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Before the end of this article, we’ll attempt to cover the following areas;
1. Types of Contents Insurance
1. Types of Contents Insurance: There are two main types of contents insurance – policies that cover the value of your belongings and polices that cover the replacement costs of your belongings. Actual value policies tend to be cheaper in premium payments because they only provide compensation for the current value of an item, based on the items age and original price.
Replacement policies can be more expensive, but provide the actual cost of the item as if it were brand new that day.
2. Different Premium Payments: The cost of premium payments on contents insurance varies depending on a few factors. Most companies offer basic contents insurance polices that include coverage for damages from specific evens, such as a fire or theft. Other policies may cover additional events, such as storms, vandalism and other accidental events.
Additionally, some policies may even have inclusions or limits related to taking any insured items outside your home that get damaged. All of the coverage options and limits will play a role in your premium payment.
3. Determine Your Contents Insurance Needs: When considering contents insurance, you will need to start by making a list of all of your belongings and determining what the cost would be to replace each item. Start by going room by room and making a list of all expensive and valuable items. Include the price you paid for them and how old the items are. Once you’ve written down everything you own and want covered, add them all up to get an idea of what your contents insurance policy should cover.
4. Collections of Contents Insurance: Most home insurance companies will ask that you include any collections you have separately in your contents insurance policy. Collections such as, stamps, DVDs or other related items, should be listed together in order for you to make a claim and receive the full amount for the collection in the event of a total loss.
Many insurance companies will provide limited coverage for jewelry, so you may need additional contents insurance if you have a large collection.
5. Contents Insurance Claims: In the event of an incident named in your policy, you will want to make a claim to be reimbursed for your lost belongings. In order for it to be considered, the loss or damage has to have happened immediately, such as from a fire or theft. Typically, you will need to contact your insurance agency to detail the event and claim.
They will notify you of your deductible, which needs to be paid before the reimbursement will be offered. Keep all documents to support your claim, as most companies will ask for documentation. Click here to see how renters insurance works.