The information that you receive when shopping for insurance online is only as good as the information that you input when you make your request. The homeowner insurance quote is relatively easy if you have the basic information needed to give you an accurate quote. The online quoting system will respond to your request very quickly once you input all the data. There are different types of homeowner policies for different types of homes. The residential home, the townhouse, and the condominium all require slightly different coverage. The age of the home also dictates the type of policy that you should purchase.
The online insurance calculators rely heavily on certain criteria when determining the actual rate. The actual square footage of your home is the starting point for most insurance companies. Square footage is used because home builders use it to estimate the cost to rebuild a house. You can find the accurate square footage on your home from the original house appraisal or plot plan. Once you have the square footage then you can add the upgrades like fireplaces, air conditioning, and finished basements. The online insurance calculators will often ask for a percentage of your total basement area that is finished.
There are several questions asked during online quoting about possible discounts. There is a protective device discount for having deadbolt locks, smoke detectors and a fire extinguisher. There are even larger discounts for burglar and fire alarm systems that ring directly into the police station and fire department. There will also be a variety of deductibles. It is wise to purchase the highest deductible that you can afford. Lower deductibles no longer justify the high premiums. Homeowner claims are too infrequent.
These are the basic things to look for when shopping. Use your insurance renewal declarations page if you are a comparison shopper. You will be able to move very quickly through the online quoting process if you have this information available.