The home insurance claim assessment and repair process
Have you made an AAMI Home Insurance claim recently but aren’t sure what happens next? Get to know the process – all the way from claim assessment to settlement.
1. Emergency repairs
If, as part of your claim, your building needs emergency repairs, we’ll take care of that first. We'll arrange for a professional to come and complete the work or conduct temporary work to prevent further damage.
What happens if I can't stay at home?
If your home can’t be lived in due to damage caused by an insured event and your home insurance claim is accepted, we’ll cover the cost of temporary accommodation for your household – and fur babies too of course! – while it’s being repaired or rebuilt. Limits and exclusions apply, so please refer to the PDS for more information.
2. Home claim assessment
What is a home claim assessment?
In many cases, a home claim assessment is needed to determine your claim. Once you've made your claim, a builder or assessor will contact you to arrange a time to attend your property. They’ll determine the cause and extent of the insured damage, and provide us with a report outlining recommended actions and estimated costs.
Generally the assessment takes place in person at your property, but in some cases we may conduct a virtual assessment using pictures and videos.
How long does an assessment take?
Each claim is different, but a home claim assessment may take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours, depending on the extent of the damage. The assessor will be able to give you a clearer indication when they call you to book the assessment.
3. Settling your claim
How we settle home building claims
After assessing the damage to your home and if your claim is accepted, we’ll settle your claim by doing one of the following:
- If the assessed quote is less than what your property is insured for (your home sum insured), we can arrange to repair or rebuild your home.
- If the amount of the assessed quote is equal to – or more than – your home sum insured, we’ll pay your home sum insured plus any additional covers and benefits, less any applicable deductions.
- If you have optional Complete Replacement Cover, we’ll offer to repair or rebuild your home as it was, or pay you the amount of the assessed quote to repair or rebuild your home – without you having to set a specific sum insured.
How we settle contents claims
Depending on the circumstances and after assessing the loss or damage to your contents, we will either:
- repair the damage to your contents,
- replace your contents ‘new for old’,
- pay you what it would cost us to repair or replace your contents, or any lower limit that applies,
- pay you the sum insured for your contents, or any lower limit that applies, if the cost of repair or replacement exceeds the applicable limit or your contents sum insured, or
- give you a voucher, store credit or stored value card for the amount it would cost us to repair or replace your contents.
Repairing your home and contents
Any repair or rebuild work that we authorise and arrange is covered by our lifetime guarantee. This means the quality of the workmanship is guaranteed for the lifetime of your home.
When repairing or rebuilding your home, if we agree, you may choose to change the design of the home or upgrade parts of it, and can even choose to have the home rebuilt on another site, provided you pay any extra costs involved over and above the assessed quote.
Stay up to date with your claim
The AAMI App is a great way to stay up to date with how your home or contents claim is progressing. Receive real-time claim notifications, track your repair status, message your claim manager, upload and download documents and more – anywhere, anytime.
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This advice has been prepared without taking into account your particular objectives, financial situations or needs, so you should consider whether it is appropriate for you before acting on it.