Homeowners may see an increase in their homeowners insurance premiums this year. In October 2021, S&P Global Market Intelligence reported a 3% to 30% rate hike in insurance premiums across major home insurance providers, with State Farm having the most significant rate increase. The report also found that Texas saw the most significant increase in homeowners insurance […]
Average homeowners insurance cost (updated for 2022 inflation)
The average cost of home insurance is around $158 a month or $1,899 per year in 2022. But how much you pay will vary based on where you live, how old your home is, and other factors. How much is homeowners insurance? The average cost of homeowners insurance in the U.S. is $158 a month or $1,899 per year, […]
As climate change threatens more homes, some properties are getting too costly to insure
As climate change threatens the U.S. with more natural disasters, it’s becoming increasingly costly for Americans to insure their homes — and it’s only expected to get worse, according to experts. “These things are occurring more often, and they’re causing more damage,” said Jeremy Porter, chief research officer at First Street Foundation, a non-profit focused […]
Why Home and Auto Insurance Rates Are Rising in 2022
Why home and auto insurance rates are rising in 2022 Thanks to an unusual convergence of market trends, ushered in by the pandemic and other disruptive events, you may see a bigger change to the cost of your home and auto insurance than usual when it comes time to renew your policies this year. Insurance […]
Home-Based Business Insurance Explained
With millions of Americans losing work this year, it’s not surprising that home-based business startups are gaining popularity. About one in five homeowners reported they had launched a home-based business in the last six months, according to a recent online poll conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of The Hanover Insurance Group. While starting […]
What Type of Insurance Does Your Home Business Need?
For many small business owners, working from home is a dream come true. However, this is a dream that comes with its own set of sometimes-unexpected problems and considerations. As an entrepreneur, some challenges – like needing to efficiently manage your own time and wear multiple hats – are probably already on your radar. What […]
Home-Based Business Insurance: Who Needs It?
If you own a home-based business or you’re thinking of starting one, you’re in good company. According to SBA statistics, Americans own about 28.8 million small businesses—and half of them are at-home businesses. The most common types of home-based businesses include information, construction, and professional service firms. But today’s entrepreneurs are getting creative, turning some serious […]
Does Your Home-Based Business Need Business Insurance?
If you’re one of the growing number of entrepreneurs with a home-based business, you may have pondered getting business insurance. But it’s not just a case of whether or not to get insured, but what kind of insurance to get. These days, many successful entrepreneurs and small business owners operate their businesses from the comfort […]
Are Smart Homes a Smart Idea?
As technology is such an integral part of our daily lives, especially during the pandemic and its related restrictions and concerns, it’s no surprise that consumers are increasingly converting their homes into “smart homes.” The $78.3 billion market is set to grow to $135.5 billion by 2025. Makes sense, given that more families have been staying at home for longer periods […]
5 Work-From-Home Risks That Are Here To Stay
Businesses were exposed to new and expanded risks when employees abruptly began working from home last year. The most pressing risks – like IT security and remote accessibility – were quickly addressed. However, many of the mitigations put in place were designed to be temporary fixes rather than long-term solutions. And that could leave you […]
Most Common Remote Work Security Risks in 2021
Remote work has become a highly popular and common practice around the world, especially now as companies allow a significant part of their employees to remain remote. However, while this practice increases flexibility, improves productivity, and enhances work-life balance, there’s a downside to it – remote work security risks. In this new remote-working landscape created […]
Homeowners Insurance Covers Theft, but specialty items like fine art may require additional coverage
Homeowners insurance protects your dwelling and personal property, and it offers liability coverage for injuries that happen on your property. If damage or theft occurs due to covered event (known as an insurance peril), homeowners insurance will cover the loss. If your possessions are stolen, you’re covered under homeowners insurance’s personal property coverage. If your […]
What You Should Know When Buying a House in a Flood Zone
There’s a saying: where it can rain, it can flood. So for homebuyers, the question shouldn’t be, “can my house flood?” Rather, you should be asking, “what is the flood risk?” Naturally, flood risk is heightened if you get a house along the coast or near a large body of water (rivers and lakes), but […]
Home Insurance Prices up Due to Building Material Costs
Home insurance prices are increasing in conjunction with build material costs according to a spokesperson for Greater Nashville Realtors. According to the group, insurance costs are up 25-percent. Supply chain limitations and increased demand for homes have driven material prices high. Insurance companies are adjusting their prices to match home building costs in the event […]
Homeowners Insurance: What to Know Before Selling Your House
With the slew of tasks involved in selling a house, handling its homeowners insurance probably isn’t a the top of your to-do list — and might not even be on the list at all. But overlooking the insurance implications of a home sale risks leaving your property and possessions vulnerable. Consider the potential risks. The […]
Does Home Insurance Cover Fences?
You bought home insurance to help cover the cost of repairs if your house gets damaged by life’s what-ifs. The good news is that your policy extends coverage well beyond the walls of your home, too. In many cases, that means that your home insurance will cover your fence. Still, though, you do not get […]
Cyber Liability Coverage goes beyond identify theft insurance to cover hacking, cyber bullying, and more
As technology advances, it makes our lives easier. But there’s also a risk for homeowners as we integrate smart technology such as smart televisions and security systems into our homes. Not only does identity theft pose a risk, but you could also be on the hook for damages if you accidentally release a virus or […]
Does Renters Insurance Cover Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are often associated with travel and hotel rooms, but your home is hardly a safe haven from the dreaded pests in fact, pest control professionals find bed bugs more often in single family homes, apartments and condominiums than in hotels and motels, according to the most recent Bugs Without Borders survey by the […]
5 Misconceptions about Home Insurance Vs. Specialized Jewelry Insurance
While most people count on the scope of their renters or homeowners insurance policy to cover their precious assets, they may find that coverage insufficient in the face of a potential loss. In most cases, the value of a single broad policy is outweighed by that of specialized jewelry insurance policies. Contrary to popular belief, […]
Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Treehouses?
Because of the potential fun and entertainment value, if you have a large, healthy tree in your yard, a treehouse can seem like a tempting proposition. Before you start construction on your new treetop hangout, however, it is important to think through potential insurance ramifications to understand where you may be at risk. Specifically, you […]