When Homeowners Insurance Attacks! Are you at Risk?
Homeowners insurance is getting out of control – what you can do to keep your insurance rates from burning you.
Insurance premiums for homeowners insurance are under attack and coming after your budget.
Have you seen a dramatic rise in your home insurance premium in recent years?
People call our offices daily looking for lower homeowners insurance after HUGE rate increase from their current insurance company.
how can I get my homeowners insurance cost down?
Read this article for simple tips to get your budget back under control.
Home insurance in the past was a cheap loss-leader for the more profitable auto insurance policies insurance companies craved. Just a few years ago in the Midwest you could buy an average home policy with standard coverages for around $500-$600 a year. But today you’d be hard-pressed to find any carrier willing to charge less than $1,000 annual premium.
Sure, you can still get cheap $300-$400 homeowners insurance in Arizona and California or many other parts of the Southwest, which don’t have nearly as many weather-related claims. But, it doesn’t stop carriers from spreading their financial risk around the country to minimize overall exposures. You’ve heard the saying “The Law of Large Numbers” clearly applies to the insurance industry, passing on rate increases to areas not normally at high risk of claims.
Why are homeowners insurance premiums rising?
The simplest answer is weather related claims.
Weather in the past 15 years has been a major problem for insurance companies who spend millions a year monitoring and trying to predict climate change. We’ve seen some carriers pull out of coastal communities, including New York and New Jersey after a hundred years of insuring homes and families. Florida is basically void of any national insurance carrier other than for renters, or condo insurance (reason being is they are basically covering contents and not the building).
From Texas to Colorado to Ohio to Florida and beyond we are seeing both small and large weather related claims. In Missouri, where Insurance Brokers Group is located, we see homeowner’s file a claim for a new roof on average every ten years due to weather related claims. Gone were the days people buying a new roof because old age. $5,000 roofs in the past, today now cost $10,000 and $12,000. Many insurance carriers have also gone to higher mandatory deductibles for wind and hail. It was recently brought to my attention AAA switched their customers at renewal or new customers to a 1% deductible and actual cash value (ACV) on the roof to reduce the financial exposure.
Let’s look at simple wind and/or hail damage claim
Quick example of how that would work for a $200,000 homeowner with AAA insurance and many other carriers. $200k x 1% = $2,000 with a roof replacement cost of $10,000 and the roof is, let’s say, 10 years old. Typical roof has a 20-year life span which translates to 50% of the life. $10,000 roof (–) remaining life expectancy = $5,000 + $2,000 (1% deductible) = $7,000 total deductible for a new roof. The insurance carrier will basically write a check for $3000 and the rest is up to the homeowner or $7,000.
What can you do to get your homeowners insurance premiums down?
Our best advice is to shop around for a carry that has not been impacted by weather related claims and forced to raise everyone’s homeowners insurance policy.
Not only is it a good idea to shop for lower rates, but this would be a good time to review your deductibles. Remember, for many policy holders there are now two deductibles: one for home and contents, including fire, theft and other claims and one for wind and hail.
Double check to see if you are one of the folks with a percentage based deductible and/or ACV policy. Most of the carrier our agency sell offers a flat dollar amount and the option of a percentage based deductible.
For more information on homeowners insurance coverage options and quotes contact Insurance Brokers Group at: 314-569-1010 or for additional info on cost of home insurance read our article about home insurance calculator.