Homeowners Insurance in Massachusetts

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How to find cheap home insurance in Massachusetts


Home insurance is an optional — but important — product that works to keep your belongings safe in the event your home suffers damage from common incidents. A homeowners insurance policy covers your home and your items in the event of an array of circumstances, including theft, fire, vandalism, or wind damage.

Unlike car insurance policies, home insurance is not governed by state legislation. That said, large gulfs exist in home insurance costs on a state-by-state basis. Home insurance rates by state diverge depending on the frequency and value of home insurance claims filed in that particular state, and depend on the price of the belongings and home you're insuring.

The best way to find an affordable homeowners insurance policy in Massachusetts is to get quotes from multiple insurance companies. Learn more about home insurance rates in Massachusetts by reviewing the below data. Individual rates may vary depending on coverage options and the value of the dwelling being insured.


Massachusetts homeowners insurance:
  1. Rates by company
  2. Homeowners rates by city
  3. Rates by coverage level
  4. Rates by deductible amount
  5. Bundling discounts
  6. FAQs


Homeowners insurance rates in Massachusetts by insurer

Rates for homeowners insurance in Massachusetts differ based on the insurer you choose. Citation offers the most affordable home insurance in Massachusetts —  $850 per year. This compares favorably to Massachusetts's average price of $912, providing a $62 price break on the state's average rate.

Begin your search for a home insurance policy by reviewing the cheapest Massachusetts home insurance carriers, listed below.


HOME INSURANCE RATES IN MASSACHUSETTS: BY COMPANY
CompanyAverage Yearly Rate in Massachusetts
Citation$850
Dorchester Mutual$881
United$906
Preferred Insurance$929
Commerce$934


Massachusetts home insurance prices by city

Not all Massachusetts cities have the same homeowners insurance rates. Pricing may depend on locally specific variables such as the number of local claims filed, giving your ZIP code weight in deciding how much you pay.

The cheapest homeowners insurance in Massachusetts is found in Williamstown. The average home insurance policy in Williamstown costs only $728 per year — $184 less than the statewide average. The below cities have the most affordable homeowners insurance in Massachusetts.


CHEAPEST HOME INSURANCE CITIES IN MASSACHUSETTS
CityAverage Annual Home Insurance Rate
Williamstown$728
Housatonic$735
Lenox Dale$737
Adams$737
Great Barrington$739


Average homeowners insurance costs in Massachusetts by coverage levels

Your chosen level of homeowners coverage determines the insurance premiums you pay . In Massachusetts, carrying $200,000 dwelling coverage costs an average of $912 per year, while maintaining coverage up to $400,000 costs as much as $1,468 per year.


HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE RATES IN MASSACHUSETTS — COMMON COVERAGE LIMITS
Coverage LevelAverage Annual Premium
$100,000 Dwelling$614
$200,000 Dwelling$912
$250,000 Dwelling$1,049
$400,000 Dwelling$1,468


Home insurance deductibles in Massachusetts

Homeowners have a lot of decisions to make when shopping for a homeowners policy, including how much their deductible should be. A homeowners deductible is the amount you must pay out of pocket toward a covered loss. Choosing where to set your deductible impacts how much you pay for your coverage.

A good rule of thumb is: the lower your deductible, the higher your premium will be. As such, if you want lower insurance rates, aim for a higher deductible. Remember that your homeowners deductible should not be set at an amount that you would have difficulty paying in the event of a loss.

Below you'll find some commonplace deductible options offered on most home policies along with corresponding average insurance premiums.


HOME INSURANCE COSTS BY DEDUCTIBLE TIER IN MASSACHUSETTS
Deductible LevelAverage Annual Home Insurance Rate
$500$1,175
$1,000$1,049
$1,500$1,014
$2,000$937
$5,000$807


Home and auto insurance bundles in Massachusetts

To trim a few dollars from your insurance costs, consider carrying your home and auto policies with the same insurance company. A home and car insurance bundle in Massachusetts can save you a substantial sum each month on auto insurance. Bundling policies in Massachusetts leads to average annual savings of $172.


HOME AND AUTO INSURANCE BUNDLING SAVINGS IN MASSACHUSETTS
Avg. 12-Month Auto Insurance Rate (No Bundle)Avg. Yearly Auto Insurance Rate (Bundle)Annual Bundle Savings% Savings with Bundle
$1,277$1,105$17216%


One of the best ways to save on auto insurance is to bundle policies. Compare rates today!


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Massachusetts homeowners insurance FAQs


Is homeowners insurance mandatory in Massachusetts?

State law does not require homeowners insurance in Massachusetts, but you'll need it to satisfy requirements set by your lender.

Are ice dams covered by homeowners insurance in Massachusetts?

Ice dam removal won't be covered, but the dwelling coverage portion of homeowners insurance may pay for water damage if it was caused by the ice dam.

Can homeowners insurance increase in Massachusetts after one claim?

Yes, an increase in your homeowners insurance premium can be expected if you file a claim — even if the damage is caused by a covered loss. By how much you can expect it to increase depends on a few variables: your location, the cause of the claim, your claims history, and how much the claims payout cost the insurance company.


Homeowners insurance and hurricanes in Massachusetts

Since hurricanes can cause such catastrophic destruction and wipe out structures altogether, insurance companies remain unwilling to assume the full risk of hurricanes as a whole. If you own a house in Massachusetts, there could be increased risk of suffering hurricane damage. In fact, 11, 048 single-family residences are exceedingly vulnerable to hurricane damage in Massachusetts.*

If you reside near the coast, it's essential to check and understand your homeowners policy because a basic policy won't be sufficient to cover the expenses of repairing hurricane damage — you would need to bolster your policy with windstorm and flood insurance, which would work together to pay for the damages. Depending on your state, your insurer may require a separate deductible for hurricanes if you live in an area that's at high risk for hurricanes.

Find out more about high-risk home insurance

*Source: Insurance Information Institute (https://www.iii.org/fact-statistic/facts-statistics-hurricanes) 


HURRICANE DEDUCTIBLE RATES IN MASSACHUSETTS
CompanyAverage Annual Rate w/ Hurricane Deductible
AIG$651
United$661
Norfolk & Dedham$747
MAPFRE$780
Safety$812


Does home insurance cover flood damage in Massachusetts?

Damage via flooding, whether from a hurricane or a downpour, is not covered by home insurance. To protect your home, acquire insurance through FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) or via a private insurer. Coverage details from private insurance companies vary.

If you purchase flood insurance through NFIP, you'll receive:

  • $250,000 for your home’s structure
  • $100,000 for your personal property

If the value of your home and personal property exceed these limits, consider finding a policy from a private company. Flood insurance is important in Massachusetts, which faced $183,108 in flood insurance claims in 2016, according to data from FEMA.


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As a licensed insurance agent, Ross is responsible for researching and writing about all matters related to auto and home insurance. He has a background in writing and education, as well as a master's degree from Royal Holloway, University of London. He has been quoted by CNET, iDriveSafely.com, and Kin Insurance.