10 hidden home insurance credits

New wiring: Save money and lives
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Electrician working on wiring

Want to scare your insurance agent? Tell him your teenage son rewired your house over the weekend. Then expect your premium to go through the roof.

The math is simple: house + old wires = fires. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, in a typical year, home electrical problems result in 67,800 home fires, 485 deaths and $868 million in property losses, according to a 2006 report. The USFA estimates that home wiring causes twice as many fires as electrical appliances.

Considering new wiring? Depending on the age of your home, you may qualify for a new wiring credit.

"New wiring, if it's installed right, is much safer and less likely to cause any type of outages, shortages or fires," says Meehan. "It can be an insurance eligibility issue, too, because a lot of companies are not as keen to write old knob-and-tube wiring because of the fire risk. It could limit your options.

New wiring credit: 10 percent.




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