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25% Of UK Households Have No Contents Insurance

Whilst it is not a legal requirement to insure the contents and personal possessions in your home, surely it is a sensible thing to cover against the likes of fire, theft or accidental damage. After all, the cost of replacing things like your furniture, white goods and clothes could run into many thousands of pounds.

Well, according to the recently published ABI’s Home Insurance Premium Tracker covering 2018, a staggering one in four households here in the UK have not bothered to arrange such cover. That equates to around six million households.

Yet, the average cost of insuring home contents is only £127 per annum. That is a mere £2.44 per week – a small price to pay for the peace of mind of knowing that you can replace your contents if they are damaged in a fire and only have to pay the excess towards the cost of the items replaced.

Below is a list of the percentage of households in the UK that do not have home contents insurance broken down on a regional basis: –

Northern Ireland                      18%

South East                               19%

East Midlands                         21%

Yorkshire & Humberside        22%

East Anglia                             22%

South West                              22%

Wales                                      22%

North West                              24%

Scotland                                  26%

West Midlands                        28%

North East                               32%

London                                    45%

As you can see, Northern Ireland has the lowest percentage of households without contents cover at 18% and London has the highest percentage at 45%.

The above tracker also revealed that the average premium for buildings insurance in 2018 stood at £258 per annum with this being a drop of 8% when compared with the previous year. The average cost of combined buildings and contents insurance was £307 per annum with this being 1% more than in 2017.

Here at AIB Insurance, we have an extensive panel of closely vetted insurance companies that provide buildings and contents cover. So, if you are a single person living in rented accommodation looking to insure your contents or a family living in your own home looking to cover the buildings and contents, why not give us a call on 02380 268 351 and speak with a friendly, experienced member of our team. He or she will discuss your requirements and then look to obtain a no-obligation quotation from one of our panel members with a view to providing you and your family with complete peace of mind. We look forward to being of assistance.

Safeguarding Your Home Against Damage Caused By Bad Weather

Storm DamageHere in the UK, we are sometimes faced with some stormy weather with high winds and flooding being a feature. Apparently, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI), property insurance companies pay out on average £8.1 million pounds every day to meet claims for damage to homes and replace contents.

Below are some of the things that property owners could do to possibly reduce the level of damage that storms can cause to properties and their contents: –

• It would be a good idea to monitor the weather forecast so that, hopefully, you are not caught out by the arrival of a storm.

• If it is being forecast that strong winds are on their way then you should check that no items are left loosely in your garden or elsewhere outside that could be blown around thus potentially causing damage to those items, your property, pets and people. Wherever possible, either make sure that the loose items are securely tied down or bring them inside say into your garage and/or garden shed.

• Make sure that there do not appear to be any loose roof tiles.

• Loose branches can be blown away in a storm causing damage so you could get a tree surgeon to remove them.

• Make sure that fencing and the posts surrounding your garden are secure.Weather Damage

• If you are in an area that is susceptible to flooding then you may wish to have floodgates fitted or buy some sandbags to protect your home against the ingress of water. You may also wish to move items of furniture upstairs to protect them against water damage.

• In the event of you having to temporarily move upstairs due to flooding, you may wish to ensure that there is a supply of bottled water and food upstairs that can be consumed until you are rescued. You may also wish to have things like medicines, blankets and a torch to hand.

• You may wish to drive your car onto higher ground to avoid it being damaged by floodwater if it is safe to take this course of action. If there is no threat of flooding but there are strong winds forecast you may wish to put the car in the garage if this is an option available to you.

• Have available contact details for the likes of the gas and electric suppliers, water authority, local authority and buildings and contents insurance company.

• Check that your drains and guttering are not blocked.

• Make sure that your water tanks and pipes are insulated to provide protection in freezing weather.

We trust that you find the above of benefit.

Should you wish to receive a competitive quotation for buildings and/or contents cover then why not get in touch with us here at AIB Insurance on 02380 268 351 and a knowledgeable member of our team will be pleased to assist without any obligation on your part.