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Get your home ready for winter

Updated: 29th September 2017 - First Published: 29th September 2017 Winter is coming, and that means you need to get your home in tip top condition to cope with the weather to come – particularly as much of the UK is on course to be hammered by storms over the next few days. Are you prepared? Read More...

Tax hike sends home insurance costs soaring

Updated: 24th August 2017 - First Published: 24th August 2017 The rate of Insurance Premium Tax has doubled in little more than 18 months, and it's having a direct impact on the prices we pay, with new figures showing that home insurance premiums are rising at the fastest rate for three years. Read More...

Garden thieves strike every 43 seconds

Updated: 11th August 2017 - First Published: 11th August 2017 Summer is the time to get outside and enjoy your garden, which is why many people spend a lot of money making their garden summer-ready. However, few are prepared for the losses that could ensue should a garden thief strike. Read More...

The cost of (grand)babysitting

Updated: 28th June 2017 - First Published: 26th June 2017 It’s not easy being a grandparent. Either your children are too busy to visit, or – as is the case for 28% of grandparents – you are drafted in to babysit, having to chase them around your home and make sure nothing breaks (including you!). Read More...

Tax hikes lead to higher home insurance costs

Updated: 25th May 2017 - First Published: 26th May 2017 It may have felt like winter lasted forever this year, but despite it being with us for months on end, it was surprisingly mild – which makes the finding that home insurance costs edged up rather unexpected. Read More...

£1,787 left vulnerable in sheds

Updated: 18th May 2017 - First Published: 16th May 2017 How secure is your shed? New research has revealed that the average household stashes £1,787 worth of valuables in their shed, and not everyone is diligent enough to make sure these goods are properly secured. Read More...

Protect your garden from green-fingered thieves

Updated: 10th April 2017 - First Published: 10th April 2017 As spring arrives, so do thoughts of becoming green-fingered - but unfortunately, the same applies to thieves. Many will be keeping a close eye on gardens as sheds fill up with pricey kit, so make sure your home insurance policy is ready for it. Read More...

Prepare for Easter holiday mishaps

Updated: 30th March 2017 - First Published: 30th March 2017 The 2017 Easter holidays are almost here, and parents will be wondering how to keep the kids entertained. Unfortunately, indoor activities may not even be that cost-effective, given that kids can cause hundreds of pounds’ worth of damage in the home. Read More...

House-sitting – the new form of home security

Updated: 14th March 2017 - First Published: 14th March 2017 Everyone looks forward to going on holiday, but leaving your home unoccupied isn’t always so appealing. That’s why a growing number of homeowners are looking to alternative security measures, with 45% relying on house-sitters when jetting off. Read More...

Millions could be underinsured

Updated: 27th February 2017 - First Published: 27th February 2017 Having the right level of home insurance cover is vital to ensure you’re completely protected should the worst happen, yet research warns that many people could be underinsured – risking financial loss should they need to make a claim. Read More...

Home insurance costs on the rise

Updated: 21st February 2017 - First Published: 21st February 2017 New research has revealed that the average home insurance premium rose by 1.8% over the year to January. This makes the average cost of a policy now £124, and, due to insurance premium tax rises and the weak pound, likely to keep rising. Read More...

Protect your home against costly storm damage

Updated: 10th February 2017 - First Published: 09th February 2017 Much of the UK has been battered by Storm Doris over the last few days, and this could cost you a lot more than higher heating bills: Policy Expert is urging homeowners to brace themselves for the risk of thousands of pounds’ worth of damage. Read More...

Home insurance premiums fall – but it may not last

Updated: 24th January 2017 - First Published: 24th January 2017 New figures show that the cost of home insurance has fallen in the last year, providing welcome respite for households battling with rising inflation and higher bills. However, it could be a game of two halves, as prices could rise in the year ahead. Read More...

Moneyfacts Home Insurance Star Ratings announced

Updated: 11th January 2017 - First Published: 05th January 2017 If you’re looking for a new home insurance policy, you want it to be one you can trust, with the features you need and a level of service you can rely on. Sometimes knowing where to start can be easier said than done, so we’re here to help. Read More...

Where will you see in the New Year?

Updated: 03rd January 2017 - First Published: 30th December 2016 Christmas may have been and gone, but there’s another celebration that’s hot on its heels: New Year’s Eve! The question is, where will you be celebrating? And, perhaps more importantly, how much will you be spending? Read More...

Is your home ready for the cold snap?

Updated: 21st December 2016 - First Published: 21st December 2016 Today marks the official start of winter, and forecasters are warning that it could get even colder in the weeks ahead with the Met Office predicting the coldest winter for five years. Is your home ready for it? Read More...

Home insurance cost rises by 3.5%

Updated: 22nd November 2016 - First Published: 22nd November 2016 New data from Consumer Intelligence has revealed that the annual cost of home insurance has raced ahead of inflation, having risen by 3.5% year-on-year to stand at an average annual premium of £123. Read More...

Get your home winter-ready

Updated: 22nd November 2016 - First Published: 21st November 2016 We hate to say it, but winter is well and truly setting in. So, if you haven't yet made sure that your home is ready for the colder months ahead, now's the time to get started. Read More...

Bargains for burglars on Black Friday

Updated: 18th November 2016 - First Published: 18th November 2016 Many are looking forward to Black Friday next week, not to mention the following Cyber Monday (28 November), but did you know burglars are also looking forward to those days of deals? Don’t let them take you by surprise! Read More...

Tips to avoid frozen misery

Updated: 11th November 2016 - First Published: 11th November 2016 The popularity of Frozen may be as strong as ever among the little ones, but nobody likes frozen pipes. To avoid the damage and high cost of freezing or burst pipes, the ABI has collected some top tips to see you through the winter. Read More...

Are you sloppy with your home security?

Updated: 09th November 2016 - First Published: 09th November 2016 Many of us have been shocked by the recent cyber attack on Tesco Bank customers, bringing online security back to the top of the agenda. But what about home security? Unfortunately, it looks as though many householders are worryingly sloppy... Read More...

Back-garden bonfires on the way out

Updated: 07th November 2016 - First Published: 03rd November 2016 The age-old tradition of having a garden bonfire party appears to be on the way out, with fears of firework displays going wrong leading many to favour organised events. Given that fire claims can double, this could be a sensible decision… Read More...

Brits spend £36K on decorating their home

Updated: 01st November 2016 - First Published: 01st November 2016 Are you one of the many homeowners that spent their half term holiday redecorating? You are not alone, as a new study has found that Brits will redecorate their home 36 times throughout their lifetime, spending a whopping £36,205 in the process. Read More...

Mixed picture for home insurance premiums

Updated: 28th October 2016 - First Published: 28th October 2016 Home insurance is one of those things that we all need, yet the only time we really think about it is when we renew and are presented with a new quote. But just what’s happening to prices in this sector of the insurance market? Read More...

Planning some DIY? Don't lose out!

Updated: 26th August 2016 - First Published: 25th August 2016 The August Bank Holiday is almost upon us, and that can only mean one thing – DIY! But while tackling those jobs around the home is a common pastime for a long weekend, just make sure it isn’t a false economy… Read More...

Home insurance premiums remain at record low

Updated: 18th August 2016 - First Published: 18th August 2016 The cost of the average combined buildings and contents insurance policy is at its lowest level in four years, the Association of British Insurers’ latest Home Insurance Premium tracker has revealed, with a typical policy currently costing just £309. Read More...

Secure your home before your holiday

Updated: 04th August 2016 - First Published: 03rd August 2016 Going on holiday is an exciting time, but in the midst of all that anticipation, it can be easy to neglect the home you’re leaving behind. That’s why M&S Bank is urging holidaymakers to properly secure their home against thieves before they jet off. Read More...

Home insurance prices edge up

Updated: 01st August 2016 - First Published: 01st August 2016 New figures from the AA show that typical home insurance premiums edged up in the three months to the end of June - but given that the 1.4% increase equates to a rise of just £2, premiums remain “remarkable value for money”. Read More...

Make sure you don’t underinsure your valuables

Updated: 06th July 2016 - First Published: 06th July 2016 Getting the right kind of insurance is a must at all times, but it becomes particularly important if you’ve got highly expensive valuables in your possession – but unfortunately, research has found that worryingly few people are suitably covered. Read More...

Surge in over-50s renters

Updated: 04th July 2016 - First Published: 04th July 2016 Renting a home before buying one is almost a rite of passage, but what if that milestone is never reached? Research shows a surge in the number of people over 50 living in rented accommodation – and they may not be going about it in the right way. Read More...

Don’t fall foul of green-fingered thieves

Updated: 31st May 2016 - First Published: 31st May 2016 The second May bank holiday traditionally heralds the proper start of summer, and that means many of us could be spending more time in our outdoor spaces in the months ahead. But, so could green-fingered opportunists... Read More...

Don’t botch your bank holiday DIY!

Updated: 27th May 2016 - First Published: 27th May 2016 Will you be indulging in a spot of DIY this weekend? After all, it’s tradition! But, before you raid the tool kit or fire up the glue gun, think whether your chosen project is something you can comfortably complete – if not, it could cost you... Read More...

Watch out for DIY disasters this weekend

Updated: 28th April 2016 - First Published: 28th April 2016 The Bank Holiday weekend is almost upon us, and that means homeowners up and down the country will soon be indulging in a bit of DIY. But is your home ready for it, or more specifically, is your home insurance policy? Read More...

Give up the daily grind and spruce up your home

Updated: 26th April 2016 - First Published: 26th April 2016 Hanging up your work clothes for good is traditionally seen as a time for some serious relaxation – but it seems that for many of us, it actually provides the motivation to spruce up the house and garden and covert it into a dream home. Read More...

Is your home protected from flooding?

Updated: 04th April 2016 - First Published: 04th April 2016 Winter has once again seen many homeowners face the destruction of floods, which caused expensive and widespread damage. It should therefore come as a relief that today (Monday 4 April) marks the launch of the Flood Re scheme. Read More...

Protect your garden this spring

Updated: 31st March 2016 - First Published: 31st March 2016 The clocks have moved forward, the days are longer, and spring has officially sprung – but more hours of sunshine herald the need to check that your outside spaces are protected from opportunistic thieves. Read More...

Home insurance costs on the rise

Updated: 15th March 2016 - First Published: 17th February 2016 If you’re about to renew your home insurance policy, you could be in for a shock, as new figures show that home insurance costs have climbed sharply in the past three months – and it’s all thanks to the hike in insurance premium tax. Read More...

Take care this Pancake Day!

Updated: 08th February 2016 - First Published: 08th February 2016 At first glance, Pancake Day seems fairly innocent – it’s a chance to gorge on sweet, lemony, battery goodness, perhaps with a savoury or Nutella version thrown in for good measure – but it actually hides a dangerous fire claims secret… Read More...

Buildings & Contents Star Ratings launched

Updated: 19th December 2016 - First Published: 12th January 2016 Moneyfacts is pleased to announce that we’ve expanded our well-known Star Ratings to include Buildings & Contents Insurance, and with the results based on truly impartial analysis, the ratings can be trusted with confidence. Read More...

Do you know the rebuild cost of your home?

Updated: 22nd December 2015 - First Published: 22nd December 2015 Taking out home insurance can be a complicated process, but it’s important to ensure that you get the right level of cover; otherwise you could be in for a nasty surprise if the worst was to happen. Read More...

Get your home Christmas party ready

Updated: 11th December 2015 - First Published: 11th December 2015 The Christmas party season is in full swing, but whether you’ll be hosting Christmas drinks, partying the night away on New Year’s Eve, or simply getting ready to go out, you need to ask yourself one question: is your home ready for it? Read More...

How to prepare for the coldest winter ever

Updated: 02nd December 2015 - First Published: 02nd December 2015 Winter is well and truly here, and it’s only going to get colder in the months to come. In fact, meteorologists are predicting the coldest winter on record, with some expecting temperatures to be as low as -20°C, but will your home cope with it? Read More...

Don’t give burglars a festive opportunity…

Updated: 23rd November 2015 - First Published: 23rd November 2015 The Christmas shopping season is in full swing, but unfortunately, this means that many people’s homes will be filled to the brim with enticing goodies – and opportunistic burglars may be looking for ways to take advantage. Read More...

Are home insurance premiums set to rise?

Updated: 13th November 2015 - First Published: 13th November 2015 Homeowners have been enjoying a gradual fall in the cost of their home insurance policies. However, the good times could be drawing to a close as the effects of the Government’s updated Insurance Premium Tax begins to make itself known. Read More...

Do you fear Friday 13th?

Updated: 09th November 2015 - First Published: 09th November 2015 Friday 13th is looming for the third time this year, but the question is, do you hold any stock in the superstition that it’s bad luck? It seems many people do, but they could be fearful for nothing… Read More...

Are you covered for accidental damage?

Updated: 13th April 2017 - First Published: 29th October 2015 Home insurance is one of those things that everyone should have, but are you covered for more than the minimum? Having a basic level of cover is all well and good, but if you don't have accidental damage cover, you could be in for a shock… Read More...

Home insurance costs fall but are artificially low

Updated: 26th October 2015 - First Published: 26th October 2015 How much do you pay for your home insurance? According to research, it could be less than it has been in recent years, but don’t get too complacent – these premiums are “artificially low”, says AA, and there are concerns that they’ll soon ramp up. Read More...

Protect your home from winter thieves

Updated: 21st October 2015 - First Published: 21st October 2015 Sadly, with the clocks due to move back in just a few days’ time, we have to admit that winter is well on its way, and with it comes far more hours of darkness – and far more opportunities for thieves to take things that don’t belong to them. Read More...

Protect your valuables during darker evenings

Updated: 29th September 2015 - First Published: 29th September 2015 The nights are drawing in and it’s turning distinctly autumnal, but as well as the annual discussion over when to put the heating on, there’s something else you need to consider at this time of year – protecting your valuables. Read More...

Be prepared for the unexpected with home insurance

Updated: 20th August 2015 - First Published: 20th August 2015 Having home insurance is all about being prepared for the unexpected, but sometimes it’s easy to forget how important it is – or just how unexpected certain events can be. Read More...

Home insurance: get on top of your repairs

Updated: 11th August 2015 - First Published: 07th August 2015 Your home can take a battering over the winter months, so by the time summer rolls round, you may find that there are one or two repairs needed! Read More...

Cost of home insurance continues to fall

Updated: 30th July 2015 - First Published: 30th July 2015 Want to save money on your home insurance? Well, it could be easier than ever, with research from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) revealing that the cost of home insurance is continuing to fall. Read More...

Don’t give burglars a window of opportunity!

Updated: 23rd June 2017 - First Published: 02nd July 2015 The scorching temperatures we’ve had this week have left us free to throw open our windows and dig out the summer clothes from the back of the wardrobe. But, don’t get too carried away, because burglars could also stand to benefit. Read More...

Keep your garden pristine with the right insurance

Updated: 30th June 2015 - First Published: 30th June 2015 It’s the time of year when many of us are spending more time in our gardens, but that often coincides with spending more money on it, too - and unfortunately, many could be putting their gardens at risk by failing to invest in suitable insurance. Read More...

Heading to Glastonbury? Be prepared!

Updated: 25th June 2015 - First Published: 25th June 2015 Music lovers, get excited – Glastonbury is almost with us! But, if you’re one of the thousands set to pitch up, are you prepared? We don’t want to put a dampener on things, but if you don’t protect your valuables, it could be a costly weekend… Read More...

Do you know your home’s flood risk?

Updated: 15th May 2017 - First Published: 19th June 2015 Over recent years many of the UK’s homes have been battered by serious floods, but despite the widespread media coverage of these events, it seems that few people are prepared for, or are aware of, the risks to their own home. Read More...

Are your outdoor valuables at risk?

Updated: 18th June 2015 - First Published: 18th June 2015 Summer is finally here and as the temperatures start to soar, more and more of us are likely to venture out into our gardens. However, this time of year is also a great time for opportunistic thieves – so are you sure that your valuables are safe? Read More...

FTBs: Have you budgeted for home insurance?

Updated: 15th June 2015 - First Published: 15th June 2015 Buying your first home is full of stress – it often seems as though there is an endless list of things that need to be done or purchased, so it’s no wonder that things like home insurance get knocked down the list of priorities. Read More...

Heading abroad? Make sure your home’s protected

Updated: 09th June 2015 - First Published: 09th June 2015 When planning the things you’ll need to do for your much-anticipated summer holiday, investing in travel insurance is probably towards the top of the list. But what about home insurance, or even more pressingly, checking that your home is secure? Read More...

Cost of home maintenance a key concern

Updated: 01st June 2015 - First Published: 01st June 2015 If you’re approaching later life, you’re hopefully getting to the stage where your mortgage is almost paid off. But, unfortunately, other concerns could get in the way – and the cost of home maintenance is one of them. Read More...

Brits would save gadgets over heirlooms

Updated: 27th May 2015 - First Published: 22nd May 2015 It’s the age old question – just what would you save if your house was on fire? Well, while it may have once been precious family photos, sentimental items or heirlooms, research from Swinton Insurance has revealed that gadgets now top the list. Read More...

Make sure you’re covered on the go

Updated: 27th May 2015 - First Published: 20th May 2015 Your contents insurance will cover your most treasured possessions, but what if you carry a few extras around on a regular basis? People are carrying as much as £1,567 with them while out and about, and they could be leaving these items unprotected. Read More...

Insurance – it isn’t always about the money

Updated: 01st May 2015 - First Published: 01st May 2015 We all know how important insurance can be to protect you from financial loss should the worst happen. But what about the emotional loss? Read More...

Home insurance for less than the price of a coffee

Updated: 29th April 2015 - First Published: 29th April 2015 You want to protect your home, but you don’t want to spend a fortune in order to do it. Happily, you don’t have to – the cost of home insurance is continuing to fall, meaning the average combined policy now costs less than a takeaway coffee. Read More...

Have you had a DIY disaster?

Updated: 23rd April 2015 - First Published: 23rd April 2015 There’s something about spring that gets everyone in the mood for a spot of DIY. Homeware stores are full of people searching for materials and online tutorials see a spike in hits, but unfortunately, there’s also a rise in DIY jobs that go wrong. Read More...

Have you updated your home insurance recently?

Updated: 14th April 2015 - First Published: 14th April 2015 When was the last time you updated your home contents cover? It’s easy to overlook, but if you don’t keep on top of things, you could find that you’ve got thousands of pounds worth of items that aren’t insured… Read More...

Keep your garden safe this summer

Updated: 26th March 2015 - First Published: 24th March 2015 Spring is creeping ever closer and it will soon be time for the clocks to move forward. For many, the increased daylight hours will be the signal to dig out the patio furniture. But are you sure that all your garden gear is safe? Read More...

Home insurance costs stay still

Updated: 20th January 2015 - First Published: 20th January 2015 Ensuring that your home and all of your possessions are protected should the worst happen is a priority for all homeowners, so reports that the cost of buildings and contents insurance has remained static over the last three months is welcome news. Read More...

Is your home ready to ring in the New Year?

Updated: 30th December 2014 - First Published: 30th December 2014 You’ve picked the perfect party outfit, you’ve got the bubbly lined up and you’ve arranged the perfect location for you, your friends and family to see in the New Year. Read More...

Don’t let a grinch ruin Christmas

Updated: 19th December 2014 - First Published: 15th December 2014 Now that Christmas is nearly here, your home is probably stuffed full of gifts waiting to be unwrapped on Christmas Day. However, this means that your home could now be featuring on the hit list of would-be grinches. Read More...

Take action! Protect pipes against the big freeze

Updated: 12th December 2014 - First Published: 12th December 2014 Protecting your water pipes against the cold may be the last thing on your mind, but a burst pipe in winter can be a real headache, so taking the time to prevent it from happening can be a wise move. Read More...

Protecting your home costs less than a TV package

Updated: 11th July 2017 - First Published: 06th November 2014 Forking out for buildings and contents insurance can seem like a drain on your finances, but recent figures show that the average annual cost of protecting your home is actually less than the price of a satellite TV package. Read More...

Remember remember… to protect your belongings!

Updated: 03rd November 2014 - First Published: 03rd November 2014 It’s a busy week for petty criminals. Not only has Halloween been and gone, but Bonfire Night is next on the horizon – and research has revealed that it's one of the worst days of the year for insurance claims. Read More...

Winter is on its way – are you ready for it?

Updated: 20th October 2014 - First Published: 20th October 2014 The temperatures are starting to drop, the wind is starting to blast and the clocks are set to go back this coming weekend. Winter is definitely on its way, but are you ready to face it? Read More...

How to prepare your home for winter

Updated: 13th October 2014 - First Published: 13th October 2014 Winter is making its appearance thick and fast, and that means you need to start making the necessary preparations. Here's a quick checklist of what you need to do to get your home ready for winter. Read More...

One-third of students without contents insurance

Updated: 26th September 2014 - First Published: 26th September 2014 When preparing to go off to university there seems to be a never-ending list of things to do, so it’s no wonder that some students forget all about buying contents insurance. Read More...

Buy your dream home not a house of horrors

Updated: 19th May 2014 - First Published: 19th May 2014 As house prices soar and supply severely lags behind demand, it’s no wonder there’s increased competition for people to secure their dream property. Read More...

Could a home insurance revolution be on the cards?

Updated: 16th May 2014 - First Published: 16th May 2014 Do you have home insurance? Do you think there’s room for improvement? If so, you’re not alone. According to a survey the home insurance industry “needs a revolution”, with the majority of consumers wanting change. Read More...

Could flood victims be paying the price?

Updated: 12th February 2014 - First Published: 12th February 2014 With much of the country being battered by storms, flooding and untold damage, thoughts could well be turning to the clean-up costs. Read More...

DIY disasters: Are you covered?

Updated: 07th February 2014 - First Published: 07th February 2014 Everyone likes to save a bit of money where they can, and doing home improvements instead of calling in a pricey tradesman is one area where many people try to cut costs. Read More...

Don’t let a boiler breakdown ruin your Christmas

Updated: 17th December 2013 - First Published: 17th December 2013 Christmas is just around the corner, and that means thoughts are inevitably turning to those last-minute Christmas gifts and doing the festive food shop. But, what about your boiler? Read More...

Burglars target homes in November

Updated: 26th November 2013 - First Published: 26th November 2013 Households are ten times more likely to be burgled in November than at any other time of the year, according to research by the over 50s insurance provider RIAS. Read More...

Don’t be tricked this Halloween

Updated: 31st October 2013 - First Published: 31st October 2013 With almost a quarter of UK households suffering damage as a result of Halloween or Bonfire Night shenanigans, homeowners are being urged to be prepared for any tricks that could come their way – with home insurance being a key way to do that. Read More...

What to do if you’ve been affected by St Jude

Updated: 01st November 2013 - First Published: 30th October 2013 The storm that battered much of the midlands and southern England on Monday took its toll, but just what can you do if you’ve been affected? Read More...

Householders urged to prepare for upcoming storms

Updated: 25th October 2013 - First Published: 25th October 2013 With the threat of storms on the horizon, householders are being urged to take proactive measures to protect their homes – as up to a quarter of all UK properties could be in the firing line. Read More...

Home insurance premiums continue to fall

Updated: 24th October 2013 - First Published: 24th October 2013 According to research from the AA, the price of home insurance premiums has continued to fall during the third quarter of 2013 – continuing the downward trend that started in 2012. Read More...

Householders need to be vigilant as nights draw in

Updated: 15th October 2013 - First Published: 15th October 2013 As the nights draw in and the clocks are set to go back on Sunday 27th October, householders are being urged to be vigilant to prevent opportunist thieves taking advantage of the darker evenings. Read More...

Students reminded to insure their belongings

Updated: 24th September 2013 - First Published: 24th September 2013 Recent research undertaken by Sainsbury’s Bank has revealed that the average undergrad has over £2,500 of belongings in student accommodation, but that many don’t have suitable contents insurance in place. Read More...

Flood and storm damage claims reach £1.9 billion

Updated: 15th February 2013 - First Published: 15th February 2013 The phrase “it never rains, but it pours” was never truer than last year when a record 1,330.7mm of rain fell in the UK, resulting in thousands of flooded and storm damaged homes claiming a total of £1.19 billion from insurers. Read More...

Flood risk homes could be left uninsurable

Updated: 27th November 2012 - First Published: 23rd November 2012 Around a quarter of UK homeowners living in areas vulnerable to flooding could be rendered uninsurable when an agreement between the government and insurance providers expires next summer. Read More...

Bad weather sends home insurance costs soaring

Updated: 27th November 2012 - First Published: 20th January 2012 The price of home insurance continued its steady upward trend in 2011 as a rise in the number of weather-related claims put pressure on premiums. Read More...

Home insurance advice as storms approach

Updated: 27th November 2012 - First Published: 13th December 2011 Homeowners have been urged to protect their properties and given home insurance advice after the Met Office warned strong storms are on their way. Read More...

Property maintenance warning as winter nears

Updated: 23rd November 2011 - First Published: 23rd November 2011 Homeowners have been warned to prepare their properties for winter or risk seeing their home insurance claims turned down as being invalid. Read More...

Insurance reassurance for riot victims

Updated: 09th August 2011 - First Published: 09th August 2011 Homeowners and business people who have had their property damaged during the riots of the past few days should be covered by their insurance policies. Read More...

Homeowners warned over underinsurance risk

Updated: 27th November 2012 - First Published: 13th May 2011 Homeowners have been urged to make sure their home insurance policies are up to scratch after it was revealed almost two thirds of properties and their contents might be underinsured. Read More...

Royal Wedding party home insurance warning

Updated: 27th November 2012 - First Published: 28th April 2011 Millions of Brits with holiday and party plans for the bank holiday weekend are risking leaving their homes unattended without home insurance. Read More...

Bad weather sees home insurance premiums soar

Updated: 27th November 2012 - First Published: 15th April 2011 The cost of home insurance has leapt to its highest ever level as a result of fraudulent claims and the recent bad weather pushing premiums higher. Read More...

Britons put most treasured possessions at risk

Updated: 27th November 2012 - First Published: 16th March 2011 Despite almost a third of Britons saying they have treasured possessions in their homes, many are putting them at risk with inadequate insurance. Read More...

Homeowners warned over contents underinsurance

Updated: 07th June 2017 - First Published: 10th March 2011 Homeowners have been urged to review their home contents policy to avoid the risk of underinsurance. Read More...

Home insurers told to change their tune

Updated: 27th November 2012 - First Published: 24th January 2011 Music loving homeowners are at risk of losing hundreds of pounds worth of digital music because their home insurance does not cover the loss of downloaded material. Read More...

Beware the underinsurance trap

Updated: 12th July 2017 - First Published: 17th January 2011 Britons have been warned that they are risking their prized possessions by undervaluing their home contents. Read More...

Home insurance warning as double dip freeze nears

Updated: 27th November 2012 - First Published: 16th December 2010 The return of freezing temperatures and heavy snow is set to bring burst pipe misery to many more UK homes over the coming days and weeks, it has been warned. Read More...

Homeowners warned over cold weather snap

Updated: 25th November 2010 - First Published: 25th November 2010 Against the backdrop of plummeting temperatures, homeowners have been warned to take precautions to prevent burst pipes. Read More...

Warning over winter vandalism

Updated: 27th November 2012 - First Published: 01st November 2010 Homeowners have been advised to check they have comprehensive home insurance, as vandalism and malicious damage claims typically increase at this time of the year. Read More...

More than five million people shun house insurance

Updated: 27th November 2012 - First Published: 27th October 2010 More than five million people are putting their possessions in jeopardy by neglecting to take out a home insurance policy. Read More...

‘Treble trouble’ warning over home insurance

Updated: 27th November 2012 - First Published: 22nd October 2010 Homeowners have been told to make sure they have home insurance in place to avoid the ‘triple trouble’ which is due to strike this year. Read More...

Home insurance warning for student digs

Updated: 26th June 2017 - First Published: 30th September 2010 Students have been told to make sure all their possessions are insured when they move into their new student digs. Read More...

Gold rush affecting home insurance cover

Updated: 27th November 2012 - First Published: 07th September 2010 The soaring cost of gold means some home insurance policies may no longer be adequately covering the value of a family’s jewels. Read More...

Is it time to service your home insurance?

Updated: 27th November 2012 - First Published: 30th July 2010 More than 12 million people will switch their home insurance provider or change gas and electricity supplier over the coming year, as homeowners increasingly seek out a better standard of service. Read More...

Wimbledon: a smashing time for UK households

Updated: 27th November 2012 - First Published: 21st June 2010 A combination of Wimbledon and the World Cup is set to cause mayhem around the home. Read More...

Home insurance warning over garden theft

Updated: 27th November 2012 - First Published: 25th March 2010 Homeowners have been told to check their home insurance policies, as the season for green fingered garden thieves draws near. Read More...

Insurance warning for Valentines Day Romeos

Updated: 27th November 2012 - First Published: 08th February 2010 Budding Romeos purchasing a ring before popping the question this Valentine's Day have been urged to check if it will be covered by existing home contents insurance... Read More...

Swinton to offer PPI refunds

Updated: 27th November 2012 - First Published: 28th October 2009 Swinton is to contact over 350,000 customers who paid for single premium payment protection insurance (PPI) and offer a refund... Read More...

Insure against summer of discontent

Updated: 24th July 2009 - First Published: 24th July 2009 Despite a May industry survey finding that the cost of replacing the contents of the average UK home is about £44,500, figures from the British Insurance Brokers’ Association recently revealed that consumers are reducing their house cover in an attempt to Read More...

Buying separate insurance may be cheaper

Updated: 27th November 2012 - First Published: 07th July 2009 Buying separate polices for home and building insurance could be cheaper than a combined package for more than two fifths of households, according to new figures Read More...

Put your house on AXA

Updated: 18th June 2009 - First Published: 18th June 2009 Consumers looking for extensive cover for their homes that can be tailored to suit their individual needs are likely to see the value of AXA’s home insurance. Read More...

Staggering cost of replacing home contents

Updated: 27th November 2012 - First Published: 08th May 2009 The cost of replacing home contents in the event of a fire or other major disaster has been described as "staggering". Read More...

Contents of British homes worth almost £45,000

Updated: 07th May 2009 - First Published: 07th May 2009 The cost of replacing the average contents of a British home is £44,500, with the living room typically holding the most expensive items. Read More...

Beauty treatment accidents rising, insurer notes

Updated: 04th August 2009 - First Published: 01st May 2009 Home insurance customers are causing increasing amounts of damage by choosing to perform their own beauty treatments, a poll has found. Read More...

Home insurance premiums 'continue to rise'

Updated: 27th November 2012 - First Published: 30th April 2009 The cost of home insurance premiums continued to rise in the first three months of the year, fresh figures have indicated. Read More...

DIY work 'may invalidate home insurance'

Updated: 26th April 2017 - First Published: 28th April 2009 Home insurance customers have been urged to ensure their policies offer adequate cover before carrying out DIY work. Read More...

Insurer warns of increased burglary risk

Updated: 27th November 2012 - First Published: 28th April 2009 Homeowners have been urged to take steps to protect themselves against the possibility that they could become victims of burglary. Read More...

Insurance fraud rising, figures show

Updated: 27th November 2012 - First Published: 16th April 2009 Fraudulent insurance claims rose by 17 per cent in 2008, fresh figures have revealed. Read More...

Brits "vulnerable" as insurance is cut back

Updated: 27th November 2012 - First Published: 08th April 2009 Cutting out insurance policies in order to save money could leave consumers at risk, it has been warned. Read More...

Home insurance a good thing when doing DIY

Updated: 06th April 2009 - First Published: 06th April 2009 Homeowners have been advised to ensure they have adequate insurance policies before carrying out DIY work. Read More...

Brits 'not confident' in DIY abilities

Updated: 07th April 2009 - First Published: 06th April 2009 Many Britons do not believe they are as skilled as their parents when it comes to DIY, research from Halifax has revealed. Read More...

Plants important consideration for home insurance

Updated: 02nd April 2009 - First Published: 02nd April 2009 Consumers have been urged to check that goods in their garden are covered by home insurance. Read More...

Nationwide extends home insurance cover

Updated: 27th November 2012 - First Published: 30th March 2009 Home insurance customers considering a policy from Nationwide are set to see an increase in features this week. Read More...

Underinsurance a problem

Updated: 17th August 2017 - First Published: 24th March 2009 Homeowners have been warned that they are putting themselves at huge risk of incurring significant costs by not insuring their properties to their full reinstatement value. Read More...

Are you covered for water damage?

Updated: 27th November 2012 - First Published: 26th January 2009 According to Sainsbury’s Home Insurance, water damage, through ‘forcible / violent bursting’, has been the cause of over 13,000 home insurance claims since 22nd December 2008. The value of these claims is estimated to be £27.56 million. Read More...

Extended leave? Check your Home Insurance

Updated: 27th November 2012 - First Published: 12th January 2009 According to Sainsbury’s Home Insurance, around 1.7million of the over-55’s will be leaving the country this year for at least 30 days, in the search for warmer weather. Read More...

Are your gadgets insured or gathering dust?

Updated: 10th December 2008 - First Published: 09th December 2008 Research from Halifax Home Insurance shows that we Brits are spending on average £120 a year on technology and gadgets that we won’t use and will end up gathering dust. Read More...

Home Insurance risk as £5.4 billion kept at home

Updated: 11th December 2008 - First Published: 09th December 2008 The spread of financial fear brought on by the credit crunch has led millions of Britons to keep around £5.4 billion in cash hidden in their homes. Read More...

Home & motor insurance - December increase by Saga

Updated: 26th June 2009 - First Published: 27th November 2008 Christmas time of course means that we all have a few more possessions, either in the house or coming home from the shops. However, are we all prepared with extra insurance cover? Read More...

‘Less home insurance confusion’ say Sainsbury

Updated: 27th November 2008 - First Published: 26th November 2008 Home insurance no-claims discounts are too complicated, with customers missing out on huge savings and finding it hard to understand their no-claims position say Sainsbury’s Finance Read More...

Don’t credit crunch your insurance this Christmas

Updated: 26th November 2008 - First Published: 24th November 2008 We may be in the middle of the credit crunch with Christmas sales sitting at their lowest for 30yrs, but predictions of record online sales, and spending figures of £82.3 billion (in the three months up to January 1st), according to Virgin Money, are bein Read More...


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