For Consumers

How do insurance companies set homeowner rates?

  Important: The emergency rule to ban the use of credit scores in auto, homeowner and renter insurance policies was recently reviewed by Thurston County Superior Court. The court ruled that there was not sufficient evidence of an emergency to adopt the rule in this manner. Commissioner Kreidler is following the normal rulemaking process to adopt a temporary ban on insurers use of credit scoring

Insurance companies consider many factors when setting homeowner rates. Understanding how this affects your premiums - as well as shopping around - can save you money. Rate-influencing factors include:

Location

Rates vary based upon where your house is located. Crime, wind damage and other risks vary by geographic area.

Construction type

Rates vary based on the type of construction. For example, a wood vs. a brick home.

Amount of insurance

Your premium will vary depending on the replacement cost of your home. The cost to actually rebuild your home may exceed its current market or sales price.

Talk to your agent or company to see if you have the right amount of coverage.

Claims history

Some companies may charge you more based on the number or types of claims you file. They may even cancel your coverage due to one or more claims.

Ask your agent or your company how they treat claim history.

How to save money on your insurance premiums

Did your insurance company raise your premiums? Here are some tips for saving money.