Home insurance Updated:
Home insurance customers have been urged to ensure their policies offer adequate cover before carrying out DIY work. According to Sainsbury's Home Insurance, there are certain tasks that could invalidate policies, including carrying out electrical work in kitchens and bathrooms. The provider revealed that DIY is a key area in which consumers are attempting to save money during the economic downturn, with 65 per cent of adults in the UK choosing to perform tasks themselves over the last year. Opting not to hire a professional for work such as painting, plumbing and tiling was found to have saved more than £49 billion over the last 12 months. However, Sainsbury's Home Insurance manager Joanne Mallon advised: "DIY is a great way to save money and the sense of achievement when the job's done can be tremendous, so don't ruin it by exposing yourself to calamity." Last week, Norwich Union warned that household burglaries could be set to rise as a result of the recession.
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