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Insuring Antiques

Jul 2, 2015

Are you the proud owner of fine antique furniture or collectibles? If you have inherited Aunt Mary's Chippendale chairs, or some Tiffany lamps, you must insure them as antiques in order to be fully compensated if they are destroyed or stolen.

Antiques are generally insured through a fine arts floater. This is an endorsement that provides additional coverage to your homeowners policy. You will need a professional appraisal of the objects you wish to cover. Without a fine arts floater, your homeowners policy is only required to compensate you for the Chippendale chairs as "chairs," not 200-year-old chairs.

A fine arts rider requires no deductible. If a fire destroys your belongings and your antique chairs are insured for $50,000, you'll receive a check from your insurance company for the full $50,000.

It's a good idea to visually document your antiques-along with all your personal property-through photographs or a videotape, even if your insurer does not require you to do so. A visual record serves several purposes: It can serve to remind you of all you own, to help verify the condition or your property, and to assist you in replacing particular items.

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