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Some common Contents Insurance questions from our policyholders:

Q.What’s a valuable or high risk item?

A. The definition of a valuable can vary slightly so it’s best to check your Policy Documents. In general it includes all jewellery, watches, collections of stamps, coins and medals, all items containing gold and other precious metals, cameras, furs, paintings and other works of art.

Q.How much cover do I need?

A. You need to make sure you have enough cover for all items kept in your home. We suggest you make a list of all the most expensive things you own and then add on an amount to cover smaller items such as furniture, kitchen contents, linens, clothes, toys, & DVDs etc. Or you can take a room at a time and tot up everything in it.

Q.Why should I consider buying Contents & Buildings Cover together?

A. Most insurers offer a discount if you purchase Buildings & Contents cover as part of a combined policy, so it’s usually considerably cheaper to buy them together from one provider. This also means you can avoid a claim situation where you potentially have to pay two lots of excess (the 'excess' is first part of a claim paid by the insured).

And as well as being cheaper than buying the two types of cover separately, it makes things easier at renewal time as you only have to consider one quote per provider when shopping around and comparing deals, and you'll only be dealing with one insurer if you do have to make a claim.

Some common Buildings Insurance questions from our policyholders:

Q.How much cover do I need?

A. You need to have enough cover to match the cost of rebuilding your property from scratch. This isn’t the same as the market value, which is the amount you would need to buy it, not build it. We don’t expect you to have expert knowledge of building costs, so we use the Building Cost Information Service (BCIS) of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to suggest a rebuild amount for you. You can change this figure.

Q.I use my home for business, can you cover me?

A. Possibly. Most of the policies we sell are designed for use by families; however we do have one or two which cover some types of business use, such as lodgers, fostering and smaller values of stock and equipment kept on the premises. Working for your employer from your home is not usually classed as business use, unless you hold meetings there or receive business visitors. Check our Policy Documents for full details or ask one of our Policy Experts on 0845 4 100 801.

Q.How do I know if my home is subsiding?

A. An early sign of subsidence is doors and windows becoming sticky and difficult to open and shut. This combined with new cracks appearing or existing cracks growing in size and depth can be an indication of subsidence. Sticky doors & windows on their own could be a result of wet weather. If your home is a new build, some cracks may appear as the building settles – this isn’t subsidence, but you should check with the building company. If you’re worried about subsidence, phone your insurer’s claims department as soon as possible.

Q.What am I not covered for?

A. Most commonly, insurers reject claims due to what’s called “wear and tear” or due to the property not being maintained to a good standard. This includes the exterior such as the roof, brickwork and drains; and the interior including the electrics and bath/shower sealant. It’s important you regularly check your property to ensure it’s in a good state and so isn’t vulnerable to damage. Full details of what isn’t covered can be found in the Policy Documents.