When your house insurance policy renews, your house will be insured for up to a maximum specified dollar amount. This amount is called the Sum Insured.
It is important that you make sure that the Sum Insured amount on your Policy Schedule reflects the likely cost of rebuilding your house as accurately as possible. This is because if your house suffered extensive damage and needed to be rebuilt, the maximum we would pay is your Sum Insured amount, even if the actual cost of rebuilding turns out to be greater than that.
A number of reinsurers – the companies who cover insurance companies against natural disasters and catastrophes – now require houses in New Zealand to be insured for a specified amount. This is because they want to know the maximum amount that insurers would have to pay to rebuild the house.
Some other countries (such as Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) already base some house policies on a maximum specified amount. By moving to this model we’ll be aligned with those other countries and will meet the requirements of our reinsurers.
When it's time to renew your house insurance, we will send you an updated Policy Schedule and an information pack with further instructions.
When your policy renews, it is important that you
Recreational Features: permanent swimming pool, spa pool, or tennis court
Special Features: bridge, culvert, permanent ford or dam, wharf, pier, landing, jetty, cable car, or private utility plant
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To help you calculate the likely cost of rebuilding your house, you can:
It is important to set your House Sum Insured at an amount you’re comfortable with. If your House Sum Insured is insufficient your insurance might not cover the full cost of rebuilding your house.
For more information about how house insurance is change and to help estimate the likely cost of rebuilding your house, visit www.need2know.org.nz/AMI.