The amount you insure your home for (we call that the ‘building sum insured’) should be enough to rebuild your home if you had to do it today.
Remember, when we talk about your home, we don’t just mean the building itself. If you have things like fences, sheds, in-ground pools, or covered car spaces, they count too. There are a few things to think about:
- If you underinsure your home, you may be caught short if you have to totally rebuild and replace it
- If you insure your home for more than it costs to rebuild and replace it, you'll only be able to claim the actual cost to do so
- Your building sum insured will be different to the market value of your home, which you might find on a property valuation, because it doesn't include the land value
- Make sure you include the cost of demolition and debris removal, building and planning professionals, plus any statutory or regulatory requirements
You can use our buildings calculator as a guide.*