The cost of homeowners insurance in Washington is $1,002 a year for the average amount of coverage. Washington residents can compare rates from over a dozen companies with Policygenius.
Published September 15, 2020
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Homeowners insurance is coverage for your home, personal property, and combined assets in the event your house is damaged, burglarized, or you’re held liable for an accident. If you’re one of the almost 63% of Washington residents who owns a home, you’re going to want a comprehensive homeowners insurance policy with a company that provides additional coverage options for common hazards in the state like earthquakes and flooding.
The statewide average cost of homeowners insurance in Washington is $1,002, average quoted policy cost of $1,633, but policy premiums may differ greatly based on specific factors related to your home and the details of your policy. Your rates will be directly impacted by your home’s condition and style of build, its location, your credit and claims history, and the policy deductible amount you choose. Rates will also be different from company to company for the same level of coverage, which is why it’s so important to compare policies from different companies — that’s where we come in.
To help simplify your shopping experience, Policygenius reviewed the five best homeowners insurance companies in Washington offered through our website. We also calculated the cheapest and most expensive cities in Washington for home insurance based on hundreds of submitted quotes.
The average cost of homeowners insurance in Washington is $1,002 for $100,000–500,000 in coverage
The most affordable insurance company in Washington is Travelers, according to Policygenius quote data
When deciding on policy coverage, Washington residents should consider the state’s frequent wildfires and earthquakes
Before deciding on a homeowners insurance policy, consider doing a little research on the company that will be insuring your house and all of your assets. A great homeowners insurance company is financially stable, has a good track record when it comes to handling claims, affordable coverage, flexible policy options, and high quality discounts.
Travelers provides the cheapest Washington home insurance quote of any Policygenius partner carrier. The average quote with Travelers is $799 for $100,000–500,000 in coverage, which is a couple hundred dollars cheaper than the state’s annual average of $1,002. Washington residents looking for great coverage on a budget should consider homeowners insurance with Travelers.
Read our full review of Travelers here
Washington residents with high-value homes should consider a homeowners insurance policy with Chubb. This luxury insurance company provides guaranteed replacement cost dwelling coverage, replacement cost coverage on all personal property, and additional services like appraisals and risk protection consultations. Keep in mind that Chubb only covers homes with an insured value of more than $1 million.
Read our full review of Chubb here
Washington residents looking to maximize coverage for their home and personal property against the state’s volatile weather should consider Safeco’s excellent replacement cost coverage options. Safeco has four comprehensive tiers of coverage, and all include the option to add extended replacement cost, a policy add-on that increases your home’s coverage limits an additional 25% or 50% if rebuild costs exceed your dwelling coverage amount. Safeco’s “Premier Plan”, its highest level of coverage, includes guaranteed replacement cost, which pays for a rebuild of your home regardless of the price.
Read our full review of Safeco here
Washington residents looking for home insurance savings should look no further than State Auto, a company that offers an astonishing nine available discounts for everything from bundling your home and auto insurance to fitting your house with smart home devices to fortified home discounts.
Read our full review of State Auto here
One important indicator of an insurance company’s ability to pay out claims in an effective and timely manner is its financial stability, and Nationwide is among the highest-rated insurers in that area. With an A+ rating with A.M. Best, Nationwide has the second highest score a company can receive with the insurance company credit rating agency. Nationwide also has high marks with Standard & Poors, which measures long-term financial stability, as well as Moody’s, which measures what the expected losses would be if a company were to go into default.
Read our full review of Nationwide here
When comparing insurance companies, Washington residents may find that rates differ greatly from company to company for the same level of coverage. Higher-priced policies may include coverage add-ons or higher limits than other plans, or it may cost more simply because that insurer charges more for coverage in that particular location.
After reviewing hundreds of quotes submitted with Policygenius, we found that Travelers is the cheapest insurance company in Washington with a $799 average annual premium for $100,000–500,000 in coverage. Encompass is the most expensive with a $1,401 average annual premium.
The average cost of homeowners insurance in Washington will also differ considerably based on the amount of insurance you have for your home. Below is the average homeowners insurance quote for five different levels of coverage.
|Coverage Amount||Average Cost|
|Greater than $500,000||$ 1,586|
Insurance companies will also price policies differently based on where you live. We found the city of Redmond has the highest rates in the state with a $1,228 average annual premium for $100,000-500,000 in coverage. The cheapest area is Bellingham with an average annual premium of $728 for the same amount of coverage.
|Federal Way||$ 1,197|
|Spokane Valley||$ 961|
We selected the 20 largest cities in Washington by population where customers have submitted quotes with Policygenius. Quotes are based on a coverage amount between $100,000 and 500,000.
Given its location in the Pacific Northwest, Washington state homeowners should be aware of potential wildfires during the dry season. Washington ranked 9th in terms of total wildfires and 6th in number of acres burned in 2019, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
Homeowners insurance does cover wildfire damage, but only up to your home’s insured coverage limit. Make sure you have enough dwelling coverage on your home to pay for a full rebuild in the event of a disaster. Supplemental dwelling coverage add-ons like extended replacement cost are a worthy addition to any homeowners insurance policy, but should be strongly considered for homes in areas at heightened risk of wildfire damage.
Due to the Cascadia Subduction Zone, Washington is also the second most earthquake-prone state in the country, behind only California. Homeowners insurance doesn’t cover earth movement damage, including property loss from landslides, mudslides, and earthquakes. However, many insurance companies in the Evergreen State offer earthquake coverage that you can add right onto your homeowners insurance policy as an endorsement. If that option isn’t available, there are plenty of insurance companies throughout the state that offer separate earthquake insurance.
Homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage in Washington or any of the other 49 states. Washington residents can supplement that gap in coverage by purchasing a flood insurance policy. Flood insurance can typically be provided through the same insurance company that insures your home.
Most flood policies are sold by private companies but administered by the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). An NFIP flood policy can cover up to $250,00 for the structure of your home and up to $100,000 for personal belongings.
The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner is a valuable resource for both Washington homeowners purchasing coverage for the first time or those who are already insured. The OIC website has helpful information about what to prioritize when selecting your coverage, comparing rates, preparing your home for bad weather, and you can even file a complaint if you’re unhappy with your home insurance company.
Homeowners insurance companies can cancel your insurance for a number of reasons — maybe you filed too many claims in a short period of time, maybe the insurance company no longer offers coverage where you live, or maybe they determined your home was too risky to insure after a recent inspection.
If you’re struggling to find coverage, you can get last-resort coverage via a Washington Fair Access to Insurance Requirements (FAIR) Plan. The Washington FAIR Plan is a not-for-profit insurance association that provides basic coverage for Washington residents who are unable to get home insurance on the open market. To qualify for a FAIR Plan, you need to demonstrate that you’ve had at least three unsuccessful attempts to buy insurance from other companies.
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Pat Howard is a homeowners insurance editor at Policygenius in New York City. He has written extensively about home insurance cost, coverage, and companies since 2018, and his insights have been featured on Investopedia, Lifehacker, MSN, Zola, HerMoney, and Property Casualty 360.
Pat has a B.A. in journalism from Michigan State University.
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