There was no limit on the amount your insurer was required to spend in order to replace your home.

Since the Christchurch earthquakes, many New Zealand insurers have changed the basis of their home insurance policies; they now require you to specify a "sum insured" for your home. This means that if your home is damaged or destroyed then the sum insured is the maximum amount the insurer will be prepared to spend to remedy the damage.

The onus is now on you to tell your insurer the cost to rebuild your house. If you under-estimate the cost and your house is destroyed, your insurer will not be prepared to rebuild your home to the same size and specification as it was before.

It's also worth noting that the rateable value of your home doesn't have a direct bearing on the cost to rebuild, therefore it is not a good idea to rely on the RV for insurance purposes. Instead you should investigate the actual cost of rebuilding your home to set your sum insured.

This is where we at Maltbys can help, by arranging to visit your home and establishing for you a more accurate rebuild cost which takes into account all of the unique and special features of your home.

Your home is most likely your most valuable possession, and so contact us to help ensure your insurance cover reflects the true costs likely to be incurred in the event of replacing your home due an insurance event.

  • For rebuild estimates in the upper North Island contact
    Gary Townsend in the Auckland office.
  • For rebuild estimates in the lower North Island and upper South Island contact David Morriss in the Wellington office.
  • For rebuild estimates in the Canterbury region contact
    David Morriss for the Christchurch office.
  • For rebuild estimates in the Queenstown lakes area contact
    Jeff Turner in the Queenstown office.

Alternatively please send us your details on our enquiry form below and a surveyor will be in touch with you shortly.

 

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