Is homeowners insurance required in Mississippi?
No, homeowners insurance is not required by law in Mississippi. However, in order to get a home loan, your mortgage lender will likely require you to obtain a certain amount of insurance coverage.
What does homeowners insurance cover in Mississippi?
Every policy is different, but home insurance policies in Mississippi typically come with several standard coverages.
- Dwelling (Coverage A). This coverage helps you pay for damage to your home from a covered event, such as a fire, windstorm, lightning or hail.
- Other structures (Coverage B). This coverage is intended to help cover structures that aren’t connected to your home, like a fence or shed.
- Personal property (Coverage C). This coverage can help you repair or replace your personal belongings if they are stolen or damaged.
- Loss of use, or additional living expense coverage (Coverage D). This coverage can help you pay to stay somewhere else if your home is uninhabitable due to covered damage.
- Personal liability (Coverage E). This coverage helps pay for accidental property damage or injuries for which you are liable.
Typical home insurance policies in Mississippi cover damage caused by events such as:
- Vandalism and theft
- Lightning strikes
- Falling objects
- The weight of snow or ice
Flooding, a common risk in parts of Mississippi, is not covered. However, special flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) may be available.
Home insurance coverage options in Mississippi
Farmers Smart Plan Home in Mississippi gives you three highly customizable packages as a starting point:
- Standard — Reduced coverage for a reduced price
- Enhanced — Provides higher coverage limits and extra features
- Premiere — Comes with the highest coverage limits and greatest choice of features
Within each package, you have the flexibility to adjust coverage types and limits so that your home is insured the way you want.
How much does homeowners insurance generally cost in Mississippi?
The average premium for home insurance coverage in Mississippi is $1,674 per year1, according to a 2020 report (the most recent data available) by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). That’s more than the national average of $1,311 a year, according to same report. However, insurance costs in most states have changed since then. Also, the amount you pay may be different, depending on things like the value and age of your home, how much personal property you want to cover, what deductible you choose and risks specific to your area.
Mississippi home insurance discounts
Farmers® offers a variety of savings opportunities for eligible home insurance customers in Mississippi, including:
- Protective devices
See more information and additional discounts that may be available in Mississippi.
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1 Based on average premium for HO-3 type open perils homeowners policies.