Best homeowners insurance in Ohio of 2021

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Homeowners in Ohio are not legally required to purchase homeowners insurance, but a policy will likely be necessary if you have a mortgage or home loan. On average, Ohio home insurance costs $1,111 per year, or about $93 per month, for $250,000 in dwelling coverage. The Buckeye State is no stranger to strong summer storms, which could contribute to the cost of insurance.

If you are shopping for the best homeowners insurance in Ohio, Bankrate’s research may be helpful. Our insurance editorial team reviewed the largest home insurance companies by market share in Ohio and analyzed average premiums, available coverages, discounts and third-party ratings to help you find a company that fits your needs.

Best home insurance companies in Ohio

To decide which companies to feature, we first obtained average premium information from Quadrant Information Services for the major insurance companies operating in Ohio. We also considered J.D. Power customers satisfaction scores, AM Best financial strength scores, coverages, discounts and policy features.

If you are shopping for the best Ohio homeowners insurance options, the following companies might be a good starting point:

Home insurance company Average annual premium for $250k dwelling J.D. Power score
Allstate $889 829 / 1,000
Auto-Owners $860 843 / 1,000
Buckeye Insurance Group $371 Not rated
Farmers $2,002 814 / 1,000
State Farm $1,191 829 / 1,000

Allstate

Allstate offers one of the lowest average home insurance premiums in Ohio, as well as an above-industry-average J.D. Power rating, meaning that customers are generally satisfied with its service. Allstate offers numerous optional coverages that could help you tailor your policy to your needs, including electronic data recovery coverage, water backup coverage and sports equipment coverage. The company also offers several discounts, including an early signing discount, claim-free discount and new homebuyer discount.

Learn more: Allstate Insurance review

Auto-Owners

Auto-Owners is a regional carrier and is only available in 26 states, including Ohio. Policies are highly customizable, with optional coverages like guaranteed home replacement cost, equipment breakdown and identity theft coverage available. The company offers an array of discounts, including savings for paperless policies, mortgage-free customers and customers who have an automatic backup generator.

Learn more: Auto-Owners Insurance review

Buckeye Insurance Group

Buckeye is a regional insurer working throughout the Midwest and its local agents may be more in tune with the insurance needs of homeowners in this part of the country. The company offers the lowest average homeowners insurance premium in Ohio by far. You may be able to add various identity theft endorsements to fit your needs, including identity fraud for social media and for mobile apps, as well as equipment breakdown coverage.

Farmers

Although Farmers does have the highest premium of the companies on our list, the company may still be a good choice for your insurance needs. The company offers policies in three levels: standard, enhanced and premier. Even within each package, you have the flexibility to add coverages and discounts that fit your needs. Optional coverages include Eco-Rebuild coverage and identity theft, and Farmers advertises its multiple-policy discount as a way to maximize the value of your policies.

Learn more: Farmers Insurance review

State Farm

State Farm has a network of local agents nationwide. If you like to handle your home insurance needs in person, there is a high likelihood that there is a State Farm agent near you. The company’s average Ohio home insurance premium is slightly higher than the state average, but that higher premium may allow you to add optional coverages to customize your policy. State Farm also partners with Ting to provide a free device that could help you detect an issue in your home’s wiring before it can start a fire.

Learn more: State Farm Insurance review

How much is homeowners insurance in Ohio?

Ohio homeowners insurance costs, on average, $1,111 per year for $250,000 in dwelling coverage, which is less than the national average of $1,312 per year. This below-average price is relatively common in the area. Homeowners in Indiana pay an average of $1,150 annually for the same amount of coverage, and Michigan homeowners pay $1,120 annually.

While the likelihood of storm damage is relatively high in Ohio, the state does not face the same risks as many others. Earthquake damage, for example, is rare, as is damage caused by wildfires. The cost of repairs and rebuilding may also be lower in Ohio than it is in many other parts of the country, due to the low cost of living in the Buckeye State.

Home insurance in Ohio

When it comes to homeowners insurance, each state has its own unique considerations. The common types of losses, for example, can help you decide what optional coverages to purchase. Understanding the unique facts of Ohio home insurance might help you feel more confident in your insurance choices.

Common causes of loss in Ohio

Ohio runs less risk for home insurance loss than most states, but there are still some risks you may want to consider when buying home insurance:

  • Tornadoes: Although it is not in “Tornado Alley,” Ohio is one of the worst states for tornadoes. The state saw 59 tornadoes in 2019 alone.
  • Winter storms: Winters in Ohio can be brutal, with cold temperatures, ice storms and heavy snows. Winter storms can cause power outages, spoiled food, roof damage and frozen and burst pipes.
  • Flooding: All the counties in Ohio have some flood risk, but floods are especially common in the southern area of the state.

Once you understand the common causes of damage in Ohio, you can better choose coverages to protect your finances from home repairs or replacement.

Home insurance coverage options in Ohio

Homeowners insurance is designed to financially protect you from having to repair or replace your home after a covered loss. Once you understand the common causes of loss in your area, you can choose coverages that are appropriate:

  • Wind coverage: Homeowners insurance policies typically cover damage caused by high winds and tornadoes automatically, but it may be helpful to talk to your agent or company about how your policy would respond to such a situation. Some policies have separate wind deductibles that you may want to understand before a wind damage situation strikes.
  • Weight of ice and snow coverage: Most home insurance policies cover damage caused by the weight of ice and snow automatically, but checking with your agent might be beneficial.
  • Flood insurance: Homeowners insurance does not typically cover damage caused by flooding. For that, you will typically need a flood insurance policy or flood insurance endorsement.

Talking to a licensed insurance agent might be helpful when purchasing homeowners insurance. An agent may be able to listen to your situation and suggest coverages that are appropriate for your needs.

Frequently asked questions

What is the best homeowners insurance in Ohio?

The best Ohio homeowners insurance companies will vary based on what you are looking for from a policy. You may be seeking the lowest price, certain coverages or specific policy features. Understanding what you need from your insurance policy may help you to narrow down your list of possible insurance companies. You can then request quotes from several companies to find one that most closely fits your needs.

How do I get homeowners insurance in Ohio?

Getting homeowners insurance is relatively easy. Once you understand what you are looking for, you can request quotes from several companies. You may be able to do this online, or you may need to call the companies or visit local agencies. You will need some general information about you and your home, like your address, date of birth, the year your home was built and the age of your roof.

Having a general understanding of the coverages you would like to purchase can be helpful, but an agent should be able to help you choose coverages. Once you have received a quote and want to proceed, the company’s representative will walk you through the next steps.

Is homeowners insurance required in Ohio?

Homeowners insurance is not legally required, but your lender may require you to purchase a policy if you have a mortgage or home loan. The same holds true for flood insurance. You will likely need to carry at least enough dwelling coverage to pay off the loan should your home be destroyed.

Methodology

Bankrate utilizes Quadrant Information Services to analyze 2021 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.

Written by
Cate Deventer
Insurance Editor
Cate Deventer is a writer, editor and insurance professional. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in professional and technical writing from Indiana University East. She began writing for Bankrate in January 2021 and has nearly a decade of experience in the insurance industry as a licensed insurance agent. Cate has worked with over a dozen insurance companies and is experienced with auto, home, flood, umbrella and life insurance.
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