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What affects home insurance prices?

  • Type of Construction: Frame houses usually cost more to insure than brick.
  • Age of House: New homes may qualify for discounts. Some insurance companies offer limited coverage or may not insure older homes.
  • Local Fire Protection: The number of fire hydrants and fire departments and the availability of water are just some factors which determine your area's fire protection class. If you reside in an area without fire protection, you will pay more for fire insurance.

What deductible should I choose?

The deductible applies only to coverages on your house and personal property. It is the amount you have to pay out of your pocket on each claim. Insurance only attaches once the deductible amount is exceeded. A policy with a $100 deductible will cost more than one with a $250 deductible. Higher deductibles may be available at a reduced price, but purchasing, for example, a $250 deductible in lieu of a $100 deductible will mean you will normally pay $150 more out of your pocket at the time of a loss.