How much money you stand to save by increasing a homeowners insurance deductible depends on the state you call home.
A new study from InsuranceQuotes.com shows a wide range of savings — from 1.87 percent to 44.93 percent — that is based on your state and the amount of your deductible increase.
Generally, increasing your deductible — the amount you must pay out of pocket for a claim before insurance coverage kicks in — lowers your premium payments.
David Reiss, a law professor at Brooklyn Law School, tells InsuranceQuotes.com:
“A higher deductible is a signal to the insurance company that the homeowner is less likely to file claims because they are agreeing to a higher threshold for doing so. And the less likely you are to make a claim, the lower your premium is going to be.”
For its study, InsuranceQuotes.com commissioned Quadrant Information Systems, a property and casualty insurance analytics firm.
The findings show the national average savings on premiums for a two-story home covered for $140,000 are:
- 7 percent for increasing the deductible from $500 to $1,000
- 16 percent for increasing the deductible from $500 to $2,000
- 28 percent for increasing the deductible from $500 to $5,000
In North Carolina, however, increasing that same deductible to $5,000 yields an average savings of 44.93 percent — the greatest amount of savings in any state, the study found.
The states whose homeowners stand to save the most on their premiums by increasing their deductibles to $5,000 are:
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
Mike Barry, spokesman for the nonprofit Insurance Information Institute, points out that states where homeowners stand to save the most by increasing their deductible tend to have a very high risk for natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes. He tells InsuranceQuotes.com:
“If you’re living in a state with a significant number of natural disasters and you, as a policyholder, are willing to absorb more of the risk with a higher deductible, your insurer is going to give you a more substantial break in your premium.”
To find out how your state ranks for potential premium savings, check out InsuranceQuotes.com’s chart of the study findings.
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