Is Home Insurance Really Necessary for HDB Owners?
HDB flats are covered by the compulsory HDB Fire Insurance Scheme—but is that enough? Some HDB owners would think that getting enhanced home insurance isn’t necessary as their flats are already insured. When it comes to protecting your home, it is important to understand why the HDB Fire Insurance Scheme alone may not be enough, and how a home insurance can give you a better sense of security and a peace of mind.
The HDB Fire Insurance Scheme is the basic fire insurance cover for your flat. It helps relieve flat owners of the financial burden that comes with the unfortunate event of a fire. However, the scheme only covers damage to the physical structure of the flat, and doesn’t allow any recovery of cost attributed to renovation work or home furnishings.
HDB owners have spent so much time, effort and money on renovating and furnishing their homes, so it is only sensible to fork out some extra money to ensure that their homes are protected in the case of unexpected accidents.
HDB flat owners can purchase enhanced home insurance plans that complement the fire insurance scheme and helps them better protect their home contents, renovated items and personal belongings from unexpected mishaps or accidents.
What enhanced home insurance plans protect
- Building structure (excluding foundations), fixtures and fittings based on HDB’s standard specifications.
- Renovations (improvements and additions) made within the premises in the form of fixtures and fittings. For example, this could include flooring, built-in wardrobes and kitchen cabinets.
- Contents, such as any physical and movable household items or personal belongings including money and valuables kept within the premises
Insured events for these plans comprised of fire, lightning or explosion, accidents within the premises; actual or attempted theft as long as force and violence are used to get into or out of the premises; bursting or overflowing of domestic water tanks, apparatus or pipes in premises; natural disasters such as hurricane or flood; and riot or malicious acts. If you choose to be covered for “All Risks”, the triggering conditions covered are less narrow. For example, force and violence being used to get into or out of the premises no longer becomes a condition to claim – meaning burglary without forceful or violent entry can also be covered under the All Risks type of home insurance.
To better protect your home contents (e.g. furniture, personal belongings), getting a separate home insurance plan is a sensible choice as home repair costs can be quite substantial.
HDB owners can enjoy peace of mind knowing that not only their homes are protected, but their renovations and contents as well, which could add up to the bulk of their home value.
Nowadays, home insurance also typically come with added benefits, depending on the insurer and the plan you choose. Among these benefits, an important one is the Personal Legal Liability cover, which covers the insured from third party claims arising from accidents that he/she may be legally liable for.
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Special thanks to Financial Alliance’s Corporate Development Director, MK Chan, for sharing his knowledge and experience to make this article possible.
– Written by Malcolm Mejin, the Financial Alliance Writing Team
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