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Gardens are easy targets for thieves, and specialist garden insurance will help protect prized possessions like barbeques and furniture
Did you know that standard home insurance does not always cover the cost of replacing your garden furniture and equipment as standard?
Taking out garden insurance can protect you from thieves who target the most accessible part of your home.
Garden insurance protects items you keep in your garden, on your balcony or a patio.
It can include plants, ornaments, barbecues, tools, lawnmowers and furniture.
Most home insurance policies provide some level of garden cover, but it’s always wise to enquire when you take the policy out.
If you have very valuable items in your garden, you can also take out specialist garden insurance to protect them.
However, the amount and level of cover varies – so you might be left out of pocket if valuable items are stolen. Typical limits are around £250 for items left outside, and up to £2,000 for equipment stored in a locked shed or outbuilding.
Furthermore, some home insurance policies may not cover items left outside rather than stored in a shed.
Sheds, patios, conservatories, garden walls, fences, hedges and gates will fall under your buildings insurance, but usually only if you pay extra to include them when you take your policy out
Items that can be moved, such as garden furniture, count as contents.
However, the amount you can claim for repairs and replacements is generally limited unless you ask to increase the cap, so check your policy to make sure you have enough cover.
Common exclusions in the garden cover provided by home insurance policies include severe weather damage, and plants that are planted in the ground rather than in pots.
While you will be covered for items taken from a shed or outbuilding, this often also only applies if the outbuilding had been locked and there is evidence of forced entry.
You might not think you need insurance for your garden, but thieves generally see gardens as easy targets.
You may also find the cover offered by your home insurance is insufficient for your needs – especially if you have lots of valuable ornaments or a high-end barbecue.
You may be able to pay an additional sum to protect garden furniture or equipment via your home insurance policy.
The alternative is to take out specialist stand-alone garden insurance. Either way, keep receipts for valuable items to make it easier to make a claim if necessary.
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