By Pamela Yardney Many investors think that they don't need to insure their property until they have the keys to their new property in their hands. Wrong! Just whose responsibility it is should some disaster does befall your new home during the settlement period is very much a grey area. While many purchasers don't insure their properties until they take possession, I have always recommended that insurance be taken out on the day of signing the contract to purchase your property or at the latest when the contract to purchase becomes unconditional. While you would logically point the finger at the vendor, particularly if a fire occurs while they are still living in the house, some insurance companies may not agree with this and if you haven't covered your bases and taken out your own policy, look out! This was reinforced a while ago when a Victorian purchaser bought a home on an unconditional contract but did not arrange insurance until settlement. The whole article is found here: At what stage should you insure your property?