What do I need to run a home insurance quote?
There are two types of home insurance: buildings insurance covers damage to the fabric of your property, including fixtures and fittings, while contents insurance covers your belongings. You can compare home insurance prices for both buildings and contents cover with MoneySuperMarket, so you can protect your home against fire, flooding, storm damage and theft.
When applying for home contents and buildings insurance, you will need the following information:
Details about your property
- Your address and property type (eg semi-detached or terraced)
- Number of rooms
- When your home was built
- What percentage of the roof is flat (we’ll help you work this out)
- Number of occupants and when they tend to be home
Rebuilding cost and value of contents
- Based on your postcode, we’ll suggest a figure for the cost
Security at your property
- What lock types are on the windows and doors at your home?
How to cut the cost of home insurance
MoneySuperMarket data found the average cost of home insurance (combined) in December 2017 was £121.
Here are our top tips on how to reduce the amount you pay for cover:
- Shop around: Compare quotes from different insurers to ensure you are getting the best price. Market research company, Consumer Intelligence, found that 51% of customers could save over 40% when comparing policies through us.
- Increase your excess: The higher the excess, the lower your premium will be. Make sure the amount you choose is affordable should you need to make a claim.
- Pay annually: Interest charges are often added when you opt for monthly payments, so paying annually could reduce the amount you pay overall.
- Build your no claims bonus: Insurers offer discounts if you have a claim-free history, in some cases up to 50% off.
*51% of consumers could save up to 40.20% Consumer Intelligence, April 2018.
What type of insurance should I get?
Finding the right house insurance policy for your home depends on whether you own or rent a property. If you have a mortgage, your bank or building society will require you to have buildings insurance. If the house is rented, then buildings insurance will be the responsibility of your landlord, but you will need contents cover to protect your possessions.
You can reduce the cost of home insurance by taking out a combined buildings and contents insurance policy with an insurer that offers a discount if you buy both types from them.
What is the difference between buildings and contents insurance?
Buildings insurance provides cover for the structural elements of your home, such as the windows or roof, and covers the cost of repairs or rebuilding work.
Contents insurance, however, provides protection for your valuables, such as laptops or TVs, and covers your home contents against loss, theft or damage.
Both types of insurance usually cover loss or damage caused by:
Theft or attempted theft
Fire, explosion or vandalism
Flood or water leakage
Storm, lightning or fallen trees
How much buildings insurance cover do I need?
When looking for buildings insurance quotes, you will need cover for the rebuild value of your home rather than the market value. When running a quote, a rebuild amount will be suggested using data from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RCIS).
How much contents insurance cover do I need?
The amount of content cover you need will be based on the total value of your contents within your home. When running a quote, you might find it helpful to work out the value of the contents of each room in turn before adding them together for your grand total. We’ll ask you about the value of expensive single items in your home such as laptops, jewellery, bicycles and items worth more than £1,000, to ensure your possessions are adequately covered.
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