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How To Get The Best Contents Insurance Deal

Aug 17, 2007
Contents insurance is something that most people who own or rent a home will take out in their lives. However, many people don't get adequate cover or pay too much for their insurance. If you are unsure how to get the best insurance deal then this article can help you.

Why get contents insurance?

This type of insurance is important because it protects your valuable possessions in the event of damage or loss. Insurance will protect the items that you own from severe weather, theft, fire, flooding, civil disorder and impact from vehicles or trees. Although many people never have any of these things affect them, the unexpected can always happen and it pays to have contents insurance in place. If you cannot afford to lose something then it should be insured.

Types of cover

There are two main types of insurance cover available. One is called indemnity cover, and will replace items whilst taking into consideration their condition and general depreciation. The second and more comprehensive type of cover will replace any damaged or lost items with brand new items at the current market value. Obviously, the latter policy will be more expensive but will cover you more comprehensively, and you should opt for this type as long as you can afford it.

Special features

Many contents insurance policies have special features, such as cover for legal expenses, cover for food spoilage or cover for garages and outbuildings. Obviously the more comprehensive the cover then the most expensive it will be. If you want to keep your premiums low then remove any special features that you think you can do without.

Getting the best deal

Getting the best deal for your insurance involves some research and a lot of shopping around. Before you look for insurance, decide how much your possessions are worth so that you know the level of cover that you need. If you are getting an old items for new items policy, then value the items at their replacement value, not at the value they are currently worth. Once you have decided on an amount you can shop around for the best deal.

Look at both online and offline lenders to find the best deal. If you find that the amount of cover you need is beyond your financial means, then start to work out which items are more essential than others. Eventually you will find the right balance between premium costs and coverage level.

Keeping up to date

After you have this type of insurance, it is important to keep the policy up to date. If you buy any new items of significant value, then make sure they are added to the policy. Also, if you move house you should check with your insurance company that you will be covered when your contents are being moved.

Security

One of the best ways to reduce premiums and also reduce the risk of having to claim on your insurance is to make sure your home is safe and secure. Get an alarm system, check all doors and windows and address any security issues that your property has. This will help you to get the best deal for your contents insurance.
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Peter Kenny is a writer for creditcards-gb.co.uk.
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