Manufactured Home Insurance – Why Is It So Expensive?

Seriously, have you ever compared a manufactured home insurance policy with that of a “stick built” home insurance policy? The cost can be crazy. Why? Insurance rates are based on the expected losses, and in short the expected losses from a manufactured home are higher than a traditional home. Let’s look at a couple of examples.

Fire – So while, there is not more of a likelihood that your manufactured home policy catches on fire and the “stick built” home, the damage a fire would cause is much greater on a manufactured home. Remember, if there is significant damage to a manufactured home, you can’t tear down part of the home and rebuild that part, you are looking at replacing the entire home. So the expected losses increase.

Wind – Most companies that insure manufactured homes will ask if the home is “tied down.” This is a big difference between manufactured homes and stick built homes, the foundation. Because of the relative light weight of a manufactured home, it is more likely to sustain wind damage. Rather than the loss of a few shingles, you could lose the whole roof.

Also, with manufactured homes if there are “attached structures” like “Arizona Rooms,” awnings, carports, etc. these can cause significant damage to a manufactured home. Check out the study and Video American Modern did regarding the effects of High Winds on Manufactured Housing. In fact, there are several large insurance companies that will insure manufactured homes, unless you have an attached structure, once they find out you have one of these, you are no longer “eligible” for their program. Fortunately, we have several partners that offer coverage for manufactured homes with or without attached structures.

There are other examples, the point is the higher the possible losses, the higher the insurance costs. Fair or not, insurance is about the numbers.

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Loss Settlement Options

One of the most important insurance issues you must understand is how you will get paid if you have a claim. Its called the “loss settlement.”

Loss Settlement

I once heard someone say, that “insurance is a complicated business.” Well, at Gila Insurance we try to keep things simple. But, there are a couple of points that frustrate many consumers when it comes to claims. The first is whether or not something is covered, which we address on numerous places on this site, the second is loss settlement, and the third is valuation. Loss settlement is how the company determines what they will pay you in the event of a loss. The HOW, not the HOW MUCH. How much is important, but the how is the best place to start when determining the how much. There are several different ways a company can determine how they will pay you. The good news is that they tell you how their loss settlement options will work, before you have a claim, and you get to choose how.

  1. The Better Option – Replacement cost – This is the option that you’ll want, and the one that most people buy. Replacement Cost pays the full amount that is required to rebuild the rental property, or damaged portion of the structure, with material that is of like kind or quality. In other words, they rebuild it the way it was.
  2. The Cheaper (or worse) Option – Actual Cash value (ACV)- Yes, Actual Cash Value or ACV is a cheaper option, but the problem is that it’s cheaper for a reason. To calculate the ACV of the home, you start with the Replacement Cost; what it would cost to replace the rental property, THEN you deduct for the depreciation of the asset. While depreciation on taxes is one thing… a great thing, depreciation on an insurance settlement calculation is another, and it’s not good. Before we get to a couple of examples; in summary, Actual Cash Value is the replacement cost minus the depreciation.

Some may try to do the math to see if the discount provided for the ACV option makes sense, and for some it may, but on a larger loss the calculation of depreciation will be damaging to small investors. For larger investors with a diversified portfolio, they may be able and willing to absorb the cash hit. However, even larger investors can get hit hard by Actual Cash Value settlement options on larger losses, especially when roofs, walls, flooring etc., etc. are damaged, all at the same time.

Bottom-line, most investors will be better off with the replacement cost option, which also helps to eliminate confusion and complications when there is a claim.

To get an incredible quote these coverage sections start our online quote form. To Talk to a licensed agent about this coverage call us at 1-877-784-6787.

This coverage explanation is for illustration purposes only and is general in nature. Coverage explained here may not apply to your policy, State, company, or situation. For more information about how your policy would respond in the event of a loss, please refer to the terms and conditions and declarations page of your policy.

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Coverage Checklist for Manufactured Home Insurance

We will work off of a Coverage Checklist for Manufactured Home Insurance when reviewing coverage with you. It will help us figure out what’s most important to you and helps you understand how you are covered. Below is a copy of the checklist we use for Manufactured Home Insurance. Even if you don’t buy from us please use this checklist to make sure you have the coverage you want and need.

Property_______
How Much would it cost to replace your manufactured/mobile home?_______
Loss Settlement –  How much will you actually get if there is a loss?_______
Deductible – How much of a loss are you responsible for paying?_______
Water Backup of Sewer or Drains Coverage – Yuck… buy this._______
Earthquake  – Not automatically included._______
Flood – requires a separate policy_______
Ordinance and Law – does your city have any weird requirements for remodels or rebuilds?_______
Other Structures
How much would it cost to replace your Garages, sheds, Fences, and other structures?_______
Personal Property
Personal Property – How much is all your stuff worth?_______
Loss Settlement – How much will you actually get paid if there is a loss?_______
How is your property protected (hint its probably not for everything you think)?_______
Do you have anything really valuable or a collection of valuables items (think guns or electronics, etc)?_______
Loss of Use/Additional Living Expense – What happens if you can’t stay in your house after a loss?_______
Liability
Liability – You can get sued and this coverage is pretty cheap._______
Can you get Personal Injury Coverage?_______
Medical Payments_______
Umbrella – Lawsuits can get nasty, do you have enough coverage?_______
Loss Assessment, do you live in a park or an HOA? They can actually assess you when stuff happens to them._______

 

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What does Manufactured Home Insurance Cover

Manufactured Home Insurance coverage is not too different than what you might find on a regular homeowner’s insurance policy. While not all companies are the same if you get an actual manufactured home insurance specialty company like American Modern, Foremost or American Reliable, you should get some of the following coverage and coverage options.

The Home

The home is going to coverage for what is known as special or comprehensive coverage. This means unless we exclude the coverage, we are going to include the coverage. Things like fire, lighting, exclusion, damage done by water, hail, etc. are all going to be covered. This that are not covered are things like flood. A broken pipe that floods your home is going to be different than if the rains fall, causing flooding.

The question is how much will the policy pay out if there is a total loss. You want replacement cost on total losses and partial losses. Not all companies are going to be able to provide this, and especially if the home is older. So ask your agent how its covered.

Other Structures

Other structures are things like sheds, detached garages, and other “structures” that are not going to be connected to the home. They should be covered in the same way as the home, but make sure you have enough coverage because coverage for other structures isn’t automatic and when its included is can also be for low limits.

Personal Property

Question if you had a loss for your manufactured or mobile home do you want to negotiate with an insurance company how much your TV was worth. OF COURSE NOT. So here’s the thing. Manufactured Home insurance policies coverage personal property, but usually cover them for the actual cash value. BUT they can also cover it for replacement cost. For $20 bucks a year this is a heck of a deal.

Liability

What if you get sued. That’s what liability does. It protects you, and can pay for your defense and the pay out if you are found to be negligent. Also available for manufactured homes.

Medical Payments

Something that goes right along with liability. It pays for medical costs of people that don’t live at the home in case they get injured. The hope is if we help cover the deductible or part of the deductible maybe they won’t sue.

There are other coverage options as well. We at Gila specialize in manufactured home insurance, but even if you don’t go with us, find an agent that understands the unique coverage options provided by a manufactured home insurance policy.

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Understanding Debris Removal

Debris Removal Insurance Coverage in Safford, AZSome coverage is hard to explain, it’s much easier to just say see! That is exactly the case with debris removal. Debris removal isn’t difficult to explain, it’s just the cost to remove the pile of trash your insurance claim just left. If there is a fire, it’s going to be the ashes and rubble, but also the mess the fire department caused while putting it out. Let’s be real they are great a putting out fires, but they aren’t exactly tidy. If there is a flood, we might be looking at all the damaged drywall and installation. Some of it might be moldy or muddy. The point is there is a cost to haul it away. But there is also going to be a cost for the demolition, which can get pretty costly.

Recently near my office there have been two fires. The first was in a second level apartment. The second was in a single-family home rented to a young couple. It was on one of my many strategy walks that I decided to explain debris removal through picture.

Debris removal is usually included in most property insurance policies, but like most things with an insurance policy there are limits. Depending on where it is commercial insurance or a homeowner’s policy it can vary, but here are some things to consider when it comes to debris removal.  How unique is your building? How old is your building? How much space is around your building. All of these and more can cause additional costs in removing debris from your property. Another consideration is building materials. Is there any asbestos in the building? The cost of asbestos disposal adds additional cost to debris removal.

As is not unusual, insurance policies provide coverage for a number of different situations that you probably hadn’t even considered. While we may often complain about insurance the truth is that the benefits provided by our insurance policies are amazing.