Household Insurance Tips

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It is important for you to get the insurance policy that suits you, not necessarily the most expensive, not necessarily the least expensive but the one that suits you the best.
This can mean browsing through countless insurance deals and quotes, something that perhaps you don't have time for or simply don't understand.
This article is going to look at a few hints and tips for you to get the best deal for your home.
First of all it is a good point to note that you don't have to get your buildings and contents insurance with the same company, they should offer both separately.
Buildings insurance is generally all about covering loss or damage to the structure of your home.
This can mean walls, permanent fixtures and fittings, drives and patios, fences and gates.
One area that can be up for discrepancy are any outbuildings such as garages.
These may or not be covered so it is best to read the full level of cover to see if you are covered for them.
Contents insurance covers loss or damage to general household goods and the possessions that belong to you in the house.
This includes obvious things such as clothes, furniture and electrical equipment.
Now you should always check what items are covered by your contents insurance, and also how they value them.
This is because different household insurance companies cover many different things.
It is important to understand what an 'excess' is.
In a nutshell the excess is the amount that you would have to pay if you needed to claim.
The higher your excess, the more money you can save.
It is vital though to know that if you had to claim you would have to pay the excess.
So it is important to get the balance right.
You should of course safeguard your property in every way that you can, the whole point is to protect your home.
There are a number of handy tips to do this.
oCheck smoke detectors regularly oTurn off electrical appliances that are not essential and are not in use at night oHave an alarm, and set it when you leave your home unoccupied oFasten and lock doors and windows when you leave oOnly hire tradesmen that are properly insured One of the most important things to remember though, is that your insurance doesn't have to be the most expensive to be the best, it doesn't have to be the cheapest to be the worst.
It just has to cover you for what your needs are.
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