Homeowner’s policies are very important because they provide coverage for our personal property. Most homeowner’s policies carry coverage limitations on personal property like jewelry, silverware, firearms, etc. Unless your property is scheduled, or specifically itemized with a value on your policy, your home deductible will apply to a loss. Many people choose higher deductibles to reduce their premiums. If you’re one of them, it’s possible you may not receive a payment if your deductible is more than the amount of the loss.
For example: a $400 floor lamp is broken after the dog knocked it over. If you carry a $500 home deductible, your insurance won’t pay to replace the lamp since the amount of the loss is less than your deductible.
Talk to your insurance agent, you may be able to schedule jewelry items at a nominal premium charge with no deductible. You may also have the choice of scheduling them on a replacement cost basis or an agreed value basis.
Replacement Cost Coverage: your insurance company may pay the cost to repair or replace the damaged or lost property without factoring in depreciation. However, the amount paid will not exceed the least of these amounts:
- Replace cost at the time of loss;
- The full cost of repair at the time of loss; or
- The amount of insurance that applies to the property as shown on the declarations page of your policy.
Agreed Value Coverage: For each item designated on your policy as having agreed value coverage, the full amount shown is paid. The amount is agreed to be the value of that article or property.
You may also have the option to insure some personal property on a blanket coverage basis. In that case, your insurance company will pay the replacement cost at the time of the loss, but not more than the individual coverage amount for any single item of insured properly.
Several types of property can be scheduled specifically (with no deductible, and/or broader coverage). This includes cameras, collectibles, coins, fine arts (prints, paintings, sculptures, etc.), furs, golf equipment, musical instruments, silverware, sports equipment, and stamps.
The advantages of scheduling specific items are that you have broader coverage without a deductible.
Be sure to talk to us to determine if you have the best coverage for your personal property. We also offer a free in-home photo inventory, call us today to learn more!