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?
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What is home insurance?
How much is home insurance?
The average cost of home insurance combined with contents insurance was £126 from July to September 2018. That’s according to MoneySuperMarket data, which also found that premiums vary wildly according to where you live. Between July and September of this year, the North-East was the cheapest area for home insurance and London was the most expensive – and the difference was £69.
What does home insurance cover?
Home insurance typically covers against damage to your home caused by fire, flood and other natural occurrences. It can also cover your personal belongings like furniture and electronics if they are damaged or stolen.
What is covered by home insurance will vary by insurer, so you should always check the policy details. Some home insurance policies may also include personal liability, which covers any injury or damage claims made against you by a third party, for example.
Do I need a credit check?
If you want to spread the cost of your home insurance over 12 months, the insurer will run a credit check to make sure you’re able to afford the monthly instalments. They do this because technically it’s a credit agreement: you’re borrowing the cost of the annual policy and repaying it over 12 months.
As with any credit check, a record of this search will remain on your file – and your credit rating will affect the amount of APR that you’re charged. If you have a poor credit rating, you may be charged up to 20% APR. And if you’ve struggled to pay credit in the past, or if you have a CCJ to your name, then you may be denied the option to pay monthly.
If you choose to pay for your home insurance annually, you won’t be subject to a credit check. If you think there will be issues with your credit rating, you can read our guide on improving your credit score
What is accidental damage and what does it cover?
Accidental damage insurance will cover you in case something is damaged or broken by accident. For example, if you knocked over your TV, spilt red wine on a new carpet or dropped a laptop, you might be able to claim for a repair or replacement on your contents insurance.
Accidental damage can also cover your property, not just the items within in it. For example, if someone needed to get to the pipes under your home and your property was damaged, you may be able to claim for the cost of repairs.
Level of service
We aim to show you home insurance quotes from as many insurance companies as possible, so that you can find the right policy for you.
Unfortunately, we can’t promise to show quotes from every insurance provider, because not all companies want to be included on comparison websites.
We won’t offer you advice or make a recommendation, but we will provide you with all the information you need to help you decide which is the right policy for you.
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