Home insurance claims are expensive and gaps in coverage can be costly
Nobody plans to have a home insurance claim, but the happen. According to ISO, in 2012 7.2% of of homes had to make a home insurance claim.
You’re probably thinking, that’s not so bad, 7.2% is a reasonable number. However, when you realize that home insurance, unlike auto insurance, is not measured so much in the frequency of loss (number of occurrences per 1,000 exposures), but the severity (average cost), then it may get you asking, what do home insurance claims cost?
During that same period of time, the average home insurance claim “severity” cost was $8,665, with the most expensive claims coming from fire and lightning, where the average claims cost can be $34,307 (averaged between 2008 – 2012).
So, when we start to think about the home insurance claims costs, then we start to better understand what is really at risk.
Home insurance claims result from several different causes
The home insurance industry categorizes home insurance claims into perils, below are the to perils that cause loss over the years from 2008 – 2012.
- Fire & lightning
- Bodily Injury
- Wind & Hail
- Property Damage
- Medical Payments
- Credit Card and Other
To help you better understand the major sources of home insurance claims costs, we have put together this infographic.
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According to the Insurance Information Institute, less than 50% of homeowners indicated that they had create a home insurance inventory in the last 8-years.
A home insurance inventory is an extremely important resource when presenting a home insurance claim, it will help to illustrate the exact property that you had prior to your home insurance loss, giving the insurance adjuster the best opportunity to replace your property.
A home insurance inventory is easy to create, you can use a digital camera or video recorder and simply walk through your home and document your possessions. Once completed, create a copy and store it in a fire resistance safety box. It is also a good idea to create a second version and store it in a location other than your home. This will create redundancy in your documentation and provide a backup if necessary.