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Prevention – Your Primary Instrument for Home Premium Control

Every Step Will Pay Dividends

It wasn’t that long ago that insurance companies aggressively pursued home owners for the opportunity to provide Home Insurance, but that has all changed. Most of that change has been driven by data, data that includes a wide range of metrics that advise insurers who, and then where, they should write home insurance.

“Clearly some damage claims that occur to the home are outside the owners control”

But the growth in frequency and severity of catastrophic weather events, has added another dimension to the criterion that drive future premiums.

What’s the answer?

In a word Prevention!

If you are choosing a property, try to steer clear of coastal locations or properties that are near a body of water. If that is not possible, use these prevention measures:

●  Shutters or impact glass to control the wind

●  Elevate your mechanicals above base flood elevation

●  Elevate or eliminate any storage in the lower levels (add flood venting)

●  Trim back surrounding trees to avoid trees falling on your home

If you are not coastal or near a body of water, here are some prevention tools to consider. The key here is early detection so you minimize any claim damage:

●  A security system complete with heat sensors, water leak detection, smoke detectors, infra-red for inside and outside intrusion

●  Ask your insurer for an infrared scan to determine if you have any electrical hot spots or undetected water leaks

●  Clean your gutters in the fall and trim trees annually to keep them healthy

Clearly, some damage claims that occur to the home are outside the owners control, so a strong insurer is important if that happens. But controlling the cost of insurance over the next 3-5 years and beyond, a lot of which is within the owners control, should be normal protocol to avoid nuisance claims.

If you have questions about your insurer or how to best protect your home drop an email to Kyle at kshepard@shepardinsgrp.com or call 203.698.9342.


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