Average Home Insurance Costs

Whether you’re a longtime homeowner, or are shopping for your very first home, selecting home insurance is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. For many people, their home is their most valuable investment, and it needs to be protected from damage, theft and other threats to yourself and your family.

When it comes to homeowners insurance cost, there are several factors that determine how much you’ll pay. Some of these conditions include:

  • The state you live in
  • The age of your home
  • The value of the land
  • And your credit score

  • However, there are ways that homeowners can save money on their insurance costs. Let’s look at the different types of home insurance options available and discuss how homeowners can calculate their estimated insurance cost.

    Avergae home insurance premiums in each state

    The current average cost of home insurance in the United States is $1,192, according to data from the National Association of Insurance Commisioners (NAIC). But the cost of home insurance varies greatly by state, due to regional weather risks, like hurricanes and fires. Here’s a look at home insurance premiums in every state, based on data from NAIC’s 2016 Homeowners Insurance Report

      Rank
      
      State
      
    Average Premium   Rank
      
      State
      
      Average Premium
      
      1
      
      Louisiana
      
      $1,967
      
      27
      
      Kentucky
      
      $1,085
      
      2
      
      Texas
      
      1,937
      
      28
      
      Illinois
      
      1,042
      
      3
      
      Florida
      
      1,918
      
      29
      
      Hawaii
      
      1,026
      
      4
      
      Oklahoma
      
      1,875
      
      30
      
      Maryland
      
      1,022
      
      5
      
      Kansas
      
      1,548
      
      31
      
      Indiana
      
      1,003
      
      6
      
      Mississippi
      
      1,525
      
      32
      
      California
      
      1,000
      
      7
      
      Rhode Island
      
      1,496
      
      32
      
      New Mexico
      
      996
      
      8
      
      Connecticut
      
      1,455
      
      32
      
      Alaska
      
      974
      
      9
      
      Massachusetts
      
      1,451
      
      35
      
      Virginia
      
      966
      
      10
      
      Colorado
      
      1,446
      
      36
      
      New Hampshire
      
      965
      
      11
      
      Nebraska
      
      1,402
      
      37
      
      Michigan
      
      952
      
      12
      
      Alabama
      
      1,386
      
      38
      
      Iowa
      
      945
      
      13
      
      Arkansas
      
      1,348
      
      39
      
      Pennsylvania
      
      927
      
      14
      
      Minnesota
      
      1,340
      
      40
      
      West Virginia
      
      917
      
      15
      
      New York
      
      1,309
      
      41
      
      Vermont
      
      898
      
      16
      
      South Carolina
      
      1,285
      
      42
      
      Maine
      
      866
      
      17
      
      Missouri
      
      1,280
      
      43
      
      Ohio
      
      850
      
      18
      
      North Dakota
      
      1,239
      
      44
      
      Washington
      
      822
      
      19
      
      D.C.
      
      1,225
      
      45
      
      Delaware
      
      816
      
      20
      
      Georgia
      
      1,200
      
      46
      
      Arizona
      
      803
      
      21
      
      Tennessee
      
      1,185
      
      47
      
      Wisconsin
      
      762
      
      21
      
      New Jersey
      
      1,174
      
      48
      
      Nevada
      
      742
      
      23
      
      Montana
      
      1,130
      
      49
      
      Idaho
      
      703
      
      24
      
      South Dakota
      
      1,125
      
      50
      
      Utah
      
      664
      
      25
      
      Wyoming
      
      1,120
      
      51
      
      Oregon
      
      659
      
      26
      
      North Carolina
      
      1,098
      
      U.S. average
      
      $1,192
      

    The different types of home insurance policies

    Homeowners insurance is broken down into three main categories. Most standard insurance policies include coverage in all three categories, but homeowners ultimately determine how much coverage they want in each area.

    1. Dwelling: Dwelling coverage is insurance that covers any damages to the home itself. This type of insurance covers the cost of rebuilding or repairing your home if damage occurs from certain qualifying events, such as a fire or severe wind.
    2. Personal propertyPersonal property coverage pertains to the cost of replacing possessions in your home, such as jewelry and furniture, should they get damaged or destroyed by a qualifying event.
    3. Personal liabilityPersonal liability coverage protects against lawsuits for property damage or injury. An example would be if a delivery man slipped on your front stairs, or if a tree in your backyard fell on a neighbor’s home and injured someone.

    Understanding replacement cost options

    There are three coverage options that home insurance companies provide. Each option affects your premium differently, so it’s important to understand each one and determine which option is appropriate for you.

    • Actual cash value ACV:The ACV of your home is based on the current market value, or how much your home and personal property is worth, with depreciation factored in. This type of coverage is the most popular and the least expensive, because depreciation is considered and claim payments are usually lower.
    • Replacement cost value RCV: Should your home get damaged or destroyed, the RCV is the amount of money needed to repair or replace the home comparable to similar homes on the market. This type of coverage is often recommended by insurance providers, because homeowners can essentially rebuild their homes as it was before
    • Guaranteed replacement cost (GRC):Also referred to as extended replacement cost (ERC), this type of coverage offers the most protection out of the three options. However, it’s also the most expensive. GRC/ERC pays to rebuild your home exactly as it was before the damage occurred.

    Before selcting a policy conduct a home inventory to determine how much your personal possessions are worth, should your home get damaged or destroyed.

    Discounts and ways to save on home insurance

    Homeowners insurance can be costly, so before selecting a plan, shop around to find the best deal based on your needs. It can be helpful to consult an insurance agent, read consumer reviews and check online insurance quotes to find companies with the lowest rates. Here are some other ways to save money on home insurance:

    1. Ask about available discounts: Some companies offer discounted policy rates if you’re over a certain age, if your home is in a gated community, if you bundle with your car insurance or if you’re part of a homeowner’s association.
    2. Bundle your insurance policies: Often times, companies that sell home, auto and life coverage will deduct up to 15% off your premium if you buy two or more policies from them.
    3. Make your home safer: Some providers offer a discount if you install fixtures that make your home safer, such as smoke alarms or a security system, that reduce the likelihood that damage or theft will occur in the first place.

    Frequently asked questions

    Is home insurance required by law?

    No, states do not require homeowners to get insurance when they purchase a home. However, if you choose to get a mortgage loan, most lenders will require you to have some insurance.

    How can I estimate my home insurance cost?

    Start by finding the value of your home, keeping in mind that the amount will be lower than the price you purchased the home for. Consult with a realtor, building contractor or appraisal consultant to get an accurate estimate. Next, conduct a home inventory to determine the worth of your personal possessions. Before choosing a policy, decide if you want to insure your home and possessions for replacement value (which doesn’t consider depreciation) or cash value (which considers depreciation).

    How much coverage do I need?

    To determine how much coverage you should purchase, refer back to your home inventory. Based on the estimated value of the possessions inside your home, you can determine how much coverage you need. Also factor in the location of your home, and evaluate risks based on weather, fires and other events that could potentially damage or destroy your home. You can always choose to increase your coverage after purchasing a plan.

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