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Homeowners insurance for new construction

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned homeowner looking to upgrade to a newer home, your mortgage lender will require you to get home insurance for the new property. Homeowners insurance comprises some crucial coverages that will protect the dwelling’s structure, your personal property, liability and more.

If you’re in the process of closing on the property, now is the time to start shopping around for new home insurance to insure your investment — even if it’s still under construction. The good news is that insurance companies are partial to newly constructed homes, so they’re cheaper to insure than an older home. A new home construction discount is also a common offering by many companies and is often one of the biggest discounts you can get.

Consult our guide to finding insurance for a brand new house, and the best ways to save even more on your insurance rate.

Key takeaways

  • New constructions are cheaper to insure than older homes, with an average cost of $80 per month
  • Insurance companies favor insuring new homes because they have lower risk profiles
  • Rates can go up by 53% once a house reaches 10 years of age
  • The cheapest insurance company for a new construction is Progressive

How much does home insurance cost for new constructions?

The newer the home, the cheaper it will be to insure. The price difference in insuring a new construction versus a 10-year-old house is 53%. Rates climb incrementally as the home ages beyond 30 years.

Compared to a home built in 1990, you can save more than $700 a year in insurance costs by opting for a new build. Learn more about our rate-gathering methodology.

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AVERAGE HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE RATES BY HOME AGE
Age of Home Average Annual Premium Monthly Premium % Difference
New Construction $966 $80 -
10 Years Old $1,478 $123 +53%
20 Years Old $1,670 $139 +13%
30 Years Old $1,694 $141 +1%
40 Years Old $1,698 $142 +0.23%
50 Years Old $1,700 $142 +0.12%

If you’re looking to buy a new construction home, you’re in luck; insurance companies favor covering new homes because everything is new — from foundation to roof — and thus, comes with lower risk profiles.

Insurers charge lower premiums for newly built homes since these properties are much less likely to suffer from issues that tend to afflict older homes; things like faulty wiring and crumbling roofs are more likely to cause damage that would warrant insurance involvement. Apart from weather-related claims, insurance companies don’t anticipate the owner of a brand new home will need to file a property claim anytime soon.

Homeowners insurance data methodology

The homeowners insurance rates published in this guide are based on The Zebra's analysis of the cost of home insurance in every U.S. ZIP code. These rates are based on a sample user profile: a 45-year-old married homeowner living in a 2,500-square-foot single-story home built in 2011 with these coverage levels:

  • $200,000 for the dwelling
  • $20,000 for other structures
  • $100,000 for personal property
  • $100,000 for personal liability
  • $1,000 deductible

To generate pricing for particular rating factors, we adjusted the homeowner profile based on common pricing factors used by major home insurance companies. These factors include location, coverage limits, claims record and others.


New construction home insurance rates by company

When your home was built is a relatively small piece of the pie when companies calculate insurance quotes, but it remains a factor nonetheless. On average, you can expect to pay $80 per month to insure a new build.

See more in the table below to see a breakdown of rates by home insurance company and the age of the home.

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Cheapest for new constructions — Progressive

The cheapest company for a new build home was Progressive, with an average monthly payment of just $44 — $36 less than the national average.

AVERAGE PREMIUMS BY HOME AGE AND INSURANCE COMPANY
Insurance Company New Construction 10 Years Old 20 Years Old 30 Years Old 40 Years Old 50 Years Old
Allstate $1,033 $1,594 $1,709 $1,755 $1,750 $1,759
American Family $1,422 $2,261 $2,396 $2,405 $2,409 $2,422
Amica $772 $1,089 $1,145 $1,152 $1,152 $1,144
Farmers $1,093 $1,455 $1,606 $1,553 $1,539 $1,516
Nationwide $693 $1,236 $1,447 $1,487 $1,524 $1,542
Progressive $533 $1,355 $1,913 $1,941 $1,884 $1,810
State Farm $885 $1,356 $1,520 $1,524 $1,531 $1,532
Travelers $929 $1,444 $1,671 $1,716 $1,703 $1,692
USAA $706 $1,231 $1,477 $1,484 $1,495 $1,475

Find out who the cheapest home insurer is for your new construction by entering your ZIP code below to get quotes and compare them side-by-side.

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Builders risk insurance: home building insurance for homes under construction

If your new abode is being freshly built for you, there’s an additional consideration to be mindful of — protecting your property while it’s under construction.

A standard homeowners insurance policy may exclude coverage for damages incurred while the home is being built. Consult your insurance agent to verify whether or not your policy offers coverage under these circumstances.

Construction sites can be prone to perils like vandalismtheft and accidental damage, so your insurance company could require that you add builders risk insurance (also known as course of construction insurance) as a policy add-on to cover your dwelling under construction or if you’re embarking on a major construction project or remodel.

A builders risk policy offers much less coverage than a typical homeowners policy as it’s intended to be temporary. It does not include coverage for:

  • Liability protection (this could be covered if your general contractor or builder carries insurance, which includes general liability coverage in case of injuries and/or property damage)
  • Personal property
  • Additional living expenses
  • Medical payments to others

Once the new house is completed, reassess the home’s replacement cost and update your insurance coverage to a standard policy. Learn more about what home insurance covers.

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What does builders risk insurance cover?

A builders risk insurance policy provides protection for:

  • Dwelling coverage for the home's physical structure
  • Building materials
  • On-site and off-site equipment

The best ways to save on home insurance

One of the best ways to avoid overpaying is to shop for a new policy regularly, and don't be afraid to make the switch if another home insurance company is offering a cheaper deal. Even with discounts, there's a chance you can get a lower insurance premium elsewhere as some insurers are just more expensive than others — however, you'll need to make sure you're not getting worse coverage options in exchange for a cheaper homeowners insurance quote. See below for more expert tips on how to save.

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Bundle multiple policies with one company

A bundling discount is one of the more common discounts that can be found at most insurance companies. Already have auto insurance? Look into bundling home insurance and car insurance with the same insurer to save about $268 per year, on average.

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Look for home insurance discounts

The number of discounts varies from company to company, and sometimes it may be built into your rate when you shop around for quotes. While home insurance discounts tend to be quite small, they can add up. Here are some common discounts for homeowners insurance:

  • Multi-policy and bundling
  • New home construction or homebuyer
  • Payments: Paperless, pay in full, EFT, automatic
  • Claims-free
  • Senior or mature homeowners
  • Roof upgrade
  • Home security and fire prevention system
  • Smoke-free
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Higher deductible = lower premium

As long as you’re comfortable paying a higher deductible (for homeowners insurance, this could be well into thousands of dollars) in the event of a covered loss, this is an easy way to lower your rate. Premiums and deductibles work inversely — raising one will lower the other, and vice versa.

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Understand how claims work

Not every incident is worth filing a claim for, and it could be harder to find an insurance company willing to provide coverage if you have a history of losses. All property claims are tracked in a national database called the Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange (CLUE) that insurance companies can access. In general, you should file a claim if repair or replacement costs exceed the deductible you’ll pay. Learn more about when to file a homeowners insurance claim.

Ready to see how much you can save? Use our comparison tool to compare rates from local and national homeowners insurance companies side-by-side.


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FAQs

What is the best homeowners insurance company for a new construction? Chevron down icon
The best company for you depends on your homeowners insurance coverage needs, budget and expectations when it comes to customer service and claims processing. We highly encourage every homeowner to shop around, research and get quotes from as many companies as possible before finalizing a policy.
How much does it cost to insure a new construction? Chevron down icon
On average, it costs $80 a month, or $966 per year, to insure a newly constructed home.
How do you insure a building under construction? Chevron down icon
A standard home insurance policy won't cover a home that's under construction. You'll need a builder's risk insurance policy, which offers less coverage, but will protect the physical structure of the dwelling, building materials and on- and off-site equipment.
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Kristine LeeManager, Content and Data

Kristine is a licensed insurance agent who joined The Zebra in 2019 as an in-house content researcher and writer. Before joining The Zebra, she was a freelance copywriter for over five years. 

She is an authority on all things insurance and covers the ins and outs of auto, home, life and renters insurance. Her specialty is in providing data-backed insights and information to help insurance shoppers make informed decisions.

Kristine's insurance expertise and research have been cited by publications such as CNBC, BadCredit.orgCar and Driver, Business Insider, Yahoo!, The Balance, Nationwide and Elephant.

About The Zebra

The Zebra is not an insurance company. We publish data-backed, expert-reviewed resources to help consumers make more informed insurance decisions.

  • The Zebra’s insurance content is written and reviewed for accuracy by licensed insurance agents.
  • The Zebra’s insurance content is not subject to review or alteration by insurance companies or partners.
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  • The auto insurance rates published on The Zebra’s pages are based on a comprehensive analysis of car insurance pricing data, evaluating more than 83 million insurance rates from across the United States.