California Homeowners Insurance

Learn how to find affordable home insurance in California.

Note: Kin currently doesn’t offer home insurance in California, but we’re expanding! Stay tuned.

California Homeowners Insurance

California homeowners insurance costs $1,188 a year on average from Kin. Our HO3 policies cover your home, belongings, other structures, personal liability, loss of use, medical payments, and more. We know California’s wildfire seasons are a big concern, and we’ve designed our coverage to be there for you no matter what.

More than 2 million California homes are at high or extreme wildfire risk, and many insurance companies are dropping customers, leaving homeowners with wildfire exposure in the lurch. Cost matters, but don’t settle for a policy that leaves you unprotected for wildfire damage.

Let’s look at what it takes to offer the best homeowners insurance in California.

Insurance claims from the Camp, Hill, and Woolsey fires totaled more than $12 billion.

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Best California Homeowners Insurance: What to Expect with Kin

Kin’s California home insurance is backed by Falls Lake Fire and Casualty Company, which is rated A (Excellent) by A.M. Best. That indicates the financial stability to pay out claims even after widespread disasters. So now that you know your claims are covered, let’s talk specifics.

Our California homeowners insurance covers the essentials:

But it’s the customization that makes Kin’s policies special.

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Wildfires?

Yes. Kin’s HO3 policy protects your home against a variety of losses, including wildfires. It can cover damage for all perils except those explicitly excluded in the policy, such as damage from earth movement (think: earthquakes, sinkholes, and mudslides). That said, in most cases, you can add on coverage for excluded losses. For example, if you need earthquake insurance, just ask us for details.

Additionally, our California homeowners insurance offers green home increased cost coverage (so you can rebuild with green-certified materials).

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How Much Is Homeowners Insurance in California?

The national average for homeowners insurance is $1,211 a year, but our average premium for California is $1,188 a year. Your cost may vary depending on your home’s location, its replacement cost, its age and size, the type of personal property you have, and other characteristics of your home.

Company Average Premium
Kin $1,188
Allstate $1,304

Where you live also impacts your premiums. Here’s a look at our California average premiums by county.

Average California HO3 Premium by County

County Average Premium
Alameda $1,149
Amador $1,536
Butte $1,055
Calaveras $1,585
Colusa $822
Contra Costa $1,213
Del Norte $721
El Dorado $1,745
Fresno $546
Glenn $680
Humboldt $853
Imperial $566
Inyo $958
Kern $621
Kings $446
Lake $1,230
Lassen $1,129
Los Angeles $1,388
Madera $689
Marin $2,273
Mariposa $1,663
Mendocino $1,411
Merced $478
Modoc $953
Mono $1,738
Monterey $1,134
Napa $1,246
Nevada $1,890
Orange $1,640
Placer $1,356
Plumas $1,161
Riverside $1,095
Sacramento $644
San Benito $1,091
San Bernardino $1,094
San Diego $1,135
San Francisco $1,604
San Joaquin $649
San Luis Obispo $947
San Mateo $1,455
Santa Barbara $1,449
Santa Clara $1,206
Santa Cruz $1,631
Shasta $1,095
Sierra $1,229
Siskiyou $1,155
Solano $801
Sonoma $1,336
Stanislaus $505
Sutter $649
Tehama $808
Trinity $1,749
Tulare $503
Tuolumne $1,472
Ventura $1,387
Yolo $717
Yuba $781

While you can’t control some factors that impact the price of your home coverage, like your home’s age or its location, you can reduce your insurance costs in other ways.

California Homeowners Insurance Discounts

Kin offers premium discounts for homeowners who:

  • Have ember resistant venting
  • Have an annual brush removal contract for their property
  • Comply with defensible space regulations
  • Have a LEED certified home
  • Have smart home safety and security devices
  • Belong to a homeowners association
  • Are new homebuyers
  • Have a clean claims history
  • Have homes built by an accredited builder

And remember, you can adjust your deductible to save some money, too. Typically, the higher your deductible, the lower your premium. Just make sure you only choose a deductible you can reasonably cover when it’s time to make a claim.

Do You Have to Have Homeowners Insurance in California?

You are not legally required to have homeowners insurance in California, but if you have a mortgage, your lender will require it. Your mortgage lender requires you to have homeowners insurance for two reasons:

  • To protect their investment. Your policy ensures you can pay your remaining mortgage even if your home is completely destroyed in a natural disaster like a wildfire.
  • To keep you from paying for a destroyed home you can’t repair. The requirement is good for you, too – imagine repaying a mortgage for a home you can’t afford to rebuild.

Defaulting on a mortgage for a home is one thing – it can always be repossessed and resold. But if the home is completely destroyed and you don’t have insurance, your mortgage company would have to pay to rebuild it. No lender wants that.

Top Risks for California Homeowners

The risks your home faces depend on your location and your home’s characteristics. However, in California, these are the biggest risks most properties face.

Risk Reason
Wildfires More than 2 million California homes at high or extreme wildfire risk, and the fire and lightning claims average $68,322 per incident.
Floods California is prone to riverine flooding, which happens when extended rainfall causes rivers to exceed their capacity.
Earthquakes Eight of the ten costliest US earthquakes in the last century all occurred in California.

California Homeowners Insurance Tips

  • Make sure your home insurance policy offers wildfire coverage, even if you’re in an area that hasn’t been impacted by wildfires before.
  • Review your policy with us every year – it’s a great opportunity to see if you qualify for additional discounts and to make sure your home, structures, and belongings are still adequately covered.
  • Understand how claims work. We acknowledge all claims made in 15 days or fewer. California law allows us 40 days to accept or deny a claim after receiving and verifying the proof of loss. All accepted claims are paid within 30 days of the settlement (if not sooner).

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