Whether you’re a skier or snowboarder, 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 on the slopes, or your neighbor slips and injures themselves on your driveway after an icy blizzard, homeowners insurance has your back.
What does Colorado homeowners insurance cover?
If you live in the Centennial State, you know that July is hot, October to April is snowy, and blizzards are no joke. 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 pipes burst during the winter and damage your walls, or a windstorm blows over a tree and damages your home, you’re covered.
If one of the dangers mentioned above causes damage to your driveway, fence, shed, or other structures on your property, your homeowners insurance can help you out. Btw, your home, and extended property are covered under a
Loss of Use
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.
If your neighbor slips and falls on an ice sheet 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 Colorado?
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There’s no standard policy price when it comes to homeowners insurance. Your snowboarding buddy who lives in Boulder will have a totally different price than your cousin who owns a penthouse in Vail.
On average, homeowners in Colorado pay around $1,383 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.
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.
Amount of insurance
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 add your expensive jewelry or fine art or tack on water backup coverage to your policy, your price will go up a bit.
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 Colorado?
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 30% 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, bicycles, and expensive electronics 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
To pick a personal liability coverage, take into account the total dollar amount of your financial assets, like your home, retirement accounts, investments, and anything else worth money. So, let’s say you have a boat, two homes, and four cars between you and your wife, you should insure your personal property to an amount that will adequately cover everything you own, but have significantly higher liability limits because you have more assets that you could potentially lose if there is a major liability claim and there is 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 adding 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.