Life is unpredictable. We constantly encounter situations threatening to destroy our property or put our lives in danger. Most of these unforeseen situations are not always within our control, and we can only hope that we are well prepared for the aftermath when and if they happen. One way of ensuring we are ready for the aftermath is by taking an insurance policy.
There are various types of insurance coverage, including personal insurance, which indemnifies you and your family against the loss of life or injury, and home insurance or homeowners insurance which covers your house and personal belongings and personal property against property damage or theft, among others.
Replacement cost coverage Vs. Actual cash value coverage
Let’s look at the difference between replacement cost coverage and actual cash value coverage.
Replacement Cost Coverage
A replacement cost policy covers the cost to replace the lost or damaged property with similar quality and kind of materials. This valuation option does not consider the aspect of depreciation and focuses on the replacement cost value. The replacement cost value refers to the amount an insurance company will have to pay to replace the lost or destroyed asset at prevailing rates. Replacement cost insurance works to place you back to the financial and material status you enjoyed before the peril occurred. Still, the coverage limit guides how much the insurance company may offer you.
Under replacement cost coverage, two other options are available to you as the insured. These are the extended replacement cost policies and guaranteed replacement cost coverage options. Both help cover additional costs you may incur above the standard replacement cost coverage. The additional costs may arise because of inflation, change in legislation and construction laws, or hiked construction costs.
The extended replacement cost coverage option extends your replacement cost coverage policy by a percentage. It will cover the replacement cost and have the percentage as a buffer if the current costs exceed the initial replacement cost coverage. The guaranteed replacement cost insurance ensures you get the total value of replacement without limits. These options are far more expensive than the standard replacement cost insurance.
Actual Cash Value Coverage
This valuation method calculates how much an item is worth but factors in elements that dictate how much the lost or broken item would be worth after use. The elements considered include depreciation, age, and condition of the insured property or what we commonly refer to as wear and tear.
While using this valuation method to come up with actual cash value policies covering the loss or destruction of property, the insurance company will factor in depreciation. The insurance company will calculate the property’s depreciation and subtract it from the replacement cost value. The balance is the amount the insurance company will pay you as the insured and highlights the relationship between replacement cost and actual cash coverage.
It’s important to note that the actual cash value is always lower than the initial price paid for the item. Most insurers will apply a predetermined rate to forecast the useful “life” left in commodities and then multiply that rate with the replacement cost to get the actual cash value.
Factors That May Affect the Insurance Coverage Selection
The main factor that will affect which option you choose between the actual cash value and replacement cost insurance policy will be the premiums paid. The actual cash value insurance premiums will be cheaper than the replacement cost value insurance premiums. However, the replacement cost insurance will have more to offer compared to the actual cash value insurance.
Other factors that you should consider include:
- Are you able to repair the damaged property yourself, and will the repair cost be lower than the expected premium payments?
- Is the item you are insuring irreplaceable? Precious items like art and antiques might be so unique and rare that, once destroyed, their perceived value can’t be replaced. Taking costly insurance to protect them won’t be wise in this case. It would be better to invest in better security.
- The possibility of inflation and other changes might affect the cost of replacing the lost or damaged property. The replacement cost will vary according to the prevailing changes. These changes will directly affect the overall value of the insured product and, in turn, the premiums paid for the insured item. The insurance company will require that you keep them informed of any changes made to the insured item that affect its replacement cost.
The insurance company or insurance agent will use a predesigned valuation to calculate how much you will pay as a premium for your insurance policies. Insurance companies may apply the standard primary valuation options, especially with property and home insurance, which are replacement cost coverage and the actual cash value coverage option.
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