Live in a home you own?
If you own a home that’s not under strata title, a combined building and contents insurance policy can give protection for your most valuable assets. While building insurance protects the main structures of your house, contents insurance can cover the things that make it a home – from your furnishings, fittings and appliances through to your personal items like sporting gear, jewellery and clothes.
Live in a strata title building?
While strata insurance, held by the body corporate, looks after the building and common areas, it’s important to realise it doesn’t cover everything.
Generally, strata building insurance doesn’t cover:
- Any amendments or additions to any element of the original building, like putting in a new kitchen, bathroom or built-in wardrobes
- Fixed furnishings, including light fittings, curtains and carpets
- Personal belongings, from whitegoods, mirrors and artwork, to clothing, jewellery and sporting equipment.
Check with your strata manager to be certain you know what is and isn’t covered under the strata insurance.
One of the benefits of renting is not having to worry about building insurance. But if you haven’t insured your contents, you could still be exposing yourself to financial risk. If there were a fire, for example, you could lose your furniture, appliances and other personal items. Or, a thief could take your high-value, expensive-to-replace belongings.
Contents insurance can provide protection against these risks, and the opportunity to claim back the cost of replacing these goods. So even if you’re renting, it makes sense to consider contents insurance.
The benefits of portable contents insurance for everyone
The good news is, portable contents insurance can fill the gap and protect your belongings from damage, loss or theft outside of the home and anywhere in Australia. If you want extra cover for items you take outside your home– like a bike or laptop, talk to your insurer about portable contents insurance.
Remember, different policies offer different limits and exclusions, so it’s important to always read the product disclosure statement (PDS).