Rebuilding costs could differ from what you paid for your home and be more than its current market value – what it would sell for today – especially in areas where the value of real estate has changed. A replacement estimate includes costs to rebuild your home component by component. Current costs for labor, materials and contractor fees may influence the replacement cost of your house.
Some key factors that affect the cost of rebuilding a home:
- Total living area (square footage).
- Style of home (e.g., ranch, contemporary, colonial).
- Construction type (e.g., frame or brick).
- Number of kitchens and bathrooms.
- Quality of custom materials.
- Garage type (e.g., attached, detached, built-in).
- Special features (e.g., fireplaces, porches, skylights).
- Additions or enhancements (e.g., finished basements or in-law apartments).
Here are some steps that you can take:
- Talk to your agent or insurance representative about the dwelling coverage on your homeowners insurance policy.
- Talk to your agent or insurance representative who have tools to help estimate your home’s replacement cost.
- Check in on your home’s replacement cost yearly, especially after making improvements to your home. Remember, even small improvements can affect the cost to rebuild your home.
Making sure that your home is insured to its full estimated replacement cost is another way to help protect your home and the things you’ve worked hard to build.