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Getting Personal Insurance For Valuables

Mar 18, 2008
Most people do not have a full accounting for all of the valuables that they own but want to get personal insurance to replace those valuables if something happens to them. There are many personal insurance alternatives that people can select from to cover the type of valuables that they own and an insurance agent will be able to help couples determine which type of personal insurance is best suited for what they own.

There is certain to be a wide assortment of jewelry items in the home if a couple has been married for a while. A woman might not realize the expense a husband spared to buy an anniversary band with many large diamonds in it. Each of those diamonds needs to be insured and the paperwork for the ring should be duplicated and stored in a safety deposit box along with other legal tender items.

Some valuables will come from relatives and are viewed as treasures of the past and not for the full money value that they could bring to some family member one day. These family heirlooms could be rare antiques that are irreplaceable and should be photographed and cataloged on video tape if there are many. The personal insurance policies could ensure that some of these items could be restored.

Most insurers will require receipts for many valuables in the home. When purchasing a personal insurance policy for valuables it is a good idea to thoroughly discuss the requirements for each type of valuables in the home. Some items might need appraisals by jewelers, or be valued by another professional who is specializes in the item in question. All these documents should be maintained with the policy for use at a later date and used to establish value with the insurance company at the start.

Some valuables covered under personal insurance policies will not be operable but are still quite valuable. Items such as antique automobiles can be insured even if they are stored at another location. Any item that is valued by a homeowner can be insured but a person should consult with an insurance agent to determine the best course to take to gain full protection and reimbursement for its full value.

Some families get personal insurance coverage for valuables that are all over the home. There are certain to be several collectors' plates that are displayed on walls throughout the home that are highly sought after and a personal insurance policy will ensure that the homeowner gets the full value of that collection. Some people will maintain a register of valuable items and inventory each piece on an annual basis.
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