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10 Best Home Insurance Plans in Singapore for HDB & Private Property (2023)

Your home is probably the most expensive thing you own right now. (Not to be presumptuous, but I’m assuming you don’t have a $3 million supercar or yacht.) So it makes sense to protect it.

And in this day and age, rather than digging a moat around your abode and adding crocodiles, protecting your home means buying home insurance.

Here’s a guide to home insurance and the best plans in Singapore, depending on the kind of property you live in.

Contents:

  1. Does my HDB fire insurance cover me?

  2. How do I choose a home insurance plan?

  3. 5 best home insurance plans for HDB flats

  4. 5 best home insurance for private property

  5. How much home insurance coverage do I need?

  6. I’m renting. Do tenants need home insurance too?

  7. Does home insurance cover mortgage payments?

  8. How do I file a home insurance claim?

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1. Wait a minute, I already have HDB fire insurance…

If you took out an HDB loan to buy your flat, you would have been required to buy compulsory HDB fire insurance. We don’t blame you for thinking you’re already covered on the home insurance front.

But fire insurance is a different beast from home contents insurance.

HDB fire insurance is meant to cover the cost of repair works if your flat is damaged in a fire. But the cover only extends to internal structures, fixtures and areas built by the HDB.

It does not cover any furniture, renovations or personal belongings in the flat. That mezzanine loft you added in a renovation? Not covered. That crystal chandelier you installed to channel The Phantom of the Opera? Not covered.

Home insurance, on the other hand, offers much broader coverage than fire insurance. It protects not only your home itself (ie. the building) but also the contents inside it such as furniture, renovations and appliances. Depending on your policy, this can even include your laptop or jewellery.

You don’t have to suffer from fire damage to make a claim, either. Most policies will compensate you in the event of a range of incidents like floods and break-ins. For example, MSIG home insurance covers you for fire, lightning, windstorm, flood, burst pipes, earthquakes, burglary, malicious damage and more.

MSIG logo
MSIG logo

Annual Premium

S$95.90

20% OffAnnual PremiumS$119.88

MoneySmart Exclusive

Most Comprehensive

MSIG Enhanced HomePlus - Standard

Building Coverage

Optional Add-on

Content Coverage

S$125,000

Worldwide Personal Liability

S$1,000,000

Annual Premium
Annual PremiumS$119.8820% Off

S$95.90

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  • Coverage for both Home Owner and Tenant across all housing types

  • Covers for deterioration of frozen food, accidental breakage of fixed mirrors and glass

  • Highest coverage of personal liability in the market

  • Accidental Breakage of Fixed mirrors and glass

  • 24/7 Helpline support on home emergency services

  • Insured Events: Fire, lightning, windstorm, flood, burst pipes, earthquakes, burglary, malicious damage and more

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2. How do I choose a home insurance plan?

When buying home insurance or home contents insurance, the 3 biggest factors to compare are:

  • Home contents coverage: Your home is where expensive appliances like your fridge, TV and computer live. So check the policy’s definition of home contents to make sure that these items are covered. Check also that it covers your other treasured possessions, like that Brompton bike or your Magic: The Gathering collectibles.

  • Renovations: Your renovation is likely to have cost a bomb. In the event of a fire or water damage, restoring your home back to a liveable condition will burn a hole in your pocket. So make sure any renovations, fixtures and fittings are protected.

  • Premium: Of course, price is an important factor. Luckily, it’s easy to compare home insurance plans on MoneySmart. Some affordable home insurance plans include AIG home insurance, which starts at $75+ for a 3-room flat, and Tiq home insurance, which starts at $64+.

AIG logo
AIG logo

Annual Premium

S$75.06

Annual Premium

MoneySmart Exclusive

Free 24/7 Home Assistance for Everyday Emergencies

AIG Enhanced Public Housing Contents Insurance - 3 Room HDB

Building Coverage

S$42,000

Household Contents

S$150,000

Worldwide Personal Liability

S$400,000

Annual Premium

S$75.06

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  • Bill Relief Protector covers utility bills in unforeseen events including retrenchment.

  • Protect your home and its contents, including your belongings, valuables and renovated items, against insured perils.

  • Get help with expenses for alternative accommodation if your home is too damaged to live in.

  • Save when you choose a five-year policy term to match your HDB Fire Insurance, with the option to pay by monthly credit card instalments.

  • Sign up for GIRO billing with the convenience of auto-renewal, so your home is always protected.

  • Get up to S$150 worth of HomeCare Services, thrice a year, for everyday emergencies such as lock smith, electrical assistance, plumbing, pest control and air-conditioner repair services.

  • This policy is protected under the Policy Owners' Protection Scheme which is administered by the Singapore Deposit Insurance Corporation (SDIC). Coverage for your policy is automatic and no further action is required from you. For more information on the types of benefits that are covered under the scheme as well as the limits of coverage, where applicable, please contact AIG Asia Pacific Insurance Pte. Ltd. or visit the AIG, GIA or SDIC websites.

See all details 

Tiq by Etiqa logo
Tiq by Etiqa logo

Annual Premium

S$64.37

20% OffAnnual PremiumS$80.47

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Tiq Home Insurance - HDB 3 Room

Building Coverage

S$41,800

Household Contents

S$35,000

Worldwide Personal Liability

S$500,000

Annual Premium
Annual PremiumS$80.4720% Off

S$64.37

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Key Features

  • FREE Emergency Home Assistance Services (worth $1,000) + COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage!

  • Save more with longer protection with flexibility and choice of 1,3,5 year plan

  • Emergency cash allowance of up to $5000 within 24 hours in the event your home becomes uninhabitable due to any of the insured peril.

  • 24/7 Emergency home assistance that covers up to $200 per event 4 times a year. Free for plans of 3 years or more.

  • Purchase plan directly online

See all details 

Other coverage types and considerations include:

  • Personal liability: Most plans protect you from legal liability if something unfortunate happens in your home. For instance, if your PMD charger catches fire and destroys your entire block, you won’t have to worry about get sued by your neighbours.

  • Alternative accommodation: This benefit typically pays for a certain number of days of accommodation if you are forced temporarily vacate your home.

  • Other perks: Some plans will cover you for things like cash, personal belongings, valuables, electronics or pets. Some also offer personal accident coverage for your household.

  • Insured peril vs all-risk: All-risk plans cover you for all incidents except for what is explicitly excluded, while insured peril policies cover you only in the circumstances identified in your contract.

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3. Best 5 best home insurance plans for HDB flats

Most home insurance providers in Singapore have helpfully packaged their plans and coverage according to the size of the HDB flat you live in, so you’ll find 3-room flat plans, 4-room flat plans and so on.

Here are the 5 most value-for-money home insurance policies for an HDB 4-room flat:

AIG logo
AIG logo

Annual Premium

S$75.06

Annual Premium

MoneySmart Exclusive

Free 24/7 Home Assistance for Everyday Emergencies

AIG Enhanced Public Housing Contents Insurance - 4 Room HDB

Building Coverage

S$69,500

Household Contents

S$150,000

Worldwide Personal Liability

S$400,000

Annual Premium

S$75.06

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  • Bill Relief Protector covers utility bills in unforeseen events including retrenchment.

  • Protect your home and its contents, including your belongings, valuables and renovated items, against insured perils.

  • Get help with expenses for alternative accommodation if your home is too damaged to live in.

  • Save when you choose a five-year policy term to match your HDB Fire Insurance, with the option to pay by monthly credit card instalments.

  • Sign up for GIRO billing with the convenience of auto-renewal, so your home is always protected.

  • Get up to S$150 worth of HomeCare Services, thrice a year, for everyday emergencies such as lock smith, electrical assistance, plumbing, pest control and air-conditioner repair services.

  • This policy is protected under the Policy Owners' Protection Scheme which is administered by the Singapore Deposit Insurance Corporation (SDIC). Coverage for your policy is automatic and no further action is required from you. For more information on the types of benefits that are covered under the scheme as well as the limits of coverage, where applicable, please contact AIG Asia Pacific Insurance Pte. Ltd. or visit the AIG, GIA or SDIC websites.

See all details 

MSIG logo
MSIG logo

Annual Premium

S$95.90

20% OffAnnual PremiumS$119.88

MoneySmart Exclusive

Most Comprehensive

MSIG Enhanced HomePlus - Standard

Building Coverage

Optional Add-on

Content Coverage

S$125,000

Worldwide Personal Liability

S$1,000,000

Annual Premium
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S$95.90

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Key Features

  • Covers physical loss or damage to your Home Contents & Renovations caused by Insured Events

  • Coverage for both Home Owner and Tenant across all housing types

  • Covers for deterioration of frozen food, accidental breakage of fixed mirrors and glass

  • Highest coverage of personal liability in the market

  • Accidental Breakage of Fixed mirrors and glass

  • 24/7 Helpline support on home emergency services

  • Insured Events: Fire, lightning, windstorm, flood, burst pipes, earthquakes, burglary, malicious damage and more

See all details 

Tiq by Etiqa logo
Tiq by Etiqa logo

Annual Premium

S$84.43

20% OffAnnual PremiumS$105.54

Online Promo

Home Insurance

Tiq Home Insurance - HDB 5 Room

Building

S$75,600

Household Contents

S$60,000

Worldwide Personal Liability

S$500,000

Annual Premium
Annual PremiumS$105.5420% Off

S$84.43

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Key Features

  • FREE Emergency Home Assistance Services (worth $1,000) + COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage!

  • Save more with longer protection with flexibility and choice of 1,3,5 year plan

  • Emergency cash allowance of up to $5000 within 24 hours in the event your home becomes uninhabitable due to any of the insured peril.

  • 24/7 Emergency home assistance that covers up to $200 per event 4 times a year. Free for plans of 3 years or more.

  • Purchase plan directly online

See all details 

FWD logo
FWD logo

Annual Premium

S$45.64

25% OffAnnual PremiumS$60.86

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FWD Home Insurance - HDB 4 Room

Building Coverage

S$82,000

Content Coverage

S$20,000

Worldwide Personal Liability

S$500,000

Annual Premium
Annual PremiumS$60.8625% Off

S$45.64

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  • Coverage for both Home Owner and Tenant.

  • Coverage for HDB, Condo and Landed.

  • Zero excess: FWD will not charge you excess if you have a claim due to burst pipes or fire.

  • Workmanship guarantee: FWD guarantees any repairs or renovations done (resulting from an insured event) by its recommended contractors for up to 6 months from the date of completion of the repairs or renovations.

  • Purchase plan directly online

  • Protect your house building, home contents and renovations with Singapore's #1 home insurer for customer experience (Based on Forrester's CX Index 2020)

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Singlife logo
Singlife logo

Annual Premium

S$53.92

23% OffAnnual PremiumS$70.03

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Singlife Home Lite

Building Coverage

NA

Content Coverage

S$35,000

Worldwide Personal Liability

S$250,000

Annual Premium
Annual PremiumS$70.0323% Off

S$53.92

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  • Coverage for both Home Owner and Tenant.

  • Coverage for HDB, Condo and Landed.

  • Receive your claims payout via PayNow

  • Add-ons for extra protection

  • Purchase plan directly online

See all details 

If you live in a different HDB flat type, head over to the MoneySmart home insurance wizard to compare home insurance policies for your flat size.

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4. Best 5 best home insurance for private property

Private property runs the gamut from shoebox condos to sprawling landed homes, so you’ll need to assess your needs and figure out which level of coverage is appropriate.

Below are the most affordable home insurance plans we found for a modest-sized (2-bedroom) condo:

AIG logo
AIG logo

Annual Premium

S$201.69

Annual Premium

Free 24/7 Home Assistance for Everyday Emergencies

AIG Homes Advantage - Classic

Building

S$85,000

Household Contents

S$20,000

Worldwide Personal Liability

S$1,000,000

Annual Premium

S$201.69

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Key Features

  • Bill Relief Protector covers utility bills in unforeseen events including retrenchment.

  • Coverage for both Home Owner and Tenant

  • Coverage for HDB, Condo and Landed

  • AIG offers all-risk contents cover

  • Get you and your family protected with personal liability cover of up to S$1mil anywhere in the world

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  • Get up to S$150 worth of HomeCare Services, thrice a year, for everyday emergencies such as lock smith, electrical assistance, plumbing, pest control and air-conditioner repair services.

  • This policy is protected under the Policy Owners' Protection Scheme which is administered by the Singapore Deposit Insurance Corporation (SDIC). Coverage for your policy is automatic and no further action is required from you. For more information on the types of benefits that are covered under the scheme as well as the limits of coverage, where applicable, please contact AIG Asia Pacific Insurance Pte. Ltd. or visit the AIG, GIA or SDIC websites.

See all details 

MSIG logo
MSIG logo

Annual Premium

S$95.90

20% OffAnnual PremiumS$119.88

MoneySmart Exclusive

Most Comprehensive

MSIG Enhanced HomePlus - Standard

Building Coverage

Optional Add-on

Content Coverage

S$125,000

Worldwide Personal Liability

S$1,000,000

Annual Premium
Annual PremiumS$119.8820% Off

S$95.90

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Key Features

  • Covers physical loss or damage to your Home Contents & Renovations caused by Insured Events

  • Coverage for both Home Owner and Tenant across all housing types

  • Covers for deterioration of frozen food, accidental breakage of fixed mirrors and glass

  • Highest coverage of personal liability in the market

  • Accidental Breakage of Fixed mirrors and glass

  • 24/7 Helpline support on home emergency services

  • Insured Events: Fire, lightning, windstorm, flood, burst pipes, earthquakes, burglary, malicious damage and more

See all details 

Tiq by Etiqa logo
Tiq by Etiqa logo

Annual Premium

S$134.07

20% OffAnnual PremiumS$167.59

Online Promo

Home Insurance

Tiq Home Insurance - Condominium

Building Coverage

S$300,000

Content Coverage

S$50,000

Worldwide Personal Liability

S$1,000,000

Annual Premium
Annual PremiumS$167.5920% Off

S$134.07

Online Promo:

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Valid until 31 Jul 2023

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More Details

Key Features

  • FREE Emergency Home Assistance Services (worth $1,000) + COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage!

  • Save more with longer protection with flexibility and choice of 1,3,5 year plan

  • Emergency cash allowance of up to $5000 within 24 hours in the event your home becomes uninhabitable due to any of the insured peril

  • 24/7 Emergency home assistance that covers up to $200 per event 4 times a year. Free for plans of 3 years or more

  • Purchase plan directly online

See all details 

FWD logo
FWD logo

Annual Premium

S$96.75

25% OffAnnual PremiumS$129

MoneySmart Exclusive

FWD Home Insurance - Condominium 2 Bedroom

Building Coverage

NA

Content Coverage

S$60,000

Worldwide Personal Liability

S$500,000

Annual Premium
Annual PremiumS$12925% Off

S$96.75

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Valid until 31 Jul 2023

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Key Features

  • Coverage for both Home Owner and Tenant.

  • Coverage for HDB, Condo and Landed.

  • Zero excess: FWD will not charge you excess if you have a claim due to burst pipes or fire.

  • Workmanship guarantee: FWD guarantees any repairs or renovations done (resulting from an insured event) by its recommended contractors for up to 6 months from the date of completion of the repairs or renovations.

  • Purchase plan directly online

  • Protect your house building, home contents and renovations with Singapore's #1 home insurer for customer experience (Based on Forrester's CX Index 2020)

See all details 

Singlife logo
Singlife logo

Annual Premium

S$91.32

23% OffAnnual PremiumS$118.60

Online Promo

Singlife Home Standard

Building Coverage

NA

Content Coverage

S$50,000

Worldwide Personal Liability

S$250,000

Annual Premium
Annual PremiumS$118.6023% Off

S$91.32

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Key Features

  • Coverage for both Home Owner and Tenant.

  • Coverage for HDB, Condo and Landed.

  • Receive your claims payout via PayNow

  • Add-ons for extra protection

  • Purchase plan directly online

See all details 

As you might have noticed, some of the above plans do not include coverage for the building or require that you purchase building coverage as an optional add-on. This is because for many condos, it is the responsibility of the management committee to take out fire insurance for the whole property.

If you live in a house, look out for home insurance tailored to landed property. Such plans usually offer a higher amount of building coverage.

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5. How much home insurance coverage do I need?

Unless you have experience working in the construction industry, your need for building coverage can be tricky to estimate. You should be calculating the cost needed to reinstate the property, including renovation, if something happens to it.

Imagine your home is destroyed in a fire or flood. How much would you spend redoing the floors, walls and so on? The size of your home and the value of your renovations will play a big part in determining how much this costs. For instance, that posh marble flooring or custom-made wood panelling might be costly to replace.

When assessing your need for home contents coverage, you likewise want to estimate the total value of what’s inside your home. You’ll want to focus on the most expensive items, such as electronics, appliances, jewellery, watches and high-cost furniture items.

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6. I’m renting. Do tenants need home insurance too?

As a renter, you might be thinking: that’s not my property. But you might nonetheless want to consider home insurance, since it can protect the personal belongings owned by you and not the landlord. It can also cover you for costs that your landlord is not responsible for.

For instance, if there is a fire or flood at home, your landlord might have to deal with the costs of renovating and reinstating the property. But if you are contractually obligated to service and maintain the air con unit, fridge and toilet, you might have to pay to get them fixed.

In addition, the cost of any lost or stolen belongings or personal electronics will of course not be borne by the landlord.

In reality, most tenants in Singapore don’t buy home insurance. But it’s worth considering if you are living in Singapore on a long-term basis and have many high-value belongings you wish to protect.

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7. Does home insurance cover mortgage payments?

Home insurance only covers your physical home and its contents, which have nothing to do with whether you are able to keep up with your mortgage payments.

There is, however, another product called mortgage insurance that will pay off any sums remaining on your home loan if something happens to you (typically death or total and permanent disability). This saves your family from having to foot the bill on your behalf or risk losing their home.


ALSO READ: Mortgage Insurance in Singapore: How To Compare & Decide Which Is Best


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8. How do I file a home insurance claim?

So the poop has hit your new ceiling fan, either literally or figuratively, and you need to make a claim.

The first thing to do is to contact your insurer immediately by calling your agent or dialling the company’s hotline. Most insurers have a time limit, usually about 30 days, within which you must submit your claim.

You will be directed to fill out a claim form and attach supporting documents which, depending on your situation, might include the following:

  • Assessment reports indicating the cause of the damage and a quotation for the repairs

  • Receipts for damaged belongings

  • Evidence of the damage, including photos

  • Police report if a break-in or theft is involved

  • Fire report from SCDF if a fire is involved

  • Personal and contact details of third parties and witnesses, court documents and photographic evidence in the event of third party liability

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