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HOME INSURANCE

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151% of consumers could save up to £156.90 a year on buildings and contents insurance. Consumer Intelligence, January 2022.
2Accurate as of January 2022.

What is home insurance?

Home insurance is reassurance. It protects your home and its contents against damage or theft if the unexpected happens. A home insurance policy helps cover the costs of any unavoidable harm to your home, like fire or flood damage, as well as replacing stolen valuables if you’re burgled.

Do I need home insurance?

Unlike car insurance, which you need to drive legally, home insurance isn’t a legal requirement for homeowners or renters. It’s a good choice though, providing peace of mind in case something goes wrong out of the blue.

If you’re taking out a mortgage, your lender will probably insist you get buildings insurance before they’ll loan you the money. If you’re a tenant, you’ll only need to cover your belongings – your landlord looks after the buildings cover.

What insurance do I need for my home?

There are two types of home insurance cover: buildings insurance and contents insurance. You can take each out separately or get both from the same company in a combined home insurance policy.

  • What is buildings insurance?

    Buildings insurance covers the physical structure of your home – the bricks and mortar – and any permanent fittings or fixtures (from your doors to your kitchen sink).

  • What is contents insurance?

    Contents insurance protects the possessions in your home (like your TV, and the sofa you watch it from) against damage or theft – some policies cover your stuff while you’re out and about too.

  • What is combined home insurance?

    You can take out your buildings and contents insurance with the same insurer to reduce the hassle, but you should always compare quotes to ensure you’re getting the best deal.

How much does home insurance cost?

The premiums you’ll pay for home insurance will depend on a range of factors, including your home, its structure and its contents, your location and your claims history. This is because these can all influence how likely you are to make a claim on your home insurance policy.

It will also depend on the policy you take out – if you buy contents and buildings insurance combined, you may be able to save money compared to getting them separately. In fact, between October and December 2021, a combined policy was on average around £30 cheaper a year than taking out separate policies.

 

Cover type Average annual premiums*
Building and Contents £162
Buildings £132
Contents £57

 

*MoneySuperMarket data collected between October and December 2021, accurate as of January 2022.

How can I get cheaper home insurance quotes?

You may be able to reduce your home insurance premiums if you can do the following:

  • Build up your no-claims discount

    You can usually get a no-claims discount if you’ve gone several years without making a claim

  • Pay annually

    Paying for your insurance all in one go works out cheaper than paying monthly, so it’s worth doing if you can afford to

  • Pay more excess

    Asking for a higher excess tells insurers that you’re less likely to claim, so you get a lower premium

  • Improve home security

    Protect your home with a burglar alarm, secure door and window locks, and a safe – especially if you live in a burglary hotspot

  • Keep your home occupied

    Unoccupied homes are at a higher risk of being burgled or damaged by fire or escaped water

  • Insulate water pipes

    Insulating your pipes reduces the risk of damage when they freeze and thaw in cold weather

  • Install a smoke alarm

    Fitting smoke alarms around your home isn’t just common sense in safety terms, it can also lower your insurance premiums

  • Shop around

    Get quotes from a few different insurers – we work with over 55 companies to help you find the best deal for you

What does home insurance cover?

The specific level of cover you’ll get will depend on particulars of your insurance policy. Many home insurance policies will offer similar types of protection, while most will also have certain exclusions.

  • What is usually covered?

    • Fire damage
    • Floods and storms
    • Burglary and vandalism
    • Burst pipes and escape of water 
    • Subsidence and heave 
  • What isn't usually covered?

    • Wear and tear
    • Negligence 
    • Lack of maintenance
    • Incorrectly supplied information
    • Unoccupied properties

What extra policy features can I get with home insurance?

  • Legal protection

    You could run into legal issues if you own your own place, and the costs can be sky-high. This add-on covers most home-related legal costs, from conveyancing, inheritance and probate, to disputes with neighbours or tradespeople

  • Home emergency

    Home insurance covers flooding and fire, but an emergency add-on includes extra protection against surprise bills. It covers callouts and parts for plumbing or heating issues – it’ll even cover you if you snap your key off in your lock

  • Away-from-home

    Standard contents insurance will protect your possessions inside your home, but not always when you’re out and about. ‘Away-from-home’ covers things like laptops or mobile phones for damage, theft and loss when you're on the go

  • Bicycle

    Whether you’re a serious cyclist or a committed commuter, it’s reassuring to know your wheels are protected. A bike insurance add-on covers theft (as long as you’ve locked your bike up somewhere sensible) and repairs if you have an accident

  • Accidental damage

    Whether it’s red wine on the carpet or your little one’s marker pen masterpiece, accidents happen. Accidental damage cover protects your home from mishaps that a standard policy won’t cover – it can even help out if you make a costly DIY error or break a window

  • Gardens

    Gardens aren’t always covered under standard home insurance, especially larger spaces. This add-on can protect your garden furniture, sheds and outbuildings, garages, and boundaries from thieves who see gardens as easy targets

Why compare home insurance quotes with MoneySuperMarket?

We’re here to help you protect the things that matter most

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Who needs home insurance?

While home insurance isn’t legally required in the same way as car insurance, it’s still important and helpful in protecting your home. There are policies designed for all types of occupants, including:

  • Homeowners

    If you own your home outright, or are currently paying off a mortgage. You’ll be responsible for both the physical structure of your home and any belongings you have on the property

  • Renters

    If you’re a private tenant in a rental property. You’ll only be responsible for your own belongings – you won’t need to take out buildings insurance as that will be up to your landlord

  • Landlords

    If you own a property and you’re renting it out. You’ll be legally responsible for the property’s condition, but will only need to cover the building and contents you provide

  • Students

    If you’re living in student accommodation, usually with other students. You might be covered by a parent or guardian’s home insurance policy, but this isn’t always the case

  • Flat sharers

    If you’re sharing a house or flat with other adults. Details about door locks and access points can affect premiums as shared households come with certain higher risks

  • Holiday homeowners

    If you own a holiday home that is otherwise unoccupied. You will likely need to take out specialised home insurance for properties that are empty for long periods of time


 

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"Home insurance is a great way to protect your home and belongings against the things we can’t plan for. We'll help you find the right cover for your home, whether it's protection in the event of a flood or fire, insurance for an unoccupied property, or help with a burst pipe in the middle of the night - so you can rest easy and concentrate on the things that matter most."

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What types of home insurance are available?

Each home is different, so standard home insurance might not be right for everyone. You might need a specialised home insurance policy if you’re looking to get cover for:

  • A short period of time

    You can take out temporary home insurance to cover a property for a few days, weeks or months

  • A holiday home

    If you own a second home, you could benefit from a holiday home insurance policy

  • A rental property

    If you’re a tenant – so you rent your property from a landlord – you’ll still need to cover your own items

  • A listed building

    Listed buildings hold an extra significance, so they normally require specialist home insurance

  • An unoccupied property

    Leaving your home empty for an extended time presents certain risks, so you’ll need unoccupied home insurance to cover this

  • A thatched roof property

    Thatched rooves are unique structures, with unique risks – which requires a particular type of home insurance

  • A student house or halls

    If you’re a student living out of home you may want to consider student’s home insurance to protect items like gadgets and clothes

  • A self-built property

    If you’re working on renovations or building your home from scratch, you’ll still need self-build cover while the work is going on

  • A property you own and rent out

    If you’re a landlord it’s your legal responsibility to have landlord’s home insurance in place.

  • A non-standard property

    Non-standard properties don’t generally qualify for normal home insurance, meaning you’ll need to take out specialist protection

Coronavirus has meant we’ve been spending more time at home than ever, but it’s unlikely that this has had an effect on your home insurance policy. Find out more from our home insurance and coronavirus guide.

Home insurance protects your property’s structure and contents against loss, theft or damage caused by flooding, fire, storms, subsidence and escaped water. This means you’ll be able to claim repair or replacement costs for most of the following, depending on your policy.

  • Furniture, such as sofas, chairs, tables, beds and wardrobes
  • Gadgets, such as mobile phones, tablets, cameras and games consoles
  • Refrigerated or frozen food that spoils if your fridge or freezer stops working
  • Homeware, including kettles toasters, microwaves, pots and pans
  • Vinyl records, CDs, DVDs, games and books
  • Garden contents, like tools, plants, fencing, sheds, pipes, cables and drains
  • Broken windows, doors or locks as a result of theft or vandalism
  • The cost of rebuilding your home

You aren’t required by law to have either buildings or contents insurance, but it’s always useful to have protection in case something unexpected happens. If you have a mortgage, your lender should insist that you take out buildings insurance for the whole mortgage term – but you can find it from other sources too, including price comparison websites such as MoneySuperMarket.

To calculate how much cover you need from your home insurance policy, you’ll need to account for:

  • How much it would cost to rebuild your property from the ground up
  • The total value of your home’s contents, and how much it would cost to replace every item

If you’re a tenant you’ll only need to take out a renters insurance policy – this will let you cover your personal belongings. Your landlord should have their own buildings cover in place, and while they may also have a contents policy this will only apply to items they’ve supplied for the property, such as furniture.

Putting your life insurance policy in trust lets you name the people you want to receive your life insurance payout(your trustees).

There are different types of trusts available depending on your individual or family circumstances.

Putting your life insurance policy in trust also protects the payout from inheritance tax.

Listed buildings are properties of historical or architectural significance, and you’ll often need to take out a specialised listed building policy as many insurers don’t offer standard cover for these buildings.

Likewise unusual properties, such as buildings made from non-standard materials, also aren’t usually covered by standard policies – so you’ll need to take out specialised cover.

Yes, your credit score can affect the price you pay for home insurance. Insurance companies look at your credit history to know how much of a risk they’re taking with you and to come up with the appropriate rates.

When we’re at home, our personal possessions are normally protected by home contents insurance but this doesn’t usually cover them when you’re out of the house. Different policies offer different cover but often you have to pay extra to cover possessions that you take out of the home, like jewellery or gadgets, for example. A personal possessions insurance policy covers your personal belongings against loss, damage, or theft when you take them outside your home.

Calculating the rebuild cost of your home is a necessary part of getting a home insurance quote. The rebuild cost is the amount of money required to reconstruct your home from the foundations up, if for example your property was damaged or destroyed in a fire or flood. A chartered surveyor can help you calculate the cost, or alternatively you could search for a rebuild calculator online.

If you're having any major building work done on your house, you will need to let your house insurance provider know. If you don’t tell your insurer your home is undergoing renovation, you may find that your policy is invalid in the event of a claim.

Some home insurance policies will cover water leaks, while others won’t. And even policies that include cover may exclude some elements of a claim related to a leak. It's important to read the terms of your policy before you buy to ensure you know what you’re covered for.

Some home insurance policies will cover water leaks, while others won’t. And even policies that include cover may exclude some elements of a claim related to a leak. It's important to read the terms of your policy before you buy to ensure you know what you’re covered for.

Home insurance typically covers unoccupied property, for up to 60 days – and if anything happens outside this period you won’t be covered. An unoccupied home insurance policy covers you when your home is empty for longer than your standard policy will allow.

 

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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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