Home contents insurance is insurance that covers your belongings, other than your house, in the case of fire, theft or damage (depending on your particular policy - of course). If you think you don't need home contents insurance, then take a walk through your living room and just add up all those items that make your life good and then calculate how much it would cost you to replace them. It's amazing what one can collect over a period of a few years. Now that you know how much it will cost to replace them, you can decide for yourself - can you afford not to take out home contents insurance.
If you already have home contents insurance, then just for laughs, do the same exercise - walk around your living room and take a quick inventory of what you have. Unless you've done a home contents list within the past year or so, you'll be alarmed at how much you've actually acquired.
Whether you're a new insurer or an old hand, the fact is that should something happen to your home, you'll need to give the insurance company a list of all the things that are missing or damaged. At such stressful times, unless you have an inventory, you're bound to forget half of the items you need to replace.
One of the easiest ways to take a full inventory of your home for home contents insurance purposes, is to take a video of the inventory. And remember, once you have the inventory, whether in the form of a list or in the form of a tape, always keep a copy of that inventory at some other location, other than at your house. It won't help you if the list goes up in flames when your house does.
Its also best to specifically indicate expensive items in your policy and keep the values of those items up to date.
As far as rates for home contents insurance, be sure to shop around for quotes to make sure you get the very best deal. A great way of comparing insurance rates and quotes is to get a quote online from a company like or Insweb. They get some basic information from you and then present you with a number of comparative quotes.
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