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NEW YORK, July 2, 2013 — Whether you’re renting a share in The Hamptons, a log cabin in the Smoky Mountains or a cottage on Cape Cod, the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) can help you understand how to protect your personal possessions while you are away.
If you are renting a vacation home during the summer, any personal possessions you take with you are covered under your homeowners or renters insurance policy. Belongings are protected against losses from fire or smoke, lightning, vandalism, theft, explosion, windstorm and water damage (not including floods) anywhere in the world, minus your deductible. But keep in mind that some policies may limit the amount of off-premises coverage to 10 percent of the total coverage for personal possessions. For example, if you have $100,000 worth of personal possessions insurance for your primary residence, only $10,000 would be applicable to possessions you bring with you to your vacation home.
Your personal belongings are not only covered at your vacation rental, but also in the event they are stolen from your car.
If you have expensive jewelry, musical instruments or sports equipment, you may want to consider purchasing a floater (also known as an endorsement) to your home or renters policy. This provides a higher amount of insurance and broader coverage. Most floaters, for instance, include additional coverage for “mysterious disappearance,” meaning you are generally protected even if you lose the item. Having a floater or endorsement provides additional coverage not just while you are on vacation but also throughout the year.
When choosing your homeowners or renters insurance, there are two types of policies to consider. Actual Cash Value pays to replace your possessions up to the limit of your policy, minus a deduction for depreciation. Replacement Cost pays the current cost of replacing your belongings (regardless of depreciation), also up to the limit of your policy.
Before heading on vacation, the I.I.I. recommends taking the following steps:
The I.I.I.’s free mobile apps can help you create a disaster plan, learn about selecting the right insurance for your needs and budget, and create and maintain a home inventory. Learn more about our suite of apps here.
The I.I.I. has a full library of educational videos on its YouTube Channel.
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