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Home Insurance: When Cheap Turns Costly

We are all looking for cheap home insurance in Oklahoma.  However, cheap can turn to costly very fast if the home insurance policy you purchase does not cover  Additional Living Expenses (ALE).

ALE are monies paid to you by the home insurance company to pay for additional living cost that you incur as a result of a home insurance loss.  The best example of this is the cost to rent or lease another house while your home is being repaired or while the insurance company is assessing your home’s damage that is covered by insurance.  

As you seek cheap home insurance in Oklahoma, remember to make certain that the quote you request contains ALE as an important part of your home insurance plan.  Below is a typical example of the wording that an Oklahoma home insurance company will use in order to provide ALE.  This particular contract wording is from Safeco Insurance Company.  Safeco is one of the companies that we count on to provide home insurance value in Oklahoma without compromising critical policy coverages.  


If a loss covered under this Section makes that part of the residence premises where you reside
uninhabitable we cover Additional Living Expense, meaning the necessary increase in living
expenses you incur so that your household can maintain its normal standard of living.

If you own your home in Oklahoma/OKC Metro, or if you’re in the process of buying your home then you’re aware of the importance of a homeowner’s insurance policy. But are you making sure that your homeowner’s insurance policy is saving you as much money as possible?

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Here are a few tips and tricks for saving money
on your Homeowner’s Insurance Policy. 

Do Your Research

A smart consumer will request several quotes and shop around for the best deal on their homeowner’s insurance policy. Talking with independent agents is always a good method for getting a good understanding of what constitutes the best deal taking coverage and cost into consideration. But you should also look for any discounts you can: many memberships come with insurance discounts, even wholesale club memberships like Costco and Sam’s Club.

Update Your Home

If you own or are purchasing an older home especially, talk with an agent about what modern upgrades will affect your premiums. You can make some changes that make your home safer and also save you money every month!

Brush Up on the Lingo

Sometimes, consumers choose a slightly cheaper option without knowing the real cost of the compromise in coverage. For example, consider the way your policy handles a payout. Actual Cash Value will save you a little money on your premium, but should something happen, you may find this payout inadequate. 

This is because Actual Cash Value payouts are based entirely on the current worth of the home and contents insured. In contrast, Replacement Cost will payout based on the current cost to rebuild or purchase the home and contents. This can mean a stark contrast in what your payout looks like and greatly affect your ability to recover from a disaster. 

Consider A Higher Deductible

As with any type of insurance, you can expect to lower your premium by raising your deductible. You have to consider whether this option is the best fit for you, because raising your deductible will put more financial responsibility on you than sticking with a lower deductible. Speak with an agent about how much you feel comfortable with raising your deductible up to and see how it affects your annual premium.

Add an Umbrella Policy

Although adding an additional policy made seem counter-intuitive when it comes to saving money, an umbrella policy can add extra protections that save you significant money in the future. Should you face any liability litigation, that exceeds your homeowner’s policy, you are personally and financially responsible for those costs. If you don’t have the funds available, you could be looking at wage garnishments or worse. An Umbrella policy is quite inexpensive to add and the protections it provides are more than worth it.

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Does Your Car Insurance Pay For a Rental Vehicle

 

What does Rental Car Reimbursement cover? Trevon Nix, an Independent Insurance Agent with Statewide Insurance Agency in Edmond, Oklahoma, would like to share some benefits of having this coverage added to your car insurance policy. 

Personalized Insurance Quotes

When generating a personalized home insurance quote for all Oklahoma residents, we take into account several standard aspects of your home and deductibles to find a starting price point. However, we also look at a few other factors when determining your home insurance premium.

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The Structure of Your Home

What your house is made of can increase or lower your premiums. Concrete and brick houses tend to fare better against environmental elements and are less susceptible to house fires. Therefore home insurance premiums on them tend to be lower than their wood structure counterparts.

 
Your Insurance Score

Insurance companies actually use “Insurance Scores” rather than “Credit Scores” when rating for for your home and auto insurance. Each company has their own proprietary formula for calculating an Insurance Score; however, based upon our experience, we find that Credit Scores (such as those through TransUnion) are usually similar to Insurance Scores. 

 
The Structure of Your Home

What your house is made of can increase or lower your premiums. Concrete and brick houses tend to fare better against environmental elements and are less susceptible to house fires. Therefore home insurance premiums on them tend to be lower than their wood structure counterparts.

 
The Age of Your Home

Newer homes that have been built with the current safety codes and better building materials may mean lower insurance premiums than their older counterparts that were built with outdated security measures and older structural materials.

 
The Emergency Response Team Nearby

Many homeowners don’t realize the effect of their town’s fire station on their home insurance premiums. If your home is close to a fire hydrant, near an adequate fire station, and has a higher quality emergency response team you may be eligible for lower premiums.

It is important to understand how your house can affect your homeowners insurance premiums. If you have any questions or wish to speak with one of our agents, please contact us today to review your policy.

 

Oklahoma College Checklist

A Few Tips for the Oklahoma College-Bound  

A Few Tips for the Oklahoma College-Bound

Colleges in Oklahoma are expensive enough without the added cost of unexpected accidents or theft, not covered by your insurance policy. If you have a student heading away to school in Oklahoma, below are a few tips to help you get the most out of your coverage!

HOMEOWNERS (Oklahoma)

  • Personal Property: Most homeowners policies will cover personal property for up to 10% of your total policy while your child is residing at school (a $100,000 policy equals $10,000 in coverage). Not all types of damage are covered, so read your policy carefully. Some items such as jewelry or expensive electronics, require special coverage. Renters insurance is strongly recommended.
  • Liability Coverage: General damage to a dorm room or apartment is not usually covered. 
  • Documentation: Creating an inventory of the items your child is taking to school is a good idea. Use photographs and keep receipts.

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AUTO (Oklahoma)

  • Car Stays Home: Keep your child listed on your auto policy if they will still drive your car while at home on school breaks.
  • Car at School: Make sure to notify us if your child will be taking a car away to school. In most cases, if the car is registered to you and listed on your policy, it will be covered. 
  • Driving a Friend’s Car: Students are generally covered if they are listed on their parent’s policy and are not regularly using the vehicle. The coverage would be secondary.  The insurance for the friend’s vehicle would be the primary coverage.
  • Discounts: A full-time student meeting certain academic requirements can qualify for a good student discount. Distant student discounts may also be available. Drivers under 21 who have completed driver’s education may also get a discount.

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Call before you or your child leaves for school!
Statewide Insurance Agency (405) 285-2929 


We can walk you through the steps to ensure you have the right coverage. We’re here to help !

 

Summer Energy Savings

Beat the Heat — and Your Air Conditioning Bill — This Summer

Did you know that, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Americans spend about $11 billion each year on air conditioning? That might not be such a surprise if you’re the one who writes the check for your household energy bill every month.

Believe it or not, you can spend less on cooling costs while still keeping cool in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Here are 5 things to do before you reach to adjust the thermostat:

  • Make sure your house isn’t part of the problem. If your home isn’t insulated and sealed well, warm air could be leaking in, sabotaging your efforts to cool things down. Make sure all cracks and openings are sealed, along with your ducts. The DOE says air loss through ducts can account for 30 percent of the energy a cooling system uses.
  • Keep that breeze flowing. Natural ventilation is a great way to decrease the temperature in your home without using any energy. Open windows in the mornings or evenings when the air is cool and get a cross-breeze going throughout the house.
  • Check that the heat isn’t on. You might be heating your house in the summer without realizing it. How? By using the oven, stove or other appliances that generate heat. Cook outside whenever you can, and use the dishwasher and clothes dryer at cooler times of the day if possible.
  • Create your own personal cool zone. Cooling the whole house might not be necessary if you’re only using a few rooms. Set up fans (ceiling fans will allow you to set your thermostat a few degrees higher), drink plenty of cool liquids and eat cold foods, which can help lower your body temperature. You might even consider wearing a damp shirt to stay comfortable or putting an ice pack on your forehead, the back of your neck or your wrists.
  • Don’t forget the basics. When it’s sunny outside, keep your curtains closed. Minimize your use of lights, as they generate heat. And, when the outside air is warmer than the air in your house, close the windows to keep the cool air in.

We can’t promise these tips will keep you just as cool as when you kick back and turn on the AC full-blast. But saving money every month? That’s pretty cool, too.

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