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Shopping for Home Insurance Online

Shopping for home insurance online can save you time and money. Instead of driving around town and getting quotes from many different locations or spending hours talking to different agents on the phone, you can use your computer and a connection to the Internet to find the best home insurance at the most affordable rates.

Start by getting an online quote from a website that offers free comparison quotes. This will let you see what several insurance companies will quote on identical coverage. Not all companies offer the same discounts or rates, so the price may vary significantly, even in a single comparison. If you are not familiar with the companies offered in the first quote, get a second online quote from another website. The quotes are free and only take a few minutes for you to fill out necessary forms. And best of all, your quotes are kept confidential for your protection.

Once you have located a promising company, check their financial rating with a company such as Standard & Poor's or the A.M. Best company. A rating of A or better is usually sufficient, but the higher the rating, the better, because that indicates a positive outlook in the long-term. Be prepared to see more negative comments than positive ones, but use the results to give you an idea of what to expect. For example, the reviews may be mostly negative, but they will also indicate areas where the company needs improvement, such as in settling claims quickly.

Look for discounts. You are eligible for discounts for staying with the same company for several years, for having more than one policy with the same company, and even for just going through life without filing any insurance claims. The better your credit score, the lower your premiums can be, but you will always save more money by taking advantage of discounts designed for people just like you.