RE: How to get lower home owner insurance quotes?
1. your credit score
2. how much it will cost to rebuild your home
3. how high your deductible is
4. which “extras” get added to your policy
5. what your house is made of (brick or wood)
6. how old your house is
7. where your house is located
8. your prior claims history, AND your house’s prior claims history
If you don’t own the house yet, the answer is, buy a brick single family home less than 20 years old, in a suburban neighborhood. Increase the deductible to $1,000 or $2500. Getting a quote with the same company that writes your car insurance can give you a discount on BOTH policies, up to 25%.
If you already own the house, look at increasing the deductible, to $1000 or $2500. If the house is over 20 years old, and/or you’ve done any big projects on it, make sure the insurance company knows. Usually there are substantial surcharges on the policy, unless the wiring, roof, electric and plumbing have ALL been updated within the past 20 years.
And for both, be sure to stop using credit cards, pay off your accounts, close all but the oldest, get your credit score cleaned up. There’s a HUGE difference in rates, just between the guy with a 750 score and a 550 score.