Nothing says “I love you” like a sparkling diamond necklace or a designer watch. In the event of a loss, nothing causes more heartache than learning that you’re underinsured. Learn more about how you can protect the finer things in life with additional coverage options, highlighted below. To properly protect certain types of valuables, coverage is available through a policy endorsement or floater.
Endorsements are additions to your homeowners, condominium or renters insurance policy that change or add to the policy’s provisions. The endorsement can cover property otherwise excluded from a basic homeowners insurance policy, extend the number of perils included, or increase the amount paid for a covered loss. The items of value are “scheduled” on a list that includes a brief description and the item’s dollar value.
To determine each item’s value, an appraisal or sales receipt is typically required. This will help ensure that, in the event of a covered loss, the amount of insurance is enough to cover the repair, replacement or cash payment of the item. Items scheduled are typically not subject to the policy deductible.
A separate personal articles floater policy may be used to schedule your valuable property that is subject to special limits under basic homeowners coverage.
Once you have an endorsement or floater, it is important to periodically review your policy’s coverage limits to minimize the likelihood of being underinsured due to outdated appraisals and inadequate limits of insurance.
Before a thief steals your possessions or precious jewelry becomes lost, learn more about the affordable ways you can protect the things you value most.
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