The Cheapest Homeowners Insurance for 2021

We compared rates from companies across the country to find affordable homeowners insurance in your state.
Ben MooreAug 4, 2021
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Homeownership is already expensive, so why pay more than you need to for your homeowners insurance? But you don’t settle for an expensive rate; cheap homeowners insurance can include great coverage, too.

NerdWallet analyzed pricing data from 141 insurance companies to find the cheapest home insurance companies in the country. The rates are based on a homeowners insurance policy for a 40-year-old homeowner with a $1,000 deductible, $300,000 in dwelling coverage and $300,000 in liability coverage, but your rates will differ.

Cheap homeowners insurance from top-rated companies

NerdWallet looked at average rates from some of our top-rated insurance companies to find out which ones have the most affordable homeowners insurance premiums.

Use the table below to see average annual and monthly rates, along with our star rating.

Company

Average annual premium

NerdWallet rating

MetLife

$1,291

4.0

NerdWallet rating 

Travelers

$1,338

4.5

NerdWallet rating 

State Farm

$1,348

4.5

NerdWallet rating 

Erie

$1,418

4.0

NerdWallet rating 

Auto-Owners

$1,494

4.0

NerdWallet rating 

Allstate

$1,623

4.0

NerdWallet rating 

American Strategic

$1,722

**

Nationwide

$1,731

5.0

NerdWallet rating 

Farmers

$1,811

4.0

NerdWallet rating 

USAA*

$1,528

4.5

NerdWallet rating 

*USAA is available only to military, veterans and their families.

**Rating coming soon

Cheapest home insurance rates in each state

Where you live typically has a big impact on the cost of insurance for your house and possessions. How close you live to the coast, crime rates in your area, population density and more can all influence your rate. Use the map below to see the lowest-cost home insurance in each state and its average annual rate.

Cheapest home insurance for different situations

Just because an insurer is cheapest for one set of circumstances doesn’t mean that company will always be the cheapest option. NerdWallet looked at how different factors ranging from the home's age to the type of framing used to build it have an impact on the cheapest home insurance rates available.

To determine the top insurers for each category, NerdWallet compared rates among companies that offer homeowners insurance in at least 15 states. We looked at each of the following categories:

  • Cheapest home insurance for new homes: MetLife, $711 per year ($59 per month).

  • Cheapest home insurance for homeowners with poor credit*: Universal Property, $2,053 per year ($171 per month).

  • Cheapest home insurance with a lower liability limit: MetLife, $1,275 per year ($106 per month).

  • Cheapest home insurance for homeowners with a fire or water claim in the past six months: State Farm, $1,468 per year ($122 per month).

  • Cheapest home insurance for homes built with wood framing rather than masonry: MetLife, $1,386 per year ($116 per month).

*Certain states don't allow insurers to use credit as part of determining insurance rates. Check with your state’s department of insurance for specific rules.

How to get cheap homeowners insurance

Some take a little more effort than others, but there are a variety of ways to get cheap insurance for your house and possessions. Below are some of the most common ways to save on home insurance.

Shop around. Don’t buy the first policy you get a quote for — compare rates from multiple companies in your area to find an affordable policy from a reputable company.

Insure your home for the proper amount. Don’t insure your home based on its current market value (that is, how much the home could sell for) — you should insure it based on how much it would cost to rebuild your home in the event of a claim. Have your home insurance agent or company estimate your home’s replacement cost so you can insure your house for the correct amount.

Bundle your policies. Many carriers offer a discount if you bundle home and auto insurance to make both policies more affordable.

Increase your deductible. You can lower your premium by choosing a higher deductible, but make sure you have enough cash to cover it should you need to file a claim.

Avoid filing small claims. Most home insurance companies offer a discount for customers who haven’t filed a claim in the past three to five years. If you can, pay cash for home repairs and file a claim only when absolutely necessary to avoid rate hikes.

Avoid risky purchases. Anything considered high risk for a liability claim, including trampolines and aggressive dog breeds, could raise the cost of your homeowners insurance. So think twice about adding a swimming pool if you want cheap coverage.

Add safety features to your home. Making your home safer now may save you money on home insurance in the long run. Many insurance companies offer discounts for features that protect your home against fire and theft. Fire extinguishers, deadbolts, security systems and more could all help keep costs low.

Improve your credit. Poor credit generally translates to high insurance costs, including for homeowners insurance. While not an overnight fix, you can rebuild credit by making payments on time and using less than 10% of your total credit card limits.

Methodology

NerdWallet averaged rates for 40-year-old men and women from a variety of insurance companies in every ZIP code across all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Sample homeowners were nonsmokers with good credit living in a single-family, two-story home built in 1983. They had a $1,000 deductible and the following coverage limits:

  • $300,000 in dwelling coverage.

  • $30,000 in other structures coverage.

  • $150,000 in personal property coverage.

  • $60,000 in loss of use coverage.

  • $300,000 in liability coverage.

City-level data was gathered from all counties within each city’s metropolitan statistical area as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

These are sample rates generated through Quadrant Information Services. Your own rates will be different.

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