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Ask Andy: safe-deposit boxes

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(WMC TV) - A lot of people store their important documents and jewelry in safe-deposit boxes because they're in a bank, and banks are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

What those people don't realize is the FDIC does not insure safe-deposit boxes.

If you're using a safe-deposit box, Nancy Dunnan, a financial adviser and contributor to consumer advocacy magazine Bottom Line Personal, shared these tips:

* READ YOUR BOX RENTAL CONTRACT. Dunnan said some banks will pay up to a certain amount for items lost or damaged in a safe-deposit box, but it depends on the terms of the contract.

* CHECK YOUR HOMEOWNER'S INSURANCE POLICY. It may cover what's inside your safe-deposit box. 

* TAKE PICTURES/VIDEO of the box's contents.

* MAKE A LIST of the contents.

Both the pictures and the list will be essential if you ever have to file a claim with either the bank or your insurance company. 

Another one of Dunnan's tips: seal your documents or other paper valuables inside an air-tight, water-tight Ziploc bag or plastic container -- just a little extra protection.

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