The Best Home Insurance in Virginia for 2023

Virginia homeowners insurance costs less than the national average.
Kayda Norman
Sarah Schlichter
By Sarah Schlichter and  Kayda Norman 
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Edited by Caitlin Constantine

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If you’re a Virginian who owns your home or is considering buying one, homeowners insurance is for you. We have answers to your frequently asked questions and things you should consider when buying homeowners insurance in Virginia. 

NerdWallet also analyzed rates across the state to find the best home insurance companies in Virginia.

Note: Due to underwriting practices and market volatility, some companies in this article may no longer write new policies in your area.

Our writers and editors follow strict editorial guidelines to ensure fairness and accuracy in our writing and data analyses. You can trust the prices we show you because our data analysts take rigorous measures to eliminate inaccuracies in pricing data and may update rates for accuracy as new information becomes available.

We include rates from every locale in the country where coverage is offered and data is available. When comparing rates for different coverage amounts and backgrounds, we change only one variable at a time, so you can easily see how each factor affects pricing.

Our sample homeowner had good credit, $300,000 of dwelling coverage, $300,000 of liability coverage and a $1,000 deductible.

The best homeowners insurance in Virginia

If you’re looking to buy homeowners insurance from a well-rated national brand, consider one of these insurers from NerdWallet’s list of the Best Homeowners Insurance Companies.

Company

NerdWallet star rating

Average annual rate

5.0

NerdWallet rating 

$975

5.0

NerdWallet rating 

$1,320

5.0

NerdWallet rating 

$1,365

5.0

NerdWallet rating 

$1,550

4.5

NerdWallet rating 

$620

4.5

NerdWallet rating 

$1,485

More about the best home insurance companies in Virginia

See more details about each company to help you decide which one is best for you.

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State Farm

5.0

NerdWallet rating 
Well-established insurer with a lengthy list of coverage options.

Coverage options

More than average

Discounts

Average set of discounts

NAIC complaints

Fewer than expected
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State Farm

5.0

NerdWallet rating 
Well-established insurer with a lengthy list of coverage options.

Coverage options

More than average

Discounts

Average set of discounts

NAIC complaints

Fewer than expected

State Farm is a great choice for homeowners who like to work directly with a representative, as the company sells policies through a wide network of agents. And its attention to customer service has paid off; the company has fewer customer complaints to state regulators than expected for a company of its size, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

State Farm offers a free Ting device as a perk for home insurance policyholders. Ting is a smart plug that monitors your home’s electrical network to help prevent fires.


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Erie

5.0

NerdWallet rating 
Best for homeowners who want to work with an agent.

Coverage options

More than average

Discounts

Average set of discounts

NAIC complaints

Fewer than expected
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Erie

5.0

NerdWallet rating 
Best for homeowners who want to work with an agent.

Coverage options

More than average

Discounts

Average set of discounts

NAIC complaints

Fewer than expected

Based in Pennsylvania, Erie is a regional insurer that offers guaranteed replacement cost for the structure of your home. With this coverage, the company will pay to rebuild your home completely after a disaster, even if the amount exceeds your dwelling limit. 

Got a car to insure, too? If you bundle your home and auto insurance with Erie, you could get a discount of around 20%. You may also be able to save if your home has certain safety and security features such as smoke alarms or sprinkler systems.

For more details, read our Erie home insurance review.


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Chubb

5.0

NerdWallet rating 
Perks and high coverage limits for affluent homeowners.

Coverage options

About average

Discounts

Great set of discounts

NAIC complaints

Far fewer than expected
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Chubb

5.0

NerdWallet rating 
Perks and high coverage limits for affluent homeowners.

Coverage options

About average

Discounts

Great set of discounts

NAIC complaints

Far fewer than expected

Chubb generally serves affluent policyholders with high-value homes, offering lofty coverage limits and plenty of perks. For example, the company covers water damage from backed-up sewers and drains, and it pays to bring your home up to the latest building codes during reconstruction after a claim. (Many insurers charge more for these types of coverage.)

If you insure a secondary or seasonal home in Virginia with Chubb, you can sign up for the company’s Property Manager service at no charge. With this service, a Chubb representative will inspect your home after a hurricane, report its condition to you, submit a claim on your behalf and help prevent further damage.


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Farmers

5.0

NerdWallet rating 
Those seeking benefits like diminishing deductibles and claims forgiveness may want to consider Farmers.

Coverage options

More than average

Discounts

Average set of discounts

NAIC complaints

Fewer than expected
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Farmers

5.0

NerdWallet rating 
Those seeking benefits like diminishing deductibles and claims forgiveness may want to consider Farmers.

Coverage options

More than average

Discounts

Average set of discounts

NAIC complaints

Fewer than expected

Homeowners policies from Farmers may include two valuable types of insurance: extended dwelling and replacement cost coverage. Extended dwelling coverage gives you extra insurance for the structure of your house, while replacement cost coverage offers higher reimbursement for stolen or destroyed belongings.

Some Farmers policies also come with perks that can save you money. For example, with claim forgiveness, Farmers won’t raise your rate for a claim as long as you haven’t filed one within the past five years.


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Cincinnati Insurance

4.5

NerdWallet rating 
Sells homeowners policies through local independent agents across the U.S.

Coverage options

More than average

Discounts

Average set of discounts

NAIC complaints

Far fewer than expected
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Cincinnati Insurance

4.5

NerdWallet rating 
Sells homeowners policies through local independent agents across the U.S.

Coverage options

More than average

Discounts

Average set of discounts

NAIC complaints

Far fewer than expected

Cincinnati Insurance sells homeowners policies through independent agents, with various options for standard and high-value homes. You may be able to add coverage for things like identity theft, personal cyber attacks or certain types of water damage.

Cincinnati may offer you a discount for bundling home and auto insurance, having a newer home, installing a centrally monitored alarm system or going a certain amount of time without filing a claim.


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Nationwide

4.5

NerdWallet rating 
For shoppers seeking a broad range of coverage options, Nationwide may fit the bill.

Coverage options

More than average

Discounts

Great set of discounts

NAIC complaints

Close to expected
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Nationwide

4.5

NerdWallet rating 
For shoppers seeking a broad range of coverage options, Nationwide may fit the bill.

Coverage options

More than average

Discounts

Great set of discounts

NAIC complaints

Close to expected

Nationwide’s standard homeowners policies include ordinance or law coverage, which pays to bring your home up to the latest building codes after a covered claim. They also include coverage for unauthorized credit or debit transactions. For an extra cost, you may be able to add coverage for things like water backup, identity theft and stronger materials to replace your roof.

The Nationwide website offers plenty of ways to manage your policy, including filing and tracking claims, paying bills and getting quotes.


How much does homeowners insurance cost in Virginia?

The average annual cost of home insurance in Virginia is $1,190. That’s 35% less than the national average of $1,820.

In most U.S. states, including Virginia, many insurers use your credit-based insurance score to help set rates. Your insurance score is similar but not identical to your traditional credit score. In Virginia, those with poor credit pay an average of $2,785 per year for homeowners insurance, according to NerdWallet’s rate analysis. That’s 134% more than those with good credit.

Average cost of homeowners insurance in Virginia by city

How much you pay for home insurance in Virginia will depend on your ZIP code. For example, the average cost of homeowners insurance in Richmond is about $1,180 a year, while homeowners in Virginia Beach pay an average of $1,960 per year.

City

Average annual rate

Average monthly rate

Alexandria

$945

$79

Arlington

$950

$79

Ashburn

$925

$77

Charlottesville

$950

$79

Chesapeake

$1,625

$135

Fairfax

$965

$80

Falls Church

$960

$80

Fredericksburg

$990

$83

Hampton

$1,525

$127

Henrico

$1,130

$94

Herndon

$965

$80

Lynchburg

$1,055

$88

Manassas

$1,000

$83

Midlothian

$1,105

$92

Newport News

$1,465

$122

Norfolk

$1,705

$142

Portsmouth

$1,635

$136

Richmond

$1,180

$98

Roanoke

$990

$83

Springfield

$960

$80

Stafford

$970

$81

Suffolk

$1,510

$126

Virginia Beach

$1,960

$163

Williamsburg

$1,170

$98

Woodbridge

$970

$81

The cheapest home insurance in Virginia

Here are the insurers we found with average annual rates up to the Virginia average of $1,190.

Company

NerdWallet star rating

Average annual rate

4.5

NerdWallet rating 

$620

Virginia Farm Bureau

Not rated

$755

Mercury

3.0

NerdWallet rating 

$910

5.0

NerdWallet rating 

$975

Narragansett Bay

3.5

NerdWallet rating 

$1,025

Universal Property

Not rated

$1,100

4.0

NerdWallet rating 

$1,190

What to know about Virginia homeowners insurance

Virginia homeowners should make sure their insurance covers damage from the state’s occasional severe weather, including hurricanes, tornadoes and winter storms. Here’s what to know.

Hurricanes and tropical storms

Hurricanes and tropical storms can wreak havoc on your home. Hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30 each year, and while coastal Virginians are most at risk, even inland homes can experience flooding and wind damage from a large storm.

Read your policy carefully or talk to your insurance agent to make sure you have enough coverage. Standard policies often cover wind damage but may have a separate deductible for wind claims. (A homeowners deductible is the part of a claim you’re responsible for.)

Say you have a $1,000 deductible for most claims but a 2% deductible for wind claims. If your home has $250,000 of coverage and a tropical storm causes wind damage, you’ll be responsible for the first $5,000 of the claim.

Standard homeowners policies don’t typically include flood insurance, but you can buy it separately through the National Flood Insurance Program or from private flood insurers.

Flooding

On top of flooding that can accompany hurricanes, flash flooding due to heavy rain or even a neighbor’s improperly sloped backyard can cause significant damage. Since a standard homeowners policy won’t cover damage from floods, surface water or storm surges, you may want to consider additional coverage. 

To find out if you’re at risk, put your address into the Federal Emergency Management Agency's flood maps or visit RiskFactor.com, a website from the nonprofit First Street Foundation. If your home is in a high-risk location, your mortgage lender may require you to buy flood insurance. But even if your home is in a low-risk area, purchasing flood insurance for extra financial protection may be worth it. 

Note that while you can get flood coverage anytime, there is typically a 30-day waiting period before the insurance comes into effect. 

Tornadoes

Virginia sees about 20 tornadoes per year, on average, mostly in the eastern part of the state. As long as you have wind coverage in your homeowners policy, you have coverage for tornadoes. Most standard policies include wind coverage as long as you don’t live in a high-risk coastal location.

Because tornadoes can be so destructive, it’s important to have enough dwelling coverage to pay for full reconstruction of your house. (Dwelling coverage is the part of your policy that pays for damage to the structure of your home.) Your insurance agent can help you choose the right limit.

Winter weather

Although Virginia winters are generally mild, the mountainous regions in the west of the state tend to see colder and snowier weather. A standard homeowners policy covers many causes of winter damage to a house, such as burst pipes and fallen trees. However, it won’t cover flood damage from melting snow; for that you’ll need flood insurance.

Virginia insurance department

The State Corporation Commission’s Bureau of Insurance oversees the insurance industry in Virginia. Through the Bureau’s website, you can look up an agent’s license or file a complaint against your insurance company. You can reach the agency through its toll-free helpline at 877-310-6560.

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Frequently asked questions

Homeowners insurance is not legally required by the state, but your mortgage lender may require you to buy it.

Below are three ways to save money on homeowners insurance in Virginia:

  • Shop around to make sure you’re getting the best rate.

  • Choose a higher deductible. In case of any claims, you’ll pay more out of pocket, but your annual rates will be lower.

  • Bundle your home and auto insurance for an overall lower rate.

Home insurance typically doesn’t pay for flood damage. If you live in an area where flooding is a risk, consider buying separate flood coverage.

Amanda Shapland contributed to this story.

Methodology

NerdWallet averaged rates for 40-year-old homeowners from various insurance companies in every ZIP code across the state. All rates are rounded to the nearest $5.

Sample homeowners were nonsmokers with good credit living in a single-family, two-story home built in 1984. 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.

  • $1,000 in medical payments coverage.

We made minor changes to the sample policy in cases where rates for the above coverage limits or deductibles weren’t available.

We changed the credit tier from “good” to “poor,” as reported to the insurer, to see rates for homeowners with poor credit.

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

Star rating methodology

NerdWallet’s homeowners insurance ratings reward companies for customer-first features and practices. Ratings are based on weighted averages of scores in several categories, including financial strength, consumer complaints, coverages, discounts and online experience. These ratings are a guide, but we encourage you to shop around and compare several insurance quotes to find the best rate for you. NerdWallet does not receive compensation for any reviews. Read our full homeowners insurance rating methodology.

Complaint methodology

NerdWallet examined complaints received by state insurance regulators and reported to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in 2019-2021. To assess how insurers compare to one another, the NAIC calculates a complaint index each year for each subsidiary, measuring its share of total complaints relative to its size, or share of total premiums in the industry. To evaluate a company’s complaint history, NerdWallet calculated a similar index for each insurer, weighted by market shares of each subsidiary, over the three-year period. NerdWallet conducts its data analysis and reaches conclusions independently and without the endorsement of the NAIC. Ratios are determined separately for auto, home (including renters and condo) and life insurance.

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