Canstar News - April 26th
People living in cyclone-prone North Queensland continue to struggle with limited and expensive home insurance options, while the industry providers and Government argue over the best way to protect them from rising premiums.– Read more
Home Insurance - April 26th
When you think of drones, you wouldn’t think of insurance claims. Yet more and more insurers are beginning to use drones to assess the damage in areas affected by national disasters, and many now provide insurance for personal drones.– Read more
Home and Contents Insurance - April 24th
Break-ins and robberies are many people’s worst nightmare, and most would be willing to pay for peace of mind. A home security system is an investment in your family’s safety, but is it a worthwhile one?– Read more
Home Insurance - April 24th
With the Queensland floods of 2010/11 and the more recent tropical cyclone Debbie, Australia has a bit of a history with natural disasters. If your home has been affected by a flood, then here’s what you need to do to get back on track.– Read more
If our home is our castle, then it makes sense to protect it in any way possible. We invest in locks and latches, in gates and fences, in smoke detectors and alarm systems – so investing in home and contents insurance should be a must as well.
Even in our increasingly digital world, most of our most treasured possessions are still physical. We can’t compensate for the sentimental value attached to our belongings, but we can try to compensate for the financial loss of either or both our property and our belongings.
The way we do this is with home insurance (sometimes called building insurance) for the property we live in, and contents insurance for the belongings stored inside that property.
Home insurance (also called building insurance or property insurance) helps to cover the cost of damage to or destruction of your home, garage, other outbuildings, and permanent fixtures such as built-in wardrobes.
Contents insurance provides protection against damage or loss of personal possessions. This may include anything from a pair of designer sunglasses to a flat-screen TV.
These are just some of the the events that your home and contents insurance may cover. Compare home and contents insurance to find out more.
Keep in mind that home and contents insurance is different to landlord insurance, which is similar to building insurance but can also include some landlord-specific features such as loss of rent, tenant eviction, legal expenses and malicious acts and damage.
CANSTAR currently researches and rates more than 100 home and contents insurance policies from different providers to see which products offer customers outstanding value. We help Australians choose between standalone building insurance, standalone contents insurance, and combined home and contents insurance packages.
The secret to our ratings is that we compare on value, not just price.
Do you want to buy the cheapest insurance policy on the market? Some do, and so you can sort the policies available based on price, but most want a policy that meets their insurance needs – as well as being affordable!
Home and contents insurance products are rated for each state and territory in Australia and for two different sums insured. This means you can see how a policy might perform in your situation, which may be different to the cover provided and the cost of that cover for people in other customer profiles. Then you can create a shortlist of products that may be suitable for your needs.
A summary of features that we look for in an outstanding value insurance policy are contained in the Methodology attached to the Home and Contents Insurance Star Ratings report.
To be eligible for Canstar’s star ratings assessment, premium quotes have to be available both online and by phone and the provider must provide quotes for all addresses quoted for the specific policy and sum insured level.
The results are reflected in a user-friendly star ratings concept, with a 5-star rating representing a product that offers outstanding value.
So whether you’re looking for contents insurance, house insurance, or home and contents insurance, CANSTAR can help you make a shortlist of policies to investigate.
It’s about working out what insurance issues are important to you. Some things to think about when choosing home insurance include:
From there, CANSTAR can help you compare features and price of home insurance and contents insurance policies that could suit your needs, and you can get a quote from the insurers on your shortlist:
Written by: TJ Ryan
Please note that these are a general explanation of the meaning of terms used in relation to home and contents insurance.
Policy wording may use different terms and you should read the terms and conditions of the relevant policy to understand the inclusions and exclusions of that policy. You cannot rely on these terms to the part of any policy you may purchase.
Refer to the product disclosure statement (PDS) and Canstar’s Financial Services Guide (FSG).
Accidental glass breakage: Accidental breakage of or damage to glass items or glass that is part of an item. Glass contents may include such things as light fittings, glass in furniture, and mirrors. It does not usually mean glass in televisions or small glass items such as crystal and ornaments. Learn about accidental glass breakage and other coverage.
Building replacement value: The amount it would cost you to totally rebuild your home at today’s prices, including any home improvements you have made.
Contents: Your unfixed household goods and valuables and personal effects that you own, including furniture, carpets, electrical appliances, pot plants, and more. Learn about contents insurance. Learn about what contents insurance covers.
Excess: The excess is the amount you have to pay for each incident if you make a claim. It is generally deducted from the amount of cover provided by your policy. The amount and type of excess that applies to your policy is shown on your Certificate of Insurance.
Flood cover: The standard definition of flood is: the covering of normally dry land by water that has escaped or been released from the normal confines of any lake, or any river, creek or other natural watercourse, whether or not altered or modified; or any reservoir, canal, or dam. Damage from sea water flooding an area is not covered. Learn more about flood cover and see our Flood Checklist for preparing for a flood.
Forced entry: Unlawful entry into your home, including entry by using stolen keys or picking locks. If your door or window was unlocked, this is not forced entry.
Fusion: The burning out of an electric motor or its wiring caused by the electric current in it. Common items that may be subject to a fusion claim include washing machines, refrigerators, clothes dryers, freezers, and pool motors. Learn about motor burnout and fusion cover.
New for old: If your home or contents are damaged or stolen and your insurance policy covers “new for old replacement”, your insurer will replace the lost items with new items, or repair them with new materials that are available at the time of replacement or repair from Australian suppliers. Learn more about new for old replacement with contents insurance.
Optional cover: This is extra insurance cover not included as standard. To get optional cover, you must specifically select that option and pay an extra premium for that cover. You can discuss with your insurer of choice the optional covers that may be available.
Period of insurance: The time you are covered by the insurance, as shown on your Certificate of Insurance.
Sum insured: The most you can claim for any particular incident. The amount is shown on your Certificate of Insurance or in the PDS. The sum insured includes GST.
CANSTAR researched and rated the following providers of combined package Home & Contents insurance for our most recent home and contents insurance star ratings:
CANSTAR researched and rated the following providers of Home Building Only insurance for our most recent home and contents insurance star ratings:
CANSTAR researched and rated the following providers of Contents Only insurance for our most recent home and contents insurance star ratings: