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Proper home insurance content coverage

When you decide to insure your house, you'll be asked to set a limit for coverage on contents of your house. And the higher is the limit the heftier your premiums will get. Some providers will let you cover your house's contents without a specific limit and this will cost you even more in premiums, while you will only be reimbursed with the actual value of the damaged contents in case of an insurance situation, and not a cent more.

The main problem here is while the typical amounts of coverage may seem like large sums of money, people often tend to underestimate the value of their house's contents and get lower coverage, risking being insured inadequately. For a typical house to be covered adequately the coverage limit should start somewhere around $100,000. However, the best way to get an exact amount is to make an inventory of all the items in your house and have the insurance agent to evaluate it according to their current value.

Underinsurance

You should keep in mind that some insurance companies use the principle of averaging when paying out claims. This means that the amount you will be reimbursed with will be based on the overall coverage amount you have for your entire house, and not the actual value of its contents. This means that if you have a lower amount of coverage than the overall value of your house contents then you'll be paid out only a partial sum instead of reimbursing the actual value of items damaged. This can even apply if you claim for a single item being damaged, which is below your policy limit.

Renting or owning?

If you're renting your house, the list of items to be covered may actually be shorter than if you were the actual owner of the house. This is because the homeowner takes responsibility for the general infrastructure, and you are responsible for the actual content. This often results in lower premiums compared to typical homeowners insurance rates.

Coverage checklist

Here are a few things you'll have to keep in mind when evaluating the total coverage for your home insurance policy. Remember that you should cover everything, because events like fire or natural disasters can completely destroy your house and you'll need full coverage to reimburse your losses.

Kitchen: Everything that you have in the kitchen, starting from forks and dishes to all the gadgets should be evaluated and included in the coverage calculation. Because a single plate may cost just a few dollars, but when you have them all broken it can get quite expensive. The same goes for gadgets that are usually more expensive.

Bathroom: Most think that the bathroom doesn't have so many items to cover, but as soon as you start adding the value of all the gadgets, the fancy sink, bath or even perfumes the sum gets quite hefty.

Bedroom: Besides the obvious items you would want to insure like furs, diamond rings and other valuables that are usually stored in the bedroom, don't forget to include less pricey items like the tent you have under your bed or the rucksack in your closet. Things like that can add hundred and even thousands of dollars to your coverage limit.

Living room: Sure, you'll want to cover your TV set, DVD player, stereo system, computer and other important gadgets. But don't forget to include your CD/DVD/vinyl collection because it can cost a fair amount too. You small library can also add a few hundreds of dollars to the final coverage, so don't overlook the content of your shelves when getting homeowners insurance quotes.

 

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