Q: Is there a difference between the best rated home insurance in the UK and those insurers who are not covered? I am looking for an affordable policy that gives adequate protection at the best rate. Thank you. A: In terms of your specific circumstances, as a homeowner under UK law you have certain protections against damage or loss to your home from floods, fire and theft. You may also have protection against storm damage but this is not included in the basic policy protection.
Under the law, a homeowner can be protected from these risks by having a Home Insurance policy that will give your financial resources the protection they need. When shopping around for a policy you need to take time to ensure you have found the best homeowners insurance rates possible. Many homeowners often feel that their current insurer doesn’t provide adequate cover. This can leave you vulnerable should a disaster strike.
There are different types of homeowner’s insurance policy. The first one is the building and contents insurance, which protect items within your home. If you’re unsure what your cover entails or how much it would cover, consider getting a comprehensive quote. You can find many web sites on the Internet that can supply you with quotes. A few comparison websites will allow you to enter your details once and get several quotes back from top UK insurance companies.
The best policies will provide some form of emergency help as well as liability cover. Most policies include protection against acts of God such as flooding and storm damage, but don’t forget the specialist building and contents policies. The building and contents portion of a homeowner’s insurance policy is usually known as HO-1. Your coverage will be broken into two parts; the ho-3 or lien cover that will cover your possessions in the home and a portion of the premiums known as the ho-3 premium which will cover any loss of your possessions due to fire or theft. This is roughly half the cost of your premiums.
Another area of home insurance rates that can be determined by the amount of time you’ve been living there is your credit rating. It’s well known amongst insurers that people who’ve been living there for a long period of time will probably be less likely to have major problems such as a claim and will probably be awarded lower premiums. Of course, this will also mean that you’ll need to make an effort to keep up your credit history as well so if you make all your payments on time it will boost your credit score.
One way you can make your monthly premium lower is to make sure you keep your roof secure. Many insurers won’t insure you if your home is unsecured because they don’t consider it a safe haven for criminals and other risk offenders. Insurers use a variety of factors to determine home insurance rates and the most important consideration is your credit score. If you want to secure your roof then you can make a difference to the amount you pay in your premiums and in some cases you may even qualify for a discount.
How many times you’ve changed insurers over the years can also have an impact on your premiums. If you’ve always shopped around then chances are you switched insurers quite a few times. Although this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it does mean that you’re getting different quotes and maybe even the same amount of coverage from different companies. If you’ve only switched once then your existing insurer may already have a good quote for your new policy. Therefore if you’re looking for the best rate then you should consider taking your current coverage to your next insurer.
Finally, if you’ve recently moved into an area that’s been described as high risk then you could be paying more for your insurance than other homeowners in your area. Factors that insurers consider when setting the level of risk for your property include the location of your property, characteristics of your neighbours and even crimes that have been reported nearby. For example, if your property is near a fire station or police station then your monthly premium is likely to be higher than someone who has a similar property layout but who hasn’t had to experience any problems. Therefore, if you want to find the lowest premiums for your homeowner policy then you should take a look at the factors above and see if they might apply to you.