Where To Get Low Cost House Insurance For An Old House

Homeowners looking for affordable house insurance for an old house will have to look a little harder than homeowners purchasing new homes. However, low cost quotes are out there!

To find them, you need to go online to an insurance comparison website.

Benefits of Going Online

Yes, you can ask your friends and neighbors with older homes who their insurance is with. You can ask your mortgage company for recommendations. You can call around to every insurance agent in town and try to convince them to cover your home.

In short, you can spend a lot of time looking for house insurance for an old house. But if your home was built before the 1950s, you already know ? or you will soon learn ? that some insurance companies just won?t offer you coverage.

Want to save all that time and effort? An insurance comparison website can automatically weed out the companies that won?t insure you, giving you quick quotes from viable companies.

In addition, since you will get several quotes, you'll be able to compare them and choose the policy that's best for you.

Choosing a Policy

Some special considerations you need to consider when purchasing a homeowners policy for an older home include:
* Whether the policy will replace your home with new construction or with historically accurate materials and designs. If your home is merely old, new construction may be fine with you.

But if your home is of historic value, you may have to pay extra for a ?replacement in kind? policy. Such a policy ensures that the workmanship and materials used to rebuild your home will restore it's historic nature.
* Whether the policy requires you update your renovate the wiring, plumbing, heating, and other systems within a certain time period or the insurance policy will be cancelled

To help keep your premium as low as possible, consider setting a high deductible. Also find out if there are any discounts you qualify for, such as an auto-home discount or a discount for installing fire extinguishers and other safety systems.

Where to Get Inexpensive Rates

How An Insurance Company Makes Money

I worked in the insurance industry for 16 years and saw first hand how profitable an insurance company can be. I will not attempt to go into the nitty gritty details but I will give you a pretty good idea in the form of an overview, how profitable a venture an insurance company can be.

Insurance is a form of risk management. It is purchased to avoid the possibility of a large , potential future loss. To compensate the insurance company for taking on this potential future payout, the insured pays the insurance company a certain sum of money known as the premium. In return for the payment of the premium the insured receives a written document, known as the insurance policy, that lays out what events are being insured and what the payment to the policyholder would be if that event actually occurred.

The insurance company collects the premiums of a large group of insureds to cover the few losses they would have to pay out use historical data to figure the probability of losses and then charge premiums to cover them while building in a profit for themselves.

For example,let's say there were 100 houses each worth $100,000 in a particular area. They would have a total value of $10,000,000. According to the history of that neighborhood, two houses are expected to burn down during any one year. Without insurance all 100 homeowners would have to keep $100,000 in the bank to cover the possibility of the house burning and needing to rebuild it. With insurance, each homeowner would only need to pay $2,000 into an insurance pool to pay for rebuilding the two houses that are expected to burn down.

2 houses burn x $100,000 = $200,000 for rebuilding the houses $200,000 divided by the 100 homeowners = $2,000 premium

That $2,000 premium will then have to be increased somewhat to add a profit margin for the insurance company.

In addition to the built in profit that the insurance company adds in to each premium it takes in, the company would also be subject to the actual experience of the insured group. If it takes in more money in premiums than it paid out in claims then it receives what is known as an underwriting profit. And, on the other hand if it pays out more than it has taken in then it has an underwriting loss.

One way of looking at how well an insurance company is doing is to look at their loss ratio. The loss ratio is calculated by taking the losses they had to pay out and add to that the expenses they incurred to actual pay out the
claims and divide that sum by the premiums taken in. A ratio of less than 100% shows a profit and a ratio greater than 100% indicates a loss.

In many cases if an insurance company's ratio is greater than 100% they can still be profitable. That is because there is usually a period of time between taking in premiums and paying out claims. During that period of time the company can invest the money taken in and they can earn a profit from that investment to offset any underwriting loss and could actually end up with a net profit. For example, if the insurance company pays out 15% more in claims and expenses than premiums it took in, but made a 25% profit from its investments, then it would have received a 10% profit.

So, as can be seen there is more than one way to skin the profitability cat for an insurance company to make money. Two key factors in that regard are how well they can predict their payouts and how well they can invest the money they take in.