Home insurance need not be overly expensive
When it comes to buying properties for sale across the UK, many first-time buyers in particular will think once the transaction is complete that they can relax and enjoy their first house on the market.
However, one expert has said that it is vital to make sure that they take the time out of their enjoyment and pleasure to make sure that they protect their purchase.
The bad weather that much of the UK suffered last month should serve as a warning to anyone that it is important to buy home insurance.
Such heavy rainfall as battered the UK throughout June and early July can often lead to damaged roofs and guttering, which can in turn let water leak into the home.
If your house ends up with this sort of issue, you will want to make sure you do not have to fork out to repair it, and Steve Foulsham, head of technical services at the British Insurance Brokers' Association (Biba), said that you need this to make sure you do not end up losing out on much of your possessions.
"Primarily, of course, it is designed to cover the replacement value of your household contents. It is replacement value on a new-for-old basis because that is what the vast majority of policies will cover. You need to try and establish what it would cost to replace everything if you lost it. That is the starting point."
It was recently also advised that people re-evaluate their insurance policies to take into account the fact that the price of gold is rising, to make sure their policy will be adequate in cover value.
Mr Foulsham also said that it need not cost the earth to cover yourself against such issues.
"It doesn't have to be expensive these days. You don't have to have the accidental damage cover - you could have standard cover which effectively provides cover in the event of fire, theft, water damage, explosions, riots, civil commotion, et cetera."
He added that it is possible to talk to an insurer if you feel that you need to work on a budget to make sure you have adequate cover without having to spend far too much on your premium.
Posted at 04:44 31/07/2012