Homeowners’ insurance premiums continue to rise each year. Here are some simple ways to not only lower your insurance premium, but they can also increase your property value.
- Do you have a bad roof that’s been leaking, has rotting wood, and is as old as you are? Did you know that insurers offer discounts for roof upgrades? Talk to your insurance agent and see what discounts are available with a new roof.
- Storm-Safe Windows and Doors can increase the value of your home, but it can also help you reduce your insurance premiums. Talk with your insurance agent to see what discounts are available to you.
- Install a Home Security System. This is an upgrade that’s relatively cheap and can reduce your insurance premium. Talk to your insurance agent.
- A Water shutoff device is another easy device that you can install which can help reduce your insurance premium. This device will alert you of moisture or leaks in places that shouldn’t have water. Talk with your insurance agent to see what discounts are available.
These are just a few of the things that can help you lower your insurance premiums. Don’t forget to contact your insurance agent when you get these upgrades to update your policy.
Nearly all home buyers – 91 percent – want a laundry room included in
their home, more than any other home or community feature, according to
NAHB’s report What Home Buyers Really Want (2019 Edition).
The report is based on a national survey that asks recent and
prospective home buyers (people who bought homes in the previous three
years or are planning to do so in the next three years) about the
features they want in a home and a community.
One question in the survey asks them to rank features using a four-tier scale of essential/must have, desirable, indifferent, and do not want. Figure 1
shows the top ten features with the highest combination of
essential/must have (unlikely to buy a home without it) and desirable
(would be seriously influenced to buy home if included). Not only does a
laundry room top this list, but when ranking features solely by the
essential/must have shares, a laundry room tops the list again with 54
percent of home buyers.
After a laundry room, the most wanted feature is ENERGY STAR windows,
with 89 percent of home buyers rating it as essential/must have or
desirable. It is important to note that two other ENERGY STAR-related
features make the top ten list: ENERGY STAR appliances was rated
essential/must have or desirable by 86 percent of home buyers and an
ENERGY STAR rating for the whole home was rated essential/must have or
desirable by 81 percent. The fact that these features made the top ten
list indicates that energy efficiency is very important to home buyers.
Two other features on the top ten list are outdoor: 87 percent of
home buyers want a patio and 85 percent want exterior lighting. Another
theme present is the desire for spaces with organizational
functionality: 85 percent view garage storage as essential/must have or
desirable while 83 percent feel the same way about walk-in pantries. The
other most wanted items include a ceiling fan (with an
essential/desirable share of 85 percent), hardwood flooring (83
percent), and a double sink in the kitchen (81 percent).
Article taken from eyeonhousing.org