Then there must be a lot of inexperienced agents out there! I get requests for wind mits on homes that are 30 years old with no hurricane protection and original roofs. “My agent said if I get a wind mit, my insurance will be a lot less”.
I don’t know how much a clip or single wrap credit is, but I wouldn’t consider it “a lot”. At least from what I have been told.
The agent usually learn to quote cautious after they get accused of bait and switch by the client. Since the 3 nail requirement, we see more toenail ratings than ever before. I know some agents who won’t even give a tenative quote without a valid wind mit.
The difference between a Toenail and Clip can be dramatic.
In many cases, clients are not getting told to have a WM to save money on a current policy. They have recieved a cancellation notice and without an updated WM, the may be unable to access competitive marketes.
As I understand it, even a property with NO credits, may have access to better rates and more markets than the same house without a WM.
We have to be very careful about making any assumptions in our industry when talking about insurance products and credits. There are at least three carriers that will not quote a premium if an application is made using a WMIT but will offer coverage if a WMIT is not being submitted with the application. The reason is the premium would be below cost and they cannot offer both competitive premiums and credits without losing money on every new policy. Rate filings are complex and private, since we aren’t licensed professionals in the insurance industry we are not qualified to render opinions on the actuarial soundness of different companies pricing strategies.
Many inspectors are too focused on the discounts and forget that the original intent of this program was to incentivize homeowners that upgraded their homes in a manner that actually reduces or eliminates windstorm losses (claims).
The process is broken, and continuing to focus only on reduction of insurance premium reinforces the misunderstanding of risk and current rate increases. It makes no sense to give credits for clips, Deck B or C, or Hip if the roof covering is shingle and past 50% of its useful life. Tile roofs can be even worse because of the cost to repair than and the collateral damage produced by “Spanish missiles.” Roof covering failures that geometrically increase claims doe to interior water damage comprise about 90% of windstorm claims. I think a damaged or worn out roof should negate the qualification of all other credits, that is my personal opinion.