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If I file a claim on my homeowner's insurance will my premiums increase?

Hi. We recently had a wind/thunder/rain storm (North Texas) which blew down the fence around the yard. My deductible is $2200. Estimate to replace the fence is $3750. I'd like to file a claim with my insurance company but I'm afraid my premiums will increase if I do. I talked to my agent and he said if I file a single claim my premiums WILL increase. Does anyone have information that this is true? It seems ridiculous to me that I carry insurance if I can't use it without paying MORE to carry the same insurance. Please advise.

7 years ago - 10 answers

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Of course it is true. Home Owners insurance is truly only to be used to actually replace your house. If you file a claim (any kind of insurance) that takes money away from the company they are going to raise your rates to reclaim that money over time. Trust me, if your agent tells you that they are going to go up, they will.

7 years ago

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yes it will go up

by steve - 7 years ago

With all the bad weather lately and all the claims, you will probably get an increase. I know of people that won't claim on things they can handle, as they don't know if they will have an increase. Hard to tell. Maybe you can discuss this with your agent.
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by bettyk - 7 years ago

I would file the claim. You are talking over $1500.00 more out of pocket expense to replace the fence above the $2200.00 deductible. I do not think they can raise your premiums that much for this claim. If it was under $500.00 more then my deductible I wouldn't file a claim.

by JAN - 7 years ago

Premium go up? You'll be lucky if they don't drop you.

Insurance is the biggest legal scam I can think of. Before I go off on a tirade ...

If you file a claim, yes your premium can increase. It's called "Risk-Based" pricing. Just like when you apply for a loan at the bank... If your credit history is bad you get a bad rate. For insurance, homeowners, auto ... even life & health .. if you have a history of making them pay or are a higher risk, they will charge you more.

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by Patrick N - 7 years ago

Research the regulations at this website:
www.tdi.state.tx.us/consumer/cb025....
It appears that they can only raise your premiums at renewal but I see no mention of it being a blanket application policy (applying to all policy holders equally). Look at it this way, if you were in Florida you would be ecstatic to have insurance!

by saurus3118 - 7 years ago

You'll have to ask your agent. They'll usually tell you before actually filing the claim.

In general though, they will care more (and charge more) if you have a claim history with internal water damage, mold, and deterioration. Freak weather related claims should be OK. But... I don't know the market in Texas or the Insurance Regs there. So this is just an "in general".

by adk_eric - 7 years ago

yes it will

by Insurance - 7 years ago

Well, YES, your AGENT knows the particulars of your policy!! Unless you have a rate guarantee, or some other oddball enhancement that doesn't increase your policy for claims, it goes up!

I would NEVER file a homeowners claim for $1500. $5,000 is my personal threshhold (and I'm in TX, too). Because of that, I carry a $1,000 deductible, and of course, a lovely 3% wind deductible.

Homeowners policies are for large, catastrophic claims - like that $50,000 kitchen fire, or a tornado blowing off the roof. Not the $1500 water damage, or wind knocked over the fence thing. So if you DO put in a small claim, it's going to penalize you.

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by mbrcatz17 - 7 years ago

This is probably possible, but to be absolutely certain, you might contact your company directly. I'm sure this varies from state to state, but in Ohio the insurance companies I have had through independent agencies have never increased my premiums as a result of any claims. In Ohio & the companies I have worked for within independent agencies have never had rates increase due to claims. Repeated claims within home policies could result in the company placing higher deductibles on the policy or refusal to renew a policy, or also may require repairs or replacements of things to prevent additional claims.

I'd check directly with your insurance company for specifics in your situation.

by Ohioan - 7 years ago