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Wednesday, 19 August 2015 00:00

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Calculating your Home or Contents sum insured

Avoiding the risk of underinsurance is essential for every home owner. It is therefore important to understand the total replacement cost of both your home and belongings.

For your insurance to be effective, it needs to be both adequate and up to date. Through our association with QBE Insurance, you can access their on-line calculators to quickly and easily help estimate the cost of replacing your home and the things inside it.

Your Home

Rebuild costs vary from state to state and are affected by the size, style and standard of your home and the materials used to build it. Homes built on sloping land, or those with extensive fencing, paving and retaining walls have higher rebuild costs.

Often forgotten, the calculators automatically include the cost to remove debris and professional fees (such as architects and engineers).

The Building Sum Insured Safeguard benefit is all about peace of mind. It protects you if you correctly use the Home Building Calculator to calculate your sum insured and the estimate it provided was inadequate. If this happens, the Safeguard benefit covers you for up to 30% more than your building sum insured, payable in the event of total loss. You will need to provide a copy of the Building Replacement Estimate in the event of a claim so please download and save a copy of the full report and keep a printed copy in an off-site location. More information regarding this benefit can be found in the Product Disclosure Statement and Policy Wording.

Home Building Calculator

Your Contents

Replacement costs vary depending on the quantity and quality of your contents; and large homes tend to be more extensively furnished than units or townhouses.

Your sum insured will vary depending on the quality of your furnishings - ‘average’ lowest price furnishings, ‘quality’ above average price, or ‘prestige’ tailor-made, high-priced furnishings.

Also some ‘high risk’ items are of such a personal nature that their value varies according to taste, for example sporting, photographic and entertainment equipment and jewellery.

The Home Contents Calculator takes each of these elements into consideration when estimating your sum insured. Should the worst ever happen, new for old replacement on most items ensures your lifestyle is disrupted as little as possible in the event of a claim.

Once you’ve used the calculator, take a moment to compare it to your current sum insured to decide if it needs adjusting.

Here are a few things to remember: