The homeowner policy is an automatic purchase for most families who own their own home. There are hundreds of insurance companies that sell homeowner insurance. Is one better than the other? That is a very difficult question to answer. There are a lot of good insurance companies. Insurance companies are regulated by state insurance departments. They always have to prove their strength to these departments in order to operate within the state. That eliminates a lot of problems for the consumer. You very rarely hear about an insurance company becoming insolvent.
The real issue in most cases is the kind of service that you prefer. Insurance companies have a variety of distribution systems. The agent based system has been around for a long time. If you want on-going professional service and like dealing with a person rather than by telephone then you should search for companies that have agents. The online shopper can receive a quote online and then form a relationship with an agent when it is time to make the purchase. Some people prefer to purchase insurance online and be serviced online or over the telephone. Once you have determined how you want to be serviced then you can narrow down the number of companies that you need to contact.
The AM Best Company is a rating bureau for insurance companies. The AM Best Company gives a company rating based on the financial strength. Most libraries have this resource guide.
Most insurance companies have a multi-policy discount and so shopping for a home policy alone would be a disadvantage. The best company for you is usually the one that gives you the best rate and service for both your auto and home insurance. Don’t get bogged down trying to find the best company because there are too many variables from company to company. Choose your company based on your service needs and the combined rates for your auto and home insurance. Be sure to view our recommended list of insurance companies.