HALIFAX, Dec. 31, 2014 /CNW/ - As the holiday season comes to an end and we prepare to ring in the New Year, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reminds Atlantic Canadians to review their home insurance policies and take steps to help protect their possessions.
"By following the tips below, Atlantic Canadians can help ensure their possessions are protected throughout 2015," said Amanda Dean, Vice-President, Atlantic, IBC. "Usually, the holiday season brings gifts such as new jewellery or electronics, so be sure to update your home inventory. A home inventory helps protect your belongings and may speed up the claims process in the event of theft or loss."
IBC's top 10 tips to protect your possessions this New Year are:
- Review your insurance policy to ensure you have adequate coverage.
- If you are renting, remember to have tenant's insurance. A landlord's policy would not typically cover your personal belongings or liability.
- Shop around to find the right policy to fit your unique situation.
- Understand your policy and ask questions if you need clarification.
- Look for ways to lower your premiums.
- Some insurers offer discounts if you take steps to reduce risk. Speak to your insurance representative about how you can lower your premiums.
- Update your home inventory once a year or when you purchase new items.
- Note the approximate replacement value of your home's contents, along with makes, models, serial numbers and any identifying marks on your contents.
- If necessary, hire an appraiser to determine the value of works of art or jewelry to avoid a possible claims misunderstanding.
- Take photos or a video of your home's contents.
- Keep your home inventory and your content's photos/video in a safety deposit box or in another safe place away from home.
- If you have questions, speak to your insurance representative.
- For further information, contact IBC's Consumer Information Centre at 1-800-565-7189 ext. 228.
For more information on home insurance, visit www.ibc.ca.
About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is pleased to celebrate 50 years as a valuable resource for insurance information. Since 1964, IBC has been working with governments across Canada to make our communities safer, championing issues that directly affect Canadians and the property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry. IBC is the national industry association representing Canada's private home, car and business insurers. Its member companies represent 90% of the P&C insurance market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry employs over 118,600 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes to the federal, provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of $48 billion.
If you require more information, IBC spokespeople are available to discuss the details in this media release.
SOURCE: Insurance Bureau of Canada
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