Trim Your Home Insurance Premium

Whether you stay with your current insurer or switch, you can lower your rate without sacrificing coverage.

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Car insurance companies are falling all over themselves to grab your attention with clever TV ads, giving the impression that lowering your premium is as easy as picking up the phone. But when it comes to homeowners insurance? Crickets.

Yes, it's pretty quiet on the home insurance front. For years, insurance companies have played a game of chicken with policyholders who dare to use their insurance. They've threatened to raise premiums -- or refuse to renew your policy -- when you make too many claims. Just one claim can raise your premium if it's the "wrong" kind -- say, for plumbing leaks. Even many homeowners with no claims on their record are too intimidated to shop for a new carrier.

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Miriam Cross
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Miriam lived in Toronto, Canada, before joining Kiplinger's Personal Finance in November 2012. Prior to that, she freelanced as a fact-checker for several Canadian publications, including Reader's Digest Canada, Style at Home and Air Canada's enRoute. She received a BA from the University of Toronto with a major in English literature and completed a certificate in Magazine and Web Publishing at Ryerson University.