Home Insurance Cover – Basics of Insurance

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There are two different types of home insurance cover. One is home contents insurance, which is typically entirely up to you whether you take it out or not. The other is buildings insurance, which the mortgage lender generally insists on you taking to cover the outer shell of your home as well as the fixtures and the fittings. Both types of insurance may work in your favour if the worst were to happen and you were to lose everything say as the result of a fire.

What you may find included in contents insurance

Contents insurance generally covers anything in your home that you might take with you if you were to move home. This means all of your possessions should be included in the insurance policy and need to be counted in with the cost when you are totaling it all up to calculate the sum insured.

You are generally covered with this type of insurance for fire, theft, water and flood damage, and vandalism. You may find the insurance policy may also cover accidental damage to such as TV screens, mirrors or spillages of paint on carpets, however not all providers offer accidental cover as standard. You may often have to pay for this protection. Check your policy to see what the cover entails.

What you may find included in buildings insurance

Buildings insurance of course covers the shell of your home in the event that it was destroyed. If this happened, the policy covers the cost to rebuild your home from scratch along with clearing the site for rebuilding to begin. Along with the shell of your home being covered, this type of home insurance cover also protects anything in your home that is not removable. This means that such as your fitted kitchen and bathroom are generally covered in the insurance policy.

You are usually but not always covered for damage caused by fire, theft, storm, structural, flooding and subsidence. However, there may be limitations and exclusions in the insurance policy so therefore you may want to go over these very carefully.

How you may save on your home insurance

Paying more excess than the insurance provider asks for on the insurance policy may allow you to make savings on your insurance. Insurance providers always ask for a certain amount of excess, which is the money you have to find in the event of a claim before the insurance provider takes over and pays the rest of a claim. While there is a minimum amount, there is typically no limit as to how much you choose over this. The only drawback to offering a large amount of excess is that you need to find this sum from your own pocket as a lump sum should a claim be made. If you make more than a single claim and have a large amount of excess, you may lose any savings already made on the insurance premiums. 

To help keep down the cost of your home insurance cover you may want to install security around your home. This might be by way of a good quality alarm system, locks on the doors and windows and put security lighting up around the exterior of your home. Any security measures may help you to lower your premiums and of course provides peace of mind for you and your family.



Source by David H Thomson