Your home faces countless hazards—fires, frozen pipes, the neighbor kid hurling a ball through your bay window. These calamities don’t strike every day, thank goodness, but when the unexpected does happen, it’s nice to know you’re insured.
But how much will this peace of mind cost you? In the U.S., the average home insurance costs about $1,200 per year. According to Zillow, you can expect to pay roughly $35 per month for every $100,000 of your home’s value, though your exact cost will depend on your unique situation.
What factors determine the cost of insurance?
There are a variety of factors that make your homeowners insurance cost go up or down. These include:
Coverage levels. You’ll pay more, of course, for comprehensive coverage than for a skimpier policy. And any add-ons, like earthquake coverage, will raise your homeowners insurance quote.
Your location. Home insurance rates vary from state to state. Your cost will also be higher if you live in a region that’s more prone to risks like crime or natural disasters like hurricanes or wildfires.
Your home’s condition. If you own a century-old house with a mansard roof, or a midcentury modern pad, you’re living in style! But know that you might need to pay more for home insurance if your abode’s innards—pipes, electrical wiring, and such—are outdated.
Your home’s value. If you have a large, custom-built house done up with Brazilian walnut floors and Murano chandeliers, you’ll pay more for home coverage than someone with a more modest home.
Your claims history. If you—or the previous homeowner—have filed claims in the past, your insurer will expect that pattern to continue, which could raise your rate.
Safety elements. You may nab a discount if you’ve got a security system to deter thieves. Some insurers also offer a better deal if you’ve installed a sprinkler system, storm shutters, or other features.
Bundling. Need home and auto coverage? Buy both policies from the same insurer and you’re likely to score a discount.