What in the world is a split deductible?
This may be one of the many questions that new homeowners have when it comes to understanding the confusing world of homeowners insurance. Deductibles and insurance rates can sometimes put people in financial hot water if they are not careful to decide the best amounts based on their finances. Let’s try to demystify deductibles so you are choosing the right one based on your home.
Basically, a deductible is what you will pay out of your own pocket when a claim is made to your insurance company. This tactic is to ensure that people don’t put in frivolous claims expecting the insurance to pay for every single one. When serious damage or theft happens to your home, your deductible is placed into paying part of the costs as the insurance company will pay for the rest.
You can choose different types of deductibles. Most homeowners pick a deductible that is a percentage of the insured value of the home. This means that if you own a $100,000 home, you could pay 2% — as your out-of-pocket deductible would be $2,000. You may also decide to choose a split deductible, where you pay varying set amounts for different hazards, such as paying $400 for fire coverage and $250 for theft coverage.
Carefully consider the amount you want to pay for your deductible. The higher the deductible, the less you will have to pay for your premiums. But don’t pay a high amount that is out of your financial means. To find out more about homeowners insurance and to receive advice about deductibles with no charge to you, please contact Stromsoe Insurance Agency at 951-600-5751.