Well what a stress filled headache this has become. Our house built in 1993, 1500 yards from the ocean, poured concrete with rebar enforced exterior block walls, block poured concrete, w/rebar two internal support load bearing walls with 2 poured internal footers to support long steel beams. A concrete barrel tile roof, with 4x4 roof ceiling joist truss supports, ( to support the weight 2600 sq ft of roof, each tile is 8-11 lbs) on the load bearing walls. We installed impact windows and doors.
Well due to all the recent Hurricanes in Fla in the last 10 years. Mathew, Michael, Irma, Ian and Nicole most Insurance companies have pulled totally out of Fla, and cancelled their policies, or chose not to insurance anything 5- 10 miles inland from the coast, regardless of how your home is built, even if you have never had a claim.. Mathew and Ian and Nicole gave us the most issues with dune erosion and flooding.
Our home wasn't impacted at all. BUT !, we got cancelled along with 53, 000 home owners and business and had 30 days to hunt insurance. When we bought the home in 2014, our home owners insurance including flood was $2965 a year, so last year we ended up with only 2 insurance companies in Fla that would even insure us, so now we pay a year, $4817 plus a $1100 for flood insurance .
So, since our home is on the market ( and we are downsizing to 1900 sqft) , and we got an offer, and its pending, the home we are looking at is in Volusia County ( think Daytona, Deland west of I-95. Since Ian and Nicole, our insurance company we now have , will NOT insure any property in the county wide land area in Volusia County regardless where it is all due to Ian and Nicole. But they will insure our current home in Flagler County 1500 yards from the beach. Makes no freaking sense. Our buyers are also hunting for insurance. The games being played by these companies is unreal. The people we are buying the home from west of I-95 are moving to World Golf Village in St Johns County west of I-95 to downsize, they also are having issues getting home owners insurance. It appears all insurance companies are basing their decisions on roof age, NOT how its constructed or built even with a roof inspection by a few roofers, that provide in writing your roof has 20 - 30 more years left. All closings have been set, pending all parties can get home owners insurance. And I be dam if I'm going to forgo not having insurance, as some have chosen to do in this state and play roulette with my home, in the event of fire, wind damage etc.. What a freaking hassle insurance has become that is impacting so many home owners in this state and any coastal state including Texas, Ga, SC, NC etc.. One company notes, if your roof is over 20 years, it needs to be replaced regardless of the material used. As an example, to replace our current roof, is $62,160
And water heaters cannot be over 10 years old. Gee !.
Thank you for allowing me to blow off some steam.