Why Is the Market Value of My Home Different from the Amount of Insurance I Have?
Updated: May 27
While the current market value of your home may be lower than you’d like, the cost to rebuild may be higher than you think.
Over 60% of homes don’t have the right amount of insurance coverage and, on average, are “underinsured” by 22%. For a home that may cost $1MM to rebuild, this could mean $200k out of the homeowner’s own pocket!*
* Marshall Swift Boeckh
How to keep your insurance up to date
Here are some helpful tips to keep your home insurance up to date as you make changes to your home over time.
Nearly 50% of homeowners believe that their coverage amount is linked to market value. In fact, one has nothing to do with the other (see FAQs on home replacement costs). Insurance coverage is linked to the cost of rebuilding your home, and this cost can often be more than your home’s market value or selling price.
Updates, additions and improvements to your home may increase the amount of coverage you need.
Most common changes like installing hardwood floors, updating a kitchen or bath, or adding a deck affect the cost to rebuild your house.
Be sure your insurance portfolio automatically adjusts the Dwelling A coverage amount each year to account for changes in the cost of labor and materials. Remember, however, that such adjustments don’t include any changes or additions made to your home.
What you can do today
Request an Insurance Tune-up(SM) from Acacia Insurance to be sure your coverage reflects the cost to rebuild your home if it is damaged by fire or another covered cause of loss.
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Acacia Insurance has been helping to make the unexpected uneventful since 1988, and we look forward to working with you. Please contact us with questions and for additional information.