HOW TO CREATE THAT ESSENTIAL HOME CONTENTS INVENTORY
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
When was the last time you updated your household inventory for insurance purposes? Would you be able to remember all the possessions you have accumulated over the years if they were destroyed by a fire or other disaster? According to www.marketwatch.com, 90% of homeowners are concerned about protecting their homes, yet haven't valued their possessions in years – let alone documented what they have.
According to the research, the majority of people may claim to know the value of their big-ticket items like TVs and stereos, but most forget about things like home decor, carpets and appliances, not to mention mundane possessions like bedding and bath towels.
“It’s important to know the value of all of your belongings – even the smaller things that together can add up to major financial losses,” explains John October, spokesperson for Dial Direct Insurance who has seen countless cases of costly mistakes by people not updating or documenting their possessions on their policies.
According to the research, the top five most common causes of homeowner insurance claims are: hail, water damage, home break-ins and thefts, fire and lightning. Millennials are the age group most likely to value their more expensive possessions every one to two years but are less informed about what kind of protection they have. Homeowners over the age of 55 are more aware of the value of typical household items, but are most likely not to have documented anything.
“Having an up-to-date home inventory will help you get your insurance claim settled faster and help you purchase the correct amount of insurance,” says October.
Here are the steps you need to take to make sure you’re adequately covered:
“It’s wise to update your household inventory every year or if you move home, in order to ensure that you keep track of new or discarded items. We hope doing this will empower consumers to accurately value their possessions and be better prepared for unexpected losses," concludes October.