Whether it is home insurance, even car insurance, your postal code will have a lot of influence on the premium you pay. Learn more on how to calculate.
Owning a home means you need to have home insurance. Even if you don’t own a home, you should have home contents insurance designed for renters. In the event of natural disaster, or not even just heavy storms, the potential to lose everything you have built up in a matter of hours is extremely high. Understanding what your policy covers you for is imperative. Too many consumers find they are not covered because they did not clearly understand the definitions of their policy.
Wording in insurance policies is legal language, and that can vary greatly from normal language definitions. If you are not completely clear and confident you understand your policy, getting third party advice and assistance is required. We are not lawyers, and considering the amount of money we are paying, and the stakes at risk, it is surprising how many people pay for property and building insurance based on that ‘feel good’ feeling. So how is it actually calculated? Here is a look at the factors the insurance companies use to deliver our premiums.
- Location. Insurers have a lot of data to analyse the risk of a property. Data based on neighbourhood is very clear and very specific. Crime rates vary on suburb. It is no surprise your insurance rates are greatly influenced on the location of your home, just as they are with your car insurance.
- Distance to emergency services. Insurance companies are very concerned about fire. Fire is the biggest cause of property destruction in just about all regions. The quality of you local emergency services will therefore greatly influence the cost of your premium. The sooner a fire can be put out, the lower a premium will be.
- Replacement or repair cost. This is one area you can influence yourself. Many people will pay too much for coverage because they insure the market value of their property. In reality, you only need to cover the buildings because the land has separate value. It is worth getting professional help when deciding on how much to insure for. It is also worth looking into the history of the region. There are areas in Australia that have regular floods every 10 more years. It can be easy to think recent knowledge of a region is sufficient.
- Heating systems. Heat and fire go together well. The way you heat your home will influence the premium. Modern heating systems, particularly reverse cycle air conditioning are considered the safest and will help reduce your premiums.
- Credit rating. Believe it or not, insurance companies consider how well you pay your bills and they directly relate it to your lifestyle and the likelihood of you having an incident in your home.
- Security. The more modifications you make for a safer home are not only good for your personal safety, but it is also good for your finances in the long run. Deadbolt doors, security windows and security screens are excellent physical barriers against theft. Security systems are an excellent deterrent. Security systems that include monitoring will greatly influence your premium. For those on limited budgets, physical protection is always advised. Make sure you let your insurance provider know what changes you are making.
- Plumbing and electricity. Older pipes will burst. Newer homes have plastic and copper piping that will last for many years. Older electrical systems are generally not safe. Connections and cabling deteriorates with time, and older materials do not have the longevity of modern plumbing and electrical fittings. The condition and age of your piping and electrical concerns insurers because water and fire are big risks for your home.
The length of time you have been using a single provider will not influence the consideration for your claim. Shopping around and making sure you thoroughly compare insurance quotes is always important before you extend your contract and policy.