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Understanding Homeowners Insurance in MN

Atlas Insurance Brokers LLC

Buying a home is a big milestone in life and a place to create cherished memories. However, it’s essential to safeguard your investment against unexpected events and accidents that can disrupt your financial well-being. This is where home insurance comes in. In this post, we’ll discuss the importance of homeowners insurance and relevant coverage for Minnesota residents.


Why Homeowners Insurance Matters

Homeowners insurance is an invaluable financial safety net that protects your property and possessions against various risks and liabilities. In Minnesota, where the climate can be unpredictable and severe weather events are common, having adequate insurance coverage is crucial. While it may be tempting to assume that your standard policy will cover all possible scenarios, understanding the nuances of homeowners insurance will help you make informed decisions and ensure you have the right protection for your unique circumstances.


Coverage Considerations

  1. Dwelling Coverage: This protects the structure of your home against perils such as fire, hail, windstorms, and lightning. It’s important to have an up-to-date replacement cost estimate to ensure you have enough coverage on your home, should a catastrophic loss occur.
  2. Water Backup & Sump Overflow Coverage: With most MN homes being built on a basement, sump pumps are a common appliance. The cost of a sump pump failure or overflow can easily cost thousands of dollars, especially for those with finished basements.
  3. Service Line Coverage: Many homeowners don’t realize they’re responsible for pipes and service lines that connect their home to city utilities. These lines are not covered in a standard home policy, but many Minnesota home insurance carriers have added endorsements in recent years that will extend coverage to these underground service lines.


Insurance Factors in Minnesota

  1. Weather-Related Risks: Minnesota experiences a wide range of weather conditions, from severe winter storms, to tornadoes, and heavy rainfall. Make sure your policy adequately covers these potential risks, including ice dams, wind damage, and hail. With increased wind & hail claims, many Minnesota insurance companies are requiring actual cash value (replacement cost – depreciation) on roof losses, especially roofs older than 15-20 years.
  2. Matching provisions: Many Minnesota insurance companies are adding provisions that exclude coverage for matching siding, which means only the damaged siding will be replaced even when it can’t be perfectly matched to the existing siding. Sometimes coverage can be elected for an additional premium. Whether you want matching coverage or not, you should know what you’re paying for.
  3. Deductibles and Premiums: Carefully evaluate your policy’s deductible, which is the amount you must pay out of pocket before the insurance coverage kicks in. Many insurers in MN are requiring higher minimum wind/hail deductibles to reduce weather damage costs. It’s not unusual to see 1% or 2% wind/hail deductibles. That means if your home is insured for $300,000, you’d be responsible for the first $3,000 (1%) or even $6,000 (2%) of damages.
  4. Discounts and Bundling: Homeowners insurance companies often offer discounts for various factors such as installing security systems, fire alarms, or multiple policies with the same insurer (bundling with auto insurance, for instance). Discounts vary from company to company, so it’s important to explore these options with each carrier to keep your premium as low as possible for the coverage you need.


Homeowners insurance provides vital protection for your Minnesota home and belongings, granting peace of mind amidst the unpredictability of life. By understanding the coverage options, assessing your specific needs, and considering the unique risks associated with Minnesota’s climate, you can make informed decisions when selecting a policy. Remember to regularly review and update your coverage as your circumstances change.

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