Do you live in a mid-net-worth household?

Do you live in a mid-net-worth household?

Does your home have an AGA cooker or Belfast sink in the kitchen, a rainforest shower in the wet room or an extensive vinyl collection in the drawing room?

 Chances are you’re one of the growing numbers of ‘mid-net-worth’ households, according to LV= Home Insurance.

Research by the home insurer has found that the doubling of household income over the last two decades1 has created a multitude of ‘mass affluent’ homeowners who often don’t know their relative worth. However, over three quarters (79%) of these households are not taking out appropriate insurance for their needs.

As part of its study, LV= has identified the key perceived luxury items indicative of a mid-net-worth home– a list including ‘nutrient extractors’, wine fridges and walk-in wardrobes.

Premium items indicative of mid-net-worth households (Owned by 10%+ MNW households)

    Home office (37%)
    Vinyl collections (18%)
    Limited edition art (18%)
    A kids play room (13%)
    Music delivery system, e.g. Sonos  (13%)
    Under-floor heating (13%)
    Nutrient extractor, e.g. Nutri-Bullet (12%)
    Wine fridge (12%)
    Walk in wardrobe (11%)
    Farrow & Ball paint (10%)
    AGA or Rangemaster (10%)


The research also identified items these households aspire to own, including pizza ovens, grand pianos and rainforest showers.

Yet, many of these high-end items are potentially at risk of being underinsured – with around half of mass affluent households not identifying themselves as ‘wealthy enough’ (49%) and failing to ensure their insurance policies reflect the true value of their possessions.

Of the estimated 3.5 million mass-affluent households,2 just under a third (32%) have re-evaluated their insurance needs in the last five years. While just one in eight (12%) have taken out specific contents insurance to cover their more high-end purchases, the rest relying on standard policies that risk them being short of cover should the worst happen. More worryingly, one in 10 admit to underestimating the total value of their contents to reduce their premium.

Selwyn Fernandes, Managing Director of LV= Home Insurance, said: “An increase in disposable incomes has seen many people fill their homes with luxury goods but because they don’t consider themselves ‘mid-net-worth’ it, many people haven’t upgraded their contents cover at the same time.

It’s important your policy limits reflect what you own. Admittedly, it’s never top of people’s to do lists but it’s worth reviewing your policy at least once every three years to ensure its kept pace with your lifestyle and your possessions.”

LV= Home Insurance covers Contents up to £150,000 and Buildings up to £1 million.

Top 10 items that mass affluent homeowners are impressed by / aspire to own.

    Grand Piano (43%)
    Games room (33%)
    Walk in wardrobe (33%)
    Under-floor heating (30%)
    AGA / range cooker (28%)
    Limited edition art (25%)
    A wet room (24%)
    Pizza oven (24%)
    3D projector (24%)
    Rainforest shower (23%)

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MBM Homelets
MBM Homelets 23 Mar 2017

Although this is a very positive step, there is little or no guarantee of the standard of workmanship employed by the tenants. We have had experience of a professionally decorated property being ' painted'...

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ajay
ajay 21 Mar 2017

How is the "robust evidence" looking now?

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NathanG 20 Mar 2017

I've been watching the series so far and am completely baffled by the cases that were presented. Though, I don't think that we can protect ourselves from every scam possible - it will just make the scammers...

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You would think so Niraj Shah! My experience only proves that there are varying qualitiers of professional in all aspects of property letting. None of the ones I have dealt with, from letting agents to...

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Mark
Mark 01 Mar 2017

Thanks for this article. Hopefully one day everybody's lifestyle will be eco-sustainable.

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Ben Taylor
Ben Taylor 28 Feb 2017

I was convinced that London was the most expensive!

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Alan Read 28 Feb 2017

Australia are leading the way in this I think. The trouble with Britain is we don't get enough sun to make use of solar power.

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James Powell 27 Feb 2017

This is a very good news.

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DanHumphreys
DanHumphreys 27 Feb 2017

It sounds like a good idea. Anything to help the younger generation get a foothold.

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Matt 20 Feb 2017

Is this fake news?

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CommercialTrust 30 Jan 2017

Hi Graham, Would be interesting to see the above figure calculated against an investment via a Lt Company /SPV structure and if the investor found themselves pushed in to the higher tax bracket. Mortgage...

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