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Before purchasing your house and policy, try to get a quote for windstorm and flood insurance. Some companies may not offer you coverage with these disasters, but it depends on the area you live in. If you live in an area prone to hurricanes and your insurance policy offers windstorm coverage, then installing approved shutters for hurricanes should cause a premium discount.
If you have a wood burning fireplace or wood-stove, consider switching to gas or alternate fuels to reduce home owner insurance premiums. Often, wood burning heat sources result in a surcharge or additional premium. Changing to a different fuel source can prevent this additional charge from being added to your policy. Create a comprehensive list of the valuables that are in your home, and provide a copy to your insurance agent. Take pictures of your items, and have them stored somewhere away from your home. Confirm with your agent that all of these items will be covered, and make sure to update your agent on new valuable purchases that should be covered.
One way to reduce the cost of your homeowner’s insurance premiums is to pay off your mortgage. Obviously this isn’t the easiest thing to do, but most insurance companies will drop their rates if you own the house outright. Generally, they believe that if you own the home yourself, it will be better taken care of.