Here's your guide to finding affordable homeowners insurance in St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg, also known as “The Sunshine City,” averages 361 days of sunshine each year. No wonder Kin decided to open up our second-ever office here.
In addition to being a tech hotspot, St. Petersburg is a haven for those who love being near the water – there are beautiful beaches to explore, places to fish, and great spots for canoeing.
But it’s not all sunshine for Florida homeowners. Like most of the state, St. Petersburg is prone to hurricanes, flooding, and sinkholes, which can drive up the cost of homeowners insurance.
Luckily, Kin policyholders only pay an average of $1,206 each year for home insurance in St. Petersburg.
Florida consistently ranks as the most expensive state for homeowners insurance, which is why Kin constantly innovates to keep rates low. And it shows: our customers in St. Petersburg pay $1,206 a year on average for their coverage.
Compare that to the average premiums of other home insurance providers in St. Petersburg below. The rates below are based on the value and construction of the home.
| Average St. Petersburg 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||$1,290||$2,107||$2,792||$2,738||$3,532|
|$150k, Pre-2001 Construction w/ Wind Mit||$970||$1,404||$1,237||$1,583||$2,332|
|$300k New Construction||$1,359||$2,433||$2,441||$2,731||$4,138|
While the chart above gives you an idea about home insurance costs, remember your exact premium depends on your home’s size, age of construction, type of construction, and other factors, such as your claims history.
Also keep in mind that you get a better price if you have wind mitigation measures or have a newer home. Your Kin Insurance representative will walk you through your available discounts when you apply for a quote.
Your Kin representative can customize your policy with additional endorsements to meet your specific needs.
Your policy covers the usual perils – think fire, wind damage, vandalism and theft (which is a good thing considering St. Petersburg’s crime rate is 1.2 times higher than the national average). But it’s important to understand how your policy addresses catastrophes, too. Let’s look at three big risks in particular.
St. Petersburg is not historically prone to direct hurricane contact. The city is a little luckier than southern or eastern coastline cities because most storms hit landmass and start to die down before reaching St. Petersburg. That said, the city has about a 10 percent chance of getting hit by a hurricane every year.
Hurricane insurance, included in all Kin policies, pays for damage caused by hurricane winds. When you make a hurricane claim, your hurricane deductible applies. This is a flat $500 fee or 2 percent, 5 percent, or 10 percent of your home’s dwelling coverage.
With the exception of its northern border, St. Petersburg is surrounded by the shores of Tampa Bay. Coupled with its proximity to coastlines, many interior waterways, and poor drainage, homeowners here face a lot of flood risk.
Though many homeowners think hurricane insurance covers the storm surge associated with hurricanes and tropical storms, it doesn’t. Only flood insurance will cover damage from “rising waters.” Ask your Kin representative to add flood coverage to your policy – it’s more affordable than you may think.
St. Petersburg is considered part of “sinkhole alley,” a nickname for the area where dozens of homeowners face sinkhole risk. Without the appropriate coverage, homeowners must pay out of pocket to repair structural issues caused by sinkholes, including foundation cracks, collapse, uneven floors, and buckling walls. Talk to your Kin representative about adding the sinkhole coverage to your policy.
Another way to save? Try to avoid making small claims on your home insurance policy. If you can handle a small repair on your own, you’ll help keep your premium low in the long run.
If you have any questions about getting insured in St. Petersburg, call us at 855-717-0022.
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