Arizona home insurance
Whether you’re an avid hiker or festival lover, we can all agree on one thing: When it comes to your homeowners insurance, speed, trust, and empathy matter.
Homeowners insurance financially buffers you, your family, and your property (including your stuff!) against bad things that could do some serious damage to your bank account. If your home is broken into while you’re rocking at the McDowell Music festival, or your neighbor slips and injures themselves on your driveway after a spring BBQ, homeowners insurance has your back.
What does Arizona homeowners insurance cover?
If you live in Arizona, you know that summers are blistering, the spring is glorious, and the monsoon season really ruins your hiking plans. You’ll want your homeowners insurance coverage to protect you from all sorts of risks that might damage your home, and your wallet.
Your homeowners policy covers six broad categories:
‘Dwelling coverage’ helps pay for damages to the structure of your home. So if your air condenser on the roof leaks and causes your pipes to burst, or a windstorm blows over a tree and damages your home during monsoon season, you’re covered.
Btw HO’s insurance covers your home for 16 different named perils (aka bad things) that could happen.
Keep in mind that if one of these perils happens to your stuff outside of your home, you’ll also be covered.
If your place becomes uninhabitable due to covered damages, your ‘loss of use’ coverage can help pay for a temporary place to stay and basic living expenses such as food, laundry, parking, etc.
‘Personal property’ covers your stuff both inside and outside your home. So if your couch is ruined due to a burst pipe or your laptop is swiped at a coffee shop, homeowners insurance has your back.
If your neighbor slips and falls on your driveway, you could be held liable. If someone is injured on your property, or anyone on your policy causes damage to someone else’s property or stuff, your insurance company should have you covered for legal fees and any other payouts.
If your neighbor needs to go to the hospital because of that slip and fall, your medical payments will kick in. Home insurance covers you if a guest gets injured at your place, or if you accidentally cause injury to someone outside your home.
How much is home insurance in Arizona?
There’s no standard policy price when it comes to homeowners insurance. Your golfing buddy who lives in Scottsdale will have a totally different price than your cousin who owns a condo in Arcadia.
On average, homeowners in Arizona pay around $810 per year for home insurance, compared to the national average of $1,173. So what variables impact your home insurance price?
- Location of your home
- Age of dwelling
If your home is brand spanking new, you could get a discount on your homeowners insurance policy. However, old buildings are more likely to have structural issues or problems with the electrical or plumbing systems, which may hike up the price of your insurance a bit.
- Protective devices
If you have a fire alarm, for example, you could get a discount on your homeowners insurance. That’s because they’ll allow you to prevent a fire before it’s too late.
- Coverage amount
The cost to rebuild your home has a big impact on the price of your policy. If your home is on the large side, or made of expensive materials, your home insurance policy might be a bit pricier.
The lower your deductible, the higher your homeowners insurance price. So choose a deductible that makes the most sense for your lifestyle.
If you get Extra Coverage for your expensive jewelry, or tack on water backup coverage to your policy, your price will go up a bit.
- Claims history
If you’ve never filed a claim, you’ll probably have a cheaper homeowners insurance policy than someone who has a history of filing claims.
Why get Lemonade homeowners insurance in Arizona?
Lemonade is powered by tech, so you can get a policy on the Lemonade app in less than 5 mins – zero paperwork, zero hassle.
If you ever need to file a claim, Lemonade can process them instantly, handling around 30 percent in 3 seconds. Lemonade also does not use brokers, making each policy cheaper than competitors.
Lemonade was built differently than traditional insurance companies, who profit from the money they don’t pay out in claims. This means whenever they pay your claim, they lose profit. This is why getting your claims paid quickly and in full is sometimes so hard.
Lemonade takes a fixed fee out of your monthly payments, pays reinsurance (and some unavoidable expenses), and uses the rest for paying out claims. We treat premiums as if they were still your money, and return unclaimed remainders in our annual ‘Giveback’.
Giveback is a unique feature of Lemonade, where leftover money is donated to causes our policyholders care about each year.
Homeowners Insurance FAQ
While your state may not require homeowners insurance by law, your lender will almost always require coverage if you take out a mortgage to buy a home.
If you owe money on your mortgage and your home is destroyed, your homeowners insurance policy can have your back. So if you’ve ever wondered, ‘do I actually need homeowners insurance?’ Yes, you do!
There are minor differences between the two, and the right policy for you depends on the type of home you’re looking to insure. While homeowners are responsible for everything on their property (home, garage, fence, etc.), condo owners are only responsible for the outermost walls of their unit, inward.
When it comes to home insurance, most people know they need it, but make the mistake of purchasing too little. Your home insurance comes with six broad areas of coverage.
We’ll break that down in the sections to come, and how much coverage you need in each category, so you’re properly protected against every scenario. Find out how much homeowners insurance you need here.
When it comes to setting a dwelling coverage amount for your home, you don’t want to choose the purchase price or current market value. Instead, choose the amount it would take to rebuild your home (as it was before the damage), known as ‘reconstruction costs.’ This is what your insurance company will be reimbursing you for in the worst-case scenario that you have to rebuild.
Personal property coverage
To determine how much personal property coverage you need, choose a limit between 50 – 75 percent of your dwelling coverage amount. If you don’t think this covers all your stuff (including your priciest purchases), look into getting Extra Coverage . Also known as scheduled personal property, this add-on protects expensive items like jewelry, and bicycles, with no deductible.
Loss of use coverage
How much loss of use coverage you need is also based off of dwelling coverage. You should choose an amount that’s around 20-30 percent of your dwelling coverage. Also, take your lifestyle into consideration, as this covers what you’d usually spend on stuff like food, temporary storage of property, moving costs, etc. So if you eat takeout for every meal, you’ll most likely want to select an amount that’s more than someone who buys groceries and prepares their meals.
Personal liability coverage
When choosing personal liability coverage, take into account the total dollar amount of your financial assets, like your home, retirement accounts, investments, etc. So, let’s say you have a boat, two homes, and four cars between you and your wife, you should have significantly higher liability limits than the total worth of your stuff, since you have more assets that you could potentially lose if there is a major liability claim with minimal liability coverage. People with less assets generally can get by with minimum liability coverage.
Medical payments to others coverage
You should generally choose between $1,000 – $5,000, but it really depends on you. Try looking at how often you host and the safety of your home.
Homeowners insurance can get expensive, so you might be looking for ways to bring your premium down slightly.
First off, your home doesn’t need to be ‘smart’ in order to install devices that will help lower your insurance premium. Start with a standard fire alarm and burglar alarm, and you’ve already lowered your risks. And lowered risks equals lowered premiums.
Also, if you experience routine bad weather, ask your insurance company what kind of reinforcements you can add to make your home more weather-proof. For instance, you may be able to save money on your premiums by adding storm shutters or laminated glass windows. You could also replace your heating, plumbing, and electrical systems to cut down the risk of fire and water damage.
Lemonade has its own ‘Get Discounts Now’ feature, where you can help lower your premium by answering a series of questions about your home’s characteristics and safety measures like home renovations, or whether you live in a gated community.
Lastly, if you want your premium to go down, you can increase your deductible. The higher your deductible, the lower your premium, and vice versa.