What do you imagine the average contents of a family home are worth – £25,000 or £30,000? In fact this figure, for a typical home, is estimated to be over £45,000. Apart from your “moveable items” of carpets, furniture, curtains, it’s probable that electrical goods purchased over the last few years explain the sudden rise.
Insurance as we understand it now might be associated to the Huge Fire of London, which in 1666 devoured 13,200 houses. Fallowing this disaster Nicholas Barbon opened an office to insure buildings. In 1680 he established England’s first fire insurance company, “The Fire Office”, to insure brick and frame homes. The first insurance firm in the United States provided cover against fire was founded in Charles Town (nowadays Charleston), South Carolina, in 1732.
Insurance policies work by taking premiums from customers in exchange for baring the risk of certain costly events occurring.
For example, if there is one fire in your town each month, everyone could just sit tight and hope their house doesn’t burn down next, or could pitch in and pay an insurance premium each month and this is then used to rebuild the house that burns down.