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A Quick Guide to Getting the Right Home Insurance

Jul 24, 2008
Home insurance needs some through research online if you are to get the cheapest deal for the policy. If you were to lose your home such as if it burnt down then you would lose everything you had built up.

What does it do?

Your belongings in the home such as clothing, furnishings and even the wallpaper would be protected with home contents cover and this includes everything you would take if you moved. Buildings insurance cover would cover permanent fixtures such as a fitted kitchen, bathroom suites and the bricks and mortar.

Having contents and buildings insurance cover means that you have peace of mind that if the worst should occur, you would at least not have to find the money yourself for replacement or repairs.

Contents insurance cover and buildings insurance cover would mean that you are able to start over again in the case of your home or belongings being totally destroyed, damaged or stolen, as well as many other perils.

Getting low cost cover

Check the cost of home insurance online to get among the best value cover. Do not forget to check what the policy includes as each will have different exclusions and could provide cover for different eventualities.

The excess is one way you can keep down the cost of your insurance cover. By offering to pay a voluntary excess on top of the standard excess, you will often be offered lower premiums; however you have to remember that you would have to find the money for the excess out of your own pocket if you make a claim.

Another great savings tip to keep down how much you have to payout each month is by making sure your home is as safe as possible. If you have a burglar alarm, deadlocks on the doors and windows, this makes it harder for thieves to break in. Insurance cover companies do take such things into account when deciding how much your premiums would be.

When deciding how much your contents are worth when taking out home contents insurance cover then do so with care as the figure you insure against will go towards setting how much the premium will be as well defining how much you will receive should you need to make a claim.

Do make sure that you do not undervalue your possessions, as you will lose out financially in the event of a claim.

Another common mistake that homeowners make when buying home insurance is to automatically renew with their current insurer. Renewing with your current insurer without first shopping around is one of the worst things you can do year after year. Your provider might have been the cheapest when you first took the cover but the chances are that the premiums have been raised over the years.

When taking out insurance cover for the home always look at the details of the policy. Usually you would have to pay for extra cover if you had valuable jewellery or expensive collections that you wanted to insure, so check that any high value items are covered.

Often taking out contents and buildings insurance cover together can give you the cheapest deal on home insurance so check out any special offers providers might have.
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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