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A Homeowners Guide to Replacement Cost and Market Value

If a disaster strikes and your home is damaged or destroyed, do you know what it would cost to restore your home to the condition it was in before the disaster? Let’s discuss the replacement cost of your home – what it is and what’s included – and how this is different from the market value.

While replacement cost and market value are both ways to determine the value of your home, they are used for different reasons.

Replacement cost is the price to rebuild your home to its pre-loss condition in the event of a total loss.

Market value is the calculated price of your home if you were to list it on the market to sell.

So, what else should you know about replacement cost?

Replacement cost is essentially what it would take to rebuild or replace your home if it was completely destroyed due to a catastrophic event like a tornado, fire or earthquake. This is not to build a home that’s bigger or better, but rather, one that is identical to your home before the damage occurred. If the replacement cost value of your home is too low, you may not have enough coverage to fully rebuild or repair your property. On the other hand, if the value is too high, you might be paying too much in premiums. The replacement cost is listed on your insurance declarations page.

To determine the replacement cost, your insurance agent uses an estimating tool, called a replacement cost estimator to obtain important characteristics about your home, which may include items such as:   


  • Square footage

  • Style of home

  • Number of floors

  • Type of roof

  • Year it was built

  • Kitchen style

  • Number of bathrooms

This tool also considers the current localized costs of labor, building materials and additional expenses such as building permits.

The goal is to establish a replacement cost that allows you to restore your home back to the condition it was in before the unforeseen event happened.  

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