‘Building insurance’ refers to insurance cover for the physical structure of your home. It can form part of many types of policies like home insurance, landlord insurance and strata insurance. Each type of building insurance is intended to insure the buildings on a property against a variety of scenarios and events (known as insured events).
|Home insurance||Strata insurance||Landlords insurance|
|Home insurance (also known as home building insurance) is cover for your home but not its contents. It can cover the bricks and mortar of your house as well as driveways and fixed outbuildings like garages, carports, in-ground pools and fencing.||Strata insurance covers shared property in domestic buildings (like apartments and townhouses) and commercial buildings (like offices). This means that damage sustained to communal areas such as driveways and stairwells may be covered in most circumstances.||Landlords Insurance includes all the benefits of home insurance, but for your rented-out investment property. Policies may include cover for flood, storms, fire and theft as well as cover specifically applicable to a tenanted property, such as loss of rent.|
When comparing a landlord insurance policy or home insurance policy with our comparison service, you’ll be able to see the listed events covered by each available policy.
What do the different types of building insurance cover?
In all its forms, building insurance provides financial protection against loss and damage from insured events up to a specified limit. However, there are some exclusions across the different types of building insurance products, depending on your level of cover.
The table below can give you an idea of the typical benefits of the different types of building insurance.
|Event/Damage||Home Building Insurance||Landlords Insurance||Strata Insurance|
|Impacted walls and fixtures||✔||✔||✔|
|In-ground swimming pools||✔||✔||✔|
|Damage to fences||✔||✔||✔|
|Fixed carpets and curtains||✔||✔||✔|
|Vandalism and damage from theft||✔||✔||✔|
|Damage from burst pipes and escape of liquid||✔||✔||✔|
|Damaged caused by removalists or renovations||✖||✖||✖|
|Legal liability cover if someone is injured in your home||✔||✔||✖|
|Damage from falling trees||✔||✔||✔|
|Removal of debris||✔||✔||✔|
|Temporary accommodation costs||✔||✖||✔|
These benefits can vary between insurers and are subject to the policy’s terms and conditions. For full details, please check the relevant Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and Target Market Determination (TMD) before purchasing any new policy or making an insurance claim.
How to insure your contents
Contents insurance is cover for the belongings in your home. If you’re a landlord and rent out your property furnished, you may want to think about adding this cover. Home owner-occupiers could also benefit from contents insurance. There are policies available that combine contents insurance with your building cover.
It’s best to refer to your policy’s PDS for a full list of exactly what you’re covered for.
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