Wisconsin home insurance

Although you need Wisconsin homeowners insurance, comparing quotes from multiple companies can help you find the best policy for your specific needs.
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Do you need Wisconsin homeowners insurance?

Most people realize the importance of protecting their investments with insurance. Whether you own a home or condo, finding the best Wisconsin home insurance for your property might seem overwhelming. Doing some research and using the right tool can simplify the process, and VIU by HUB can help.

How expensive is Wisconsin home insurance?

Compared to other states, Wisconsin residents pay slightly less per year for their home insurance. As the 28th most expensive state for homeowners insurance, you can expect to pay around $1,250 a year for $250,000 of coverage on your dwelling. Some regional factors affect home insurance rates, like:

       Wisconsin gets an average of 48 inches of snow yearly, which is 20 inches more than the national average. Heavy snowfalls can damage roofs.

       The Badger State doesn’t typically see many earthquakes, tornadoes or hurricanes.

       Property crime rates in Wisconsin are lower than most other states.

Many individual factors affect the rates you’ll pay for Wisconsin home insurance as well.

What factors determine your Wisconsin home insurance rate?

The average sale price of a home in Wisconsin is just over $260,000. Your home’s Replacement Cost may be lower or higher.

Most mortgage lenders require borrowers to maintain an insurance policy that covers at least their loan balance. Regardless of how much you owe or even if you own your home free and clear, consider paying the premium required to obtain Replacement Cost coverage, which doesn’t take depreciation into account.

Insurers will consider several things before presenting quotes:

       Your home’s value, age, condition and security features.

       Materials used in the home's construction.

       Your address’s fire protection rating.

       Your insurance claims history.

       Your coverage limits, add-ons and chosen deductibles.

Although Wisconsin law doesn’t require homeowners to purchase home insurance, ask yourself if you can afford not to have it. When you request prices from multiple insurance companies through VIU by HUB, you can find quotes that meet your coverage needs at a price that works for your budget.

What kinds of Wisconsin home insurance coverage should you purchase?

If a covered loss occurs, your Wisconsin home insurance may be all that saves you from financial devastation. Understanding the types of coverage available is a vital part of protecting your home and assets, and a VIU by HUB Advisor can help.

When you’re comparing quotes, it’s important to note that different carriers may have specific exclusions to coverages. Exclusions may include particular types of losses, or limit coverage on extremely valuable items. You may want to consider options that are available to ensure that your out-of-pocket expenses are minimal if you experience a loss.

Dwelling Coverage

Your home is probably your most valuable asset. Dwelling insurance protects the following:

       The home.

       Permanent HVAC systems.

       Attached structures, such as garages.

       Built-in appliances and fixtures.

Homeowners insurance is available in many forms, from the most Basic form that covers perils like fire and lightning damage, to Broad and Comprehensive forms that add coverage to perils like burglary and vandalism.

Liability Coverage

Damage to your dwelling isn’t the only circumstance that your Wisconsin home insurance covers. Personal Liability insurance protects your assets if you damage someone else’s property or if invited visitors and guests sustain injuries on your property. Liability Coverage can also provide compensation if your dog attacks someone.

If a covered incident occurs, your liability insurance may pay for:

       Medical bills.

       Property damage.

       Legal fees.

       Legal settlements.

When choosing the amount of liability coverage you need, use your net worth rather than the cost of your home as a guide for the limit amounts you should have.

Contents and Personal Property

The majority of your personal belongings are probably located in your home. If your home is destroyed or significantly damaged, you may also lose your clothing, furniture, electronics, jewelry and tools. Your Contents Coverage will help you to repair or replace these items.

If you own high-value items, such as artwork, high-end cameras or jewelry, basic Contents Coverage might exclude them. However, you can purchase a special endorsement or a separate policy to cover these items. It’s a good idea to officially appraise valuables to prove their worth before an unexpected event occurs.

Insurance companies recommend cataloging your belongings by creating a detailed list or video. When you complete your list, you’ll have an idea of the total value of your personal belongings and can insure them fully.

Other Structures

Wisconsin home insurance can cover outbuildings and detached structures on your property. These may include:

       Storage sheds.

       Detached garages.



If a structure can sustain damage, consider insuring it. That way, you won’t need to pay for repairs out-of-pocket.

Flood Insurance

Flooding causes lots of home damage in Wisconsin due to its proximity to Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and the Mississippi River. The state’s frigid temperatures may also cause pipes to burst. Most homeowners policies don’t cover flooding. Separate Flood Insurance is available in a policy from an insurance company or from the National Flood Insurance Program.

Loss of Use

If your home sustains damage or is destroyed by a covered loss, you may need to live elsewhere during repairs or rebuilding. Your living expenses may increase dramatically during this period. Loss of Use coverage helps with these costs by paying for temporary living expenses like the cost of a hotel or meals.

What is a deductible?

The property section of a homeowners policy has deductibles. If you suffer a covered loss, the deductible is the amount you’ll pay out-of-pocket before your insurance policy kicks in. The lower your deductible is, the more you’ll pay in insurance premiums.

You can select a deductible amount. Consider how much you can reasonably afford to pay if you experience a loss. You can compare premium payment amounts with varying deductibles to find the level you are comfortable with.

This information is intended for general informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute legal advice.


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