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Insuring Older Homes

If you live in an older home, you probably have unique insurance needs. Insuring older homes does not have to be more expensive, you just need to know the right questions to ask your agent. Many homes that are older, are not considered historic. If you are living in a historic home, your insurance needs are even more diverse. You will have to choose between repair and replacement coverage which will have an impact on the amount of money you pay each month.

One great aspect of working with an independent insurance agent is getting all of your questions answered by the same person. Instead of describing your home and your insurance needs several times for each quote you are looking for, your agent will take all of the information and do the hard work for you. When deciding how much coverage you need, you will want to decide if you would repair or replace your home if it was completely destroyed in a disaster. Many older homes are made from outdated materials and it would be difficult to repair the home using the same materials it was originally built with. On the other hand, if you just need a place to live, you can replace your home with new building materials and save a lot of money.

Many insurance companies require a special policy if you live in a historic home. To repair damage after a major disaster can take a lot of time and money. Locating original building materials is not easy. Your insurance company may also require an inspection of your plumbing and electrical systems before they will give you a policy. You may also qualify for assistance with your insurance if you live in a historic home. You will want to discuss all of your options with your insurance agent before making a final decision. Just make sure you have the coverage you need to take care of yourself and your family.

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