When you bought a home, you undoubtedly purchased insurance to protect that investment. Most homeowner’s policies are similar in how they calculate coverage amounts, what types of events and damages are covered or excluded, and how they shield owners against liability. However, there are some things you need to watch out for, especially if it has been a while since your purchase. One of those is the use of guaranteed replacement cost in insurance and how it can help you recover after a catastrophic loss.
What Is Guaranteed Replacement Cost?
A homeowner’s policy limits can be based on several factors: The purchase price, market value, mortgage value and replacement cost are common valuation methods. However, if a structure is completely destroyed, the actual cost to rebuild may go beyond those stated limits. Increased demand for supplies and labor after a major disaster are perfect examples of what can drive construction costs up. This may leave you with a gap between what your policy will pay and what it will cost to rebuild. Guaranteed replacement cost enhances a policy to fill that gap.
What Benefits Does It Provide?
In addition to paying above policy limits, there are a few other advantages to guaranteed replacement costs endorsements. For example, it covers updates to bring your home into compliance with building codes that have been enacted since your home was built. It is also generally more affordable than directly increasing coverage limits.
Guaranteed replacement cost is one tool that homeowners can use to protect their investment. Talk to your agent about whether it is a good choice for your policy.