How inflation is affecting homeowners insurance premium increases

Homeowners insurance premiums can increase for several reasons, but the higher-than-expected increases homeowners are currently seeing are primarily due to inflation. Higher construction costs equate to higher home replacement and repair costs, which ultimately results in increased homeowners insurance premiums to ensure your home is fully covered.
Page last updated: June 2023

By the numbers

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The average increase in construction material and employment costs since Q1 2020.

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The increase in construction material costs since Q1 2020.1

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The increase in construction employment costs since Q1 2020.2

Economic disruption drives inflation up

You might have heard that inflation has been easing up lately, however, the cost to rebuild a home remains higher than before the pandemic. Many construction materials, labor costs and expenses necessary to rebuild a home have stubbornly continued to increase. Inflation occurs when demand exceeds supply and prices rise- that is still where we find ourselves today.


1. FRED: Producer Price Index by Industry: Building Material and Supplies Dealers

2. FRED: Employment Cost Index: Wages and Salaries: Private Industry Workers: Construction


Reconstruction material costs continue to increase


Inflation in the home construction industry has impacted the cost of many building materials required to restore your home in the case of a loss. While lumber prices have recently declined from record highs; other building materials, such as drywall, concrete block and shingles continue to rise.

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The gap in coverage due to inflation has compounded year-over-year in SageSure states

The inflation coverage gap across SageSure states is still as high as 8%, in addition to the increases experienced last year. To ensure your home is properly protected, your dwelling coverage needs to be updated to reflect the most recent increases in rebuilding costs.



Ensuring you have adequate coverage

We want to ensure you have enough coverage to account for the increased costs of repairs resulting from inflation. Without these necessary adjustments, if something happened to your home, it would not be fully protected. The bottom line: Your house will cost more to rebuild today than it did before the building labor and material increases occurred. Without the necessary increases to your coverage, your home would be underinsured, leaving a gap in coverage.

bridging the inflation-coverage gap



Inflation Resources

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See why you should check your home insurance policy to make sure you’re adequately covered (CNBC).

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Understand the 9 common effects of inflation (Investopedia).

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Learn how inflation can impact insurance rates (Marble).

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Take a deeper look at the data on building material increases (CoreLogic).

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Study the data on construction industry wage increases (FRED).

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Find out how inflation is impacting construction materials (NAHB).

Frequently Asked Questions

What is inflation?

According to the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, “there is inflation when the prices of many of the things we buy rise at the same time and then continue to rise. Explained another way, inflation is ongoing increases in the general price level for goods and services in an economy over time.”

How does inflation impact Homeowners insurance?

When the U.S. economy experiences significant inflation, the cost of construction, materials (such as lumber or metal), and labor increase. Materials and labor impact how much it costs to re-build your home in the event of a total loss. While SageSure hopes that no one ever experiences a total loss, it’s important to make sure that your policy has enough coverage for the increased costs of re-building your home in the event of a loss.

What has changed recently?

You may have noticed an increase in the cost of groceries, going out to eat, travel, etc. over the last year. Building materials and construction labor costs have experienced even higher increases, and since these costs have increased approximately 20% across the country over the last year, the coverage on your policy is being increased to cover the increased costs of re-building your home in case you experience a total loss.

Why is the replacement cost potentially different from my homes market value?

The replacement cost of a home considers the materials and labor cost of re-building your home in the event of a loss. Your market value is the price that you could sell your home to a potential buyer and includes the value of the land, the real estate market in your area, and other relevant factors.

Now I have more questions about the replacement cost of my home and my coverage, what should I do?

The insurance agency you originally purchased your policy from is a valuable resource to help you understand your policy and what coverages you have in place to make sure you are protected. Your enrollment package and policy documents from SageSure have the contact information for your insurance agency/representative. If you need help locating the contact information, you can always reach SageSure at (800) 481-0661.

What else I can do to make sure my home always has the right coverage?

It is always a good idea to keep your agency (where you purchased your policy) up to date on any changes or improvements you made to your home at least once a year, so that you always have the right coverage limit. Your agency can review any changes with you and adjust coverage limits if necessary.

Have additional questions? We’re here to help.


If you have questions about your policy or any other insurance related inquiries, contact your insurance agency/representative, or call our customer care line at (800) 481-0661. We want to help you understand your policy and feel confident that your home is protected.