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#2675071 - 09/13/17 06:18 PM Re: Piano Insurance - how to determine value? [Re: twocats]  
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In defense of TwoCats and what some have suggested seems to be a lack of compliance in following several recommendations, I too am reluctant to insure. It has been suggested to me that I spend tens of thousands of dollars in insurance premiums per year. This includes homeowners with hurricane coverage $10k, malpractice $18k, disability $5k, auto $8k, long term care $2k, umbrella policy $1k, medical insurance $God knows how many k, and every electronic good I purchase. Long ago I stopped paying these, aside from catastrophic homeowners and medical insurance. I consider myself self-insured. For the money I have saved, when an appliance breaks I can buy another.

Now if I had a $100k piano, I'd probably get a rider, but overall I'm tired of paying the average American's salary in insurance premiums every year. But for me, enough is enough with the insurance premiums! ymmv


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#2675089 - 09/13/17 07:26 PM Re: Piano Insurance - how to determine value? [Re: cmb13]  
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Hey cmb,
From your profile, I see you're a doc. I'm a surgeon, and many people have told me that the most important things to have are own occupation disability, large umbrella policy and term life, but it sounds like you've considered those.

I have a very modest grand but don't insure it and live on the gulf coast, but I too will take my chances. I agree, it would probably be different if I had a Bosendorfer. I'm not an actuary but I'm guessing the likelihood of a total loss is pretty low if policies aren't expensive.

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#2675178 - 09/14/17 09:28 AM Re: Piano Insurance - how to determine value? [Re: twocats]  
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Twocats,

I'm sorry to say that I do not trust anything an agent says. When the time actually comes (unfortunately) they are not going to simply hand you a check for the maximum amount on your policy. They are going to ask you for a list of what you owned so they can "replace" it (they are now looking like the generous hero). They will want you to come up with exact names, models, (they will ask age) colors, etc etc...

When you say: "I had a sofa in this room, a tv , lamps, yada yada yada..." They come back and say: "What kind, how big, what, material, what style, what finish, how old, etc etc." When you cannot answer these questions satisfactorily, now the negotiation begins. "Oh, you don't have an inventory of all your belongings...? We will have to approximate..."

You understand where this goes. As nice as they are ahead of time...that can change when reality hits the fan.

Written (spreadsheet works well), and video recording of each room and each item removes most doubt.

Have fun!

Pwg

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#2675181 - 09/14/17 09:36 AM Re: Piano Insurance - how to determine value? [Re: P W Grey]  
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Originally Posted by P W Grey
Twocats,

I'm sorry to say that I do not trust anything an agent says. When the time actually comes (unfortunately) they are not going to simply hand you a check for the maximum amount on your policy. They are going to ask you for a list of what you owned so they can "replace" it (they are now looking like the generous hero). They will want you to come up with exact names, models, (they will ask age) colors, etc etc...

When you say: "I had a sofa in this room, a tv , lamps, yada yada yada..." They come back and say: "What kind, how big, what, material, what style, what finish, how old, etc etc." When you cannot answer these questions satisfactorily, now the negotiation begins. "Oh, you don't have an inventory of all your belongings...? We will have to approximate..."

You understand where this goes. As nice as they are ahead of time...that can change when reality hits the fan.

Written (spreadsheet works well), and video recording of each room and each item removes most doubt.

Have fun!

Pwg


Yep, I have replacement value homeowners' insurance, but my agent has already warned me I should take pictures/videos/have supporting documentation to support a claim. I can understand: they don't want to replace a 20" B/W TV with a 55" HD color one but to replace like-like.


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#2675186 - 09/14/17 10:18 AM Re: Piano Insurance - how to determine value? [Re: twocats]  
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Fwiw, I did photodocument my entire house on my iphone before Hurricane Irma, and backed it up to an external hard drive that I took with me.


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#2675200 - 09/14/17 11:18 AM Re: Piano Insurance - how to determine value? [Re: twocats]  
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Originally Posted by twocats
I found a very interesting thread on Reddit this evening and am planning to video-document everything I own again-- did it a couple of years ago but it's time for a refresh.


PWG, thanks for your concern but I'm well aware of that! I do photo-document everything I own and should do a refresh. See this fascinating link for more advice. I'd probably hire a public adjuster (if they could exclude the piano-- taking a percentage of that would be too much and I could do that part myself) in the case of a total loss.

My agent is probably tired of all of my questions, but he has assured me that my piano is covered under my personal property (he even forwarded a letter from the underwriter) and he confirmed this morning that ALL of my belongings have replacement cost coverage, as in the cost of a brand new item.


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#2675270 - 09/14/17 03:12 PM Re: Piano Insurance - how to determine value? [Re: twocats]  
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That's good. Of course we all hope that (and so do they) you will always simply hand them money and they will never need to give you any. You get to keep what you have...no disasters. ☺

Pwg


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#2675278 - 09/14/17 03:42 PM Re: Piano Insurance - how to determine value? [Re: P W Grey]  
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Yes, hopefully the insurance is never needed! smile


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