When making a purchase as important as a home owner insurance policy, you want to make sure you buy the best, from the best. It makes sense; you are, after all, protecting your home, yourself and your family members, as well as your contents and valuable. One way to buy the best from the best is to research the home owner insurance company from which you may purchase your home owner insurance policy.
Luckily, most of the research has already been done for you. Independent research companies thoroughly examine home owner insurance companies and give them ratings based on certain factors. The most important research findings an independent research company can offer you are the financial strengths of each home owner insurance company.
Home owner insurance company ratings are usually given on an alphabetical scale, such as A, B, C, and so forth. Sometimes independent research companies offer A+, A-, B+, B-, etc. Some companies even go so far as to offer two plusses. Ideally, you want to choose a home owner insurance company that is rated B or higher and avoid companies with ratings warning of “in liquidation” or “under supervision.”
It’s important to note while the financial strength of a home owner insurance company is important, it’s quite rare for a home owner insurance company to go bankrupt, simply because each home owner insurance company has to prove itself financially before it can be licensed to do business in a particular state.
Before you choose a home owner insurance company, check out a few independent research companies first. Consider the ratings each independent research company has given the home owner insurance company you’re considering. Also, be sure to take advantage of additional study reports offered by the independent research companies, such as the special guides some independent research companies compile in order to help customers better understand the process used to decide a home owner insurance company rating.