By Durand. Home Insurance. Published at Sunday, March 25th, 2018 - 20:00:49 PM.
Home insurance policies change for different types of properties. Tenant insurance (also called renter's insurance) only covers the contents of a rented house and, depending on the policy, liability. The homeowner's coverage, on the other hand, is focused on the insurance of the building itself to ensure protection in instances that are related to natural hazards, fire or earthquake, or due to unlawful human activities like vandalism. Home insurance covers the rebuild value of a dwelling, but not the market value, which is, in fact, higher. That is why, when the property has undergone some damages, the insurance provider will carry the rebuilding costs so the policyholder is able to restore a corresponding property. This chart features the average premiums for rented and homeowner's insurance in Alberta and Canada. As the chart shows, owned property insurance is, on average, higher than the renter's policy.
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.
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.
It is important to understand the average home insurance cost and all the factors that impact it. On average, homeowners pay $780 for home insurance in Ontario but factors such as location, replacement costs, coverage and riders, such as flood or jewelry coverage, can have a major impact on the coverage. Renters can also purchase insurance, and the rates are generally cheaper for renters than they are for owners. Although the market value of your home does not directly impact what you pay for insurance, it can give you an idea of what you can expect to see in terms of costs - or at least what you should plan and budget for. A home valued at under $300,000 usually sees an average cost in Ontario of $702 a year, and homes in the higher brackets, for example between $300,000 and $700,000, can expect to pay $1,000 (approximately $924) but again, the final numbers will include other factors.
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