Adding centrally-monitored smoke alarms will usually help lower your homeowner’s insurance premiums by 5% or more.

Routine Care

Update property insurance coverages and inventory

The benefits of updating your property insurance are potentially: cost savings, improved insurance coverages, and improved service.

Timing: August (every 3 years)

How To

Updating your homeowner insurance involves three tasks:

Inventory. Make a room-by-room inventory of everything in your house or office building. In the event of fire, flood, or other disasters, the inventory list will be important in filing an insurance claim. Photographs or a videotape of your possessions can also be helpful.

Schedule expensive items. Many property insurance policies allow you to submit a list (i.e., a “schedule”) of expensive property items, which may be treated differently than other property items in the event of a claim. This list should be updated to reflect your current possessions.

Optimize coverages. Over time your property may change or the type of coverage offered by your insurance company may change. As such, it is important to review your coverages with your insurance company from time to time, to see if your coverage needs to be better matched to your current situation.

Shop around for rates. Insurance costs can vary significantly. It may be helpful to shop around for better rates, coverages, and service.


The benefits of this task are potentially high, both from optimizing your insurance coverages, and having the proper documentation if you ever have a claim.


The cost of this task is moderately low, from an investment of time standpoint. It is estimated that this task should take about 1-2 hours to complete the necessary research.


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