It is important to know what coverage you have before your property is damaged, so you are encouraged to check each year to make sure your property is insured for the cost of replacing it. At the very least, check the value at the start of each hurricane season and, as a last resort and final fail-safe, check again as soon as a storm is declared as a threat to our island.
The replacement cost does not mean the sale cost, as the sale cost includes the land too, but it should include an allowance for demolition, then to remove debris and the cost of a new planning application, in addition to the actual building. In practice this generally adds about 13% of the property value.
Buildings Insurance applies to structures, including permanent fixtures and fittings. Contents Insurance includes furniture, furnishings, machinery and other items usual to the Insured’s business.
The coverage you choose depends on your specific needs. Please contact our Customer Service Centre at 298-0888 to discuss your coverage needs, or send us your contact information in a private message and we’ll reach out to you to further discuss.
Now that it is hurricane season, when is the latest point at which I can purchase insurance to cover myself against damages from this year’s hurricanes?
At Argus, we put the interests of our clients first, and existing clients can update their sums insured at any time. We are currently accepting new clients and will continue to do so as long as possible in the face of an incoming storm. We encourage you to purchase your insurance now to ensure your property and belongings are protected, as damage caused within 48 hours of commencing the policy will not be covered for storm-related damage.