Skip to main content

How to Compare Home Insurance Quotes for Your Home

By September 8, 2021September 29th, 2021Home

Homeowners insurance is an essential component of owning a home. For most people, it will be one of the most prized assets they will ever own. Homeowners insurance will be there to protect their investment and give them peace of mind.

 

However, homeowners insurance can be confusing, which makes it challenging to compare home insurance quotes. Because of this, many people merely compare home insurance rates and choose the lowest price. Unfortunately, they unwittingly may not be comparing “apples to apples,” and they end up with a low-priced policy that doesn’t fit their needs.

 

Here are some important considerations as you compare home insurance quotes:

 

Pay attention to the types of coverage

As you compare home insurance rates, look at the types of coverage each policy offers. Those less expensive policies might be providing less protection. Make sure you are comparing the same coverages (policy limits) from each potential insurer. These are the types of coverages on which to focus:

  • Dwelling: Coverage on the structure of the home
  • Other structures: Coverage for structures not attached to the house such as sheds and fences
  • Personal property: These are your belongings, including clothing, furniture, and electronics
  • Medical: Pays for medical treatment if a guest is injured on your property
  • Liability: Protects you if an injured guest sues you
  • Additional living expenses: Pays for the costs to live somewhere else if your house is uninhabitable because of a fire or other peril

 

As you compare home insurance quotes, check each one carefully to ensure that the limits of coverage are identical. Otherwise, you will not have a fair comparison.

 

Consider the deductibles along with the limits

While the policy limits show the maximum amount that the insurance company will pay for each type of coverage, the deductible is the amount that you will be required to pay out-of-pocket before the insurance company begins paying the claim.

For example, you have a $1,000 deductible on dwelling coverage. If a tree falls during a storm and hits your house, doing $1,500 worth of damage, you will be paying $1,000, and the insurer will pay out the remaining $500 balance.

Policies with a higher deductible will usually be less expensive. Still, those with a higher deductible, as in the example, could also have a significant financial impact when you file a claim. When you compare home insurance rates, be sure that each quote has the same deductible and that you are comfortable with the amount of that deductible.

 

Determine how much coverage you need

Before you begin to compare home insurance quotes, you need to decide on your coverage limits. You will have some options for finding the dwelling coverage limit.

If you have been in the home for some time, you can use the limit on your current policy as a reference. If you are moving into a new house, you can hire an appraiser to come up with the market value and then subtract the value of the land to arrive at the dwelling limit. Also, some insurance companies will offer a replacement cost calculator to help you out.

Here is a simple formula to get a rough estimate for reference only:

  • Research the average cost-per-square-foot that home builders are charging in your area
  • Multiply your home’s square footage by the average rate
  • Estimate the cost of cabinets, flooring, built-in appliances, roofing, and windows
  • Add it all up

 

Take an inventory of what you own to determine how much your personal property is worth. Keep in mind that there might be limits on certain valuable things, such as artwork and jewelry. If that is the case, be sure to have everyone add extra coverage to the quote for these items.

 

Entertain quotes from only the most experienced companies

It makes sense to compare home insurance quotes. Still, whoever you choose for comparison should be experienced and able to help you understand the types of coverage available to you, along with the deductibles and limits that apply under each policy you are considering.

For over 60 years, White Cloud Insurance has been delivering the most competitive personal insurance options to individuals and families across the country. Ask one of our insurance experts for a home insurance price comparison. Use the convenient contact form, call us at 305-556-1488, or send us a message at hello@accelinsurance.com. At White Cloud Insurance, you are always the priority.