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Over the last decade most states in the northeast have experienced extreme weather conditions. Hurricanes such as Superstorm Sandy and Irma have caused great damages. In addition, the states experience alternating cycles of heat waves and snowfall. Unfortunately, these events are part of the reasons why New York’s average home insurance premiums are higher than the national average.
New York’s premium rates are high. The rates are a little over one hundred dollars more than the average annual national premium. New York is ranked 15th out of 51 states with higher homeowners insurance rates. The insurance rates in New York depend also on credit scores and the size and value of the home. The age of the home also determines the premium that will be charged on it.
Generally, living in New York is quite expensive; Home insurance premiums would therefore not be an exception. In 2015 (latest available data), an average New York resident pays about $1,287 in home insurance premiums per year according to Insurance Information Institute (III). The national average is $1,173 in the same year. The implication is that New York’s homeowners insurance average premium is $114 higher than the national average. The monthly average home insurance premium for NY residents amounts to $107.25.
In New York, just like all over the USA, rates continue to rise. The New York state has also put in place laws to protect homeowners. Homeowners can therefore get cover from only legit insurance companies.
|National annual average||$1,192||$1,173||$1,132|
To find the best home insurance companies, the first thing checked is the company’s market share holdings in the home insurance sector in New York provided by III. The financial strength, quality of customer service, independent ratings along with the response time to claims are also reviewed. The quality of customer service is judged by JD Power and Consumer Reports.
Allstate controls majority of the market share of homeowners insurance in New York at about 14.3 percent. Allstate also leads in quality customer service all over New York. The company operates a crystal-clear policy on information delivery. In addition, Allstate has very helpful tools for homeowners. Particularly, the Common and Costly Claims finder helps homeowners to be aware of the homes cover based on every unique zip code.
Allstate also goes beyond what other ordinary home insurance companies offer. The company offers a welcoming discount to clients and normal discounts for regulars. All these adds up to more than 30 percent total discount slashed out of the normal annual premium. Of all the companies we studied in New York, Allstate led the pack in discounting.
Customer care reports show that Allstate’s reputation to claims response is quite impressive. Customers are happy with the claim’s compensations. The customer service resources are also helpful to homeowners needs.
AM Best gives an A+ (Superior) in State Farms financial strength. With a 3 (About average) out of 5 Power Circles Rating from JD Power shows that State Farm is truly committed to giving good and reliable services to homeowners.
State Farm is quite a popular homeowners insurance company not just in New York but also nationally. It controls a little over 13 percent of the total home insurance market share in New York. In addition to a perfect management of claims, it also has an inclusive coverage policy. State Farm will do exactly as asked. They deliver in times of calamity.
Understanding homeowners insurance is not easy. Insurance in general, and how its policies work is quite complex. Ignorance might cost a homeowner a lot of money if the untimely event comes of filing a claim. It is therefore something many people appreciate when State Farm introduced helpful educational materials. The materials are available online and helps first time customers to familiarize themselves with various home insurance policy coverages offered. Once they understand, they can make informed decisions.
Apart from a home calculator and a learning center, State Farm also has a modern quote tool. Across all spheres, State Farm has scored 3 (About average) out of 5 Power Circles Rating in JD Power’s 2018 U.S. Home Insurance Study. The 2018 study assessed all aspects of an insurer’s offerings from policy coverage, affordability, accessibility and averaging out the scores with an overall customer satisfaction score. State Farm’s score means that the company has fair prices, a manageable policy and a strong continuous customer support. Other customer reviews indicated that homeowners have fair payouts and claims are handled smoothly. AM Best’s rating of A++ (Superior) showed that the company has a lot of financial potential.
Chubb controls a little more than 11 percent of the total homeowners insurance market share in New York, finishing third behind Allstate and State Farm. Just like other top performers, Chubb offers exceptional services. The company has unique options which other institutions may not be able to offer.
To start, Chubb has an excellent strategy. For example, an agent sent by the organization visits homeowners door to door. The agents explain and helps the homeowner to understand the coverage and how much they might need. The Chubb’s policy may cover furs, fine art and expensive jewelry.
Chubb is also a pioneer in providing flood insurance. With Chubb, flood insurance is inclusive of the home insurance policy. Chubb is also ready to provide up to $15 million for property coverage. It is therefore advisable for people who have expensive homes in flood prone areas to take this form of homeowners insurance.
AM Best showed that Chubb has a strong financial strength, with their highest rating A++ (Superior). The company got a 3 (About average) out of 5 Power Circles Rating from JD Power. The good reviews shows that Chubb is a good home insurer that NY resident rely on.
|Rank||Insurer||Market share %||AM Best||S&P||JD Power|
|6||National General Holdings||4.0||A-||NR||NR|
|9||American International Group (AIG)||3.1||A||A+||NR|
Home insurance premiums vary across New York, depending on where you are and the risks associated with your area, the age of your home and other factors. A recent study showed that homeowners in the 10 largest cities in New York pay up to 22 percent more premium than the other smaller cities. Generally life in New York is expensive and home insurance is not an exception.
It has also been observed that higher premiums in New York cause a rise in the price of premiums all over the nation. When the premiums rise in New York, other states are likely to follow suit. That’s because New York is one of the big cities that drive the country’s economy.
Most companies in New York do not offer flood and earthquake cover with a home insurance policy. It is therefore necessary for homeowners to make an addition, especially if you live in high-risk areas.
For more assistance, please contact your local state department of insurance:
New York Department of Insurance