There are quite a number of ways to protect your home, with taking out home insurance being just one measure that helps you pick up the pieces when something goes wrong. In the past, one of the potential problems with home insurance for many people has been knowing exactly what is covered by the product. While this information has always been set out in the detail of the policy, finding time to scrutinise such a technical document has often proved a significant hurdle in itself. Thankfully, things have got a bit easier since the online purchase of home insurance has become more widespread. If you take a quick look at the home insurance from Santander or similarly well established providers you will find a fairly succinct summary of the cover, which also highlights the details which you still need to iron out when you arrange the policy. However, as mentioned home insurance can only ever help meet the costs incurred when something goes wrong – it is always a retrospective form of protection. To fully protect your home, there are quite a number of proactive measures that you can take to minimise the risk of damage in the first place, and many of these measures will also help to take down the cost home insurance cover.
Making sure that you have locks on both windows and doors that are approved by the insurer can result in a premium decrease of up to 5%. This specification will vary depending on which country you live in, but the information will not be hard to find, and tends to apply right across the market with national standards being applied by most major insurers. In security and therefore protection terms, making sure that the locks on your house are of a suitable quality really is a ‘no brainer’, and is affordable enough that there really is no excuse for overlooking this tactic.
Approved burglar alarms are the next step up in terms of security, and in recognition of the effectiveness of these devices your home insurance premium can be reduced by around 7% to 12%. On the flip side, in the vast majority of cases this cost saving on home insurance will not cover the price of installing approved alarms and ongoing maintenance (an annual service of this equipment is pretty standard). In summary, a bit more thought may be required here, and whether or not it makes sense to invest in approved alarms will largely depend on the area that you live in, and the risk of crime – your local police force should be able to advise you further. Those living in London can take a look at: www.met.police.uk/crimeprevention/house.htm.
Moving away from the risk of crime, the simple act of installing quality smoke alarms will result in a premium reduction from roughly 20% of home insurance providers. The fact that only about a fifth of insurers reduce premiums when you fit smoke alarms is perhaps the most surprising point here, as using these devices again falls into the ‘no brainer’ category, and should be a must for everyone serious about protecting not just their home, but the health of everyone who lives there.
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