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Homeowners warned over underinsurance risk

Homeowners warned over underinsurance risk

Category: Home insurance

Updated: 27/11/2012
First Published: 13/05/2011

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Homeowners have been urged to make sure their home insurance policies are up to scratch after it was revealed almost two thirds of properties and their contents might be underinsured.

Up to 60% of high value homes are thought to have inadequate home and contents insurance policies because the true value of possessions has been underestimated.

Indeed, Hiscox, the insurer behind the research, said many homeowners were surprised when they discovered the real value of the things they own.

Many had not taken into consideration a number of items they had accumulated over the years or treasures that they had inherited.

Fluctuations in the value of certain items such as jewellery had also often not been taken into account, a considerable oversight given that the price of gold has soared so high in recent times.

Certain everyday items such as sofas and mirrors were also often found to be overlooked when people estimated how much their possessions should be insured for.

"After a while even the special things in your home can seem like part of the furniture," said Andrew Cheney, risk and valuation advisor at the insurer.

"This means that when it comes to estimating the value of your home contents, it can be easy to forget about items that actually hold reasonable value."

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