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Everything you need to know about the cost of homeowners insurance by company and city, the state’s best insurance companies, and top-of-mind coverage considerations for Tennessee homeowners.
Homeowners insurance in Tennessee is the 22nd cheapest in the country with a $1,196 average annual premium
Homeowners insurance companies in Tennessee are required to provide coverage for sinkhole damage
Homeowners insurance is a crucial form of financial protection for Tennessee homeowners. With homeowners insurance, your home is covered in the event it’s burglarized or damaged by bad weather or frequent disasters in the Volunteer State, like hail storms, tornadoes, and wildfires. It also covers other dwellings on your property, additional living expenses, and legal expenses if you accidentally injure someone or damage their property and they decide to pursue a legal reward.
Not only is home insurance essential for Tennessee property owners, but it’s also required by most mortgage companies as a prerequisite to getting a home loan. Most mortgage companies will stipulate that you have enough homeowners insurance to cover the value of the mortgage, but you should make sure you have more than just the stated insurance requirements. You’ll want enough standard and supplemental insurance protection to cover the rebuild value of your home and your combined assets in the event of a worst-case scenario.
Find out the cost of homeowners insurance in Tennessee; the average quoted premium in Nashville and Memphis — Tennessee’s two biggest markets; the top ten insurance companies in Tennessee by market share; and a briefer on specific homeowners insurance considerations for Tennessee homeowners.
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When selecting a homeowners insurance policy, Tennessee homeowners will want to look at far more than simply the cost of coverage. Consider the insurer’s financial standing with credit agencies like A.M. Best, customer service and claims ratings with J.D. Power, and the price for the level of coverage you’re getting, amongst other factors. A company that offers flexible policy options and numerous discounts to keep those premiums low should be a top priority for Tennessee homeowners.
The table below looks at the 10 most popular insurers (companies with the highest market share) in Tennessee, along with respective A.M. Best ratings, J.D. Power ratings, and Policygenius full-scale company ratings. And here’s more information about the Policygenius home insurance reviews methodology:
➞ And be sure to check out our guide on the best homeowners insurance companies in the country.
The average yearly premium for homeowners insurance in Tennessee is $1,196, making it the 22nd cheapest state in the country to insure your home, according to the Insurance Information Institute. That puts the cost of homeowners insurance in the Volunteer State right around the national average of $1,211.
When setting your rates, homeowners insurance companies will consider the following for Tennessee homeowners, among other factors:
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Here’s a city-by-city breakdown of how much you can expect to pay for homeowners insurance in locales throughout Tennessee, according to home insurance quotes submitted with Policygenius. Keep in mind that the following is merely an average of properties that Policygenius has quoted and the sample size for certain cities is larger than others.
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The average annual cost of homeowners insurance in the Nashville is $1,780 for a home with $370,000 in dwelling coverage, according to Policygenius quoting data. While that’s higher than the state average premium of $1,196, keep in mind that the average policy cost for a Tennessee home with $300,000–400,000 in coverage is anywhere from $1,400 to $1,700, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners — Nashville insurance costs don’t differ too much from the state average at that level of coverage.
➞ Check out our guide to the best homeowners insurance in Nashville.
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The average annual cost of homeowners insurance in the Memphis is $1,944 for a home with $300,000 in dwelling coverage, according to Policygenius quoting data. Like Nashville, homeowners insurance in Memphis is more expensive than the state average cost of $1,196.
➞ Check out our guide to the best homeowners insurance in Memphis.
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Tennessee is a landlocked state that doesn’t have to worry about coastal disasters like several of its Southern counterparts, but it still sees its fair share of hail storms, tornadoes, wildfires, and sinkholes, as well as human-induced perils like theft and vandalism. Luckily, all of these things are covered by homeowners insurance. But you should consider adding supplemental coverages to your policy to go above and beyond the limits of standard coverage.
Most of Tennessee falls within Dixie Alley, an area stretching from East Texas to as far east as Georgia that is particularly susceptible to violent tornadoes in the late fall (October through December). Tornado frequency and the strength of twisters seem to be increasing in recent years in the Southeastern United States, as seen recently with the recent Nashville tornado. Hail storms are also an expensive problem for homeowners in Tennessee — as large enough hail has the power to tear through roofing and smash windows.
Additionally, Tennessee homeowners should ensure their homes are well protected against potential wildfire damage. According to States at Risk, a project aimed at measuring the impact of climate change in all 50 states, 2.3 million people in Tennessee — or 37% of the state’s population — are living in areas at an elevated risk of wildfires.
While homeowners insurance covers tornadoes, hail, and wildfires, Tennessee homeowners should make sure they’re fully covered in the event of a large-scale disaster. That means adding additional dwelling coverage protection like extended replacement cost (increases your dwelling limit 25–50% if rebuild costs go up after a disaster) and guaranteed replacement cost (reimburses you for a full rebuild regardless of the cost).
There are also a number of risk-prevention measures you can take yourself to better protect your home and potentially lower your insurance premiums: storm-resistant shingles, shutters, and doors, as well as clearing brush and trimming tree branches around your home will all lower your chances of incurring a loss and your insurer may even reward you with a discount.
Homeowners insurance is going up in Tennessee, and a lot of that might have to do with all of the people moving there — especially Metro-Nashville and the suburbs of Franklin and Murfreesboro. Homeowners insurance is generally more expensive in population-dense areas — there’s a greater demand to build so construction and labor simply cost more. And that directly affects homeowners insurance premiums.
But as we pointed out earlier, climate change and the frequent disasters that accompany it have especially impacted states in the southern half of the country more likely to experience tornadoes and wildfires. The risk associated with climate change has caused insurance premiums to go up across the board — not just in Tennessee.
The Tennessee Department of Insurance has regulations in place to protect Tennessee homeowners. Here are a couple that Tennessee homeowners should be aware of:
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