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Evading home insurance is not one of the best ways to save money. The risks and zero peace of mind are just not worth it. Comparison is the oldest and the best way ever to reduce chances missing a good deal.

Striking a balance between purchasing sufficient insurance to safeguard perhaps your largest asset and keeping maintenance expenses cum insurance costs in check is pretty realistic.

Given below are 4 steps you can take to attain that goal.

  1. Breaking it down: Take apart each and every covers apart to take what you want!
    • The first and foremost step to recognize potential ways to save is to comprehend how the characteristic home insurance providers draft their scheme.
    • Let us consider a small house designed for nuclear family without many other added structures in the premises. Normally, an insurance plan for such a house will entail at least three key coverage sections: the building, individual assets of those residing in the house and accountability if somebody gets harmed while on the property.
    • If the house owner is currently settling a house loan, the bank will necessitate that they buy an insurance to cover all the outlays to completely reconstruct the structure. This will naturally be the most expensive constituent of the plan.
    • Please remember that you are only remunerating to cover renovation prices for the house and definitely not to recuperate the market value of the house or the plot.
    • The next coverage is for your valuable assets such as furniture, housewares, appliances, jewelry, rare relic collections, firearms and more with specified limit.
    • Then comes the third component, which is the cover for legal responsibility, which would defend you legally and financially if somebody who is harmed from your house or premises choose to sue you.
    • Apart from the aforementioned covers, you can also get add-ons for a little extra premium for a range of other threats.
  2. Sizing up coverage requirements:
    • A host of covers are out there. The trick is choosing and choosing wisely. Your housing insurance rates are greatly dependent on how much cover you think you want and figure out which ones you do not want.
    • Your insurance provider will furnish the amount of cover required to completely rebuild your home and suggest that you indemnify it for that sum.
    • Construction expenses are as fluctuating as it comes and hence it would be a smart move to review your plan every year and ensure that the cover and the current value do not have a large gap.
    • House/ flat owners enjoy more liberty to choose how much cover they need to restrain against legal responsibility and individual property damage/ losses. Choosing less coverage will ensure that you save more on regular premium payments.
    • An in depth inventory of your possessions is one way to decide how much insurance cover you actually require for those items. It can also be extended to more valuables if you choose to added protection.
    • More than a customary maintenance plan, insurance is something to save you from incidents that could really shatter us monetarily. Hence when you assess premiums, it should be keeping the possible claim in mind.
  3. Shopping around until you drop (or don’t!):
    • It is common for house owners to simply get in touch with any insurance agent or someone who recommends a couple of companies. But it is not advised as much has to be left to chances.
    • Another alternative is to comb through the official website of your state insurance department, which has a meticulous list of pricing and premium info on almost every policy available in your state.
    • When dissecting the components of your hand-picked options, please remember to compare the same insurance cover from company to company.
    • You can do the traditional method of shortlisting a few policies in your budget and then narrow them down according to the covers offered and their track record in addressing consumer grievances.
    • This way you can avoid going through an agent altogether and deal directly with the insurance firm.
    • Do not get too comfortable with the same company or the quote. Being up to date puts you in a better position to bargain and negotiate in future.
  4. Considering a bigger deductible:
    • Surprisingly, a most recent survey hinted that increasing the deductible can bring down the yearly premium considerably.
    • [A deductible is the share that is given by the house owner on a claim prior to the insurance scheme kicks in.]
    • However, please do not increase your deductible unless you have sufficient funds saved to cover it in a possible claim-worthy incident.
    • This can work in your favour because the chances are that you will not be filing many trivial claims anyway.
    • Insurers also tend to drop clients who file for more than 2-3 claims annually. It would be much economical paying for small items (like stolen cycle) by yourself.

A few more pointers on choosing ‘the one’:

  • If you are planning to purchase a plan, leave no stone unturned to find out as much as you can about the current prices as they can vary drastically from insurer to insurer and from time to time.
  • If you are getting your vehicle insurance and home insurance, you might unexpectedly save some extra thousand bucks. This is because most companies offer attractive rebates for customers with multiple plans with them
  • Once you get a few rational quotes, you can do a basic background check- their ratings, checking out online forums and talking to other customers about its efficiency and swiftness if you can and so on.
  • Do not forget to haggle or beseech for discounts. The rates are not set in stone.
  • Did you know that fixing protective devices such as burglars’ alarms, fire retardant roofs, smoke detectors and more can qualify you for a much reduced premium? Yes, it is true.
  • See that your policy is always up to date. Keep your insurance company in the loop even when you renovate your kitchen or purchase a pricy artefact for your home.
  • And finally, unless the housing prices drop (which isn’t likely to happen), do not hurry to deduct your coverage because the building costs will remain the same.

Customer Reviews

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  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Should be transparent"
    0.5 2.0/5 "Expected more"
    I took home insurance from HDFC Ergo by paying the premium around Rs. 3 lakhs. In the beginning they were communicated the policy for whole 25 years, now they were telling its only for 5 years. If I want to continue then I need to renew it. The policy is good it covers all natural calamities, fire, rain etc. But they should be transparent in their communication.
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    , chennai
    Reviewed on Jan 03, 2019
  • ICICI Lombard Home Insurance
    "Good Service provider"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    ICICI lombard gave me the medical coverage of Rs. 5 lakhs its entire family. The brand value is good to tie reputed hospital in area. Once I used the policy for dengue fever, they gave me cash less treatment for 10 days, they didn't charge any money. I just submitted medical card and id proof.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Nov 10, 2018
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "I want to top up my Home loan to HDFC bank home loan departm"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    Very good response by bank bazaar to connect HDFC bank home loan web site, very quick response by Bank Bazaar, Iam very happy to say if bank authorities will reply my application I am very thankful to you bank Bazaar.------------------------
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    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Nov 06, 2018
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Good Protection for House"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    While I was taking loan from HDFC bank they taken amount for the home insurance for the tenure period of five years. I think they gave me the cover for different calamities, glass, raining, fire etc. But I thought for long tenure but they gave minimal tenure period for the home protection.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Nov 05, 2018
  • review Home Insurance
    "Safe and secured"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have paid Rs. 50 to 60k premium for home insurance in SBI General for the tenure of 20 years, they give coverage for natural calamities. The documentation process was smooth and they gave me good policy coverage based on the home valuation.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , pune
    Reviewed on Sep 29, 2018
  • review Home Insurance
    "Good Service"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I've a home insurance from the New India Assurance. Considering the nominal premium I pay, the policy offers complete protection for the house and the entire appliances. It is a very useful policy in case of any mis happenings.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Jul 28, 2018
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Average Policy"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I have recently got a home insurance with HDFC ERGO one month back, i am satisfied with this insurance policy. I am not aware of the premium amount for this insurance policy. I was informed about the terms and conditions of this policy from the customer service team.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , ahmedabad
    Reviewed on Jun 05, 2018
  • ICICI Lombard Home Insurance
    "Not satisfied"
    0.5 2.0/5 "Expected more"
    I have a home insurance with ICICI Lombard from last 16 years, they gave the soft copy and hard copy of the insurance on time. A premium of Rs 3130 has to be paid for this home insurance for 15 years. I am happy with the coverage value of this insurance policy.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , coimbatore
    Reviewed on May 24, 2018
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Good policy to use"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I need to pay the premium amount of Rs,10,000 every year to the home insurance policy . The HDFC ergo has gave me the home insurance policy around 2 years ago. The customer support service is good from the HDFC ergo and I pay the premium amount through ECS mode. This policy has the tenure of 10years.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , jaipur
    Reviewed on May 03, 2018
  • review Home Insurance
    "Good policy to use"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have insured my home with the SBI general insurance company. I have got this policy around 5 years ago. This policy has the tenure of 20yeras. I have paid Rs,55000 and it is valid for next 20years and I would say it is a good policy to use, but I never had any claim experience with this policy.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Apr 25, 2018
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Best policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have a home insurance with HDFC ERGO from last 5 years, i have to make an one time payment for Rs 25000 for this home insurance. I find this insurance policy is best when compared to other insurance companies. I am happy with the coverage value of this insurance.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Apr 12, 2018
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Good policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    HDFC ERGO GENERAL INSURANCE company has insured my home because I have got the Home loan from the HDFC limited. I have got the Home insurance policy around 7 months ago from the HDFC ERGO GENERAL INSURANCE company, This policy has the tenure of 25years.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Mar 27, 2018
  • review Home Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have a home insurance with National insurance from last 7 years and it is a good insurance policy. I pay an insurance amount of Rs 7000-8000 for this home insurance. I do not have claim experience so far with this insurance. Customer service was good and they gave all the right information. I am happy with the coverage of this policy.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Mar 26, 2018
  • review Home Insurance
    "Average service"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    At that time loan disbursement the agent of DFHL cleared all the formalities in getting the home insurance from the CHOLAMANDALAM GENERAL INSURANCE company. I have paid Rs,1,00,000 to get the home insurance policy from the CHOLAMANDALAM GENERAL INSURANCE company.
    Was this review helpful? 2
    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Mar 16, 2018
  • ICICI Lombard Home Insurance
    "Home insurance with ICICI LOMBARD "
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have taken a home insurance from ICICI LOMBARD GENERAL INSURANCE and the premium amount is 550 for a month. This insurance policy covers the damage to the house, any robbery to the house.For natural calamities they wont provide any coverage.
    Was this review helpful? 2
    , vadodara
    Reviewed on Mar 12, 2018
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "HDFC ERGO Home insurance"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I have taken a home insurance from HDFC ERGO GENERAL INSURANCE. The premium amount is 1800 per month. They provide insurance for damage of the property. If i loss the job then, for 3 months then the EMI have not to be paid. If death happen to me then they will waive off the loan and the property documents will be returned no need to pay the loan.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Mar 07, 2018
  • Bajaj Allianz Home Insurance
    "Excellent service"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have taken a Home insurance with Bajaj Allianz,The policy is for 15 years i paid a premium amount of 8,000.I have no claim experience with till date this was taken since 2013.The premium amount is registered for an auto debit.The customer service is good.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , kolkata
    Reviewed on Mar 02, 2018
  • review Home Insurance
    "Good service"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have insured my home from the NATIONAL INSURANCE company. I have paid Rs,6000 to get this policy . This policy has better plan benefits and the policy coverage with this policy. This policy has the life time tenure . I would say NATIONAL INSURANCE company gives good service to the customers.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , bhimavaram
    Reviewed on Feb 12, 2018
  • review Home Insurance
    "Better policy to use"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    The SBI general insurance has offered me a home loan and they have insured my home as well. This home insurance has the tenure of 15years. The policy coverage and the plan options are good with the SBI general insurance company and I am satisfied getting the home insurance policy with the SBI.
    Was this review helpful? 2
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 30, 2018
  • ICICI Lombard Home Insurance
    "Excellent service"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have the Home insurance policy around 10 months ago from ICICI LOMBARD GENERAL INSURANCE. I have paid Rs,48,000 to this home insurance policy . This policy covers the life time tenure. The plan options and the coverage is good with this policy.
    Was this review helpful? 4
    , salem
    Reviewed on Jan 17, 2018
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