Years ago, you bought a building for $1 million and insured it for $900K. The building now has a replacement cost of $2.7 million, but the insurance coverage hasn’t changed. According to co-insurance laws, you would only receive one-third of any claim since the building is insured for one-third of the replacement cost ($900K vs $2.7M). If a kitchen fire caused $300K in damage, you would collect $100K, less your deductible. With a $10K deductible, you would pay $210K out of pocket.
If you experience a total loss, you’ll only receive the insured amount, minus your deductible. Ensure your coverage matches your property’s value to avoid being underinsured.
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