Is homeowners insurance required in North Carolina?
North Carolina doesn’t require homeowners insurance. However, if you have a mortgage, your lender will likely require home insurance to protect their financial interest in your home. Even if coverage is not mandatory, homeowners insurance can help cover your losses from theft, vandalism, lightning strikes, fires and other covered events included in your policy. Without home insurance you will have to bear the cost of repairing or rebuilding your home or replacing damaged or stolen property.
What does homeowners insurance cover in North Carolina?
Homeowners insurance provides coverage for your house and belongings if they are damaged by a covered event, such as a fire or vandalism. It can also cover medical or legal expenses you must pay if someone else is hurt or their property damaged because of you — a tree in your yard falls on your neighbor’s car, for instance — or if a liability claim is brought against you.
Some policies may exclude certain kinds of damage, though, including flooding, which requires a separate policy. Policies in storm-prone coastal areas may exclude high winds and hail, too (see question below on coverage of hurricanes). A Farmers® representative can help by discussing options so you can get the coverage you want for your home and location.
Typical homeowners insurance policies in North Carolina cover damage caused by:
- Lightning strikes
- Vandalism and theft
- Falling objects
- The weight of snow or ice
Are hurricanes and tropical storms covered by homeowners insurance in North Carolina?
Because of the high risk of hurricanes and tropical storms along North Carolina’s coast, in some cases, your home insurance policy won’t cover damage caused by either unless wind coverage is added (if available in your area). You may need to purchase a combination of coverages — flood, hail and wind, for example — to ensure you have the coverage you want for a loss from a tropical storm. Talk to your Farmers representative about options for obtaining coverage for these risks. If your home insurance policy does provide coverage for hurricane damage, a specific, named deductible may apply to losses following a severe storm. If a named tropical storm damages your home, you must pay the hurricane deductible before insurance kicks in. Typically, it’s a percentage of the insured value of your home, usually between 1 and 5 percent. Planning your hurricane coverage can be complicated; a Farmers representative can walk you through your options.
How much is homeowners insurance in North Carolina?
Homeowners insurance policies in North Carolina differ depending on the insurance you select, so costs vary according to amount of amount of property and liability coverage and the deductibles you choose. Factors that can also affect your rate include:
- Age of the home
- Construction costs in your area
North Carolina home insurance discounts
Farmers builds value into every home policy with:
- Declining Deductibles® — Earn $50 toward your deductible each year you’ve been a Farmers customer.
- Claim Free Discount® — Receive a discount if you’ve been claim-free for three years.
- Claim Forgiveness — Your premium won’t increase due to a claim if you’ve been claim-free with Farmers for five years.
See a list of potential home insurance discounts. Not all listed discounts are available in North Carolina.
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