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Consumers look to lower their cost of insurance

Consumers look to lower their cost of insurance

Consumers look to lower their cost of insurance
News from Parkersburg News:

PARKERSBURG – Things that people can do themselves can help lower their auto and homeowner’s insurance costs, local insurance agents said.

Taking a higher deductible, getting a number of policies from one agency, having a good driving record and doing improvements to a home are some of the ways people can get discounts on their insurance coverage.

Jay Jones of McCrady Jones Insurance in Parkersburg said people need to make sure their homes are insured to their value and the coverage has been updated over the time the customer has had the policy. Many homeowners policies have inflation adjustments in place.

“Most of the time they are in line, but if they haven’t been updated in 3-4 years you might have higher coverage than what you need to replace it at today’s market,” he said. “It could go the other way around.”

A security system, which has the ability to contact an emergency dispatcher as well as smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, can save homeowners money.

“Any updates you have done, like a new roof in the last two years, any new wiring, plumbing or electrical work can lower the rate as well,” Jones said.

Chuck Noffsinger, a local State Farm Agent in Vienna, said a clean claim history can also help keep costs down.

People should use homeowners insurance when heavy damages are incurred, not minor th…………… continues on Parkersburg News

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