It has become the norm to increase insurance cover for community schemes by 10%, or even 15%, per year. On the other hand, some bodies corporate choose not to increase cover at all. However, how often do bodies corporate consider decreasing cover?
In valuing the contents, most asset management specialists will consult annual guide books to estimate the value of an item or similar item. To achieve a higher degree of accuracy, we (Mirfin) research the open market for the replacement cost of each exact item or its successor. In the case of unique items where we are unable to source a price, we will agree with the insured on a suitable value.
If you ask any homeowner to estimate the current value of their home contents, the chances are that they will underestimate the total value by more than 50%. The insured party need to spend some time creating a detailed list of all their assets and then research its current replacement cost.