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Learn the top 5 mistakes when insuring a home

When arranging home insurance customers will often email or phone for advice. We have complied the top 5 mistakes that we often hear. 1. Reducing the sum insured to save money 2. Not considering the correct sum insured 3. Not choosing the right excess 4. Choosing the cheapest… Learn more

Calculating your Sum Insured

You are responsible for ensuring that your home is insured for the correct amount. That’s why initio thinks its important to make sure you understand what should be included in your sum insured. If you have built your home, you might be thinking, its easy I insure it for what… Learn more

How does an excess work?

Insurance is full of jargon, and one piece of jargon that we use often is ‘excess’. Insurers assume that their clients know what an excess is and how it works. This article will give you a clearer understanding of excesses. What is an Excess? An excess is the contribution that you… Learn more

How to claim on your insurance

Have you ever wondered what you would do if you had a claim on your property? At initio we have compiled a step by step guide to help you navigate making a claim. Step 1. Secure your Property Take care of yourself and your property to prevent further loss… Learn more

Contents Cover Explained

When you insure your Holiday Home or Own Home with initio you have choices when it comes to your Contents Insurance. You can choose how much cover (your sum insured) and which type of cover – Replacement Value or Present Day Value. After reading this, you will understand the differences… Learn more

Top tips to protect your rental house from fire

With Winter well and truly upon us, the heaters have come out. Not surprisingly most residential house fires occur during winter. Kitchen fires make up about a quarter of all house fires – they commonly start from unattended cooking and can quickly spread. As a landlord there are steps you… Learn more

Top 5 things to check for in your Landlord Insurance policy

As a landlord, the risks to which you are exposed are often not covered by a standard insurance policy. When taking this next step on the property ladder it is important to have the right Landlord Insurance cover in place to save yourself from headaches down the track. Does your… Learn more

What are the consequences of meth in rental properties?

Andrew King, of the New Zealand Property Investors Federation, has written a common sense article on the consequences of meth in rental properties.  The consequences of Meth in rental properties has been escalating over the last few years. Fortunately it isn’t the actual health consequences of meth in rentals (except… Learn more

Deferring property maintenance will cost you more

While keeping yields high on your rental property is generally the objective, as a landlord its important to keep up with maintenance as deferring it may end up costing you a lot more. The added benefit is that well maintained properties are less likely to suffer weather and fire related… Learn more