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Dogs and the law

Most people love dogs as they’re usually friendly, loyal and fun companions. However, their strong jaws and teeth can cause extensive damage, and their often boisterous behaviour sometimes causes accidents. But after fairly recent changes in the law, there is more to being a responsible dog owner than keeping them fed and watered and taking…

What will the kids break this holiday?

Kids, eh? They do the most ridiculous things, and it can all be very funny; except when their mischief ends up costing you a fortune! From kicking a football through a stained glass window you might have had lovingly restored, to knocking a bottle of wine over your brand new designer sofa, children can be very…

Stay safe in the kitchen

The kitchen is many people’s favourite room; it’s where many of us socialise, chat and, of course, eat the most. However, it’s also the most dangerous place in the home when it comes to accidents involving heat and flames. 7,000 injured each year Figures from the Government’s Fire Safety Advice Centre show that around 7,000…

Spring clean your finances

Spring is upon us and just like cleaning out your kitchen cupboards and re-organising the garage, giving your finances a good scrub down should be part of your annual routine. Ideally, of course, you’d take a look at how you’re doing financially more than once a year, but even if it’s only every 12 months,…

Help! My home is flooded

It has been raining for days, water is rising steadily around the house, and it is now almost certain that you will be flooded. What do you do now? You should of course deploy all the flood resistance tactics we’ve covered in other posts, such as moving as many valuables, rugs, curtains etc upstairs as…

Protecting your home from floods: Resiliance

In our last post on this topic, we covered flood resistance (keeping water out of your home). This post will focus on flood resilience; the art of minimising the damage that flood water does. The measures listed below will help reduce the numbers of fixtures and fittings that need to be simply tossed out after…

Protecting your home from floods: Resistance

Unfortunately, an increase in severe weather over the last few years has seen flooding become more common. Whilst you may appear to be solely at the mercy of rising water levels, there are a few things you can do to reduce the impact on your home, and state of mind Flood protection comes in two…

School holidays mean accidents at home

Children are one of the major causes of claims for accidental damage on home insurance, and half-term holidays are ripe for disaster as they often get bored and become prone to mischief! Accidental damage cover is vital From knocking over expensive glassware to spilling drinks on expensive new rugs, kids can bring chaos. Not that…

Protecting your home from bad weather

Many homes in the UK have been hit by terrible weather in recent years; from winter storms to the extensive flooding of 2013/2014 and the big freeze of 2009/2010. But if your property isn’t correctly prepared to face nature at its most powerful you may have to claim on your home insurance, pushing up premiums….

Is your engagement ring insured?

Proposing on Valentine’s Day is still a very popular thing to do. But it’s vital to not only think about the romantic side of life, but the financial implications too. Most engagement rings cost around £600, research from the insurer Allianz recently showed, but a lucky one-in-five are given one costing between £750 and £3,000….

Would you move out of a flood prone area?

Britain is a particularly flood-prone country, with its relatively wet and windy climate, low-lying areas and many poorly planned homes built on floodplains. Even so, latest research from the insurer Policy Expert shows that many people aren’t aware their homes are at risk and aren’t sure what to do in the event of a flood….

Make your home more flood resilient

Guest blog:  Mary Dhonau OBE – Chief Executive, Know Your Flood Risk Updated guide to flood resilience Having been flooded myself, I know only too well how appalling it can be – being flooded is a life changing experience. I have since supported many people going through the same misery, and everyone has a heart-wrenching story…

Resolutions for your home

Breaking New Year’s resolutions is almost as much of a ‘tradition’ as making them in the first place; whether it concerns hobbies, work or relationships, by this point you’ve probably, once again, let yourself down. But look at it this way, you’ve ‘suddenly’ got a lot more time to do all those things around the house…

Over 3 million homes at risk of theft as winter sun-seekers go on holiday

Millions of Brits jet off each year in January to help beat the winter blues. But these sun-seekers are leaving around 3.25million homes vulnerable to burglary at a time when the days are still short, which thieves just love. Millions flee the winter weather Recent statistics from the insurer Policy Expert show that 12% of…

Valuable collections – are yours covered?

Many people collect all sorts of random things; from biscuit tins to teddy bears. But, without the right home insurance in place, collectors risk losing the lot without any financial compensation. Toys become treasure: Star Wars memorabilia There are many examples where, over the years, what might have once been considered junk or silly ephemera becomes…

Staycations: Half of staycations uninsured

From short breaks in historical Northern cities to summer holidays at trendy Cornish beach resorts, more and more Brits are choosing ‘staycations’ over holidays abroad. But latest research shows that many are making the mistake of thinking there’s less need to take out insurance for trips within the UK. This is despite most taking plenty…

The rise of the house sitter

If you’re going on holiday, getting someone to ‘house sit’ can be a good idea. Whether they’re actually staying at a property, or just popping in now and again, it gives that extra peace of mind to allow you to enjoy your break. However, latest research shows that thousands of Brits are potentially invalidating their insurance by doing something which, on…

Friday 13th – Lucky for some?

We humans are a superstitious lot. From saying ‘Morning Mr. Magpie’ to knocking on wood, many ordinarily sensible people occasionally behave completely irrationally. But when it comes to the well-known superstition that Friday 13th brings terrible luck, recent statistics suggest that it might in fact be the opposite. Feeling lucky? Research from insurer Policy Expert…

House price predictions 2017: What the experts say

It’s a somewhat uneasy time to be a homeowner as the huge rise in prices we’ve seen in recent years creates both winners and losers. So while many property owners are sitting pretty after seeing huge increases in the value of their homes, some fear their offspring my never be able to afford to buy….

Watch out for pickpockets this Christmas

If you’re out and about shopping for Christmas and in the high street sales, beware – pickpockets target cities throughout the country at this time of year. Latest figures from insurer Policy Expert show that distracted shoppers are of particular attraction to thieves during what is a lucrative season for them. Cities targeted by pickpockets…

What will you be getting for Christmas this year

When it comes to unwanted Christmas presents, we Brits are shameless. A large number will happily use them as gifts for other people, and a fair few actually try and give them back! Yes, Scrooge is alive and well; a recent survey by the insurer Policy Expert shows there are plenty of people who clearly…

Stay safe this Christmas with Policy Expert

Let’s face it, a combination of open fires, fairy lights, fir trees and wrapping paper, not to mention boozy people, wouldn’t ordinarily pass a health and safety test. Risk of fire increases hugely at Christmas The risk of fire in the home increases hugely at Christmas; insurance firm Aviva recently showed that claims for fire…

Ensure your presents are covered this Christmas

It might be due to an urge to save in uncertain times, or as a result of stagnating wages, but Brexit Britain will be spending less on Christmas presents this year, latest research shows. A survey by leading insurer Policy Expert reveals that Brits will reduce the amount they splash out on each other by…

Will your house be ‘home alone’ this Christmas?

Millions of homes will be left empty this Christmas, offering easy pickings to opportunistic burglars, latest research shows. Figures from insurer Policy Expert suggest that one-in-four people intend to be away for festivities. As the burglary rate generally peaks towards the end of December, with thieves making the most of the annual holiday season, unattended…

Preparing your garden for winter

As we enjoy the golden glow of autumn, it’s time to think about prepping gardens for winter. It may be an unwelcome thought, but a little extra work now means your outdoor space will require little maintenance in the colder months, and will be raring to go come spring! So what should you do? Mow…

Government’s Insurance Premium Tax to rise

In this year’s budget the Chancellor announced an increase to Insurance Premium Tax (IPT), from 9.5% to 10%. This means that after the 1st of October the tax paid by consumers on most types of insurance will go up.   Some cover types are exempt However, some other types of cover, including life and health insurance, are exempt…

Holiday travel woes – how can insurance help?

Going on holiday should be a fun experience, but when it goes wrong, it can be a nightmare. Knowing what to do in case of delays  can save you money and heartache, so read on to find out more. What happens when you’re uninsured? Depending on who you book a trip through, without travel insurance you may suffer major financial…

You told us…about your ‘staycations’

Only 1 in 3 take out travel insurance 7 in 10 people taking trips in the UK this summer could be doing so uninsured, leaving thousands of pounds worth of valuables at risk of theft, loss and damage, according to new research from our customers. Brits will take £676 of valuables with them Of the 2,500…

You told us…all about your garden

We’re a nation of competitive gardeners, investing more than £17,000 in our gardens over a lifetime to impress neighbours and keep up appearances, according to new research from our customers. Nearly one in four (23%) of the 2,205 people surveyed complained of a green-fingered neighbour whose garden always upstages the rest of the street, with over…

See what has the most impact on home cover premiums, and what you can do about it

Here are the main factors which influence the cost of your home insurance and what you could do to reduce how much you pay.

How the right school can add £21,000 to your home

Living in a home with a good state secondary nearby school adds an average of £21,000 to its value when compared to local house prices

School holidays mean accidents at home

Policy Expert asked our customers about their experiences with having kids at home over the school holidays, and here’s what they said…

The Budget 2016 – What homeowners need to know

The Chancellor’s 2016 Budget delivered a mixed bag for home-owners. We’ve summarised a few of the key points for home-owners.

Easter DIY to spruce up your home

Easter marks the time when thousands of homeowners across the country get out their tool kits with the good intentions of tackling much procrastinate about DIY projects.

5.3m tumble dryers to be recalled

In November 2015 Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda (all part of Whirlpool) issued a recall for 5.3m faulty tumble dryers.

Don’t forget your garden this winter

Your garden needs attention in the winter months too, and not preparing it properly could be the difference between needing to make a claim or not. Make sure your garden is prepared for winter with our handy check-list.

Prepare your home for Christmas

Christmas can be magical time of year, and decorating the house is a favourite tradition for many people. Make sure you keep your home and family safe with our handy Christmas check-list.

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…

Children in Need 2015

On Friday 13th November, Policy Expert is showing our support for Children in Need. Every penny raised for Children in Need goes to help disadvantaged children and young people here in the UK.

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.

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