On your homeowners insurance policy, you’ll see either “replacement cost” or “actual cash value (ACV)” as the claim payout method for your home and belongings. If your home has been updated (roof, plumbing, heating, electrical) within the last 30 years it likely has replacement cost coverage as a default. With older homes or roofs in bad condition, it’s not uncommon to see ACV coverage.
Actual cash value takes depreciation into account, and is the lesser coverage. Take your 10 year old TV and try to sell it on your own today, and it’ll likely be worth pennies on the dollar compared to what you paid for it. Your 40 year old roof may be worth 10% of what it would cost you to replace with a brand new one.
Replacement cost doesn’t factor depreciation into account. That means your 10 year old tv gets replaced with a brand new equivalent, and your roof does as well.
If it’s an option, you want replacement cost every time on your home and personal property.
Owner of Paul Nelson Insurance, and resident of Santa Cruz and Monterey counties for 30 years.