Is Home Insurance An Expensive Investment?

DEC 5, 2023
“Home”, the term conjures up so many memories and images: feeling safe, being with your loved ones, having a warm meal, enjoying some peace and quiet, and much more. Buying a home can be expensive. But a home and its contents are more than just financial investments or expenses. A home makes its residents feel happy and safe. That is why, when we feel comfortable and familiar with any place, we say that we “are feeling at home”.
But what if something were to happen to your precious home? Homes and their contents are vulnerable to natural disasters, fires, theft, burglary, man-made calamities such as riots and strikes, and much more. It is quite natural that one would want to protect their home against these dangers. Buying a home insurance policy is an effective way to do that. However, many people may think of home insurance as an expensive investment and may hesitate to buy it. * Claims are subject to terms and conditions set forth under home insurance policy.

But is home insurance really an expensive investment when you consider the benefits it provides? Let’s have a look.

Understanding Home Insurance and Its Pricing

The maximum amount you may receive in the event of a claim (also called the sum insured) for lightning, explosions, riots, strikes, cyclones, floods, and so on, as specified in the policy wordings, can be based on either of two aspects:

Reinstatement value basis: This is the value for replacing a covered item with another item of the same type and make. Depreciation may not be considered here..

Market value basis: This value is derived after deducting the depreciation from the reinstatement value, based on the age of the covered item. *

Since the premium of your home insurance plan depends on the sum insured, it may be determined by the overall value of the property and the contents you are insuring. Note that other factors, too, may affect the premium, depending on the insurer’s underwriting principles.

Home insurance plans can cover different types of items, based on the policy wordings. For instance, the Householders Package Policy from Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company covers damages against plate glass fixtures, jewellery and other precious items, breakdown of domestic appliances, electronic appliances, pedal cycles, and so on, as specified in the policy wordings. It also covers the loss of baggage during travels within India..


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