The holidays are coming to a close. That means it is now an important time to evaluate the value of the gifts you received and to consider insuring any big ticket items.
People across the country are likely enjoying the gifts they received from their friends and family members, including expensive items such as new jewelry or electronics. With these big items comes the question of whether they should be ensured or not. To alleviate the financial impact of loss or theft it is important that you insure your valuable items as quickly as possible. This takes a bit of thought on how to do so, so let's take a look at some of the important matters involved.
Questioning Your Existing Insurance
Kiplinger, a personal finance publication, explains that many individuals will believe that their homeowner's insurance policy covers all of their jewelry and other expensive items kept in the house, but this is not always true. The news provider pointed out that most homeowners insurance policies will only protect about 50 percent of personal belongings, including jewelry, furniture, and other items in the house. The shortage of coverage can translate to massive losses in the event of a fire, major burglary or other threat, especially if you are storing a lot of highly valuable items.
Essentials of Coverage
Investopedia, a website devoted to investment and finance best practices, uses the example of wedding rings to outline its suggestions on insuring a piece of valuable jewelry. According to the news source, the first step is to get a professional appraisal to ensure the item is properly valued. As for cost, Investopedia states that a piece of jewelry valued at about $6,000 will translate to an average of about $80 to insure annually, with policyholders paying between $1 and $2 for each $100 of value the covered item has. Speak to your independent agent about the other considerations involved in insuring your valuable jewelry and new big-ticket items following the holidays.
Covering all post-holiday valuables
Depending upon which types of items you receive over the holidays, there are various approaches to find coverage. For example, The New York Times, a major publication, explains that it is best to schedule (i.e., insure an item by listing it on the policy) items when you have a lot of highly valuable ones, rather than grouping them all together.
According to the Times, insuring each valuable individually within the schedule will certainly be more labor intensive, as it demands appraisals and other activities that umbrella-style coverage would not. However, it is worth the effort when various expensive and precious items are in your possession.
On the flip side, if you receive items such as flat-screen televisions or other electronics that you want to insure, a grouped-together insurance policy might be the best option. Your independent agent will be able to guide you through the steps you need to take to properly cover your valuables after this holiday season.