Gainesville, Florida may be best known as the home of the University of Florida Gators, but sports fans aren’t the only folks drawn to this city. Bustling with students and retirees alike, Gainesville also has a rich historical and natural history presence. If you’re in the area, you may have witnessed the wonder of the Butterfly Rainforest and its hundreds of free-flying butterflies and birds.
Though Gainesville doesn't sit on either coastline, it still faces Florida’s signature weather and natural disasters, like hurricanes, flooding, and sinkholes. That’s one reason why homeowners throughout Florida face higher home insurance costs.
But being in central Florida has its perks – most storms start to dissipate before directly hitting Gainesville. Compared to the rest of the state, Gainesville policyholders tend to pay less for their home insurance: $886 per year on average with Kin.
With the constant threat of hurricanes, Florida homeowners consistently rank as having the most expensive homeowners insurance in the nation. This is why Kin creates insurance specially designed for Florida residents.
Below is a comparison of the average annual premiums for homeowners insurance with Kin and other Florida insurance carriers. The rates below are based on the replacement value and construction of the home.
Average Gainesville Home Insurance Premiums by Carrier x Home Value
|Value of Home||Kin||Security First||Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company||Tower Hill Preferred||State Farm|
|$150k, Pre-2001 Construction, No Wind Mit||$825||$1,307||$1,000||$1,213||$2,852|
|$150k, Pre-2001 Construction w/ Wind Mit||$771||$1,155||$583||$840||$2,296|
|$300k New Construction||$1,062||$1,554||$1,081||$1,487||
The chart is designed to give you an idea of the cost of insurance in Gainesville. However, your actual home insurance premium depends on many factors, such as your home’s size, age, type of construction, claims history, and more.
There are ways for every homeowner to get better pricing on homeowners insurance by including things such as wind mitigation features or home security options. Your Kin Insurance representative will walk you through all available discounts when you apply for a quote.
When buying homeowners insurance in Gainesville, Florida, be sure to choose a provider that offers HO3 policies – these tend to balance robust coverage with affordable price points. It includes the following basic protections:
Your Kin representative can customize your policy with endorsements to meet your specific needs.
Homeowners insurance covers standard risks such as fire, non-hurricane wind damage, theft, and vandalism. As with many big college towns, crime can be an issue. Residents in Gainesville have a one in 20 chance of being a victim of a violent or property crime.
In addition to theft, Gainesville residents should also prepare for these three major catastrophes.
Since Gainesville still sits in the central part of Florida, it's less likely to have the catastrophic consequences of a direct hit from a hurricane. That doesn't mean there isn't hurricane risk for residents. The city still faces heavy winds that take down power lines, knock down trees, and send debris through the air.
All Kin insurance policies include hurricane insurance, which pays for damage caused by hurricane winds. When you make a hurricane claim, your hurricane deductible applies. You can choose your deductible based on a flat fee or a percentage of the home’s replacement cost. For example, you can choose a flat $500 hurricane deductible or a 2 percent deductible based on your home's replacement cost.
Gainesville homes are at risk of flooding. The low lying region is riddled with poor drainage and various bodies of water that can overflow.
When you think about the damage that one inch of water can do, it makes sense to have flood insurance. This pays for damages associated with rising water from rain or lack of drainage in the area. Ask your Kin representative to add flood coverage to your policy – it’s more affordable than you may think.
Gainesville is prone to sinkholes like every other area in northern Florida. Sinkholes can wreak havoc on a home, causing collapsing floors, cracks in the foundation, and buckling walls. Without sinkhole coverage, these repairs must be made out of pocket. Talk to your Kin representative about whether sinkhole coverage makes sense for your home.
If you have any questions about getting insured in Gainesville, call us at 855-717-0022.
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