How Much Is Homeowners Insurance On Average?

Homeowners insurance rates vary significantly by state, city and ZIP code as well as depending on how much dwelling coverage you purchase and other factors like your claims history.

Selecting a higher homeowners insurance deductible can lower your rates, but ensure you have enough savings set aside to cover its payment in case of a claim.

Rates vary by state

Homeowners insurance is an essential necessity, yet premiums have steadily been rising due to factors like the rising costs associated with rebuilding after natural disasters and inflation. There are ways you can lower your rates though; such as shopping around and increasing your deductible. You could also opt for less comprehensive policies while still having adequate protection in case something should happen to your home.

Your state can have a dramatic effect on your premiums, since home insurance is regulated at the state level. Insurance departments set prices and policies accordingly to balance homeowners’ needs with insurers’ financial viability; some states are more prone to certain risks such as hurricanes or wildfires and can raise your rates accordingly.

Location and its surroundings can also have an effect on your rate, as insurers take weather and crime into consideration when setting prices. Your home construction type also plays a part, since certain forms require different amounts of coverage. Finally, credit can play an integral part of determining your rate – some insurers use credit-based insurance scores, similar to what lenders use when reviewing applications for loans – that can predict your likely behavior (for instance filing claims).

Other factors that can increase your premium include previous damage to your house, how much it would cost to replace or repair it and your deductible choice. Many homeowners also purchase extra liability coverage in case lawsuits surpass the $100,000 cap included with their standard policy.

An effective way to lower home insurance rates is to compare quotes regularly from multiple insurance providers and secure adequate coverage that suits your specific situation. Be sure to compare coverage limits, deductible amounts and other terms; compare these with your quotes from different providers to ensure an equitable comparison. You may be able to save even more by making improvements that reduce damage or theft risk in your home – these efforts may even reduce premium costs!

Coverage options

Although your location and coverage limits have the greatest effect on homeowners insurance premiums, other factors can also have a bearing. Your credit score and claims history can have a dramatic effect; those with poor credit or multiple claims filed pay higher premiums than those who maintain good credit and no history of filing any claims.

Your choice of building materials can have a dramatic effect on homeowners insurance rates. Homes constructed using wood or other flammable materials cost more to insure than those constructed with cement or steel, and additional luxury features like pools or saunas may increase rates further; insurers generally only cover these features up to certain limits so it is important to carefully consider any added expenses before making a decision.

Comparing different providers is also an effective way to reduce home insurance rates, and finding an insurance plan that offers both affordability and excellent service. Furthermore, making sure all eligible discounts are claimed, or selecting a high deductible can further lower rates.

If possible, look into combining property and liability policies into one policy from a single provider to save both time and money. Also, change the coverage limits on your dwelling coverage policy accordingly; though default levels should suffice in most instances.

Other coverage options include guaranteed replacement cost (GRC) and actual cash value (ACV) policies. ACV policies only cover the amount owed, while replacement cost policies provide you with enough material to rebuild it from scratch. GRC policies tend to cost more, yet provide greater financial protection.

Some states experience more natural disasters or higher property values, making it more expensive to insure homes there. Vermont, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Delaware homeowners tend to pay the least in home insurance – 44% lower on average than their national counterparts.


Homeowners insurance can be tailored to fit your exact needs or those required by your mortgage company or homeowners association (HOA). One way of customizing this coverage is selecting your deductible; make sure that it suits both short- and long-term financial plans before making this choice.

Your deductible is the out-of-pocket amount you will cover before home insurance begins to pay on a claim. It could be either a fixed dollar amount or percentage of insured value; your choice will directly impact both cost of filing a claim as well as premium costs.

Your ideal deductible choice depends on your comfort with risk and how frequently you plan to file claims. A VIU by HUB Advisor can assist with exploring all available options as they pertain to premium payment and helping find one that is tailored for you and meets your specific needs.

Standard deductibles typically consist of flat dollar amounts; for instance, selecting a $1,000 deductible means paying that sum out-of-pocket before any claim payments begin from your insurer. While selecting higher deductibles can reduce premium costs, be mindful that higher ones could incur greater out-of-pocket expenses in terms of paying out claims from insurers.

Percentage deductibles, calculated as a percent of your policy coverage levels, may also apply. For instance, if your policy offers $100,000 of coverage, its percentage deductible would equal one percent (i.e. $2,000 in this instance) so any claims would require out of pocket payment of the full amount due.

When selecting an out-of-pocket deductible, it’s best to evaluate how much money will likely be spent over a year and compare that with your other out-of-pocket costs, such as health care or auto insurance premiums. Furthermore, setting aside money in case a claim occurs may help ensure you can afford your deductible payments should something arise that requires it.

As home insurance rates increase across the country, it has never been more crucial to review your coverage, compare quotes and find ways to save without compromising coverage. Every year homeowners should make time to do this to make sure they aren’t paying more than necessary and that they have sufficient protection.

Other factors

Alongside state, zip code, and coverage options, many other factors impacting average homeowners insurance premiums also come into play. These include age of your home; dwelling coverage needs; any custom features included with it and personal belongings (e.g. artwork, furs, guns or musical instruments) covered under policy. Furthermore, insurers also take claims history into consideration when calculating premiums; individuals filing more claims tend to incur higher rates compared with those with clean records.

Inflation also plays a part in home insurance rates, as rising building material costs have an effect on how much it will cost to replace your home. Climate change-induced storms also increase claim costs.

Location can play an influential role in home insurance premiums; the closer your home is to an area vulnerable to hurricanes, tornadoes or wildfires, the higher its rate will be; similarly for regions that may experience earthquakes or other forms of natural disaster.

Your home’s size and construction materials will have an effect on its premium. Larger homes tend to cost more to insure due to having more living space and thus greater risk for damages, while older properties with outdated materials and building methods often need more expensive repairs than newer properties built with current safety standards.

Your choice of deductible will also have an effect on your rate, with higher deductibles typically leading to lower premiums; however, make sure you can afford the higher out-of-pocket expense should a claim arise.

Home owners insurance can seem daunting, but understanding all of the factors that affect your rate will enable you to make an informed decision about coverage. Be sure to get quotes from various providers before choosing one policy over another for your family. Also, review your coverage every year so as to ensure it covers enough dwelling and other coverage to protect both the replacement cost of your home as well as personal belongings.