Questions To Ask When Buying Homeowners Insurance In NJ
Whether you are a first time home buyer in NJ or you are looking to update your current homeowners insurance policy, it is important to begin by choosing a trusted company who has a long track record of happy customers. When you choose the right company to insure your home, you can sit down and talk through all the important issues that need to be taken into consideration when covering your home. Here are important questions to ask when buying homeowners insurance.
What Is The House Worth?
First, you need to decide on the home’s insurance value. This is based on what it would cost to rebuild the house, not the market value of the house. You can work with your agent to figure this out by using tools that consider the size and building materials used in the home.
What Is My Deductible?
You will have to choose your deductible amount when choosing a homeowners policy. You can save money on premiums by choosing a higher deductible amount. This also ensures that you will not be making several small claims, keeping you a more attractive customer and lessening the chances of being dropped by the insurer. Just be sure that with a high deductible, you have an emergency fund available to cover you.
Do I Need Flood Insurance?
Flood insurance will not be covered in a standard homeowners policy. If your home is at risk of flooding, you can buy flood insurance through your homeowners insurance agent. At Bogle, we can help you acquire flood insurance. If you have a mortgage on your home, the mortgage company may require you to have flood insurance if the home is at risk. This includes many areas in New Jersey.
Are The Contents Of My Home Covered?
Homeowners insurance will automatically cover your possessions up to a percentage of your home’s insurance value. Many time this percentage will be set at 75%. So by that logic, if you are insured for $200,000 you automatically will have your possessions covered up to $150,000. There may be a lower limit for items such as jewelry. Therefore, if you have a high amount of valuables, you may want to add some additional coverage for them. To streamline a claims process, inventory the contents of your home and keep that list updated. You can do this with photos and/or videos of each room. That way, if you have an incident you will know exactly what is missing or damaged.