By Durand. Home Insurance. Published at Sunday, April 15th, 2018 - 08:00:40 AM.
Person A has pretty good credit and has never filed claims on her home insurance. Person B has pretty good credit and has never filed claims on her home insurance. You would think that a quote from the same company on home insurance would yield similar, if not identical, results, right? Unless they are getting a quote on the same house at the same time, their quotes will most likely be different. Why is that? Why do home insurance rates seem to be so random? Home insurance rates are actually not random at all. Each insurance company doing business in Nevada has to file their rating structure with the Nevada Department of Insurance. The DOI can reject the rating structure if they deem it to be unfair or unlawful. Once the rating system is approved, the insurance company must then apply the rating structure to all potential insureds equally.
Provincial differences do exist. Coverage costs vary by province because each province has its own unique challenges. Average insurance in Ontario are not typically impacted by things like earthquake coverage but the same cannot be said of British Columbia, for example. In Canada, overland flooding is a separate area for insurance and insurers are not typically willing to cover this risk. As an example, an average home insurance premium in Alberta is ~$900/year for homeowners. Quebec homeowners pay on average ~$840/year in home insurance costs.
Taking the first step in purchasing adequate home insurance, is even more important when you own a home. With home values still close to all-time highs, our homes are not only the place we live, but also our largest investment. Our families rely on the sanctity of our homes. With natural disasters so prevalent these days, it should be a reminder to us that we should have full home insurance coverage. If you live in a flood or an earthquake zone, make sure that you have either flood or earthquake coverage. Many home insurers don't include this type of coverage in their policies. If you can't purchase it as a rider within your policy, you have access to coverage through government protection. Home insurance protects against liability, as well as disaster. This is very important, as protecting you, your family, and friends from these issues should be paramount.
Consider the findings reported by independent insurance agent association, Trusted Choice, in a 2009 national survey: "53 million household respondents 'admitted they are probably not taking advantage of all homeowners insurance discounts or said that they simply did not know' about policyholder discounts they likely qualify for." The survey also found that the largest percentage of respondents, about 26%, estimated they save 6-10% on their insurance premiums by using discounts. In fact, many insurance consumers could be saving significantly more-as much as 30%, according to independent insurance agencies, which often shop on behalf of consumers and help them find discounts and compare rates.
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