Home insurance protects homeowners, landlords, and tenants against property damage, loss or destruction. Policies cover events including fire, theft, and natural disasters (e.g. floods).
This type of policy usually insures your home to a predetermined amount, or the “sum insured”. Before you take out cover, you will need to calculate the costs required to rebuild your home following an accident or disaster.
A contents insurance policy (sometimes called ‘renters insurance’) safeguards you against the loss of, or damage to, your belongings. It’s a crucial purchase for anyone who cares about their personal effects.
Home and contents insurance pays out a sum of money if your building or possessions are damaged, destroyed or compromised. This can include storms, fires, floods, burglaries and vandalism, but might exclude damage from vermin or movements of the sea.
We’ve put together a quick glance guide to show you what is typically covered by home insurance (also known as building insurance), contents insurance, or combined home and contents policies.
When using Compare the Market’s free home and contents insurance comparison service, you’ll see what’s listed under each specific policy when comparing results. You should always read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) of any insurance policy you’re considering purchasing before you buy so you know exactly what you are and aren’t covered for.
|What is & isn’t covered?||Home insurance||Contents insurance||Home & contents insurance|
|Fire damage||Yes, excluding damage from cigarette smoking, scorching or melting||Yes, excluding damage from cigarette smoking, scorching or melting||Yes, excluding damage from cigarette smoking, scorching or melting|
|Flood damage||Yes, but may be an optional extra||Yes, but may be an optional extra||Yes, but may be an optional extra|
|Movement of the sea||No||No||No|
|Theft||Yes, damage from burglary is covered||Yes||Yes|
|Impact damage||Yes, but deliberate damage is not covered||Yes, but deliberate damage is not covered||Yes, but deliberate damage is not covered|
|Falling trees||Yes, excluding damage from tree lopping||Yes, excluding damage from tree lopping||Yes, excluding damage from tree lopping|
|Motor burnout||Yes, but may be an optional extra||Yes, but may be an optional extra||Yes, but may be an optional extra|
|Damage from vermin||No. This also includes damage from other animals including rodents and insects||No. This also includes damage from other animals including rodents and insects||No. This also includes damage from other animals including rodents and insects|
|War and uprising||No||No||No|
|Accidental damage to glass and ceramics||Yes, but may be an optional extra||Yes, but may be an optional extra||Yes, but may be an optional extra|
|Loss of liquid||Yes, but doesn’t cover repair or replacement to the item that leaked (such as a burst pipe)||Yes, but doesn’t cover repair or replacement to the item that leaked (such as a burst pipe)||Yes, but doesn’t cover repair or replacement to the item that leaked (such as a burst pipe)|
|Damage from renovations||No||No||No|
|Temporary accommodation||Yes, if the home is uninhabitable while being repaired after an event||No||Yes, if the home is uninhabitable while being repaired after an event|
|N.B. Some events such as flood damage may be an optional extra or a separate policy you can purchase alongside building and contents insurance. Limits and additional exclusions may apply.|
If you’re looking to protect your belongings and home from a range of potential dangers, home and contents insurance can provide the cover you’re after. This type of insurance can help you and your family get back on your feet and minimise any costs involved. Comparing home and contents insurance with Compare the Market’s free home and contents insurance comparison tool can help you look for a policy that has the coverage you’re looking for.
As everyone’s needs are different, there is no single best home and contents insurance policy. That’s why shopping around and comparing policies to find one that adequately covers your needs is important.
You can start your home and contents insurance journey by comparing policies for free with Compare the Market, to help you find the cover you need.
Here are some key points to consider when looking for home and contents cover:
Home insurance protects the ‘bricks and mortar’ of your house and sometimes outbuildings like garages, provided they are permanently fixed. There are two types of home insurance:
Looking for a policy to protect your home? Start the search with Compare the Market’s home insurance comparison service.
Buying a house may be one of the biggest investments you make in your life, so it makes sense to protect it accordingly. Storms, fires and accidents are all too common across the country, and such a calamity might mean thousands of dollars in repair, replacement or rebuilding costs.
Get a quote today with Compare the Market to find out how much your house could be covered for.
The cost of home insurance takes into account various factors, such as your property’s age, building materials and location, just to name a few. Because of this, home insurance premiums vary greatly from state to state, postcode to postcode and perhaps even neighbour to neighbour.
If you’d like a price more accurate to your circumstances, head over to our home insurance comparison service to enter your details and get a quote.
While specifics vary between policies, home insurance can cover damage to your house caused by fires, storms, theft and more. Cover can also extend to outbuildings (e.g. garages, sheds).
Find out what’s covered by different policies with Compare the Market’s home insurance comparison service simply by entering details about you and your home. Otherwise, we’ve included a list of common inclusions and exclusions below.
|What’s included||What’s excluded|
Please note: This list of inclusions and exclusions isn’t exhaustive and may change between policies and providers. Be sure to read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) of any home insurance policy before purchasing to find out what is and isn’t covered.
If you want to compare home insurance providers, you can use Compare the Market’s home insurance comparison service. Our service is free and easy to use, which means it only takes a few minutes to compare and purchase cover.
You can also take a look through the following list of home insurance providers in Australia.
Information accurate as at 5 November 2019.
Simply put, contents insurance protects the contents of your home, including your furniture, jewellery, appliances and electronics. Contents insurance is generally available as a standalone policy or combined with home insurance; you can compare either form of contents insurance through our free comparison service.
It could cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars to replace your belongings without contents insurance. For the same reason you insure your car, contents insurance is essential in protecting your belongings and valuables from the unexpected.
With contents insurance, you’ll be covered for the cost to repair or replace your belongings, up to the limits and scope of your policy. Get your quote today through our handy comparison tool to find out how much your belongings could be covered for.
Contents insurance premiums vary, depending on several factors like the cost of replacing your belongings, whether your house has a security alarm and where you live, to name a few. These factors obviously change from person to person, and so premiums do too.
If you’d like to know how much contents insurance may cost you, head over to our contents insurance comparison service and fill out a few details to receive your quote.
Generally, contents insurance cover things like furniture and appliances against loss or damage caused by fire, theft or other specified events. Though, specific cover may differ between policies and providers.
Some providers may also offer additional options like personal effects cover, which protects the belongings you take with you outside the house each day.
You can find out what your belongings may be covered for through our contents insurance comparison service. Alternatively, you can look through the following table. Please be aware that this list isn’t exhaustive and coverage may differ between policies and providers. Remember to always check the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) before purchasing any contents insurance policy to find out what is and isn’t covered.
|What may be covered||Events typically covered|
If you want to compare contents insurance policies from some of Australia’s top insurers, try our contents insurance comparison service. Our service is free and easy to use, taking you only minutes to find a competitive policy.
You can also look through the following list of contents insurance providers.
Information accurate as at 5 November 2019.
As the General Manager of General Insurance at Compare the Market, Stephen Zeller works to make the protection of a homeowners most significant financial assets, an easier and more efficient process. Stephen empowers people with choice and believes it’s important to have adequate cover in the event of the unexpected – fire, flood, storm, or vandalism.
Stephen has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is an Allied member of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) and ensures any information about insurance products that we publish is accurate and comprehensive.