I often get asked the difference between replacement cost for insurance and the market value for a home being resold. Since I know this is a question/concern out there I thought that I would write about it. Replacement cost is the cost it is estimated to take to put that house back with like quality features in today's market. Usually this will be a higher value than resale. I will list a couple of reasons for this. Scenario 1) You are selling a home that is a great deal for someone, but needs a little updating. The updating requirements are going to push the market value of the home down. But from an insurance perspective if you have to rebuild that home, the same quality sinks, carpet, paint, roof, etc... have to go back into the building process. These items will be bought at today's prices and today's like quality, not a discounted price because tastes have changed over the years. Scenario 2) You are selling a new tract home in a new neighborhood. The rebuild cost will often come in higher because you are looking at replacing that home without the benefits gained from mass production.
In summary, the goal of the policy is to be there for the insured with the amount of money needed to put them back in like kind and quality of home.