Different home and contents insurance policies have different benefits and exclusions – so it’s important to make sure the policy you choose meets your needs. For example, some policies include additional cover for alterative accommodation if your home becomes unliveable because of an insured event, so you won’t be left with extra costs at a challenging time.
2. Standalone building insurance
You can also take out building cover as a standalone insurance policy.
Standalone building insurance will cover the damage to your home caused by events like storm, fire or a flood. It may also cover external permanent structures like a pool or tennis court, but it won’t cover your belongings or items (i.e. contents) that are permanently fixed or fitted to the building.
3. Standalone contents and renters insurance
Standalone contents insurance covers your belongings or items like your TV, jewellery and furniture – and even curtains, artwork or clothing. However, it won’t cover any damage to the building itself.
If you’re a renter, your landlord’s responsible for insuring the building – but you’re responsible for your belongings or items.
Renters insurance is a type of standalone contents policy, that’s been designed with renters in mind. It covers the things you own – like appliances, furniture and other valuables. It could even cover your belongings while in transit if you need to move within Australia.
4. Landlord insurance
The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that 20% of households own an investment property and these properties can be insured with landlord insurance.
Landlord insurance covers the building, contents or both – and may protect you against loss of rent if your investment property becomes unliveable as a result of an insured event like a storm, fire or flood. It may also include optional covers to protect against accidental building damage or malicious damage or theft by tenants.
5. Portable contents cover
You often take everyday portable items like sunglasses, watches, jewellery, laptops and sporting goods with you when you’re out and about or on holidays – and these items may be covered with Portable contents cover.