earthquake insurance for my home?





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