OUTsurance Buildings Insurance Review 2021

Published by
Lethabo Ntsoane

Buildings insurance provides excellent protection for your home. You may believe that building insurance is unnecessary, but there is a reason why lenders require home loan borrowers to obtain building insurance for their homes. We don’t know what will happen in a few minutes or years, but having home insurance gives you peace of mind.

A buildings insurance policy provides you with peace of mind by covering the physical structures of your buildings as well as, in some cases, smaller structures on your property such as pools or tennis courts. Buildings insurance will do what cameras and alarms cannot: repair or replace the physical structures of your buildings if they get damaged.

OUTsurance offers a buildings insurance product that can help you save money while providing the best protection for your home. Your home will be protected against a variety of occurrences, and you will be able to access your policy through the OUTsurance mobile app or website. When you choose OUTsurance Buildings Insurance, you receive free benefits that are not tied to your premiums.

OUTsurance Buildings Insurance Summary

Damage to one’s buildings is covered by OUTsurance Buildings Insurance. Clients are protected against leaking pressurized pipes that cause property damage, acts of nature, explosion, land subsidence and landslip, and fire. OUTsurance covers the costs of calling out the fire brigade in the event of a covered incident.

OUTsurance building insurance allows one to add other insurance products to the policy. Clients can add covers such as:

Adding a home contents insurance will give one a whole cover for their buildings and the contents inside the buildings. Therefore, if something happens to the buildings, you can be covered for the buildings and contents in your home. 

What the OUTsurance Buildings Insurance  Cover

Loss or damage caused by

  • fire
  • Explosion and earthquake
  • downward movement of land resulting from natural shifts or human activity causing structural damage to the building insured.
  • wind, thunder, lightning, storm, hail, flood, or snow.
  • bursting or overflowing of water heating systems, water supply tanks, cisterns, and pressurised water pipes forming a permanent part of the buildings.
  • Accidental damage to fixed glass and sanitaryware, sewerage, gas, electricity, and telephone connections between the building and the public supply or main.
  • theft and intentional acts.
  • a power surge and dips.
  • Loss or damage occurring during construction or alteration caused by an incident that is claimable.
  • Temporarily accommodation
  • Personal liability as a homeowner and liability to domestic employees.

What the OUTsurance Buildings Insurance doesn’t cover

Loss or damage 

  • Caused intentionally by the policy owner or any member of their household or their tenant or a lawful occupant,
  • Which occurs with the policy owner’s knowledge or consent.
  • Loss or damage caused by scorching.
  • Damage to retaining walls unless they are designed and constructed according to structural engineering specifications.
  • Structural damage caused by:
    • Scratching, chipping, cracking, denting, biting, tearing or dirtying,
    • A lack of maintenance,
    • Construction, alteration or repairs, defective workmanship or materials,
    • Defects in design or construction of the building,
  • There is no cover for theft, attempted theft, fire and explosion loss or damage, and if accidental damage of home contents were stored in an illegally occupied building.
  • Empty buildings, abandoned buildings, and vacant buildings are not covered for theft, accidental damage, and loss or damage of home contents due to fire or explosions.
  • Damage directly or indirectly caused by settlement, shrinkage, or expansion of soil due to change in moisture content caused by extreme weather conditions.

Benefits of OUTsurance Buildings Insurance

Clients who purchase OUTsurance Buildings Insurance receive a cash refund of 10% of their premiums. This is done after three years of no claims. Customers must not skip premium payments for three consecutive years and must be claim-free to be eligible for the cashback bonus.

 OUTsurance covers emergency roadside and home assistance at no extra cost. Home and roadside assistance are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout South Africa. Clients receive assistance with car breakdowns caused by a flat battery, a flat tire, or other minor issues. OUTsurance will cover the cost of towing and vehicle storage. 

If the breakdown occurred more than 50 kilometres from home, overnight accommodations are provided. The annual limit for roadside assistance is R5,000.00, with a maximum of two incidents per vehicle. If your limits have been exceeded, assistance can be dispatched to you; however, any costs incurred will be your responsibility.

Help@Out will allocate qualified locksmiths, electricians, plumbers, tree fellers, beekeepers, builders, or glaziers to your location as soon as possible. If an insured incident compromises your security, a security guard will be dispatched to your home. Home assistance provides R5,000.00 per year of coverage and a maximum of two incidents per noted address.

The OUTsurance Buildings Insurance premiums are guaranteed not to change for a period of 12 months. Even if you file a claim with your building insurance, the 12-month period will not be altered. OUTsurance will fix your excess amount regardless of the size or value of your claim.

Advantages

  • There is cashback when you are claim-free for a certain period.
  • With help@out, clients can get access to professional services should they require help at home such as locksmith services, plumbers, etc.
  • The product offers cover for different types of occurrences.
  • Temporary accommodation is given if a coverable incident affects your dwelling.
  • Cover amounts can be optimised according to your individual cover needs.
  • Benefits can be added to enhance the selected product.

Disadvantages

  • There is only one product available to choose from.

Conclusion

Besides the Buildings Insurance Benefits discussed in the benefits section, the product further comes with the following benefits:

  • Approved partners benefit – that provides a list of services providers so that repairs can be done ASAP,
  • Glass cover – cover for accidental damage to fixed glass and sanitaryware.
  • Lightning surge protection – protects home devices from the effects of power surges.

The buildings insurance from OUTsurance offers more wins than losses to clients. The product is surely there to benefit both the client and the business which makes it a win-win situation for both parties involved.

Lethabo Ntsoane

Lethabo Ntsoane holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the University of South Africa. He is a Financial Product commentator at Rateweb. He is an expect financial product analyst with years of experience in reviewing products and offering commentary. Lethabo majors in financial news, reviews and financial tips. He can be contacted at lethabo@rateweb.co.za

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