n. Insurance that pays for damage to, or loss of, an individual’s personal possessions whilst they are located within that individual’s home.
Contents insurance is insurance that pays for damage to, or loss of, an individual’s personal possessions while they are located within that individual’s home. Some contents insurance policies also provide restricted cover for personal possessions temporarily taken away from the home by the policyholder.
In this context "possessions" means anything that is not permanently attached to the structure of the home (possessions that are permanently attached to the structure of the home can only be insured via home insurance.) Some contents policies may also include possessions kept in outbuildings or in the garden area attached to the house.
Contents insurance is usually sold alongside home insurance but it can also be purchased as a stand-alone policy, especially for those who are renting rather than owning their home.
Usage examples of "contents insurance".
I do not know what happened to the rest of the contents, though I was disturbed to discover that my father had not maintained adequate contents insurance.