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Is it Cheaper to insure a trailer or a manufactured home in Washington State?

The cost of insuring a trailer (such as a travel trailer or camper) versus a manufactured home (also known as a mobile home) can vary significantly based on several factors.

Here are some key considerations:

  1. Type of Coverage: The type of insurance coverage you need can impact the cost. Trailers are often insured with RV or travel trailer insurance, which typically covers liability, collision, and comprehensive coverage for the trailer. Manufactured homes, on the other hand, are typically insured with a mobile home insurance policy that provides coverage for both the structure and its contents, similar to traditional home insurance.
  2. Value of the Property: Manufactured homes are usually larger and more valuable than trailers. The replacement cost of the structure and the value of your belongings will play a significant role in determining the premium. Generally, the higher the value, the higher the insurance cost.
  3. Location: Where you park or place your trailer or manufactured home can affect insurance rates. Locations in regions prone to natural disasters like wildfires may result in higher premiums due to increased risk. We have seen an increase in cost and availability in our more forested areas of Chelan and Okanogan Counties.
  4. Age and Condition: The age and condition of your trailer or manufactured home can also impact insurance costs. Older structures might have higher premiums because they could be more susceptible to damage and wear and tear.
  5. Safety Features: Safety features like smoke detectors, security systems, and fire-resistant materials can help reduce insurance costs for both trailers and manufactured homes.
  6. Usage: How you use your trailer or manufactured home can influence insurance rates. If you use your trailer for occasional vacations, it might have a lower premium compared to a manufactured home that serves as a primary residence.
  7. Discounts: Insurance providers often offer discounts. For example, bundling your trailer or manufactured home insurance with other policies, having a good claims history, or belonging to certain organizations may qualify you for discounts. We like to have conversations with our clients to look for discounts.
  8. Insurance Provider: Different insurance companies have varying rates and policies. It’s why we use as many insurance companies as we have access to shop for our clients.

In general, trailer insurance is often less expensive than manufactured home insurance due to the differences in size, value, and usage. However, the actual cost can vary widely based on the factors mentioned above. To determine which option is cheaper for you and to get an accurate insurance quote, it’s best to contact insurance providers and provide them with specific details about your trailer or manufactured home. This way, you can compare quotes and make an informed decision based on your needs and budget.

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Tips for insuring reducing the cost of insurance for your manufactured home.

Manufactured home on hillside over looking valley with deck.
Inexpensive to put in but the views are worth it.

Insuring manufactured homes can be cost-effective. These are not the old mobile homes of the past. They are definitely not a stick built. We have a couple of companies that we quote with at Wenatchee Insurance. Here are more tips to help you save money while insuring your manufactured home:

  1. Maintain a good claims history: Avoid frequent or unnecessary claims. Insurance companies often reward policyholders with lower premiums if they have a history of few or no claims.
  2. Consider the location: The location of your manufactured home can impact your insurance premium. The companies are looking at high fire dangers and high theft areas. When possible, choose a location that is less risky and more affordable to insure.
  3. Improve home safety: Enhance the safety features in your manufactured home to reduce risks. Installing smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers may not only keep you safer but also qualify you for discounts on your insurance policy.
  4. Pay annually or semi-annually: If your budget allows, consider paying your insurance premium in one lump sum annually or semi-annually instead of monthly. This is always worth the ask.
  5. Review your policy annually: As your needs and circumstances change, your insurance requirements may also evolve. The annual conversation is important, we don’t know if you added a pool to your backyard if you don’t tell us.
  6. Inquire about discounts: Don’t hesitate to ask your insurance provider about available discounts that you might qualify for, such as early shopping, multi-policy discounts, or discounts for retirees.
  7. Consider additional security measures: If you’re in a high-crime area, investing in additional security measures like security cameras, motion sensor lights, or a monitored alarm system might lead to premium discounts.
  8. Avoid underinsuring: Make sure you have the right amount of coverage for your manufactured home. Being underinsured may leave you vulnerable in case of a claim. In the last couple of years inflation has really changed some values.

Remember, it’s essential to strike a balance between cost savings and having adequate coverage. Always discuss your specific needs and circumstances with your insurance provider to find the best insurance plan for your manufactured home.

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Topics: Wenatchee Insurance, Insurance Quote, Home Insurance, Manufactured Home Insurance, Mobile home insurance, Wenatchee, Chelan, Fire Insurance, Okanogan, Douglas County, Independent Insurance Agency, Insurance Shopping, Wild Fire

How can I lower the cost of my manufactured home?

Manufactured homes have been around for a while.

Yes, we have come a long way from calling them trailer parks, and mobile homes. Manufactured Homes are just about everywhere in Central Washington. However, they are not insured the same way as a stick built. Not every insurance company will insure them.

As your local independent insurance agency, Wenatchee Insurance Agency has multiple companies that cover manufactured homes. consider the following tips:

Bundle your policies: If you have other insurance policies, such as auto or life insurance, consider bundling them with your manufactured home insurance. Many insurance companies offer discounts for bundling multiple policies together.

Update your insurance coverage periodically: Regularly review your insurance coverage to ensure it accurately reflects the value and condition of your manufactured home. At the very minimum shop and adjust every four years. Every time that I vote for President, I shop my insurance to avoid inflation creep.

Increase your deductible: The deductible is the amount you pay out of pocket before your insurance coverage kicks in. By opting for a higher deductible, you can lower your insurance premium. Just make sure you choose a deductible amount that you can comfortably afford in case you need to make a claim.

Improve home security: Enhancing the security of your manufactured home can reduce the risk of theft or damage, which may qualify you for lower insurance premiums. Install security systems, smoke detectors, and deadbolt locks.

Maintain a good credit score: Insurance companies often consider your credit score when determining premiums.

Trailer overlooking mountains with porch.

Inquire about discounts: Ask Wenatchee Insurance about any discounts they offer specifically for manufactured homes. They may have discounts for certain safety features, early shopping discounts, or other factors.

Remember to read the policy carefully and ask questions to ensure you understand the coverage provided. It’s essential to strike a balance between cost savings and adequate coverage to protect your manufactured home.

With fire season heating up fast this year, we want to make sure that all of our neighbors are adequately covered.

Topics: Manufactured Home, Mobile Home, Independent Insurance Agency, Wenatchee Insurance, Bundle, Deductible, Chelan County, Douglas County, Okanogan,

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