Understanding Insurance Policies

Understanding Insurance Policies

Three Purchases That Can End Up Increasing Your Home Insurance Rate

Samantha Reynolds

In many cases, the purchases that you make for your home can help to lower your insurance rate. A home security system, carbon monoxide detectors and other security features can make your home safer and prompt your insurance provider to reduce your rate. However, there are other times that the purchases you make can actually have the opposite effect on your home insurance rate. The impact that these three purchases has on your home insurance shouldn't discourage you from buying them if doing so suits you, but it's important that you're aware of how your rate might be impacted.

Wood Stove Or Fireplace

There's no discounting the benefits that buying a wood stove or fireplace can add to your home. Either of these features can make your home feel cozy, lower your heating bills and possibly even be desirable to buyers if you plan on selling your home. The disadvantage to a wood stove or fireplace is the way that it affects your home insurance rate. Heating your home with wood means that you have a higher risk of a house fire, which your insurance provider will counteract by boosting your premium.


There's no disputing the amount of fun you, your family and your guests can have on a large trampoline. The concern with this recreational device, however, is that it can often cause injuries. More than 90,000 people across the country visit the hospital each year because of being injured on a trampoline. While there's always a risk that you or a family member will get hurt, a different type of concern is that someone who is visiting your home will injure himself or herself and then take legal action against you because the injury took place on your property. As such, insurance providers will often increase your home insurance premium when you purchase a trampoline.

Family Dog

Just like a trampoline, buying a dog for your family members to enjoy will provide plenty of happy memories. And, just like a trampoline, there's a concern that this purchase will elevate your home insurance rate. A dog that bites a visitor to your property could be the start of lengthy legal proceedings; to counteract this risk, it's customary for insurance providers to increase the rates for customers who purchase a family dog. There's more of a concern if your dog is an aggressive breed, such as a pit bull.


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Understanding Insurance Policies

After I moved out of my parent's home, I started learning more and more about insurance policies. I was involved in a bad car accident, and I ended up working with my car insurance company as well as my medical and dental insurance companies. I paid my premiums and enjoyed coverage, but I didn't really understand how the entire insurance claim process worked. I wanted to make this blog to help other people like me to learn more about insurance coverage. Check out this blog for more details on insurance coverage, how to file a claim, and what you should expect throughout the shopping process.