Storm Aileen on the way

High winds are forecast in the next two days as Storm Aileen is due to hit much of the country this evening and tomorrow. If you have a garden, check for any items that could be blown around and cause damage to your property – toys, barbecues, tables and chairs – and put them away….

Bank holiday DIY? Insurance issues

Painting and decorating Should have little to no impact on your insurance. New kitchen, bathroom or doors If for any plumbing or electrics you need to employ a contractor in your home, any contractor should have their own liability in place to cover them for any damage caused whilst they are working in your home….

Smart home insurance ?

Smart home devices are more and more popular in the UK, from Amazon’s Alexa voice service, to remotely activated thermostats, to motion sensors – according to a study by Deloitte UK, 3% of households have a smart security system, smart thermostat or smart lighting, and 5% of households are considering buying a smart home device….

Smart locks issues

Last week, around 500 users of smart locks produced by the US company LockState found that their locks did not work properly after a faulty update was released, leaving users unable to lock and unlock homes. Lockstate apologised but wasn’t able to provide customers with an immediate solution to the issue – it took 5-18…

Flood risk assessment

Ever more homes in the UK are now at risk of flooding. In 2015/2016, 9% of new homes constructed in England were in areas at high risk of river or coastal flooding, and 4,400 homes in the last five years were built against the advice of the Environment Agency, according to an article by iNews….

Holiday home insurance

Home insurers mean different things when they talk about “holiday” homes and “second” homes: A holiday home is one that you and your family use for holidays from time to time, and may also be let to others, on holiday lets. A second home is one that is occupied frequently by you, often for a…

Recognising the support needed for housing, through Shelter

According to a Nationwide report, as of June 2017 the average London home costs £478,142 and the average price of a UK home is £211,301, meaning it is harder than ever for people to buy and in turn affecting the rental market, as well as financial struggles for those that do own.

Listed buildings – what are the different grades and categories?

If you live in a listed building, insurers typically want to know that grade or category of listing the building has. This is because the higher the grade or category the greater it may cost to repair damage. The different regions of the UK have different rating systems:

“Holiday” home or “second” home – is there a difference?

People lucky enough to have another home as well as their main home can refer to it in different ways. Like so many things in the English language, we don’t have exact defined terms that everyone agrees on. However, home insurers do mean different things when referring to “holiday” homes and “second” homes: A holiday…

Why are non-standard construction homes a problem for mortgage lenders and insurers?

Non-standard construction properties are those that aren’t built with brick or stone walls, and with tile or slate roofs. So the non-standard definition includes thatched houses, pre-fab (both post war and modern designs), timber framed houses and wood built houses. Clearly some types of non-standard construction houses are a greater risk – for example thatched…

Accidentally not covered when it comes to accidental damage?

When you buy home insurance you are asked if you want to add accidental damage cover to your policy. Some accidents in the home are typically covered under the standard section of your policy, but many are not so it may be worthwhile buying additional accidental damage cover. Different insurers can provide different cover, so…

Smartphones account for 90% of web traffic to new insurtech broker PolicyCastle

Insurtech broker PolicyCastle has seen 90% of traffic to its website from mobiles in its first two months, compared to 51% of traffic on mobiles worldwide. Worldwide, mobile browsing overtook desktop browsing in November last year, with 51% of traffic on mobiles.* PolicyCastle, the insurtech broker for specialist home insurance, has been live in stealth…

Don’t let your BBQ burn more than the sausages

A glimmer of sunshine and Brits across the country are organising the first of many BBQs, but with this great British tradition comes a high fire risk.  Fire is the fifth largest cause of home insurance claims in the UK and can cause extensive damage and disruption.