Insuring Your Personal Possessions
Jewelry, Silver, Furs, Antiques, and Other Valuables
Most homeowners’ policies contain special limits on the amount of coverage for items such as jewelry, furs, antiques, silverware, collectibles, guns, etc. These limits often include a $1,000 maximum for any one theft claim on jewelry, watches or furs, or a maximum of $2,500 for the theft of silverware. Since the average value of an engagement ring is now several thousand dollars, you could find yourself seriously underinsured in the event of a loss.
Few things can be more unsettling when it comes to insurance than the feeling you have not received the full value of your damaged or stolen property after a loss. This is especially true when the loss involves these kinds of personal possessions whose values are difficult to set or can change over a long period of time. A silver service for example may be worth significantly less than its original purchase price due to a drop in the market price of silver.
How can a “schedule” help properly insure this type of property?
A "schedule" is simply a way of specifically listing valuable items on your homeowner’s, condominium or tenant’s policy. The schedule includes a brief description of each item and its dollar value. For certain items of property such as fine art or high valued jewelry, a professional appraisal of the item or a copy of the sales receipt is sometimes required. This helps assure the amount of insurance listed on the schedule accurately reflects its current value. You're then sure that in the event of a covered loss, the amount of your insurance is enough to repair or replace the item.
What other benefits does a schedule provide?
There are other advantages to insuring personal property on a scheduled basis. First, scheduled property is not subject to the policy deductible. Second, coverage for the scheduled property is actually broader than the "named perils" such as fire, theft, and vandalism provided under your basic policy. This broadening would include most types of accidental damage to the scheduled property which you might not normally consider. For example, a schedule would provide coverage for a diamond which has fallen out of its setting, or an antique table top damaged by water leaking from a flower vase.
How much does it cost to schedule items?
The cost of this valuable coverage is quite affordable and depends upon the type of item being scheduled and its value.
If you think you may have personal items to schedule, please contact us. We can explain scheduling in more detail, and discuss with you whether or not it is to your advantage to schedule any of your valuables.