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How Much Home Insurance Do I Need

As a homeowner, you fully understand the significance of home insurance holds, not just in protecting your house but also your family. So, when it’s time to buy a new insurance policy, how does one decide on the amount of home insurance they require?

The process of estimating just how much insurance your home requires, involves various steps. To begin with, you need to assess the approximate cost of rebuilding your house, followed by estimating the cost of your personal possessions present in the house. Apart from that, you must also consider the cost of your assets present in the house and the cost of liability to others. Another factor to be taken into consideration while assessing the amount of insurance needed is the cost of any alternate / additional living expenses (rent, etc.) which you might have to incur, if your house is rendered uninhabitable due to damage or ongoing repairs.

Cost of Rebuilding Your House

With all other things, construction costs have also gone up since the time you built your house. The cost of rebuilding a house could well be equated to the cost at which you would sell it off at. When it comes to rebuilding your house, there are several factors which come into play. Some of them are:

  1. Built-area of the house / structure.
  2. Local construction costs.
  3. Home exterior material – frame, brick/stone or veneer.
  4. Style of the structure i.e. colonial, cottage, French, Tudor, ranch, etc.
  5. Number of rooms / bathrooms in the house.
  6. Materials used for the roof and type of roof.
  7. Any other structures on the land like a garage or sheds.
  8. Any special features inside or outside the house like fireplaces, arched windows, trims on the exterior.
  9. Whether or not any part of the house was custom built like the kitchen, garage, etc.
  10. Any improvements / alterations done to the structure of the house like addition of another bathroom, enlarging the kitchen, or any other additions which have added to the overall value of the house.

Cost of Personal Possessions & Assets

The cost of personal possessions / assets is covered by most insurance policies. However, there is a specified limit up to which the insurance company will provide cover for these personal possessions, which is usually anywhere between 50% to 70% of the insurance amount of the house. To evaluate the amount of insurance sufficient to cover the value of the contents of your home, you need to carry out an inventory of your home. Make a detailed list of the contents in your house like electronic appliances, kitchen appliances, furniture, furnishings, valuables, etc. and the cost of replacing them, in case they are damaged, destroyed or stolen. You also have the option of choosing between an insurance policy which either provides Actual Cash Value for your lost or damaged goods or covers you for the Replacement Cost.

Cost of Alternate Accommodation

This is one of the most significant features of any home insurance policy which essentially covers you for any cost you might incur towards paying for an alternate or additional accommodation, in case your original accommodation / own house is damaged or destroyed by fire, a storm or any other insured disaster. This part of the insurance policy covers everything from meals, room rent, and any other living expenses which you might incur. This feature is also applicable in cases where a part of your house which has been rented out to a tenant, is damaged due to an insured cause. In this case, the insurance policy will cover the cost of the rent that you may have lost out on, which would have, under normal circumstances, been paid by your tenant.

Liability To Others

Your home insurance policy also covers you against any legal liabilities which may arise, if any third party sustains a bodily injury or property damage on your premises or any such damage which has been caused either by you or any of your family members. The policy shall cover you for the cost of any legal liabilities arising in court which you might have to pay. Different policies provide varying amounts of protection when it comes to legal liabilities. However, it is advisable to opt for a slightly higher sum.

Deductible Amount

Do consider he deductible amount when you are calculating the amount of insurance you must purchase. The higher the amount of the deductible you pay, the lower your insurance premium will be.

In order to calculate the amount of insurance you need to purchase, you could also find assistance online. Online tools like Home Building Calculators or the House Content Calculators are of great help for the purposes which they serve. A House Building Calculator essentially helps in calculating the cost of rebuilding your house, based on the current rates. A Home Contents Calculator helps you make an inventory of the contents of your house like electric appliances, kitchen appliances, entertainment systems, personal computers, etc.

Buying a house insurance policy is a decision which requires a fair amount of research and thought. In order to decide on the most adequate coverage which a policy can provide, you must evaluate the above mentioned factors, before arriving on a figure. Also, it is helpful to consult an agent or insurance expert, who can better guide you through the process and help you with the insurance deal which is best suited for you.

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  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Excellent service"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    While i have taken my home loan from HDFC,LTD they have asked me to take a house insurance policy. I pay the premium amount nominal which is applicable till my loan tenure period. It use to get auto debited from my account. They have given me a coverage upto Rs. 5 lakhs for 10 years .
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    , ahmedabad
    Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo
    HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Complicated policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    While i have taken my home loan from HDFC, they have asked me to take a life insurance policy. I pay the premium amount of Rs. 50000 which is applicable till my loan tenure period. They are deducting the insurance premium amount from loan premium amount. They have given me a coverage upto Rs. 4 lakhs.
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    , chennai
    Reviewed on Jun 09, 2019
  • review Home Insurance
    "Better"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I got a home insurance from SBI General Insurance and they have charged 50K for the insurance which was little bit higher when compared to others. They have not sent the insurance paper yet. The policy is valid for 15 years. It covers fire accidents, natural calamities and everything.
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    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Jun 07, 2019
  • review Home Insurance
    "Good Service"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have taken Health Insurance through Royal Sundaram through Online .I am paying a premium of Rs. 15000 it is a 1year nee to renew each year ,I am paying through by online ,This insurance was referred by Citi Bank .I have not faced any issues so far on using this policy .There are cashless facility as well.
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    , bangalore
    Reviewed on May 31, 2019
  • ICICI Lombard Home Insurance
    "Good Service"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have taken Health insurance policy since got call from ICICI Lombard hence taken the policy.This is a 1year policy need to renew the policy every year ,There is cashless facility on this policy ,premium is very nominal it is Rs.13000 paying through auto debit .I have got the policy documents on time ,Submitted documents also and not gone for any claim so far.
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    , thane
    Reviewed on May 28, 2019
  • Tata AIG Home Insurance
    "Good for home protection"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    Tata Aig home insurance policy has the tenure of 15 years, when I took home loan from Axis they took around Rs. 25,000. Its covers rain, riots, terrorism, natural calamity, fire everything come under this, hence its a good protection for me.
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    , bangalore
    Reviewed on May 13, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Good"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I got a Home insurance from HDFC ERGO while taking the home loan. The policy is valid for 5years and the premium is reasonable. They have charged me 69K and have received the soft copy of the insurance. The policy coverage is good and it includes natural calamities and fire accident.
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    , pune
    Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Good. Can work on the charges"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    HDFC Ergo home insurance policy is good and there is a coverage for five years, and I can renew it if I wish too. I also have the option to continue till the loan gets completed. The total amount is of 1.11 Lakhs. I need to pay 700rs on a monthly basis. I suggest that the charges should be on a lower side.
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    , ahmedabad
    Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019
  • Bharti Axa Home Insurance
    " Premium should be economical"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I paid premium of Rs.1.5 lakh to Bharti Axa for home insurance it has the tenure upto loan end peroid of 20 years. I believe its covers all natural calamities like earth quake, the premium is huge as compared to others. I got the policy paper through PNB Housing,
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    , chennai
    Reviewed on Apr 12, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Good"
    0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
    They have charged me a premium of 1.4L for the home insurance which is 26 years. I have received the insurance paper from HDFC ERGO. Actually the premium is on higher side when compared to other insurer but have no other go. The customer service is always good. They have given me better benefits but still looking for bit more.
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    , kolkata
    Reviewed on Mar 29, 2019
  • review Home Insurance
    "Excellent"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I do have a home insurance with SBI GENERAL INSURANCE and it was offered along with the home loan. They have charged me 6K for 15 years. I have no claims till now. I have received the insurance documents. It has lot of benefits. I have not contacted the customer service.
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    , kolkata
    Reviewed on Feb 15, 2019
  • review Home Insurance
    "Good for future"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I don't have any experience of claiming anything in this policy. Its covered with the complete home and products like all the electronic items. I have made the one time premium amount of Rs. 35000 for 25 years. They have given me a coverage amount of Rs. 16 lakhs. When i avail my home loan they have offered this policy.
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    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Jan 29, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Average"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I have insured my home with HDFC , home got insured at 174000 and the customer service is good , they help me through out the process . Only i got disappointed at one place they wrongly updated my name . My premium amount use to get auto debited from my account . It was average experience .
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    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 27, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Average Service"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I had taken this insurance policy a while back and the premium had been paying on a Quarterly basis. The premium amount has been around 80,000 and the payment method has been simple. Their customer support has responsive and is helpful at times.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , ahmedabad
    Reviewed on Jan 26, 2019
  • ICICI Lombard Home Insurance
    "Satisfactory"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    At the time of home loan they have issued me a home insurance with ICICI Lombard actually the product was good. They have more number of branches. I took the policy amount of 1L which is one time premium for 20 years. The sum assured is 40L. I am very much happy with their service.
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    , pune
    Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019
  • ICICI Lombard Home Insurance
    "Average Policy"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I have take Home Insurance from the Icici which i got through my Home loan where its been given by them . The premium amount which i paid for the is quiet high , The explained the policy very well and but they haven't given the document for that , as i don't know the sum assured amount and policy details.
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    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Should be transparent"
    0.5 2.0/5 "Expected more"
    I took home insurance from HDFC Ergo by paying the premium around Rs. 3 lakhs. In the beginning they were communicated the policy for whole 25 years, now they were telling its only for 5 years. If I want to continue then I need to renew it. The policy is good it covers all natural calamities, fire, rain etc. But they should be transparent in their communication.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Jan 03, 2019
  • ICICI Lombard Home Insurance
    "Good Service provider"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    ICICI lombard gave me the medical coverage of Rs. 5 lakhs its entire family. The brand value is good to tie reputed hospital in area. Once I used the policy for dengue fever, they gave me cash less treatment for 10 days, they didn't charge any money. I just submitted medical card and id proof.
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    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Nov 10, 2018
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "I want to top up my Home loan to HDFC bank home loan departm"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    Very good response by bank bazaar to connect HDFC bank home loan web site, very quick response by Bank Bazaar, Iam very happy to say if bank authorities will reply my application I am very thankful to you bank Bazaar.------------------------
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    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Nov 06, 2018
  • HDFC Ergo Home Insurance
    "Good Protection for House"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    While I was taking loan from HDFC bank they taken amount for the home insurance for the tenure period of five years. I think they gave me the cover for different calamities, glass, raining, fire etc. But I thought for long tenure but they gave minimal tenure period for the home protection.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Nov 05, 2018
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