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Tips & tricks

Are you properly insured?

With house prices rising, material costs going up and builders becoming scarce, being underinsured is more common than you think.

You've worked hard to get yourself in the right financial space to buy a property, but do you have the right cover to protect it? In the event of damage, can you afford to pay for the repairs to your building or contents out of your own pocket?

For example: Imagine life without your fridge, dishwasher, washing machine, or clothes dryer. All things we take for granted in the modern world. They save us time, money, and effort. If they were damaged, lost, or stolen it would be at the very least a hassle to the day-to-day running of your home.

And let's not forget all your furniture, bedding, and whatever you have hiding in the shed or garage.

Protect everything you've worked hard for by ensuring you're covered for the right amount so you're not left picking up the bill.

Here are our assessor's tips so you can sit back knowing you’re covered for the right amount if anything should happen.

Home & Contents:

  • Use our calculators to help you choose the right amount of cover.

  • Don't forget to get jewellery and antique evaluations.

  • Our contents insurance provides new-for-old replacement so keep that in mind. If your particular washing machine is no longer available - or there's a pandemic making things hard to find - it might cost you more to replace the machine you have now for a new one down the track.

  • Consider if you need additional coverage such as Accident Damage or Portable Items.

  • Read your Product Disclosure Statement to understand what your policy does and doesn't cover.

  • Check your renewal documents to ensure the information is accurate and your sum insured is correct.

Vehicle:

  • Check the type of policy you have, does it cover your car or does it just cover damage you cause?  Ensure the type of policy suits your circumstances (Comprehensive/Third Party/Collector).

  • Read your Product Disclosure Statement to understand what your policy does and doesn’t cover.

  • Check your renewal documents to ensure the information is accurate and your sum insured is correct.  This is your opportunity to call us to discuss the sum insured as it’s too late at claim time.

  • Vehicle values are influenced by high or low kilometers, vehicle condition, popularity, modifications that you've told us about and accessories. These are considered when reviewing if your vehicle is worth more than the average.

  • Remember that the accessories and modifications you add to the vehicle are included in the ‘Agreed Value’, therefore consideration given to increasing the agreed value is based on these accessories.

  • View vehicle sales sites – such as Gumtree, Car sales, Redbook to understand what similar vehicles are being advertised for.

  • Call us to discuss the sum insured as we have industry guides to assist in placing a value on your vehicle.

We hope these tips help you take the worry out of protecting your belongings so you can spend more time relaxing and less time organising.

Home and contents calculators

Get insured for the right amount so you can rest easier.

Before buying insurance issued by RACT Insurance Pty Ltd (ABN 96 068 167 804, AFS licence 229 076) you should read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and Target Market Determination (TMD) which you can find on our Insurance Documents page.