4 Pillars of Good Stewardship for Art & Instruments
Those of us privileged with owning fine art and instruments have a responsibility to protect them for future generations.
These good practices will help protect your art and instruments, your bank balance, and – to some extent – your legacy…
1. Valuation: changing trends in the art, antiques and jewellery markets mean that the replacement value is constantly shifting - and premiums may need adjustment (up or down). If you’re not aware of the value of your assets (or if it’s not documented), you could find yourself significantly under-insured. After the trauma of a theft, the last thing you need is the worry of a difficult negotiation over the value of each piece. Regular valuation, inventory appraisal and photographic records will all help.
2. Security: better protection can mean lower premiums; insurers recognise the extra care taken. If your jewellery collection is valued over £15,000, consider installing a home-safe (and for collections over £30,000, a second safe connected to the alarm system). We can advise on security marking, and anti-intruder installations that won’t compromise the integrity of your home.
3. Insurance: make sure you have a personalised policy fine-tuned for your specific needs and lifestyle. These need not be prohibitively expensive; indeed fine art and instruments normally cost less to insure than standard contents - especially if you have evidence of taking extra steps to protect your belongings. If you’re still buying ‘standard’ homeowners’ policies, you might be in for some surprises when you make a claim - read our 5 good reasons art & instrument collectors need specialist insurance.
4. Documentation: it’s important to keep safely:
This can really help with claim resolutions and the repair or replacement process.
Talk to one of the La Playa team for guidance and a no-obligation review of your insurance needs.
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Charles McDowell, Owner/Founder, Charles McDowell Properties
Specialist & Independent
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