You can get a homeowners insurance quote immediately after answering a few questions online, over the phone, or in person
It typically takes a day or a few days to get homeowners insurance
Familiarize yourself with the basic components of homeowners insurance beforehand to make the application process easier
Before purchasing a policy, compare quotes from different home insurance companies to find the best coverage and rates
When purchasing homeowners insurance, you will need to provide your insurer with information about yourself and your home. You can apply for homeowners insurance online, over the phone, or in person at the insurer’s local office and you’ll usually get a quote the same day.
That said, be sure to have details about your home on hand like its build, roof material, and heating type or it could take longer to buy homeowners insurance. Having certain documents like your current policy declarations page and mortgage contract could also help expedite the process.
Buying a home is a big investment, so you want to make sure you are properly insured, which means taking the time to research and shop around to find the best homeowners insurance policy for you and your home.
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Before buying your homeowners insurance policy, you receive a quote which is an estimation of how much your homeowners will cost. Most major homeowners insurance companies provide free and instant quotes online. You can also get quotes over the phone or through an independent broker. It’s important to shop around and compare quotes to find the best and most affordable coverage for your circumstances.
When buying homeowners insurance, one of the most time consuming parts of the whole process is learning the basics about homeowners coverage and determining how much coverage you need.
To ensure a fast application process, make sure you’re ready to provide the following information:
You should also know the following details about your home:
After you’ve shopped around and decided on a policy, you’ll go through underwriting before your coverage and rates are finalized. Depending on the property and insurance company, this process can take minutes, hours, or days. If you need proof of insurance in a hurry to close on a mortgage, talk to your insurer about getting it processed as quickly as possible.
Before paying your premium, you’ll be asked to provide a loss payee, payment information, you’ll choose an effective date (when your policy starts), and you’ll finalize certain details like your deductible amount
Once your billing and policy dates are set and your lender approves the policy, your coverage is good to go. Keep in mind that most lenders require you to pay one full year of homeowners insurance premiums upfront, so you should be prepared to make one lump sum payment.
Some insurers may also require a home inspection, however most inspections happen after your policy has already gone into effect. During a home inspection, your home insurance company will send an inspector to your house to make sure everything in your application is accurate. The insurance company may adjust your coverage and rates based on the results of the inspection.
If your lender requires proof of insurance before you can close on your mortgage, you should be able to provide them with an insurance binder or copy of your policy’s declarations page ahead of the closing date.
The best way to get homeowners insurance fast is to understand the components of a homeowners insurance policy and to have all the documents and information that your insurance company requires. The more information you have ready when you go to buy homeowners insurance, the faster the process will be.
About the author
Kara McGinley is an Insurance Editor at Policygenius. She previously worked as a freelance writer and a copywriter for various startups. Her work can be found in Teen Vogue, The Culture Crush, Mask Magazine, and more.
Policygenius’ editorial content is not written by an insurance agent. It’s intended for informational purposes and should not be considered legal or financial advice. Consult a professional to learn what financial products are right for you.
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