Fixtures and fittings | Why they matter in home insurance

Fixtures and fittings: Why they matter in home insurance

Do you know the difference between fixtures and fittings? It'll help you decide which home insurance policy is right for you.

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Everyone's heard of fixtures and fittings, but do you know what they really mean? The commonly used duo might seem alike, but they're actually two different things.

Shower

Fixtures: Items that are firmly attached to your home and difficult to remove.

Windows

Fittings: Temporarily-attached or freestanding items which can be removed.

There are some exceptions to the rule though. For example, carpets are almost always considered fixtures. We recommend contacting your insurer directly if you need clarification.

Protect your fixtures and fittings with home insurance

Generally, building insurance protects fixtures and contents insurance protects fittings. All of the home insurance policies in the table below protect both.

Name Product Building Cover Contents Cover Fire, Storm & Theft Damage Sum Insured Safeguard Online Discount Cheapest way to pay
Budget Direct Home & Contents Insurance
Optional
Annually
Save 30% on your first year's premium when you purchase a new combined Home & Contents insurance policy online. T&Cs apply.
ahm Comprehensive Home and  Contents Insurance
Annually
Save up to 30% off when you buy a policy online. T&Cs apply.
Westpac Home and Contents Insurance
Monthly or Annually
Save up to 25% when you purchase cover online. Promo code: COVER
Domain Home Buildings & Contents Insurance
Monthly or Annually
Get 12% off your first year's premium when you purchase a new combined Home & Contents Insurance policy online. T&Cs apply.
Virgin Home and Contents Insurance
Optional
Annually
Purchase a new eligible Virgin Home and Contents Insurance policy online and you'll also save up to 30% on your first year’s premium. T&Cs Apply.
St. George Home and Contents
Monthly or Annually
Save up to 25% when you purchase cover online. Promo code: COVER
Youi Building and Contents Insurance
Annually
Youi Home Insurance takes the time to tailor a premium for you.
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What are fixtures?

Fixtures are items that are firmly attached to your home. There are some exceptions to the rule but generally, you would not take fixtures with you if you decided to move home.

  • Baths and sinks
  • Kitchen counters
  • Floor and wall tiles
  • Decking and verandahs
  • Toilets and showers
  • Solar panels
  • Internal doors
  • Fences and gates

Home insurance policies that cover fixtures

There are two types of home insurance that can cover your fixtures.

House

Home (building) insurance

This type of policy will cover the physical structure of your home. This includes things like solar panels and your bathroom sink, but it won't include your fittings or contents.

Key

Home and contents insurance

This type of policy is more comprehensive since it will cover both your fixtures and fittings. It covers the physical structure of your house and the belongings you keep in it.

What are fittings?

Fittings are items that are freestanding or temporarily attached to your home. Generally, you would take fittings with you if you moved elsewhere. However, there is one major exception – fitted carpets. They are classed as fittings.

  • Blinds and curtains
  • Potted plants and artwork
  • Electronics

Home insurance policies that cover fittings

You can choose from two types of home insurance to cover your fittings.

Nature

Contents insurance

This policy can cover your fittings and other things you have around your home. Just keep in mind that it won't cover things that are permanently attached to your home, or the physical house itself.

House one

Home and contents insurance

A home and contents insurance policy is probably the more comprehensive option since it can cover both fittings and fixtures. This way, you don't have to figure out which is which.

Compare home insurance to cover your fittings and fixtures

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