House and Home

Get your home prepared for winter

It’s important to ensure that your home is prepared for everything that the winter months might throw at it. Our handy check-list will help ensure that you don’t miss anything out.  Things to check for winter: Check your boiler and heating system – If you haven’t done so already this year, get your boiler checked and/or serviced by…

Four essential elements for home security this winter

The winter is a more tempting time for burglars to scope out properties than at other times of the year as they think they’ll have less chance of getting caught.

How posting updates on social media could ruin your home cover

Thousands of holidaymakers are risking financial ruin by tagging themselves in pictures, updating statuses and telling people they’re away on social media.

How getting married could leave you under-insured

Newlyweds are risking financial disaster by not having the correct levels of home insurance in place when they get married, latest research by insurance broker Policy Expert shows.

Protect your home and belongings before you go on holiday

Thousands of Brits will be heading off on holiday this summer without making sure their homes are as safe from burglary. Here’s what thieves lookout for.

Your wedding will cost me how much?!

We all know weddings can be expensive for the bride and groom, and quite often their parents, but latest figures show guests spend a small fortune too.

Are you sure your home insurance covers the garden too?

Many homeowners are risking losing thousands because their home insurance isn’t sufficient for the type of outside space they have and what they keep in it. See why.

Scots make the most generous wedding guests and those in the Home Counties the least

Where in the country do the wedding guests live that spend the most and least? And how much in total do weddings cost those that go?

Why ‘valuables’ are so important for your home insurance

Many people own something of such value that if they lost it, or had it stolen, they would struggle to be able to afford to replace it.

Home insurance gets cheaper for homeowners

Good news for those looking to save money, the cost of your home insurance just got cheaper.

Fire in the hold! But is your home cover invalid?

Think you’ll be able to claim on insurance if there’s a fire in your home? Think again.

Barbecuing risks to your property and home insurance

The reasons for barbecues being at the root of many home cover claims are many and varied. See what the main problems are and how to barbecue safely.

Home insurance tips for first-time buyers

In the emotional excitement of buying a new home, it’s easy to overlook one of the most crucial elements in the process; home insurance.

Rents to rocket to up to £72,000 a year by 2033!

Renting continues to become more and more expensive in many parts of the UK as the demand for housing continues to grow and the number of houses being built doesn’t keep up.

How a tech obsession could invalidate your home cover

The owners of everyday hi-tech items such as laptops, watches and hi-tech TVs face being unable to claim on their home cover as values often exceed claim limits.

World’s safest cities

Would you like to live somewhere that’s really safe? Which also has a highly-functioning infrastructure, a secure digital network and great health facilities?

Top tips for choosing the right estate agent

If you’re looking to put your home on the market, how should you go about choosing an estate agent?

What’s included under home insurance for business needs

If you work from home you have to be very careful that your home insurance policy will cover you while you’re running your business.

The 10 things most likely to affect the value of your home

There are a number of factors which can reduce the value of a home, some of which can be avoided by taking practical measures, others which you can’t do much about.

Don’t let Valentine’s Day break your wallet as well as heart

Valentine’s Day might be full of romance and excitement, but, if you’re not careful, it also has the potential to leave you both emotionally and financially broken.

One in five ‘economical’ with truth when applying for home insurance

Many people aren’t completely truthful when applying for home insurance if it means they might save a few quid, new research shows.

The UK’s most desirable postcodes

Postcodes have become more and more important to providing information to government and financial organisations about you and your home over the last couple of decades.

Nasty neighbours force home cover claims… and what to do about it

Nightmare neighbours are the reason that 10% of British householders claim on home insurance at some point, recent research shows.

Are you prepared for when monster storms like Gonzalez hit Britain?

Whether your home is somewhere that’s prone to flooding or not, it pays to prepare your home and its contents as best you can, and as early as you can, before the weather catches you out.

Regions join London in surpassing house price peak

The most recent figures from the Office for National Statistics show that three more regions have joined London, the East of England and the South East in surpassing their previous house price peaks.

Can you be certain you have phone insurance?

Many mobile phone users are unaware that their phone insurance might not cover them as comprehensively as they assume, leading to problems if they try and claim on their cover.

Energy best deals and cutting household costs

One of the quickest and best ways to cut the cost of unavoidable household bills is to ditch old providers that have had you on uncompetitive deals and switch to new ones.

This applies to the cost of services that most people think of as vital, such as home insurance and broadband, and, perhaps in particular, to energy suppliers.

Energy bills have increased hugely over the last 5 years, rocketing from an average of £800 on a standard energy tariff to just over £1,300.

House prices begin to fall, but not in London

The summer slowdown in house prices could be turning into something more serious for homeowners, latest house price figures suggest.

After reaching all-time highs, price increases showed signs of slowing over the main summer months of July and August. Many experts felt this simply reflected the usual drop off in market activity at this time of year, when many families give up on house hunting in favour of holiday activities in the UK and abroad.

House prices to rocket 30% in the next 5 years

The average price of a home in England and Wales is set to rocket by 30% over the next five years, Britain’s most popular property website has claimed. Contrary to recent signs that house price growth is slowing and the market could be heading for a fall, the average price of a home will hit £318,000 and a somewhat crazy £715,000 in London.

Strangest holiday home insurance claims

When people are on holiday in rented accommodation, they can get up to some pretty unusual stuff, leading to some interesting insurance claims.

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