Helpful Tips When Buying Denver Homeowners’ Insurance

Written by Posted On Friday, 11 March 2016 16:19

Your house is one of your most important investments, so be sure to protect it with your Denver Homeowners’ Insurance policy. Whoever invented the phrase "Catch-22" must have been thinking of homeowners' insurance. You have to have it to get a loan but the insurance company might not want to insure your home due to age or location or past claims. You might be worried about catastrophic losses caused by earthquakes or floods, but the insurance company considers those acts of God and if willing to cover these hazards, wants an ungodly sum or special rider to do so. If you use your insurance at all, you are on thin ice; if you use it multiple times, you are at risk of cancellation.

Because some companies have stopped writing policies in certain states or in certain areas, a homebuyer who needs insurance may need to contact a few companies to find one that is accepting new clients where their new house is located. For first time buyers, a good place to start looking for a carrier may be the company who carries their renter's insurance. Many times this company will offer coverage to current clients even if they are not offering it to new people.





Policyholders who have made a claim within the past three years are likely to be offered a policy on a new home if they stick with the same insurance company, but another company might turn them down. For multiple claims, the company could refuse to renew the policy, refuse coverage on a new home, or add a surcharge on the policy.


If you choose an older home that may have issues of not meeting modern code requirements, you may want to consider an upgrade rider that will update the home to meet modern codes in case of catastrophic or total loss.


So what does all this mean for homeowners, especially for new ones? First of all, when looking for a home, it's a wise move to ask your insurance provider whether there might be any issues getting insurance on it. If you're absolutely in love with the house, well, we all do crazy things for love. If there are several homes you like, it might be wise to consider the more insurable property.


Second, if you're looking at an older home where old systems might pose an insurance issue, consider your options. Do you have the resources to replace the roof or bring the electricity up to code within a short time frame? You can always try to negotiate with the seller for a price concession to cover part of the cost.


Third, you might consider buying a policy with a higher deductible. This will give you a lower premium but make you responsible for small incidents, like in situations where you will call the company if a tornado blows off your roof but not if a summer storm dislocates your downspout. Unless you have an unlucky streak with major claims, this approach should save you insurance dollars and keep your insurance company happy enough to keep you covered.


At The Bandy Team, we help new Denver homebuyers as well as sellers to sell a Denver property and we will work through the many issues that may arise. The Bandy Team is here to serve you.


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Until next time,

Marianne Bandy, Team Leader

The Bandy Team

 Keller Williams Park Meadows



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Marianne Bandy

Marianne is a professional LDS Realtor in Denver with outstanding integrity, who takes the time to understand your specific housing and family needs. She is the team leader of one of the top selling Real Estate Teams in her broker's office. She understands that a big part of your family's happiness depends on the home and community where you live.  LDS Realtor in Denver Colorado

One of Marianne’s greatest passions is helping people with their Real Estate transactions, typically one of the largest financial transactions they will undertake. Marianne is the listing agent for the team but also loves working with Latter Day Saint home buyers as well.  Marianne uses her expertise and market knowledge so that her clients get the most accurate and up to date information possible. Marianne has a breadth of experience working with clients through all aspects of closing on a home. When listing homes for sale, this includes readying the home for sale, developing a marketing strategy, getting feedback on showings, negotiating inspection items,  and many other details that lead up to a successful closing. 

Marianne is excellent at contract negotiations and looking out for the best interests of her clients. She has obtained the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) certification. When helping Buyers, she loves the feeling of helping families connect with the right home in the right community. She also has knowledge of ward and stake boundaries, meeting house locations,  youth programs, drive time to the LDS Denver temple, and seminary locations for your high school children. 

If you’re looking for solid results and a WOW! experience, then call Marianne and put her to work for you. In the last two years, the Bandy Team sold 125 homes.  The Bandy Team has the experience and proven systems you need to make your transaction as smooth and worry-free as possible. 

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