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What’s Truly Valuable in Your House? Learn to identify items in your home that you may need to insure with something beyond your standard homeowners policy. My family lives in Florida, where hurricanes are a constant worry and having valuables insured properly is a necessity. However, it’s not just hurricanes that put our homes and valuables at risk, we all could potentially be the victim of a break-in, a fire or even flood from broken pipes. The crazy weather that we’ve encountered over the last few years has caused considerable unexpected losses for families across the country and the tragedies are made worse when they don’t have the right insurance.
For many of us, our first encounter with the world of supplemental insurance was when we got married and had to add extra insurance for our engagement and wedding rings. What many of us don’t always realize is that we have other items that also require more coverage. Basic homeowners won’t always pay to replace all the contents of ones home or may not cover the full value of certain high dollar items. Here are some examples:
- Expensive Electronics
- Genuine Jewelry
- Sterling Silver
- Appraised Art
Now, we know that there are many things in our home that we consider extremely valuable, because they have sentimental value to us. However, don’t allow emotions to cause you to place more value on something than it is really worth. While you want to make sure you have enough insurance, you don’t want to pay too much because you’ve over-estimated something’s value. If you aren’t sure, you can always seek out the opinion of a professional appraiser. You can find referrals for one in your area at the American Society for Appraisers website.
Okay, so take a moment to schedule a little time on your calendar for one weekend coming up and plan to go around your house and identify any of the high value items from the list above that you might own. While you do this, I suggest taking a note from my very smart mother-in-law, who encouraged my husband and I to actually make a photo inventory.
This simply provides more back up for you in the case you ever have to file a claim and it can save you headaches during the process. Having a photo inventory can also come in handy if you move, as it will help you keep track of the condition of your property and can be proof of ownership in case anything gets lost or broken.
It really doesn’t have to take very long at all and can be one of the smartest things you’ll ever do. These days, it’s even easier because we can snap the photos with our mobile phones and then there are actually apps available to help us organize and store the photos in a user-friendly format. Here are two of the more popular home inventory apps:
Sortly – available for free on iTunes
Overall, as families with children our lives are crazy busy and we can often put off doing things that don’t seem to be an immediate need or when a threat isn’t imminent. Unfortunately, when we aren’t proactive about protecting our assets, it can cause major problems for us at the worst of times when the unexpected strikes. Understanding which of our valuables we need to insure with additional coverage is worth the small investment of time and money needed now, to save us from headaches and regrets in the future.
For additional articles on many topics related to home ownership, safety and other important family matters, check out Nationwide’s Blog In The Nation. It’s a great resource and I was already checking out some of their other articles including 7 tips to make your teen a better driver.
Have you ever had to insure other valuables in your home with extra coverage?
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