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In the great city of Chester, there are a total of 1,370 people living in a variety of different styles of properties from single-family homes, duplexes, condos and apartments. While there are roughly 560 housing units in the city of Chester, many of the ones that are currently occupied are in need of lower home insurance rates. In the majority of these Chester neighborhoods, the average family size is around 3 residents per house.

In Chester, the average household income is about $76,500. While this is a fairly high number, it is slightly below the national median. Luckily, the cost to purchase a home in Chester is affordable, the average real estate market price is $206,800, although home prices in this area continue to rise. An increase in home prices results in more risk for the insure to cover. Plus, the cost of living increases with the property taxes due to the cost of home prices going up. Saving money on your home insurance premium can help with your monthly budget and even lower your monthly mortgage payment. Let us help you shop and compare rates in Chester, MA today!

Lower Home Insurance Rates in Chester Helps with Savings

In addition to affordable housing, Chester homeowners insurance also has some great rates to help you save more money. Our average home insurance rates for Chester is around $1259 per year, for smaller homes with less replacement value coverage and discounts, you can get rates for as low as $1009. For larger homes over 1,800 sq. ft in Chester, you may see higher rates in the $1559 range due to increased dwelling coverage.

Chester Home Insurance By Policy Type

When it comes to Chester homeowners insurance policies, there are a few different policy types and each one is written for a certain type of structure. Having the correct policy type is essential to having the proper coverage on your home for added protection when you need it most.

Below we have featured the most common insurance types for homeowners living in or nearby Chester:

 Type Description
HO-3

The most common of homeowners coverage is the HO-3. The majority of homeowners carry this type of policy and it covers damage that is caused by all perils unless they are excluded in the body of the policy. Damage that is caused by floods or earthquakes is always excluded on an HO-3 policy but there can be other exclusions as well.

HO-6

Condos are becoming a popular housing option in Chester and if you have one, this is the policy type you need. In addition to condos, it also protects co-ops. This insurance offers coverage for your personal belongings as well as the components of the building that you actually own.

HO-8

Chester is lucky to have a fair number of historical homes and if you own one, you may need an HO-8 policy. These policy types are specific to older homes where the replacement cost of the house may actually exceed the cash value of the home.

These policies are affordable because the payout levels are less than the actual replacement cost of the house. In most cases, the need for an HO-8 policy arises when the house is more than 40 years old and doesn’t qualify for a HO-3 policy. These policies only cover 11 perils.

HO-4

This policy type was designed for people that rent an apartment. It is often referred to as renters insurance. An HO-4 policy will pay out for damage to your personal property in your apartment and it also offers liability protection in the event that someone is injured in your apartment.

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Home Insurance Rates by Zipcode in Chester, MA

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Chester, MA Home Insurance Average Premiums

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$1009 /yr.

Shows Chester's lowest average rates with discounts applied.

For the city of Chester, homeowners insurance rates may vary on deductible, coverage amount and property details. Below is a list of the averages based on the cost of an annual home insurance premium.

Coverage Amount:Annual Premium
1800 sq. ft. or below
(discounts applied)
$1009 /yr.
Average Coverage:$1259 /yr.
2600 sq. ft. or higher
(all discounts applied)
$1559 /yr.

What is the average home insurance cost for a home in Chester, MA?

  • • The average homeowners insurance premium paid annually for a home in Chester is around $1259 per year.

What does it cost on average per month for home insurance in Chester, MA?

  • • Homeowners in Chester pay an average cost per month around $105.00 for insurance coverage.

Chester, MA Coastal Wind, Hail & Flood Information

Chester is located in a coastal county which greatly increases the risk of hurricanes and windstorms. Our quoting process will include wind and hail coverage options to give you the best protection you need against high winds and storm damage.

Chester, MA - 2023 Housing Information

Month Current Home Value (2023) Last Year Home Value (2022)
January $252,139 $232,092
February $250,331 $237,097
March $248,617 $243,205
April $247,685 $248,396

Homeowners insurance will help cover the cost to repair or replace your Chester home if it is damaged or destroyed by a covered peril, up to your coverage limits. A homeowners policy is made up of a few different coverages. Here are the most common coverages:

  • Dwelling: This coverage will pay to repair or replace the structure of your home if it is damaged or destroyed. Review and Calculate Replacement Cost Coverage in Chester
  • Liability: This coverage will help cover medical and legal bills if someone is injured in your home, slipping on an icy sidewalk for example. It also offers protection if you damage another person’s property, your child hitting a baseball through a neighbor’s window for example.
  • Contents: This covers the cost to replace your personal possessions that are destroyed by a covered peril. Furniture, electronics, clothing and household goods are excellent examples. Contents coverage is often capped at 50% to 70% of your dwelling coverage.
  • Other Structures: This coverage protects other structures on your property such as detached garages, outbuildings, barns, and sheds.
  • Loss of use: This covers everyday costs that you incur if you cannot live in your home while it is being repaired due to a claim. It will pay hotel and restaurant bills and even the cost of dry cleaning.
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Saving Money Tips on Chester Home Insurance

A great way to save money on Chester homeowners insurance is to make sure you are getting all the discounts you are qualified to receive. Here are just a few of the most common discount’s insurers offer:

  • Bundling: If you purchase your home and auto (or any other insurance coverage) from the same insurer, you should get a bundling discount. Expect to save 20%-25%.
  • Secure your home: Adding a monitored security system, water leak sensors, deadbolts, and smoke detectors should result in a discount.
  • Impact resistant roof: If you are replacing your roof, consider impact resistant roofing materials which help prevent hail and impact damage as well as resulting in a significant discount.
  • Stay claim free: If you have been claim free for a number of years (five is a common requirement) your insurer should offer a claim free discount.

Are you shopping for the best rate near or wihin the Chester area? Check out what homeowners are paying on average for Massachusetts homeowners insurance.

Elevation Review for Coastal Wind or Flooding Risk

Elevation Details Homeowners Tips
1068 ft. This is the average home elevation in Chester, MA

» Elevation is crucial to a homeowners insurance policy because it determines the risk of your home being in a flood zone which is particularly important in a coastal state such as Chester, Massachusetts.

A standard homeowners policy does not cover flood damage. If you live in a flood prone area, you will need to purchase a separate flood to fully protect your home.

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Flood insurance can be purchased via the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) or in the private market. NFIP policies come with coverage caps and other restrictions so you may need to supplement your flood insurance coverage with a private market policy.

It's important to remember that flooding occurs in low and moderate risk areas as well. According to FEMA data, almost 25% of all flood claims come from low to moderate-risk areas.

To get online quotes on your home and compare rates on home insurance premiums in Chester, enter your zip code above and easily complete our online quoting application. Remember, it's important to speak with us about additional home insurance discounts so you can get the best rate for your home in Hampden County.

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Chester, MA Dwelling Coverage Estimate

It is important to calculate your dwelling coverage for your home in Chester so you know what type of homeowners insurance coverage you need to cover your replacement cost. It is recommended to have enough dwelling coverage to rebuild your home if it was destroyed by a covered peril.

Please remember that replacement cost coverage does not include the cost of the land, only the price to rebuild your home, which is why we like to help customers by answering a few questions that you may have.

What is the average replacement cost coverage in Chester, MA?

- The average square footage in Chester is around 763 Sq. Ft. which would cost you around $206,800 to replace the home if you base the home on the price to build per square foot of $271.

Minimum Replacement Cost Total: $206,800

Location: Chester, Massachusetts (Hampden County)

Average Building Cost Per Square Foot in Chester: $271 (low end)

Average Square Footage in Chester: 763 Sq. Ft.

Home Improvement StatusPrice per Sq. Ft.Dwelling Coverage
None or Very Minor Improvements$271$206,800
Some Additional Upgrades$339$258,500
Major Home Updates or Advancements$407$310,200

The dwelling coverage is calculated by the average cost per square foot ($271) in Chester, Massachusetts times your heated square footage. Which would equal the cost to rebuild your home minus the cost of the property or land. Some homes will have a higher replacement cost due to home improvements like updated kitchens and bathrooms. Other upgrades may include: granite countertops, hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances. The national square foot average to build a brand new home is around 2500 square feet. So if you are looking to build, and your square footage of your new home is 2500, you are looking at a dwelling coverage premium of around $846,875 (Media price to build of $339 x 2500 sq. ft.) to cover the cost to rebuild your new home.

What is the difference between actual cash value and replacement cost value?

Homeowners insurance is available in both actual cash value (ACV) and replacement cost value (RCV). Knowing the difference is important:

Actual cash value: When valuing your personal possessions, an actual cash value policy will take depreciation into account. This means that your 10-year-old TV will be basically worthless according to your insurance company. While an ACV policy tends to be cheaper, if you have to make a claim you may be disappointed in your claim payout.

Replacement cost value: A RCV policy will replace your possessions with brand new items of similar quality regardless of how old they were at the time they were destroyed. While RCV policies are slightly more expensive, they are well worth the cost if you have to make a claim.