Why does my home insurance cost more?

Your home insurance is costing you more and you’re wondering why. Here are 3 reasons.

1- Rising costs of losses

We insure our property so that it can be repaired or replaced if we suffer a loss. The cost of losses thus has a direct impact on the cost of our home insurance.

Year after year, the cost of replacing damaged property and repairing or rebuilding a home is increasing. The cost includes not only the property itself, but also the cost of materials and labour necessary to restore a home.

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For example, repairing a home in Quebec after a fire cost an average of $96,000 in 2019, an increase of 53% compared with 2015. During the same period, the cost to repair a home after water damage increased by 37%, rising to $12,384 in 2019. Such increases inevitably affect the cost of home insurance.

2- Insuring against natural catastrophes has a price

Heavy rain, high winds, tornadoes, ice storms, forest fires—all of these events have a direct impact on the cost of home insurance. Such catastrophes are increasing in frequency, sparing no region and affecting all policyholders.

For more than 10 years, the cost of such natural catastrophes has exceeded one billion dollars per year in Canada. And in 2016, insurers paid out more than $5 billion for damage caused by natural catastrophes in the country.

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3- Premiums required to pay losses

In Quebec, people paid an average of $822 to insure their houses, condos or apartments in 2019. However, when a loss occurs, it costs insurers an average of $12,714 to compensate us. Do the math: That’s more than 15 times the amount paid individually!

How do insurers make ends meet? The premiums paid by all of an insurance company’s customers are used to compensate those who suffer losses. That’s how insurance works. The increase in the cost of claims and premiums ends up affecting all policyholders.

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If you’re unhappy with the cost of your insurance, there are several simple things you can do to pay less.

 

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