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Best cheap homeowners insurance in Columbus

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Although home insurance in Columbus is not required by law, the way car insurance is, it is rarely a good idea to skip it. If you are one of the nearly 45% of Columbus residents who own your own home, you know how important good insurance coverage is. The average cost of homeowners insurance in Columbus is $1,139 per year for a home with $250,000 in dwelling coverage. Bankrate reviewed insurance companies writing policies in Columbus to find the best options for you. This included an analysis of the average premium cost, as well as third-party customer service ratings, financial stability ratings and the scope of each company’s offerings. What we found were that the companies outlined below offer some of the best cheap homeowners insurance in Columbus.

Best cheap home insurance companies Columbus

The average cost of homeowners insurance in Columbus is $1,139 per year for $250,000 in dwelling coverage. Some of the cheapest home insurance companies in Columbus include American Family, Auto-Owners and Allstate, along with Nationwide and Grange. In addition to reviewing the rate information provided by Quadrant Information Services, we also reviewed each company’s ranking with the influential J.D. Power 2021 Property Claim Satisfaction Study. We checked out company websites to see who offered the greatest range of coverages, and looked for a generous handful of discounts to lower your rate even further. All of this information was combined to form the Bankrate Score, which is based on a five-point scale and assigned to each provider.

Home insurance company Bankrate Score Average annual premium for $250K dwelling coverage J.D. Power score
American Family 4.1 $786 890/1,000
Auto-Owners 4.3 $958 900/1,000
Allstate 3.9 $1007 882/1,000
Nationwide 4.1 $1052 892/1,000
Grange 3 $1109 N/A

American Family

AmFam’s inexpensive policies cover your dwelling, detached structures such as garages, your belongings, liability and loss of use coverage, which would help pay your expenses if you had to move out of your home while it was being repaired due to a covered peril. It offers some uncommon optional coverages, including equipment breakdown and siding protection, as well as credit theft protection and sump pump and water backup coverage. While the mobile app is geared toward auto insurance policies, the company’s J.D. Power rankings are about average, so you are likely to receive good customer support when you need it.

Learn more: American Family Insurance review

Auto-Owners

You might think from the name that Auto-Owners writes only car insurance policies, but they have an excellent record for comprehensive homeowner coverage as well. Although it is not the least expensive option on the list, the company scores the highest of any of our chosen companies on the J.D. Power list. Auto-Owners offers special coverage options for high value homes, so they are a good pick if your home is worth more than the average. Other coverage options include guaranteed home replacement cost, equipment breakdown and special personal property coverage, which increases your coverage for personal items.

Learn more: Auto-Owners Insurance review

Allstate

Allstate offers policies that cover your home, land and belongings from disaster, and they do it at a reasonable price. Eight possible discounts can bring your premium costs down even further. These include a welcome discount of 10% just for switching to Allstate, as well as an early signing discount and one if you pay your premium automatically. Although Allstate does not have the most coverage options among these providers, it does add some extra perks to its policies, such as Claim Rateguard, which says it will ensure that your premium won’t go up just because you file a claim, and a potential 5% each year on your renewal if you don’t have a claim that year.

Learn more: Allstate Insurance review

Nationwide

Nationwide’s basic HO-3 policies, the most common type written for homeowners, are comprehensive, and include medical payments coverage if someone is injured on your property, ordinance or law insurance, which allows you to rebuild to code and credit card fraud coverage. The company keeps your cost down with discounts, some of which are uncommon, such as a credit if you have renovated your plumbing, heating, cooling or electrical systems, and one if you live in a community that is protected by security guards, residence cards or key-lock devices.

Learn more: Nationwide Insurance review

Grange

Grange Insurance not only offers some of the best cheap homeowners insurance in Columbus, but the regional provider is headquartered there, too. While Grange does not offer the lowest average rate out of the listed providers, the discount opportunities it offers may help to cut down on the cost of your homeowners insurance policy. Potential discount opportunities may include inspection savings, discounts for obtaining the proper maintenance and inspections your home needs each year, or discounts for getting an advanced quote if you plan your policy renewal ahead of time.

Learn more: Grange Insurance review

Other Columbus home insurance coverages to consider

Although homeowners insurance in Columbus is not required, a basic policy that covers the building, other structures and your belongings along with liability coverage is essential for all homeowners. Although Columbus does not see a lot of extreme weather, it is prone to severe thunderstorms, lightning and hail — all of which can damage your home. Here are some optional coverages you may want to consider:

  • Flood insurance: If you live near one of Columbus’s many bodies of water, consider purchasing flood insurance. Floods are not covered with HO-3 policies, but you can purchase optional flood insurance to protect your home from water damage.
  • Identity theft coverage: A few insurers include this with their basic policies, but most have it as an option. Identity theft is becoming increasingly common in our digital world and protecting your financial life from harm is vital.
  • Extended replacement coverage: Your dwelling insurance covers you for damage to your home up to the limit of your policy. If costs to repair or rebuild exceed that, extended replacement insurance will increase your coverage, up to a certain percentage, such as 125% or 150% of your limit.

Home insurance discounts in Columbus

Discounts are one of the best tools you have as a policy owner for saving money. You may be eligible for one or more when you apply for your policy, but it’s worth checking whenever you renew to see if there are any new ones that you may qualify for. Here are some common discounts for Columbus homeowners:

  • Bundling: It can pay to do all your insurance business with one company. Bundling your homeowners and auto insurance will potentially save you a small percentage of the premiums for both.
  • Protective devices: Anything that makes your home safer, from smoke detectors to a security system, can earn you a potential discount on your policy.
  • Green home: Not all insurers give a discount for using green building practices, but some do, and it’s worth a call to your insurer if you go green when you build or renovate.
  • Claim-free: Your insurer may reward you with a discount if you go for a certain period of time, such as three to five years, without having made any claims on your policy.

While the savings will typically vary based on the type of the discount and the insurance provider, these types of discounts offer the potential for significant savings on your policy. Bundling typically offers one of the larger discount opportunities, and it may be easy to qualify for. Protective device discounts for installing safety devices, like smoke detectors or security systems, may also provide significant savings to those who qualify.

Frequently asked questions

Methodology

Bankrate utilizes Quadrant Information Services to analyze 2022 rates for all ZIP codes and carriers in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Quoted rates are based on 40-year-old male and female homeowners with a clean claim history, good credit and the following coverage limits:

  • Coverage A, Dwelling: $250,000
  • Coverage B, Other Structures: $25,000
  • Coverage C, Personal Property: $125,000
  • Coverage D, Loss of Use: $50,000
  • Coverage E, Liability: $300,000
  • Coverage F, Medical Payments: $1,000

The homeowners also have a $1,000 deductible and a separate wind and hail deductible (if required).

These are sample rates and should be used for comparative purposes only. Your quotes will differ.

Bankrate Score

Bankrate Scores primarily reflect a weighted rank of industry-standard ratings for financial strength and customer experience in addition to analysis of quoted annual premiums from Quadrant Information Services, spanning all 50 states and Washington, D.C. We know it is important for homeowners to be confident their financial protection covers the likeliest risks, is priced competitively and is provided by a financially-sound company with a history of positive customer support.

To determine how well the best home insurance companies satisfy these priorities, third-party agency ratings from J.D. Power, AM Best, S&P, NAIC, and Moody’s had the most impact on the companies’ Bankrate Scores. As price is a common consideration for homeowners, we analyzed quoted premiums based on 40-year-old male and female homeowners with a home policy with $250,000 in dwelling coverage. This profile, assessed across nearly 35,000 ZIP codes in the U.S., provided a basis on which homeowners may compare each provider.

While coverage options, insurer availability, affordability and customer experience are often the top priorities, Bankrate also analyzed each insurer’s online and mobile resources for policy management and claims handling. Insurance is rapidly evolving to keep pace with our digital world, so these aspects also carried weight in determining Bankrate Scores.

Written by
Mary Van Keuren
Insurance Contributor
Mary Van Keuren has written for insurance domains such as Bankrate, Coverage.com, and The Simple Dollar for the past five years, specializing in home and auto insurance. She has also written extensively for consumer websites including Reviews.com and Slumber Yard. Prior to that, she worked as a writer in academia for several decades.
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