Valuation


Valuation is a financial assessment of the worth of an item. In the context of insurance, valuation refers to giving a dollar figure for assets to be insured. This way both the insured and the insurer know how much money the insurer will give to the insured in the event of a covered loss for the asset.



Valuation 

Your policy values your equipment by Replacement Cost which means the cost to repair, rebuild, or replace the lost or damaged property with other property with like kind and quality. 

In the event of a claim where repair is required, the insurance carrier will not pay for the damage until the property is actually repaired or replaced. 

If you wish to settle with Actual Cash Value  instead of Replacement Cost, you will  receive a check instead of reimbursement for replacement property, less 20% of the full replacement cost (to receive the remaining amount when you provide proof of purchase), you'll have the opportunity to make that decision during your claim proceeding. 

How to value equipment 

Look at the current market rate of the item you own or rent; same make and model. The claims adjuster may correct your declared replacement cost. 

For example: You purchased a camera in 2018 for $4K. Today that same camera (make and model) can  be purchased on eBay for $2,500. The current replacement cost value of the camera is $2,500.

Remember

Insurance is meant to make you whole again, not increase your property worth.