Tips For Selecting The Right Insurance Carrier
by Erik Braunitzer
By Erik Braunitzer, and courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate Company, brokers for NYC Rentals.
With the economy in a state of flux that does not seem to be steadying itself anytime soon, it is of the utmost importance for the average citizen to protect the investment that he or she makes in his or her large assets. In terms of home ownership, responsible maintenance of a piece of real estate includes finding the right insurance carrier to protect your investment, and the investment of the other parties involved in your ownership process.
Below are some tips for selecting the right home ownership insurance carrier.
� Compare homeownership policies online
Before the rise of the Internet, much of the information that is now freely available about companies that provide home ownership insurance packages could not be found in any other way other than calling up each company individually, having to put up with hard cells from the agents of those companies, and having to give out your information repeatedly and deal with unwarranted calls and maybe even mailings. Nowadays, that is not the case. There are many websites on the Internet which are completely dedicated to comparing homeownership policies right beside each other, and comparing policies to the market as a whole. Using this information proactively will keep you on the pulse of the price that you should be paying and the service that you should be receiving.
� Look over policies closely
When it comes to home ownership insurance, the number one concern that you have should not be price. After all, you are protecting asset which is much larger than the policy, and so after comparing the rates online to see which companies have the best value for your money, you must then vet the company itself. Do not be afraid to call up each individual company and stay in the driver seat by asking questions of the company, rather than passively letting them take information from you and lead you down a path of the hard sell.
� Look for local policies
Geographic location is essential when it comes to home ownership insurance. As many different parts of the nation and of the world have different natural disasters with which to contend, you must make absolutely sure that your homeownership policy covers the local events that actually pertain to you. There is nothing worse than getting a homeownership insurance policy from a company that has little to no interest in local events, and then finding that the events that happen in your locality were hardly covered by the policy that you bought. This creates a lot of extra work for you and discontent with your lending partners. Save yourself the trouble by dealing with as many local companies as you possibly can, making sure to compare their value and reputation as well.