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Fire, Home & Mortgage Loan Insurance: 3 Ways to Help Protect Your First Home in Singapore

In our first entry in this series on buying your first home in Singapore, we've covered how you may find assistance in footing the costs. Now let's learn about the insurances you can use to protect your new home.

This is part two of our series on your first home in Singapore, click here to read part one.

Getting a first home can be an exciting feeling, especially when you are starting a family of your own. However, learning about the different types of costs that you have to fork out to acquire a new home can be daunting. In the first article, we discussed the three ways you can gather assistance to pay your mortgage.

This article will cover different types of costs, from insurance to stamp duty and even renovation and furniture costs.

Insurance

Here are three types of insurance that you need to take note of when you are getting for your home.

Fire Insurance

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Fire insurance is an insurance plan that protects the outer structure of your home. They provide basic coverage for water, smoke and fire damage suffered to interior and exterior structures in the event of a fire, explosion, force majeure, riots and strikes and malicious intent. It does not cover your personal belongings or renovations.

The Everything About HDB Fire Home Insurance Singapore has made it mandatory for those who live in public housing to purchase the HDB Fire Insurance Scheme. It only covers the basic items like reinstating damaged internal structures and fixtures such as pipes and electrical wiring.

Fire insurance can also be bought for private property as well. A few companies offer private property fire insurance, such as NTUC Income, Tiq by Etiqa, FWD, MSIG and SingLife by Aviva.

The current appointed insurer of the HDB Fire Insurance Scheme is FWD Singapore Pte. Ltd and the insurance is valid for a period of 5 years, with the renewal done every five years. Till 15 August 2024, the 5 year premiums (inclusive of 7% GST) are as follows:

Flat Type5-Year PremiumSum Insured
1-room$1.62$29,000
2-room/2-room Flexi$2.71$48,700
3-room$4.87$60,400
4-room/S1$5.9482,000
5-room/S2/3-Generation$7.13$97,300
Executive/Multi-Generation$8.10$106,200
Studio Apartment (Type A/B)S2.71$48,700

Home Insurance

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Unlike fire insurance, home insurance provides additional coverage and fire insurance. Even though fire insurance only covers structural damage, it does not cover loss and damage of personal items, personal accidents, renovation, and alternative accommodation in the event of a fire or disaster.

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  • Third Party Liability Coverage
    • S$500,000
    • Insured Accident Coverage
      • S$20,000 (for add'tl fee)
      • Sub-limit for Valuables
        • No sublimit for furniture, domestic appliances and home audio visual equipment. A sublimit of S$1,000 applies to all other home contents.

        There are a few types of home insurance being offered. The first type is Insured Perils: This covers you for specific events or mishaps such as fires, floods, and thefts. And the second type is All-Risks: This covers a broader range of situations, making it typically more expensive.

        CoverageScope of Coverage
        RenovationsHome Insurance can cover renovations that you have done, together with the fixtures and fittings that you have installed
        Home ContentsThis include household items and appliances such as washing machines, fridges, television etc.
        Personal LiabilityThis provides coverage in the event you become legally liable for a mishap at your home. For example, if a fire starts at your house and spreads to your neighbour.
        Alternative AccomodationIn the scenario where your house is uninhabitable, Home Insurance gives you a daily Payout to find alternative accommodation, capped at a specific number of days.
        Personal AccidentsThis covers medical expenses or a pay out in the unfortunate event of death or disability and is also applicable to your domestic helper
        Personal Items such as Valuables & MoneyThis offers coverage for your money, valuables and other personal belongings. There is a claim cap for each item type.
        PetsCould be an add-on. This covers only specific breeds of pets, usually dogs and cats. Dependent on insurer

        Overall, fire and home insurance are different, but they complement one another.

        CoverageHDB Fire InsuranceHome Insurance
        Structural DamageYesYes
        Electrical Wiring + Water Pipe DamageYesYes
        RenovationNoYes
        Personal AccidentsNoYes
        Home ContentsNoYes
        Alternative AccommodationNoYes

        Read Also: Best Cheap Home Insurance

        Mortgage Loan Insurance

        Profile shot of HDB complex

        Mortgage insurance, or Mortgage Reducing Term Assurance (MRTA), protects your family from paying the outstanding mortgage on your home if you were to die or become permanently disabled. You choose a plan based on your current outstanding mortgage loan, your policy term (how long it will take to pay off your loan) and the interest rate closest to your mortgage rate.

        If you are the owner of an HDB flat and are using your CPF savings to pay for your housing loan, you will already be insured under the government-mandated mortgage insurance called the Home Protection Scheme (HPS). However, if you are not using your CPF to pay off your home loan (i.e. you live in a condo or landed property), your mortgage won't be protected.

        Types of house insurance infographic

        Unlike term life insurance, where the sum assured remains the same across the policy term, the sum assured on your mortgage insurance will decrease over time. This is because it aims to match your home loan—as you pay off your home loan, your home loan gets smaller, so the amount of coverage you need will be less.

        Read Also: Best Cheap Mortgage Insurance

        Conclusion

        Landscape picture of HDBs in Singapore

        Now that you know which insurance is helpful for your first home and which is compulsory, you will be able to budget better. You have now come to the end of the second part of our article series on the types of costs that you have to be aware of. Click here to read part 1.

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        Fiona Ling

        Fiona is a full-stack marketer working in the digital sphere for more than six years.
        A self-proclaimed foodie and bargain hunter, she wants to bring the best deals and value to the community around the world. When not working on her pet projects, Fiona can be found sipping a coffee while reading a paperbacks or watching mystery thrillers on Netflix and Disney+.

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