SMART INSURANCE TIPS
The increase in both frequency and severity of natural disasters in recent years is having a broad impact on the insurance market. Although events, like wildfires in California and Colorado and hurricanes in Florida, are regional, they affect the overall pricing of insurance across the country.
Insurance companies purchase reinsurance from other insurers to protect themselves from catastrophic events. The heightened risk of events like wildfire, flood and hurricanes cause reinsurance rates to skyrocket which ultimately result in higher homeowner and flood insurance rates for the consumer.
Here are a few tips on how to manage your insurance premiums:
1. Think of your insurance policies to cover large, catastrophic claims and, if possible, try to pay for smaller damage out-of-pocket. Frequent claims, even smaller ones, can lead to a premium increase or policy cancellation.
2. Save on your premiums up-front by taking a higher deductible and put the savings in a fund to pay for small losses.
3. Consider adding protective devices to your home that will mitigate loss and reduce your insurance premiums. For example, adding an automatic water shut-off valve to your water main will prevent a large water damage loss and give you a discount on your homeowner premium.
4. Review your policies with your insurance broker so you understand your coverage and deductibles and look for areas where you may be able to reduce your costs while maintaining comprehensive coverage.
5. Consider packaging your homeowner policy with other insurance policies such as auto, valuables and/or umbrella to receive companion policy credits.