Article by David Thomson
Buildings insurance cover is a necessity when you take out a mortgage to buy a home. This type of insurance would payout if in the worst case scenario for example your home should burn down to the ground in a fire. Buildings cover would payout for the cost of clearing the site and re-building your home from scratch.
A buildings cover insurance policy would however do more than cover the shell of your home. Usually a policy would cover anything that was classed as not removable from the property. For example if you have a fitted kitchen this will be included in the protection as would wardrobes, bathroom fitments etc. Along with this outbuildings would be covered as would walls, fences and often, gates and swimming pool.
Your property would be covered for a wide range of occurrences that could cause damage or devastation such as damage from fire, flood, subsidence and damage done by theft or vandalism. However you would have to read the terms and conditions of any policy you were considering taking out before you took it out to ensure that you knew what was and was not covered.
When taking buildings insurance cover you should check to ensure that the policy comes with a 24 hour help line number. Knowing you can call someone at anytime day or night is a great relief. Sometimes the policy would also cover legal expenses and legal advice so check this also before taking out the insurance.
There are ways that you can keep down the cost of home buildings insurance. A policy will come with what is known as excess and this is the amount that you would have to payout before the insurance company would kick in and make a claim. For example if you chose to payout £100 in excess then you would have to pay the first £100 of the claim if you had to make one before the insurance company would pay the rest. Keeping thieves off the property by installing good strong fencing all around the property can also help to keep the cost of the insurance premiums down to a minimum as can installing security lighting.
One of the best ways to obtain several quotes for comparison is to allow a specialist provider to search around on your behalf for the quotes. A specialist will be able to search with the top UK insurance providers and deliver the quotes to you. You can then take your time to compare the insurance to ensure that you have the best policy for your needs. When comparing buildings insurance cover you need to ensure that you are comparing like for like. All cover you are comparing should come with a key facts document and it is essential that you read this from front to back as it will tell you what is covered and warn you of any exclusions. Exclusions are what can stop you from making a claim so checking them when comparing the cost of cover is needed.
About the Author
David Thomson is Chief Executive of BestDealInsurance an independent specialist broker dedicated to providing their clients with the best insurance deal on their home insurance, car and life insurance.
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