Home Insurance : Focus on Renovating
There is a huge demand in DIY-style renovations across Australia and unfortunately many Australians head into their renovations without proper planning, or advising their insurance company. This potentially places the very thing they’re working so hard to perfect at risk – their home.
As protecting our homes properly with insurance is often overlooked by many Aussie homeowners when renovating here are some tips to help you.
- Whether you are buying a new home and contents insurance policy, or you have an existing home and contents insurance policy, it is important to let your insurer know if you intend to renovate your home. Insurers need to know this information as renovations ca affect the risk of property. Depending on the nature or value of the works, some insurers may require you to pay an additional premium, alter the terms and conditions of your policy before providing cover or exclude cover altogether. If you do not inform your insurer of your renovations your insurer may even refuse to pay a claim. So you should promptly contact your insurer to let them know that you are intending to renovate, so you can avoid any surprises
- You should take the opportunity when renovating to address some of the wear and tear issues around your home. For example, if you have tradespeople doing plumbing work, it might be cost effective to do a simple check of old taps and connections when they are there. Poor connections from the water main to major appliances, sinks, and toilets is one of the top reasons for water damage to a home – and often the cost to get them replaced during renovations is less than the excess you have to pay in the unfortunate event that you need to make a claim.
- Lastly, when the renovation has been completed, we recommend that you review your sum insured to check it is adequate. Contact your insurer if you need to adjust your sum insured, or, if you simply need to let them know that your renovations are complete.
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