What do I need to run a home insurance quote?
Insurance for your home includes contents insurance and buildings insurance, so that your belongings and your bricks and mortar are protected 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 autumn 2016 (September to November) was £105.
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 up to £76 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.
*Consumer Intelligence data – October 2016
What kind of insurance should I get?
If you own your home, then you will need both buildings and contents insurance. If you have a mortgage, your bank or building society will require you to have buildings insurance. If you’re renting your property, 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.
Contents insurance provides protection for your valuables and covers your home contents against loss or damage by theft or attempted theft, flood, storm, fire, explosion, lightning or earthquake.
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.
Buildings insurance covers the cost of repairs or rebuilding works to the structural parts of your home. It provides protection for your home from flooding, fire and storms. The amount of buildings cover you need is based on how much it would cost to rebuild your property, rather than its market value. When you run a buildings insurance quote, we’ll suggest a re-build amount using data about your address provided by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
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