Personal Property Insurance

Personal Property Insurance: A Diamond May Not Be Forever.

A nationwide survey of brides and grooms found that the average price of a sparkling engagement ring was $6,351 in 2017. On average, couples spend 3.5 months and look at 26 rings before finding just the right one.1

The possibility of losing such a meaningful and expensive possession may be hard to consider, but it happens. And many couples might not realize that their homeowners or renters insurance may not provide enough protection to replace a fine piece of jewelry or other expensive item that is lost or stolen.

The personal property coverage in standard policies generally covers only certain incidents (damage or accidental loss are typically excluded), and losses for jewelry and certain other expensive items are typically limited to around $1,500.2 Of course, a claim under your standard policy would also be subject to your deductible.

If you have cherished jewelry or other valuable goods in your home, consider purchasing a separate personal property policy or adding a scheduled personal property endorsement or "floater" to your homeowners or renters policy. Unlike standard policies, this type of endorsement typically extends coverage for many potential mishaps including theft, accidental loss or damage, and unexplained disappearance.

So if your diamond engagement ring is lost in the ocean, a floater could help you recover the full replacement value (up to policy limits). Better yet, there is no deductible, or a relatively minimal one.

You can choose to insure a single item (a particular ring) or a class of luxury goods (all jewelry). Some other examples include silverware, computers, cameras, sporting goods, guns, musical instruments, furs, fine art and antiques, coin or stamp collections, and other valuable collectibles

To obtain a floater, you will need a detailed description or photo(s) of the items and a bill of sale, appraisal, or other documentation of their value.

If the current value of any personal property you own exceeds the coverage offered in your current insurance policies, ask your insurance agent about the costs and benefits of additional coverage for those belongings. You may find it’s a relatively small price to pay for the added protection.

1) The Knot 2017 Jewelry & Engagement Study
2) Insurance Information Institute, 2019

This information is not intended as tax, legal, investment, or retirement advice or recommendations, and it may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any federal tax penalties. You are encouraged to seek advice from an independent professional advisor. The content is derived from sources believed to be accurate. Neither the information presented nor any opinion expressed constitutes a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security. This material was written and prepared by Broadridge Advisor Solutions. © 2019 Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc.