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Home insurance is a must if you want to protect your house and all your expensive new presents this Christmas. We’ve had some tips from an ex-burglar on how to protect your home at this vulnerable time of year – so check out his advice and pick up our insurance bargains below.
During the winter months there’s a huge increase in the amount of burglaries, leaving the unfortunate victims significantly worse off. Despite the credit crunch, people will still end up spending a fair amount on Christmas, and worst of all, keep all these brand-new, expensive items in their house. Sounds like the perfect place for an opportunistic burglar doesn’t it? Well… let’s find out.
Here are some top tips from ex-burglar and home security expert Michael Fraser on how to keep your home and contents safe over the festive season:
Home insurance is the last thing on your mind over Christmas, but with all the valuable presents in the house it’s still important. Fortunately, with the Post Office you can enjoy an extra 10% contents cover for Christmas. Conditions and exclusions apply, within your chosen limits of cover. Full details available in policy document.
Protect your home and belongings with home insurance from HSBC. HSBC Home Insurance offer three types of cover: Buildings and Contents, Buildings only and Contents only. If your keys are lost or stolen, contents cover can pay for your new locks. Read more here.
Nationwide Building Society is offering a new lower price on its home insurance, including a 40% online introductory discount when purchasing buildings and content policy together online.
The Co-operative is currently offering up to 25% off your home insurance when you take out buildings and contents cover together. You can also earn no-claims discount for buildings & contents for one or more claim-free years and receive up to 30% discount (if you’re a new customer) or up to 40% discount (if you’re renewing). Get a quote here.
If you haven’t claimed in the last five years or more, Churchill will give you a whopping 50% off buildings and contents insurance if you apply online. They will also provide alternative accommodation if you’re left without a roof over your head (policy limits apply). See more here.
If you take out a home insurance policy with Direct Line, you’ll get 30% off of both their standard and plus policies, with an extra 10% off when you buy online. This deal is for new customers only. See more details here.
Prudential offer different levels of discounts depending on your circumstances, including a 20% introductory new-policy discount if you buy online. PLUS up to 30% discount if you’ve been claim free.
Swinton offer three types of cover: Buildings and Contents, Buildings only and Contents only. By entering the promo code HMWTDR648 you’ll get £30 cashback on your combined buildings and contents home insurance policy. All with an up to 30% no-claims discount.
To get lower premiums, you should make sure that you take the following action:
The more lock-friendly your house is, the more secure it is and the lower the premium you’ll pay. All locks should conform to the British security standard BS3621 (that means they can only be opened by a key).
These reduce the risk of a break-in and therefore help keep your premiums low.
Do all you can to make things difficult for burglars. If you live on the ground floor, grow hedges and prickly shrubbery outside the windows. Fences, gates and doors should be properly maintained. Bars on windows are also essential for most basement and ground floor flats, particularly in cities.
Some insurers charge interest on installment payments, which makes the whole process more expensive. Others don’t though, so it’s worth checking your policy. If you’re going to be charged interest, try to either pay up front for the whole year, or buy your home insurance on a 0% purchases credit card and pay it off gradually without paying any interest.
Most home contents insurance policies have a section that you can fill in which insures individual items separately. They can even be insured when they’re out of the house. So, for example, if you have some bits of expensive jewellery that you wear regularly, or even prescription glasses, you should insure them individually so that if you lose them in the street you can get the money back.
There are loads of different policies around, and just going with the one your bank or mortgage lender is offering could be a waste of money. Use our very own home insurance comparison service to locate the very best deal. You’ll need to fill in your details and study the different policies that are suggested. If all other things are equal, go for the cheapest.