HOW MUCH IS YOUR PERSONAL PROPERTY REALLY WORTH?

2Many people don't think they have a lot of value in their personal property. Sure, there's the big-screen TV, laptop or tablet computer, and maybe the home theater system, but the rest is just clothes, furniture, tools, dishes, and stuff. Most of it will probably end up in the garbage or at a garage sale.

However, what we as insurance agents learn is that after a loss (when policyholders compile a list of their damaged and destroyed property and what it would take to replace it) they often find the cost stunning. We don't want you to discover that you were underinsured, especially when it's too late.

The reasons for this miscalculation might come down to the fact that most of us acquire our personal items gradually, a little bit here and a little bit there. In contrast, the items we know to be valuable are usually those whose purchase hits us at one time -- the big-ticket television or computer, for example. Add up all those "little" expenditures and the chances are that your possessions are worth a lot more than you think.

What to do? Sit down and run a "mock loss" drill with your family. First, write down what you estimate your personal property to be worth. Now imagine that everything you own has been destroyed -- and you just happen to have a complete inventory and picture or video of every single item (this should be easy to do because you can walk through the house and see everything).

Once you have your "lost property" list, start adding up the values. If you're not sure, check store ads, catalogues, and Web sites. Be sure to count all those spoons and shirts, every blouse and toy, and each knick-knack and tool. Some of them might be old. However, if you're counting on your insurance to replace them, calculate the value at what each item would cost today, if you had to drive a truck to the mall and replace everything at once.

Once you have your total, compare it with your original estimate. Shocked? One Virginia couple estimated their property values to be approximately $100,000. After a total fire loss, they tallied their possessions. To quote the wife, "I stopped counting at $300,000." Their insurance coverage provided only $109,500.

Call us with your total, and let's make sure your current insurance covers the real value of your possession. Do it now, before you suffer a serious real loss!

Need insurance for You, Your Family or Your Business?
We can match you to a qualified, local insurance expert!
Further Reading
When discussing copyright protection, sooner or later someone's going to suggest mailing your intellectual property to yourself as an easy way to protect what's yours. The "Poor Man's Copyright," as it were. So, does this actually work, or is it...
Your small business expenses and personal expenses should stay separate. However, it's easy to spend business funds for personal expenses, which can affect your personal credit. Understand the business credit mistakes that put your personal credit at...
Winter weather often includes snow and ice, two hazards that can create dangerous conditions on your commercial property. Prepare to keep your employees and customers safe when you prep your property for winter snow and ice removal. Inspect Lighti...
Personal automobile liability, homeowners' liability coverage, watercraft, aviation, and umbrella liability are designed to cover all the risks associated with day-to-day hazards. But, many times, entrepreneurs are not as vigilant with personal ri...
You have an idea that is unique. Perhaps it is a new process, or you invented a machine that works in a new way, maybe you wrote a book, computer code or a song. All of the above are examples of what intellectual property is. IP Infringement an...