YOU ASK:

What are the advantages of using a home insurance agent?

WE ANSWER:

Hiring a home insurance agent is one of the alternatives of buying a Homeowners policy. You can go through the whole process on your own but having an experienced practitioner by your side is always a good idea, especially when it comes to dealing with the many intricacies and pitfalls characteristic of home insurance.

Why Hiring a Home Insurance Agent Is a Good Idea

Home insurance is inherently very complex: unlike any other types of insurance which provide fully comprehensive protection, home insurance is notorious for having many coverage "gaps" and exceptions. Unless you are well familiar with these particularities of home insurance, you need professional help.

A good home insurance agent will make the process of shopping around much easier and will give you invaluable advice which you otherwise wouldn't have got elsewhere. A home insurance agent will tell you how to fill in the application form, advise you as to what kind and amount of home insurance coverage you need, help you set the right deductible and decide what riders to add to your policy. In addition to this, your home insurance agent will do the quote-comparison for you, narrowing down the options and selecting the offers that are best suited to your personal needs.

Insurance agents specialized in home insurance also have the advantage of being familiar with the market and with different companies, so they can recommend a reliable home insurance provider or dismiss insurers their clients have had a bad experience with in the past.

What to Look for in a Home Insurance Agent

It is needless to say that choosing the right home insurance agent will take some time and research. Recommendations from people who have worked with an agent are the best adviser. However, beware of agents who might be working in the interest of particular companies. Here are the basic criteria a good home insurance agent will have to meet:

  • Be well qualified and certified.
  • Specialize in Homeowners insurance.
  • Have a good record and experience.
  • Charge reasonable fees for their services.
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