Having an independent appraiser complete your report will provide an independent and unbiased replacement cost value.
Some insurance companies are reaching out to AIC appraisers for Insurance Replacement Cost reports. Having an independent appraiser complete your report will provide an independent and unbiased replacement cost value.
Insurance Replacement Cost
Insurance replacement cost refers to the estimated cost of rebuilding or repairing a house in the event of a total or partial loss due to a covered peril, such as fire, natural disasters, or other damaging events specified in the insurance policy. It represents the amount of money required to rebuild or replace the damaged building with materials of similar quality, usually at current construction and labour costs.
Replacement Cost Estimation Methods
Insurance companies use replacement cost estimation methods to determine the appropriate coverage limits for a policyholder's building. These methods consider various factors, including the size, location, construction materials, and features of the house, etc. The goal is to ensure that the owner has financial coverage to rebuild the building to its pre-loss condition. It is important to understand replacement cost from other valuations, such as market value or actual cash value.
Market value reflects the price at which a property could be bought or sold in the current real estate market, including factors such as land value and location desirability.
Actual Cash Value
Actual cash value, takes into account depreciation and factors in the building’s age and condition.
However, insurance replacement cost focuses on the cost of rebuilding or repairing the building itself, excluding land value and depreciation. The replacement cost coverage is to provide the homeowner with the finances to rebuild their building to its original state. Everyone should periodically review their insurance policies and ensure that the coverage limits reflect the current replacement cost of their buildings. If the limit is inadequate, an owner may find a shortfall when trying to rebuild after a loss.
Having appropriate replacement cost coverage ensures that owners are adequately protected and can recover financially in the event of a covered loss to their buildings.
By working with Arlene Blake of Absolute Appraisals, a designated member of the Appraisal Institute of Canada, you will have the reports, documentation and ‘independent’ valuation required for insurance purposes, financials, taxes and even financing new purchases in the future. Contact Arlene today.