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Why Do I Need Homeowners Insurance?

Those who are buying or have bought a home in Oswego, Plainfield, Naperville, Aurora, Morris or Yorkville know they typically need homeowners insurance as well. Though law doesn’t mandate coverage, most mortgage lenders will require it before releasing a loan.

Why do I need Homeowners Insurance

At the same time, not everyone may fully understand what their choices of insurance are or what else a policy might protect.

Some of the top things to consider for the homeowners insurance you need in Oswego, Plainfield, Naperville, Aurora, Morris or Yorkville are the insurance cost, the type of coverage, the quality of the insurance carrier and the quality of the agent serving you.

For our current discussion, we’ll give you greater insight into primary benefits of coverage, types of homeowners insurance and other things a policy usually covers.

Primary Coverage Benefits

Perhaps at some point you’ve wondered “Why do I need homeowners insurance?” There are many good reasons to carry it, and some stand out with distinctive importance. Some major benefits include:

Protection from natural disasters. Damage from a natural occurrence such as fire, flooding or a violent storm is an ever-present possibility. Homeowners insurance will pay for costly repairs in these instances. 

Protection from theft. If someone breaks into your home, steals belongings and damages property in the process, homeowners insurance provides peace of mind by covering costs of loss and repair. 

Protection against lawsuits. In the event someone is injured in your home or on your property, that person may choose to sue. Homeowners insurance helps lower worry and stress by paying for medical bills and legal fees.

Types of Homeowners Insurance

Homeowners insurance is designed for different kinds of properties and protection requirements. Here’s a look at several types:

HO-1 (basic form). The most simple and limited kind for single-family dwellings, this policy covers the actual cash value of your home and personal belongings damaged by or lost to 10 identified perils, such as fire, theft and hail. Now rarely offered, HO-1 policies make up less than 2% of coverage nationwide.

HO-2 (broad form). A more common policy and a slight upgrade from the HO-1, the HO-2 covers the dwelling at its replacement cost and personal property at its actual cash value. It also protects the home and personal property from six additional perils, such as freezing, volcanic eruption and accidental discharge of water.

HO-3 (special form). Like the HO-2, the HO-3 provides replacement cost for the dwelling and actual cash value for personal property. It also has an expanded “all risks” protection beyond the HO-2’s perils for personal property. The HO-3 does exclude some causes of loss, such as neglect, power failure, and law or ordinance.

HO-5 (comprehensive form). The best and most vigorous homeowners protection, the HO-5 is similar to the H0-3 with the noteworthy difference that both dwelling and personal property are insured at their replacement cost. “All risks” protection also is included without the HO-3’s exclusions, and coverage limits are higher for expensive personal property such as furs and jewelry.

HO-8 (older home form). The HO-8 is a special type of policy for homes that don’t meet insurer standards for most other homeowners coverage. For example, perhaps the dwelling has antiquated plumbing or wiring or a highly weathered roof. Similar to the HO-1, the HO-8 covers only 10 named perils, and reimbursement is based on the home’s actual cash value instead of the replacement cost.

What Else Homeowners Insurance Will Cover

Homeowner policies insure certain things that not everyone may be aware of, including:

Outbuildings, landscaping and hardscaping. If your property includes a barn or a fence, for example, your policy likely covers those for up to 10% of your policy amount (5% for plants). Sometimes coverage will exclude damage caused by certain perils such as wind.

Temporary living expenses if damage makes the home uninhabitable. If fire destroys much of your house and you need to relocate for a time, your homeowners insurance covers your living costs up to a specified limit, including for meals and hotel bills.

Injuries or accidents at your house. If you or a family member causes injury or damage affecting another person at your home, your homeowners insurance carries liability coverage. This also applies to injury by a pet or from a slip or a fall at your property.

Your coverage for personal belongings can include items away from the home as well. For example, if you have a college student who takes a laptop to college and it is stolen, the laptop will likely be covered for replacement cost or actual cash value based on the policy.

Get Started on the Best Available Coverage for You

Hometowne Insurance is an independent, full-service agency that helps homeowners in Oswego, Plainfield, Naperville, Aurora, Morris and Yorkville acquire the insurance they need. We provide you with estimates from more than 10 homeowners insurance carriers so you have a competitive range of cost and coverage possibilities.

Plus, when you combine your homeowners insurance with coverage for your auto, you save even more. Email or call us today (630) 554-4040 for details.

How Much Is Car Insurance in Illinois?

Car insurance is mandatory for those who drive a vehicle in Illinois (including Oswego, Plainfield, Naperville, Aurora, Morris and Montgomery). That mandate includes only a minimum of liability insurance.

To meet the state’s requirements, Illinois drivers must carry at least the following liability amounts:

  • bodily injury – $25,000/person, $50,000/accident
  • property damage – $20,000/accident
  • bodily injury by uninsured/underinsured motorist – $25,000/person, $50,000/accident

These mandatory coverages for the state are low, so as mindful consumers, we want to be wary of cheap car insurance that can still leave us exposed.

Car Insurance

In the long run, better insurance coverage will always be a better value, particularly when we consider our goal is to protect ourselves, our passengers and anyone else who might be involved in an accident. A full car insurance policy will cover bodily liability, property damage, uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury, and comprehensive and collision.

Collision coverage is for when a vehicle hits another vehicle or object. Comprehensive coverage is for theft, vandalism, and damage from weather or fire – i.e. things that can happen to the vehicle when it is not moving.

Factors Behind How Much Car Insurance Costs in Illinois

Because coverage is mandatory, we all pay car insurance premiums. We want to have the best possible coverage for the best available price. However, all insurance carriers assess their customers differently, which leads to a wide range of rates for the same types of coverage among them. Rates can vary by more than $2,000 depending on the company or the policy type, so it’s always good to revisit how much insurance costs in Illinois.

Auto insurers will base their auto premiums on factors such as your city of residence and how much coverage you’re seeking. Your deductible amount will also influence your cost: the higher the deductible, the lower the premium.

Other cost considerations include age, gender, marital status, credit score and driving record. For our current discussion, we’ll briefly review these other determinants.

Age Car insurance will usually cost less for older drivers than for younger ones because of their greater experience on the road. Premiums for a middle-age driver and a teenage driver might differ by thousands of dollars. The good news is that Illinois ranks around the bottom quarter of U.S. insurance costs for teenagers.

Gender A person’s gender doesn’t weigh in as much as age in determining rates, but it is still considered by underwriters when calculating premiums. In Illinois, the difference in rates between women and men is often minor.

Marital Status Just as for taxes, being married can favor one’s car insurance costs. A married couple in Illinois will typically save on their auto premiums.

Credit Score People’s credit scores reflect how they manage their money. Research also shows that drivers with higher credit scores tend to be more-responsible auto insurance customers. Underwriters will look closely at credit score in assessing a person’s cost of insurance protection.

In Illinois, a driver with an excellent credit score might save as much as $1,000 for the same coverage as a person with a very bad score. (Note: A person with no credit score is evaluated the same as a person with credit that is poor or less than fair.)

Driving Record Drivers with no accidents or moving violations on their record will pay less in premium than drivers who do have them. If a driver is found to be at fault in an accident or cited for a violation such as DUI, insurance costs will increase, and they will continue to climb with any successive occurrences.

On the average, a first minor at-fault accident in Illinois could result in an annual premium increase of a little over $500. A first DUI could raise yearly rates by more than $1,000.

So How Much Does Car Insurance Cost in Illinois?

Determining your most favorable scenario requires having different quotes from different carriers because the costs can range so much. An independent agency is typically your best resource for this access because it is not beholden to a particular carrier.

An independent agency also serves as a central reference for insurance information, meaning you don’t have to call multiple companies for quotes.

Get Started on the Best Available Coverage for You

An independent, full-service agency like Hometowne Insurance offers you estimates from more than 10 car insurance carriers. Plus, when you combine your Illinois car insurance with protection for your home, you save even more.

We enjoy serving our customers in nearby communities such as Oswego, Plainfield, Naperville, Aurora, Morris and Montgomery. If you’d like to further discuss how much car insurance costs in Illinois, including available coverage for you, simply email us or call (630) 554-4040.

How Much Does Life Insurance Cost in Illinois?

“Fun is like life insurance; the older you get, the more it costs,” American cartoonist and humorist Frank “Kin” Hubbard (1868–1930) once wrote.

One recent survey revealed that more than one-third (35%) of respondents did not currently carry life insurance. Further, more than half (53%) of those aged 54 to 72 admitted they do not have a policy because they think that coverage is too expensive.

Mature Couple Meeting with Financial Advisor. They are listening to financial advisor. She is speaking about retirement and insurance options for them. Holding contract in her hands and explaining to clients.

Asked when they should purchase life insurance, more than 37% of all survey respondents (and 47% of the Silent Generation) identified “while you’re young and healthy.”

Our age will often determine how important life insurance seems to us. When we’re young, we might appreciate the wisdom of getting coverage, but we also might feel more room to postpone it. As we age, develop additional responsibilities and become more aware of time, the importance of life insurance can naturally start to rise. We come to recognize how it will help support our loved ones when we no longer can.

When we’re able, investing in life insurance sooner does prove to be more cost effective. For those of us who live or work in Oswego, Plainfield, Naperville, Aurora or Montgomery, we might then ask, “how much does life insurance cost in Illinois?”

The quick answer is that term life insurance will be the most affordable type, making it particularly popular among young adults starting families. With a term policy, you choose how long the policy will be active, typically from one year to 30 years.

Acquiring a policy when younger is desirable because the rate will stay the same throughout the specified term. When the term expires, the new rate will be based on your current age and health. For this reason, if you are 25 years old in good health with a spouse and two children, you would benefit more by locking in a 30-year term at a lower rate than having a 20-year policy that is recalculated when you turn 45.

Similarly, as we’ll see in a moment, if you try to get life insurance at age 50, the premium can be more than triple that of what you would have paid at age 25.

Example Comparisons

To determine how much your life insurance will cost in Illinois, insurers will base your rate mainly on your age, health and gender. Other factors will include weight, occupation, family health history, whether you smoke, the policy length and the amount of coverage.

The following are example rates* for $500,000 in coverage for a 25-year-old male non-smoker in excellent health:

Product Monthly-EFT Quarterly Semi-Annual Annual
10 Years $16.53 $50.35 $98.80 $190.00
15 Years $16.97 $51.68 $101.40 $195.00
20 Years $17.84 $54.33 $106.60 $205.00
30 Years $20.45 $62.28 $122.20 $235.00
To Age 65 $30.02 $91.43 $179.40 $345.00

Let’s compare that with $500,000 for a 50-year-old male non-smoker in excellent health:

Product Monthly-EFT Quarterly Semi-Annual Annual
10 Years $62.64 $190.80 $374.40 $720.00
15 Years $76.56 $233.20 $457.60 $880.00
20 Years $97.88 $298.13 $585.00 $1,125.00
30 Years $183.57 $559.15 $1,097.20 $2,110.00
To Age 65 $76.56 $233.20 $457.60 $880.00

Now $500,000 for a female 25 years, non-smoker, excellent health:

Product Monthly-EFT Quarterly Semi-Annual Annual
10 Years $13.92 $42.40 $83.20 $160.00
15 Years $14.36 $43.73 $85.80 $165.00
20 Years $14.79 $45.05 $88.40 $170.00
30 Years $17.84 $54.33 $106.60 $205.00
To Age 65 $24.80 $75.53 $148.20 $285.00

$500,000 for a female 50 years, non-smoker, excellent health:

Product Monthly-EFT Quarterly Semi-Annual Annual
10 Years $49.59 $151.05 $296.40 $570.00
15 Years $56.55 $172.25 $338.00 $650.00
20 Years $71.34 $217.30 $426.40 $820.00
30 Years $150.51 $458.45 $899.60 $1,730.00
To Age 65 $56.55 $172.25 $338.00 $650.00

Get Started on the Coverage That’s Best for You

Hometowne Insurance Services is a full-service independent agency that provides personal guidance for acquiring the best available term, whole life and universal life insurance for residents of Oswego, Plainfield, Naperville, Aurora and Montgomery.

If you’d like to further discuss how much life insurance costs in Illinois to cover you and your loved ones, simply call us at (630) 554-4040.

*Rates are for example purposes only; actual rates are determined by underwriting procedure that assesses individual variables.