Why Home Insurance Rates Are on The Rise and What You Can Do to Save Money

By Nancy B
October 14, 2022

Economic impacts on the insurance industry

Home insurance rates are likely going up for most homeowners this year regardless of who your carrier is or where you live. Just like the increasing cost of many things in the fallout of a global pandemic, supply chain issues, unfilled construction jobs due to COVID-19 disruptions, and more costly building materials are impacting the price of homes and home repairs. Likewise, the higher frequency of severe weather is causing more costly structural damage. These factors are having a dramatic effect on home insurance rates this year. Even the cost of car insurance is being impacted in similar ways.

Large tree on top of houseHow is weather impacting Home Insurance rates in Virginia?

As weather-related damages go up, so does the cost of home insurance overall. Virginia has had its share of severe weather over the last several years and climate change is playing a role. While our winters can be mild, ice storms, like the January 2022 winter storm, and sustained freezing temperatures take their toll on regional homes built for southeastern climates. While major hurricanes, such as 2003's Isabel, rarely threaten the commonwealth, heavy rains and wind from tropical cyclones or even the remnants of hurricanes can result in significant home damage. Tornadic activity, straight-line winds, and hail are common causes of home damage in some areas, and even earthquakes occur in Virginia. Northern Neck Insurance has also experienced an uptick in catastrophic home fires this year during winter. 

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How are supply chain issues and home repair costs impacting home insurance rates?

There has been a significant rise in demand for home renovations and new construction in the housing industry. The result is inflated costs for materials and labor and a simultaneous shortage of skilled workers. The boom in the home real estate market has driven the value of homes through the roof. Global pandemic-related supply chain disruptions are still impacting the economy. As building costs go up, so does the cost to repair or replace homes. Thus, the cost to repair or rebuild a house from an insurance loss is much greater than two years ago. Home Insurance carriers have to raise the price of homeowners insurance to match industry trends and ensure future coverage. 

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What to do about rising Home Insurance premiums

Review your home insurance policy

While home insurance rates are rising everywhere, now is an important time to review your coverage. First and foremost, you want to make sure you are adequately covered. Your local agent can check your current coverage to ensure you’re getting the right protection for your individual needs. You can also let them know about any home improvements which may earn fantastic discounts or require more coverage, as well as life changes, such as marriage, divorce, or the death of a loved one. On the flip side, there may be coverages you no longer need and can reduce your premium.

Increase your deductibles

Another way to reduce your premium is to raise your deductibles. Your deductible is your out-of-pocket expense when you have a home insurance claim. If you choose to raise your deductibles, your premiums will be lower, but you'll pay more if you need to file a claim, so be sure to plan accordingly. You'll need enough savings to cover your deductible if you experience a loss.

Two women discussing a new insurance policyBundle your insurance

Purchasing multiple policies from one carrier can be a great way to save money on personal insurance. When you consider all your family's assets and insurance needs in one place, you can find the right combination of protection and buy it from the same insurer. Carriers usually reward households with two or more policies, like home and car insurance, with discounts. Bundled discounts may also apply to add-on coverages such as personal umbrella insurance, inland flood insurance, or cyber protection.

Gloved hand pulling debris from dirty home gutterPrevent Claims

Multiple factors affect home insurance rates, but one of the best things you can do to keep the cost of home insurance down is to prevent a home insurance claim. Regular home maintenance and preparing your home for severe weather can help minimize the potential for damage. You can also ask your insurance agent about discounts for preventive measures such as adding deadbolts, smoke detectors and fire alarms, water sensors, and monitored security systems.

Control what you can

Current economic conditions are definitely challenging. We're all feeling the frustration. Many of these trends are outside of our control. Changing weather patterns, pandemic disruptions, and inflation are driving up personal insurance rates. It's a good time to consider what measures you can take to reduce your premiums and also make sure you have dependable financial protection in case you experience a loss to, most likely your biggest investment, your home. The benefits of consulting an independent agent are more important now than ever. 

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