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Home Insurance Rising Rates?

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by Ryan Sussman on Nov 17, 2014

Based on Industry statistics, average rates on Homeowners Insurance policies have lowered over the past 10 years by nearly 50%.  This data is skewed by the surge of new construction homes that were built from 2004 – 2014.  Homeowners who purchase or currently own older homes have seen increases in Homeowners Insurance of nearly 120% over the same period.

Older homes present a higher likelihood of loss than newer homes.  In addition to the clear-cut answer of age, the acquisition of new construction Homeowners Insurance policies is more likely because consumers are seeking coverage on a new purchase – therefore carriers are more aggressive in this market.

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Home maintenance is the “secret” to keeping your insurance rates down.  Updates to your older home can keep your rates at a level that is reflective of your likelihood of losses:

  • Roofing Updates – every 15-25 years
  • Plumbing Updates – Varies by type (polybutylene is a disaster waiting to happen)
  • Electrical Updates – Varies by type (Aluminum wiring = danger)
  • HVAC (Air Conditioning/Heating) - 10-15 year avg. life
  • Chimney or Fireplace Inspection/Updates – annually

Keeping documentation of these updates can lead to substantially lower risk of loss and in turn – Lower Insurance Premiums.

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