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Jul 4, 2008
When looking to take out UK house cover the cheapest premiums are generally to be found online. The quickest way of gathering together several policies to compare is with a specialist broker. They will do the hard work for you and you can then take your time and check out what each policy has to offer.

There are two forms of UK house cover you can choose to take out. These can be taken as separate policies or you are sometimes able to get both together cheaper from the same insurance company. Buildings insurance has to be taken out if you take on a mortgage, although you do not have to take it alongside the mortgage and can shop for it independently. Home contents cover is your choice as this would replace the contents in the home.

Home contents is taken out so that if in the worst case scenario you totally lost all of the contents in your home you would be able to replace them. You are able to take out protection that would give you the value of what your possessions would cost to replace at the value of today, which is new for old. However you can also choose to take cover for wear and tear which takes depreciation of the items into account. When looking for home contents insurance you have to decide how much the contents of your home are worth. The sum you insure against will reflect in the cost of the insurance. You will want to take an inventory of all removable items in your home to ensure that you will not under insure or over insure.

Generally this type of policy would pay out if your contents were destroyed due to vandalism, if they were stolen during a break in or damaged or totally destroyed by such as a fire. Some polices will payout for flooding but others ask for an extra premium so always read the conditions.

Buildings insurance would allow you to protect the outer shell of your home and any outbuildings. It would usually also include fencing, walls, garages or greenhouse. The policy will state that you are able to claim for a wide range of things including fire, flood, subsidence, vandalism, theft and storm damage but again you do need to check in the conditions. The majority of buildings insurance would usually also cover damage to items in the home that were seen as permanent fixtures. This could include damage to fitted kitchens, bathrooms and anything that you would not take with you if you left the property. The sum that you would take out in insurance would be the amount that it would take to totally rebuild the property back up from scratch in the event it was reduced to rubble.

All forms of UK house cover come with exclusions and these are the reasons why you would not be able to claim on the policy. They can vary from insurance company to insurance company so you have to check the small print of any policy you are considering along with comparing the cost of the insurance. You also need to check to see how much excess you would have to pay before the insurance company would payout as this varies too.
About the Author
David Thomson is Chief Executive of BestDealInsurance an independent specialist broker dedicated to providing their clients with the best insurance deal on their home insurance, car and life insurance.
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