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Buildings Insurance

Anyone know about this stuff?

What value buildings insurance do I need compared to the value of the house? I was just about to hit the BUY button to grab some building and contents insurance for our new drum, when I noticed the maximum buildings cover - a figure amounting to 86% of the value of the house.

That enough?

You need enough to cover site clearance and rebuild if your house gets blown up. A lot of the value is in the land area which isn't really relevant to insurance.

Mussels wrote

You need enough to cover site clearance and rebuild if your house gets blown up. A lot of the value is in the land area which isn't really relevant to insurance.

What he said. Like as not if people had the chance, were it not for planning permission, people would buy your house and knock it down to build their own. Alas you live on a small crowded island so the land is worth a hell of a lot more than it would cost to rebuild your home if it were blown down or blown up.

Normally you rely on the survey when you buy the house and then index it on a yearly basis.Maybe ask the previous owner what sum they had covered. The simplest survey tends to have a rebuild estimate.As for percentages, ours is 160% of the value of our house, but it's difficult to find builder who could faithfully rebuild a 1760s house these days.Normally most new build houses would have a rebuild cost c.60-75% of the value, though it's difficult to generalise.

Ares wrote

What he said. Like as not if people had the chance, were it not for planning permission, people would buy your house and knock it down to build their own. Alas you live on a small crowded island so the land is worth a hell of a lot more than it would cost to rebuild your home.

So 86% is enough then - because the land must account for more than 14% of the value. Is that right?

Kneerly Down wrote

Normally you rely on the survey when you buy the house and then index it on a yearly basis.Maybe ask the previous owner what sum they had covered. The simplest survey tends to have a rebuild estimate.As for percentages, ours is 160% of the value of our house, but it's difficult to find builder who could faithfully rebuild a 1760s house these days.Normally most new build houses would have a rebuild cost c.60-75% of the value, though it's difficult to generalise.

Not forgetting the price premium per square foot in say urban london vs. the provinces.

Ares wrote

Not forgetting the price premium per square foot in say urban london vs. the provinces.

Yep. We are talking bandit country.

trogladyte wrote

So 86% is enough then - because the land must account for more than 14% of the value. Is that right?

Sounds about median from my limited experience. By and large in the UK, unless you live in a 'listed' building your 'sale' value of your house will be a hell of a lot more than the rebuild cost.

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Anyone know about this stuff?

All i know is it cost £30 a month.

Trog, if you live in the SE 86% sounds fine tbh. Many blocks of flats run at a much lower ratio for the reasons stated above.You don't state whether you own a house, or flat, or the land holding arrangements. But, generally speaking, home insurers don't try to downsell on coverage.

Ares wrote

Sounds about median from my limited experience. By and large in the UK, unless you live in a 'listed' building your 'sale' value of your house will be a hell of a lot more than the rebuild cost.

Think I'm going to grab it. Pretty reasonable deal - £100 less than the cost for this house, even though it's a for a considerably larger drum - presumably because its not in quite such a war zone as this one.

Ares wrote

Trog, if you live in the SE 86% sounds fine tbh. Many blocks of flats run at a much lower ratio for the reasons stated above. You don't state whether you own a house, or flat, or the land holding arrangements. But, generally speaking, home insurers don't try to downsell on coverage.

It's a victorian freehold semi in leafy suburbia.

trogladyte wrote

It's a victorian freehold semi in leafy suburbia.

My opinion only but that sounds a safe bet. Probably over-insuring.

davevmax wrote

yeah! Aren't you just! Why is it so different?There's thieves everywhere!!

Dave's not here, man.

RossR46 wrote

All i know is it cost £30 a month.

tell you morgage provider to fcuk off (is it abbey)...try these www.lv.com/

we just had the first burglaries in our village for 6 years, everyone is terrified!!!!!!

davevmax wrote

Yeah! soz! that was meant for elsewhere!! Am only a fkn joiner!!

Er....Dave's not here, man.

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