Is a wind mitigation inspection report (OIR-B1-1802) required for homeowners insurance in Florida?
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
If a Florida homeowner has not submitted a wind mitigation inspection report to their insurer they pay an average of 20% too much for the windstorm portion of their policy, according to insurance industry experts. Florida Statute 627.711 (1), shown below, requires that insurance companies notify policyholders and new applicants of the discounts available for providing documentation of the hurricane-resistant features of their home with a Uniform Mitigation Verification Inspection Form (OIR-B1-1802).
But the statute does not require a homeowner to get the wind mitigation inspection in order to insure a home. You can provide the form after getting your policy and the company must grant you the discounts when you present it. Insurance agents ask for one—and some come close to insisting that you provide it—because they want to give you the most competitive rate quote.
A wind mitigation inspection costs around $150, and some homeowners get amazing savings of up to 40% on their premium. But the savings are based on storm-resistant features that the inspector finds and documents with photographs submitted with the form. Homes built before 1960 will get a minimal discount or none at all, unless storm-resistant features have been retrofitted.
If you are about to purchase a Florida home and plan on getting a home inspection, ask you inspector to estimate what discounts you are likely to get based on the construction details observed. It will only be a rough guess because each company offers different discounts and the wind mitigation inspection must to done separately to fully evaluate what discounts are available. So your inspector can only give you an approximation of what to expect. Also, your discount is calculated as a percentage of the premium, so a larger house will get a corresponding larger discount.
For an item-by-item listing of what is checked during a wind mitigation inspection, go to our blog post What is the wind mitigation inspection for homeowner's insurance? Also see our blog posts How do I get the hip roof discount for my homeowners windstorm insurance? and Why did I get no discounts or only a small discount from my wind mitigation inspection?
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