USAA Home Insurance Review

USAA, a home insurance company that caters to military members, veterans and their families, consistently ranks well for customer satisfaction, whether you look at J.D. Power’s scores or our own SimpleScore. On the downside, it does not offer in-person agents.

In this USAA home insurance review, we look at what we love about the insurance provider, what could be better and a few of its competitors. We also lay out where USAA insurance stands on our proprietary SimpleScore.

Our methodology

To compare how USAA insurance for veterans and military members compares to other carriers, we awarded the insurer with a SimpleScore after examining the factors that matter most to customers like discounts, coverage options, customer satisfaction, support and website accessibility.

We also looked at how its competitors did with SimpleScore, as well as how they did with third-party reviewers, such as J.D. Power and Consumer Reports.

Great for Customer Satisfaction – USAA

While USAA offers its products and services to a niche customer base of military members, veterans and their families, this insurance carrier’s fame for superior customer satisfaction is practically unmatched.

J.D. Power Rating
5/5
AM Best Rating
A++
Standard & Poor’s
AA+
SimpleScore
4.6 / 5.0
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SimpleScore USAA 4.6
Discounts 3
Coverage Options 5
Customer Satisfaction 5
Support 5
Accessibility 5
  • Highest ranking in customer satisfaction
  • Understands the needs of military policyholders
  • Affordable coverage
  • Only available to military personnel and their family members

Owning a home is a big investment. Therefore, getting financial protection that’ll help you repair or replace your major investment is a wise choice. Home insurance is the best and most affordable way to ensure that your home (and its contents) are covered in case of loss or damage. This USAA home insurance review will provide you with a comprehensive look at the insurance company, which ranks on top consistently for customer satisfaction. To compare how USAA insurance for veterans and military members compares to other carriers, we awarded the insurer with a SimpleScore after examining the factors that matter most to customers like discounts, coverage options, customer satisfaction, support and website accessibility.

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      What we like about USAA

      There’s a lot to like about USAA. If we had to keep it simple and stick to a couple of points, we’d have to say customer service and coverage are what set the insurer apart from the competition.

      Stellar customer satisfaction 

      J.D. Power conducts in-depth customer satisfaction surveys every year, asking policyholders what they like most about their insurance company. When members of the J.D. Power evaluate USAA reviews from customers, USAA beats out all other insurance companies every year. Even though USAA is limited to military personnel and relatives, it’s the third-largest insurance company in the country.

      Vast coverage options 

      USAA’s coverage is excellent. Insuring your home through USAA means you’ll be covered for nearly every peril and can also add flood insurance. Unlike many homeowners insurance companies, your home is covered in full at replacement cost, with no depreciation factored in. This means you’ll be able to purchase or rebuild with new items and materials.

      Who should get this policy

      Anyone who is privileged enough to qualify for coverage through military ties should put USAA on the shortlist of home insurance companies.

      [ Read: How to Find Cheap Home Insurance ]

      Things to consider

      As with any insurance product, there are always some drawbacks you should be aware of before you buy.

      Failure to maintain risk management 

      USAA may shine when it comes to customer satisfaction, but it’s under a Consent Order with the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The insurer must comply by addressing concerns about a failure to implement and maintain appropriate risk management for its size, as well as not properly securing its IT systems.

      Lack of live agents 

      If you prefer to work with a local agent to help you with your homeowners insurance needs, USAA may disappoint. The insurer doesn’t have offices or a network of agents available. You’ll need to manage your coverage through the website, mobile app or by calling customer service.

      Who shouldn’t get this policy

      Traditional policyholders who prefer to let an agent file claims on their behalf, as well as handle other details of their home insurance should skip USAA insurance for veterans.

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        America’s top-rated home insurance

        • Policies starting at just $25/month
        • Sign up in seconds, claims paid in minutes
        • Zero hassle, zero paperwork

        How we analyzed USAA home insurance

        Here’s a closer look at the five most important elements behind this USAA home insurance review and SimpleScore.

        Discounts 

        • Claims-free: Save as much as 10% off your home insurance premium when you don’t have any claims for five years or more. 
        • Firewise: Member communities of the Firewise program that have minimized their wildfire risk qualify.
        • Good payment history: Pay your bills on time and you’ll get rewarded with lower home insurance rates.
        • Home-age: Newer homes will save on home insurance coverage.
        • Impact-resistant roof: A higher-resistance roof reduces your premiums.
        • Loyalty: The longer you’ve been a member of USAA, the more you’ll save.
        • Multipolicy: USAA provides other types of insurance. When you bundle home and auto insurance, you may save up to 10% on your insurance bill.
        • Protective device: Homes equipped with theft and fire alarm systems will qualify for the discount.

        [ See: What Home Insurance Discounts Are Available? ]

        Coverage

        • Standard coverage: Includes replacement-cost coverage for your property and home’s structure, as well as limited liability insurance for lawsuits. In addition, your property is covered wherever in the world you’re deployed.
        • Flood insurance: Available as an add-on for areas at risk of flooding.
        • Earthquake coverage: Earthquake insurance is not included in a standard policy because not all areas are prone to earthquakes. It’s available as an add-on for at-risk areas.
        • Landlord coverage: If you rent your home, your home is covered and lost income included without the need for a separate policy.
        • Personal property riders: If you own higher-value jewelry, electronics or special items such as art, collectibles or firearms, this rider will cover you above the limits of standard home insurance.

        Customer Satisfaction

        USAA has been highly ranked by most rating companies. Take a look at it’s ratings below.

        • AM Best: A++
        • BBB: A-
        • J.D. Power: 889/1,000
        • Moody’s: Aaa
        • S&P: AA+

        Support

        USAA offers plenty of ways to get support if an issue were to arise with your policy or if you need to file a claim. You can contact them by phone, email and through the USAA Mobile App.

        Accessibility

        USAA doesn’t have offices available or local agents but you can file claims online or through the claims phone number. The best way to contact USAA is using the phone numbers available on its site. The insurer doesn’t provide live chat, but you can manage many basics through the mobile app. In addition, the USAA blog and resource pages provide advice on insurance.

        USAA home insurance vs. the competition

        Great for accessibility – Geico

        Geico is not a major provider of home insurance, although we found that it ranks well in support and accessibility, according to our SimpleScore.

        J.D. Power Rating
        3/5
        AM Best Rating
        A++
        Standard & Poor’s
        AA+
        SimpleScore
        3.4 / 5.0
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        SimpleScore Geico 3.4
        Discounts 2
        Coverage Options 2
        Customer Satisfaction 3
        Support 5
        Accessibility 5

        Geico got its start providing insurance coverage to government employees and provides affordable home insurance to a broader customer base than USAA. You don’t have to be a government contractor or military personnel to get coverage. The issue is, Geico doesn’t underwrite all its policies — you may have coverage from a different insurer than you expected when you choose Geico.

        Great for in-person service – State Farm

        One of the largest home insurance providers in the country, State Farm offers independent agents across the U.S., something you might value if you prefer to be face-to-face.

        J.D. Power Rating
        3/5
        AM Best Rating
        A++
        Standard & Poor’s
        AA
        SimpleScore
        4 / 5.0
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        SimpleScore State Farm 4
        Discounts 2
        Coverage Options 5
        Customer Satisfaction 3
        Support 5
        Accessibility 5

        State Farm ranks high in customer service, but not as high as USAA. Nevertheless, if you can’t qualify for USAA membership, State Farm is a great option. The insurance carrier is the largest in the country for good reason — State Farm is known for its top-notch service, variety of coverages and user-friendly website and mobile app.

        Great for customer support – Progressive

        While not at the top in customer satisfaction, according to J.D. Power, Progressive scores 5 out of 5 in support and accessibility in our SimpleScore.

        J.D. Power Rating
        3/5
        AM Best Rating
        A+
        Standard & Poor’s
        AA
        SimpleScore
        4.2 / 5.0
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        SimpleScore Progressive 4.2
        Discounts 3
        Coverage Options 5
        Customer Satisfaction 3
        Support 5
        Accessibility 5

        When comparing Progressive to USAA, the main thing to consider is who you’ll be dealing with. USAA writes its own policies. Progressive and Geico both partner with a variety of insurance companies, meaning you’ll ultimately need to deal with a different insurance provider. Still, Progressive is worth considering if you’re on a strict budget and the cheapest home insurance is a priority — Progressive has more homeowners insurance discounts than USAA.

        Getting a USAA insurance quote

        USAA homeowners insurance is lauded for being affordable. Too many factors come into play that could affect your homeowners insurance rate to ballpark one. The main factors that will determine the cost of your USAA home insurance include the declared value of your home and its contents, your claims history and the ZIP code.

        Location can make a huge difference in your premiums. If you live in an area at risk for wildfires or with higher-than-average crime or theft, your home insurance premiums may be considerably higher.

        [ Read: The Average Cost of Home Insurance ]

        USAA online and mobile app

        USAA provides policyholders with a mobile app and online access, but the insurance carrier isn’t doing anything revolutionary when it comes to the digital sphere. Still, the website and app make up for the lack of USAA local agents and offices.

        A unique feature other insurance carriers don’t offer is the USAA community. The section of the USAA website includes a blog about insurance, related news and financial planning. You’ll also have access to the USAA community where you can ask other service members questions about finance, insurance services, claims and more.

        USAA auto and life insurance

        Besides USAA homeowners insurance, this company provides a variety of other insurance coverages and financial services so you can handle coverage and banking all in one place.

        Auto insurance

        USAA provides the same high level of service when it comes to car insurance. Bundle more than one policy or vehicle to maximize the savings on your insurance needs. USAA auto insurance is designed for military personnel. It’s the only insurer that provides you with coverage if you drive your car overseas. Or you can leave your car behind and receive a price reduction for storing your car while you’re away.

        Life insurance

        If you have loved ones who depend on you, a life insurance policy from USAA can provide them with a cash payout to cover bills and funeral expenses, pay off a home mortgage or fund college for the children you leave behind. USAA provides low-cost term life insurance or permanent coverage through its whole life insurance policy as an option.

        [ Next: How to Compare Home Insurance Policies ]

        Bundling discounts

        When you bundle auto insurance, you may receive up to 10% on the overall cost of your home and auto insurance. Best of all, you can take advantage of multiple discounts, such as safe driver and new home discounts, in addition to the premium reduction you’ll receive when you bundle your insurance.

        USAA in the news

        • USAA pays dividends to auto insurance policyholders. The insurer announced $800 million would go back to members, equivalent to 20% off premiums for three months. It recently announced another round of dividends amounting to $270 million.
        • USAA has signed a deal with Charles Schwab to provide USAA members with wealth management and financial services through the brokerage firm.
        • In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, USAA’s claim process is now nearly 100% virtual from start to finish.

        We welcome your feedback on this article and would love to hear about your experience with the home insurance providers we recommend. Contact us at inquiries@thesimpledollar.com with comments or questions.

        Methodology

        SimpleScore

        The SimpleScore is a proprietary scoring metric we use to objectively compare products and services at The Simple Dollar.
        For every review, our editorial team:

        • Identifies five measurable aspects to compare across each brand
        • Determines the rating criteria for each aspect score
        • Averages the five aspect scores to produce a single SimpleScore

        Here’s a breakdown of the five aspect scores and their rating criteria for our reviews on home insurance.

        Why do some brands have different SimpleScores on different pages?

        To ensure the SimpleScore is as helpful and accurate as possible, we developed unique criteria for every category we compare at The Simple Dollar. Since most brands offer a variety of financial solutions, their products and services will score differently depending on what we’re scoring on a given page.

        However, it’s also possible for the same product from the same brand to have multiple SimpleScores. For instance, if we compare State Farm’s home insurance according to our criteria for the best home insurance, it scores a 3.8 out of 5. But when we compare State Farm according to the criteria for the best auto insurance, it scores higher, since the features the company offers can vary by the type of insurance.

        Discounts

        We looked at the number of discounts each company offers – more discounts mean a higher score.

        Coverage Options

        We awarded higher scores to the companies that offer more coverage options.

        Support

        We awarded higher scores to companies with the most channels for customer support.

        Customer Satisfaction

        We leveraged the J.D. Power 2019 Home Insurance Satisfaction Study℠ to see how customers rated their experience with each company. (If a company wasn’t included in J.D. Power’s study, we skipped this aspect and averaged the four remaining aspect scores.)

        Accessibility

        We looked at the level of accessibility of each company – the more resources they have the higher their score

        Cynthia Paez Bowman

        Contributing Writer

        Cynthia Paez Bowman is a finance, real estate and international business journalist. Her work has been featured in Business Jet Traveler, MSN, CheatSheet.com, Bankrate.com and Freshome.com.

        She owns and operates a small digital marketing and public relations firm that works with select startups and women-owned businesses to provide growth and visibility. Cynthia splits her time between Los Angeles, California, and San Sebastian, Spain. She travels to Africa and the Middle East regularly to consult with women’s NGOs about small business development

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        • Nashalie Addarich
          Nashalie Addarich
          Insurance Editor

          Nasha Addarich is an editor at The Simple Dollar and a former attorney who specializes in home insurance, auto insurance, life insurance, and savings. She is a former contributing editor to Reviews.com.