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Insuring A Vacation Home

A vacation home can be a wonderful luxury and sometimes even a good investment, but there are some important factors to consider before making the leap into second-home ownership—such as insurance costs. Just like your primary home, you’ll need to insure your vacation home against burglary, fire, weather damage, liability and other risks. Because insurance can add significantly to the price of buying and owning a vacation home, you may want to consider the likely insurance costs before deciding on a specific property.

Key Factors Impacting Vacation Home Insurance Costs

For a number of reasons, insurance for a vacation home can be more expensive than the coverage on your primary residence. Notably, your second home may often be unoccupied, putting it at greater risk for theft, vandalism and undetected damage, like burst water pipes. When you shop for a vacation home, it’s important to recognize that the following factors will impact your insurance costs:

Location—The location of any home is always a factor in pricing insurance policies, but it can be especially significant for vacation homes. The very location that makes a vacation home desirable may also make it more expensive to insure. For instance, a ski house or hunting lodge in a remote or mountainous area could be at greater risk for damage due to wildfire. A beach house may be more exposed to wind damage or storm surge from a hurricane. These location-based risks will impact the price of coverage, and in some cases may even incur higher deductibles.

In addition, if the home is located in a flood zone, you’ll be required to purchase a separate flood insurance policy. Flood damage is not covered by standard homeowners insurance policies, but coverage is available from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and from some private insurance companies. The cost of NFIP flood insurance for second homes has been increasing and there are also special surcharges that you will be required to pay. You can check the cost of flood insurance for a specific location by going to www.floodsmart.gov. You can also lower your insurance costs by choosing a location with less risk—for instance, further from the beach, down the mountain or in a gated community where there is security.

Type of Property—As is the case with any house, a vacation home’s age and types of building materials used will impact the cost of insurance. In addition, these costs will vary depending on whether your second home is a single-occupancy house, a condominium or a townhouse. A condominium, for instance, may have lower insurance costs because the homeowners association maintains and insures the exterior of the property and may provide security. Generally, the cost of insuring the structure of the unit will be included in the monthly maintenance fees. Your personal condo insurance will cover your belongings and specific areas of the unit listed in the policy.

Amenities—If your vacation home has a pool, hot tub or other special amenity that adds risk, you may pay a higher insurance premium. You may also want to purchase more liability protection as these items are considered “attractive nuisances” that lead to a higher probability of liability claims being filed.

Ways to Save on Second Home Insurance Costs

While the price of insurance will increase the total cost of ownership of a second home, there are steps that you can take to help make insurance more affordable:
Bundle Your Policies—If you insure your second home with the same insurer that provides coverage for your primary residence, you may be able to save 5 to 10 percent.
Install an Alarm System—A centrally monitored alarm system that detects both fire and break-ins can help lower the cost of insurance on your second home.
Shop Around—Get at least three quotes for coverage on your second home. It pays to shop around, both when you first purchase a policy and before you renew your policy each year.

Will You Rent Your Property?

If you plan to rent your vacation home to others, your homeowners insurance costs will likely increase, and you may need to purchase additional coverage. Your insurance needs will depend on how often you rent out the property and for how long. For a one-time short-term rental, you may be able to add a simple extension (an “endorsement”) to your existing homeowners policy. On the other hand, if you plan to regularly rent out your second home, you may need separate business coverage or a landlord policy. While some rental services, such as Airbnb and VRBO, offer coverage for homeowners, it’s important to read the fine print to determine limits and exclusions.

Because renting your second home entails additional, more complex risks, it’s a good idea to consult with your insurance professional. For more information, read the I.I.I.’s article, “What Type of Insurance Do I Need If I’m Renting out My Home?”

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You’ll probably be furnishing your new vacation home as well as keeping clothing and equipment there to use when you visit. To help keep track of your possessions and file an insurance claim if necessary, create a home inventory with all of the items you’ll be keeping in the house. The I.I.I. provides a free Web- and app-based inventory tool, Know Your Stuff®, which makes it easy to store information and photos of your possessions, all in one place. The tool also allows you to set up various homes, each with their own inventory, and move items from one to the other.

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Renewal Review: Norman, OK Home Insurance Quotes

When you have a home insurance policy, it’s easy to get complacent. You have your coverage and you’re used to paying your premiums. But being complacent isn’t good when it comes to your home insurance coverage. Failure to review yearly could mean leaving a lot of money on the table for you and your family.

It’s best to take a yearly inventory of your insurance needs. Have your coverages changed? A lot can happen in a year — you can add members to your family, get married, acquire jewelry, move or change jobs. All of that can lead to needing different coverage. If you don’t take time to look at what type of coverage you need every year, you can find yourself in a tough spot when an loss happens and you aren’t properly covered.

Even if your coverage needs haven’t changed, prices might. It’s good to call your Independent Insurance Agent and ask him/her to make sure you are getting the best deal on your Norman home insurance and/or your Norman car insurance  — perhaps you’re paying too much for certain coverage.

It’s best to talk with your agent about your coverage needs and price once a year. Just because you see a lower price elsewhere doesn’t mean you have to jump on it — discuss it with your agent and figure out what’s best for your needs.

Statewide Insurance Agency serves the entire state of Oklahoma; however, we enjoy an extra special relationship with our home insurance and car insurance customers in the Norman, OK area!  Remember….we search multiple companies to find the right one for you!

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Assessing a Home Insurance Claim After a Storm

When a big storm hits Oklahoma, you hunker down inside, relying on your home to protect you and your family. Once that storm passes, though, it’s time to repay the favor — identify the damage and protect your home from further issues.

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The National Storm Damage Center has a number of resources and tips for homeowners.

Here are 4 major things this agency, and we here at Statewide, recommend you check after a storm:

  1. Your roof: If you see holes, split seams or missing shingles on your roof or if you notice leaking inside or out, it’s a good idea to have a qualified inspector come assess the situation.
  1. Your exterior: Siding, brick and stucco are all vulnerable to storm damage. You’ll want to look for cracking, chipping or dings and dents in siding, and for holes in stucco. Look closely and at different times of the day. Some homeowners don’t notice damage until it’s too late to file a claim, and different lighting can reveal damage you didn’t see before.
  1. Driveways and walkways: Cracking and splitting can create safety hazards, as well as reduce the lifespan of the concrete.
  1. Trees: According to the National Storm Damage Center, fallen trees and limbs cause more than $1 billion in damage annually. Check roofs, vehicles, fences and machinery for fallen limbs that may have caused damage or could pose a risk. Clean up what you safely can and rely on a reputable tree removal service to handle the rest. Depending on the circumstances, your homeowners insurance policy may help with tree removal and damage repair costs – if you experience a covered loss, that is.


A few more helpful tips:

  • Keep trees well maintained and trimmed. Also notify neighbors if you see any overhanging branches on any of theirs.
  • Know your insurance. Take a look at your policy so you know what’s covered, what your limits and deductibles are, etc. This will prevent any surprises during the claims process.
  • Take pictures. Photographs can help you show the cause and extent of any storm damage that occurs.
  • Talk to your agent. Make sure to take some time to talk to your agent for any questions or concerns.

Of course, if you’ve suffered through a major storm, don’t hesitate to call us for help with your policy or with finding a professional property inspector.

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Personalized Insurance Quotes

When generating a personalized home insurance quote for all Oklahoma residents, we take into account several standard aspects of your home and deductibles to find a starting price point. However, we also look at a few other factors when determining your home insurance premium.

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The Structure of Your Home

What your house is made of can increase or lower your premiums. Concrete and brick houses tend to fare better against environmental elements and are less susceptible to house fires. Therefore home insurance premiums on them tend to be lower than their wood structure counterparts.

 
Your Insurance Score

Insurance companies actually use “Insurance Scores” rather than “Credit Scores” when rating for for your home and auto insurance. Each company has their own proprietary formula for calculating an Insurance Score; however, based upon our experience, we find that Credit Scores (such as those through TransUnion) are usually similar to Insurance Scores. 

 
The Structure of Your Home

What your house is made of can increase or lower your premiums. Concrete and brick houses tend to fare better against environmental elements and are less susceptible to house fires. Therefore home insurance premiums on them tend to be lower than their wood structure counterparts.

 
The Age of Your Home

Newer homes that have been built with the current safety codes and better building materials may mean lower insurance premiums than their older counterparts that were built with outdated security measures and older structural materials.

 
The Emergency Response Team Nearby

Many homeowners don’t realize the effect of their town’s fire station on their home insurance premiums. If your home is close to a fire hydrant, near an adequate fire station, and has a higher quality emergency response team you may be eligible for lower premiums.

It is important to understand how your house can affect your homeowners insurance premiums. If you have any questions or wish to speak with one of our agents, please contact us today to review your policy.

 

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A Few Tips for the Oklahoma College-Bound  

A Few Tips for the Oklahoma College-Bound

Colleges in Oklahoma are expensive enough without the added cost of unexpected accidents or theft, not covered by your insurance policy. If you have a student heading away to school in Oklahoma, below are a few tips to help you get the most out of your coverage!

HOMEOWNERS (Oklahoma)

  • Personal Property: Most homeowners policies will cover personal property for up to 10% of your total policy while your child is residing at school (a $100,000 policy equals $10,000 in coverage). Not all types of damage are covered, so read your policy carefully. Some items such as jewelry or expensive electronics, require special coverage. Renters insurance is strongly recommended.
  • Liability Coverage: General damage to a dorm room or apartment is not usually covered. 
  • Documentation: Creating an inventory of the items your child is taking to school is a good idea. Use photographs and keep receipts.

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AUTO (Oklahoma)

  • Car Stays Home: Keep your child listed on your auto policy if they will still drive your car while at home on school breaks.
  • Car at School: Make sure to notify us if your child will be taking a car away to school. In most cases, if the car is registered to you and listed on your policy, it will be covered. 
  • Driving a Friend’s Car: Students are generally covered if they are listed on their parent’s policy and are not regularly using the vehicle. The coverage would be secondary.  The insurance for the friend’s vehicle would be the primary coverage.
  • Discounts: A full-time student meeting certain academic requirements can qualify for a good student discount. Distant student discounts may also be available. Drivers under 21 who have completed driver’s education may also get a discount.

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Call before you or your child leaves for school!
Statewide Insurance Agency (405) 285-2929 


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