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Five-minute guide to getting insurance for your mobile image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 4th of June 2017 12:01:00 AM
.... . Be warned, home insurance policies rarely include cover for handset breakdown, or unauthorised calls. ...
Secrets to successful DIY: One in three Brits lack basic skills image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of May 2017 12:01:00 AM
.... . Natalia Freeman, insurance specialist at Towergate, warns that accidents and mistakes are not covered by standard home insurance policies. ...
Don't change insurer regularly? It could be costing you more than £1,400 image
....An audit of 9,000 motorists and 8,000 homeowners by research agency Consumer Intelligence found that after three years the typical driver was overpaying by £75 and the homeowner by £66. Loyal customers who stay with their insurer year after year are the ones who lose out most, particularly in home insurance. ...
Who is liable for £20,000 worth of jewellery stolen during our house move? image
....We had jewellery worth £20,000 stolen during our house move and our insurer is refusing to pay out. In the run-up to the move I phoned our home insurance provider, Yorkshire building society, to ask whether I was covered for the house move or whether I should get extra insurance offered by the removal firm. ...
A hole in home insurance cover that could leave millions out of pocket image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 8th of April 2017 06:00:31 AM
.... Picone has insurance with Aviva and assumed she would be OK. After all, isn’t a bit of water damage from a burst pipe precisely the sort of thing that home insurance is supposed to cover? However, Aviva refused to help with the claim for the neighbour’s damage, saying that because Picone had buildings cover only, and not contents insurance, she wasn’t covered for “third party liability”. ...
Time to make a noise over Rias’s silent calls image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 07:00:28 AM
....Please help to get insurer Rias to stop hassling me with silent phone calls. My home insurance is up for renewal and, in the past, I have contacted the company to get a quote. ...
Tackle your debts while interest rates are at lowest image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 19th of February 2017 11:59:00 AM
Time to get boiler cover before you end up in hot water image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of February 2017 12:01:00 AM
....”. First check if boiler breakdown is covered by your home insurance policy, usually as an addon for an extra premium, or consider stand-alone boiler cover to include an annual service, which is sometimes called home emergency cover, sold by specialists such as HomeServe, British Gas, and CoverCloud. ...
B&Q installation flooded our home but no one is paying up image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of February 2017 07:00:23 AM
.... The insurer says that B&Q should give us the money then reclaim it from them. Now both advise us that the quickest option is to claim on our home insurance, but then we would lose our 10 years’ no claims. ...
Don’t throw your money on home emergency and key cover insurance – Patrick Collinson image
....Take Aviva, Britain’s biggest insurer. It charges £72 a year when sold as an add-on to its home insurance. ...
UK postcodes with highest burglary rates revealed image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 24th of January 2017 07:01:40 AM
....Analysis of 1. 8m home insurance quotes by Moneysupermarket. ...
Five-minute guide to haggling your way to a better deal image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 22nd of January 2017 12:01:00 AM
....” . The perfect time to haggle is when you are coming to the end of a contract, say, for motor or home insurance, or a mobile phone, broadband or digital TV tariff. ...
Debt charities urge struggling consumers to seek advice early image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 3rd of January 2017 12:01:38 AM
....Comparethemarket said on Monday that household bills rose by almost £200 in 2016. Analysis of costs across energy, motor and home insurance found that, after a £180 drop in 2015, bills rose by 9. ...
New year resolutions to help you handle your money in 2017 image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 1st of January 2017 05:41:00 PM
....Check your account for direct debits or standing orders that you no longer need, for example, a magazine or gym subscription. Baliszewski advises against auto-renewing your motor and home insurance each year: “Insurers steadily increase prices to recoup the cost of the discounts offered in the first year, so shop around. ...
Seven simple ways to cut your spending in 2017 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 17th of December 2016 07:00:15 AM
....Switch to a long-term fix if you can, as prices are set to rise from next March – if the experts are to be believed. The cost of home insurance has been falling in recent years, but only if you have been switching supplier regularly. ...
Is Insurance Premium Tax really the sneakiest of scare taxes? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 27th of November 2016 12:00:00 AM
....She also suggests entering your driving licence number when comparing online quotes: “That way insurers can check your driving history and quote lower premiums, assuming your licence is relatively clean. ” You can also cut your home insurance premiums by beefi ng up security. ...
Autumn Statement 2016: 'Hammer blow' bill rise for struggling families image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 04:45:00 PM
.... The tax hike is the third increase of IPT since the Summer Budget in 2015, doubling the levy in less than 18 months. The most recent increases have already added around £25 to the cost of car cover and and almost £20 to the cost of home insurance, according to the Association of British Insurers(ABI). ...
This Black Friday plan ahead and avoid being lured into a shopping frenzy image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 20th of November 2016 12:01:00 AM
....TAKE COVER. Steve Murphy, head of insurer development at Swinton Insurance, says big ticket items such as jewellery are often heavily discounted, but may breach your home insurance policy’s single item limit, which can be as low as £1,500: “If so, contact your insurer, as it may need listing separately for an additional premium. ...
How insurers are watching you online, and is it time to switch energy provider? image
....Seeing red when my London Bus Driving School course disappears. Save up to 10% with Guardian home insurance, provided by Uinsure. ...
Prepare for the cold weather and start saving this winter image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of November 2016 10:06:00 AM
. Arctic conditions invariably bring a surge in home insurance claims for frozen pipes, cracked tiles and falling gutters. ...
How nosey insurers use Facebook and your weekly shop to keep tabs on you image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 6th of November 2016 06:59:09 AM
.... For example, any disclosures about high value ticket items or burglaries on your home policy may be considered in relation to a motor policy. Insurers have also found a correlation between callouts on motor breakdown and home emergency policies and claims on motor and home insurance products, says Roberts. ...
When the wrong postcode puts insurance out of your reach image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 30th of October 2016 06:01:01 AM
.... “If, say, somebody is burgled, the cost of replacing their possessions is going to hit them hard,” Walker says. Steve Chelton, product expert at Swinton Insurance, says other factors affect your home insurance premiums, as well as postcodes: “Age, occupation, claims history, property type and contents value all have an impact. ...
Five minute guide to making sure your heating works image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 30th of October 2016 12:01:00 AM
....With British Summer Time officially at an end and more households switching on their central heating, this is the perfect time to give your boiler the once over to make sure it is fit for winter. You should also give your home insurance policy a seasonal check to see if it covers you against a broken down boiler or central heating system. ...
Sharp rise for house insurance premiums with prices set to soar even FURTHER image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 27th of October 2016 12:01:00 AM
....Households are facing further increases in the cost of their insurance as the standard rate of insurance premium tax, which applies to most general insurance policies bought in the UK, increased to 10 per cent last month. The hike is expected to push up the cost of new policies bought by a wide range of insurance customers, including those buying home insurance, motorists, private medical insurance customers and pet owners. ...
How to protect yourself against burglaries as the night falls this winter image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of October 2016 12:01:00 AM
....Forced doors and broken locks and windows are the most common damage. Households need to secure their home and also make sure they comply with their home insurance policy, otherwise they risk the added heartbreak of seeing a claim rejected. ...
Flood Re CEO seeks flood insurance cover clarity from the Government image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 9th of October 2016 12:01:00 AM
.... . Together, the insurers on Flood Re’s roster cover 90 per cent of the UK’s home insurance market. ...
Learn how to balance a budget in the biggest university challenge of all image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 11th of September 2016 05:59:52 AM
....It is estimated that the average student has possessions worth almost £3,400 when phones, laptops and printers are added up alongside their other belongings. Insurer Endsleigh, which was created to service the student market, warns that relying on family home insurance may not give the right level of cover. ...
We are splitting up, what should we do about the house? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 8th of September 2016 06:00:13 AM
....Q My partner and I are splitting up and we need to decide what happens about the house where I’m currently living. We are each paying half the mortgage but since January, I have been paying for home insurance, repairs and other property-related costs. ...
We insured a diamond ring for £8,000, then were told it was not covered image
....My wife recently lost the diamond from her engagement ring, which must have dropped out while she was at work. We have always insured this under our home insurance. ...
AA drives into mortgage market with fixed-rate deals image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of August 2016 06:00:07 AM
....The AA’s home emergency and central heating emergency and repair cover are included in the package free for 12 months. Members will also receive a 15% discount on AA home insurance, but will have to buy breakdown cover if they do not already have it. ...
Tinder-style app offers millennials phone and technology insurance image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 06:00:40 AM
.... Mobile screen repairs carry a £30 excess. Some young people, particularly at university, may also be unaware that their parents’ home insurance policy may cover them for goods away from the home at a fraction of the price charged by Back Me Up. ...
Energy inquiry accused of 'turning the clock back' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 5th of July 2016 10:29:04 AM
.... . "What we're doing is putting energy back where motor insurance and home insurance and broadband deals already are," he told MPs. ...
10 ways Brexit could affect your finances  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of June 2016 01:15:00 PM
....CompareTheMarket. com’s head of home insurance, Gemma Sonfield, says the falling pound has deterred many from booking a last-minute foreign trip: “This is down to financial uncertainty as well as the fact that a gelato or glass of sangria may be more expensive. ...
Holidaying at home? Most UK staycations aren't covered by travel insurance image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of June 2016 09:05:00 PM
....”. You can even protect your belongings under your home insurance policy. ...
Take out a mortgage … and walk away with a freebie image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of June 2016 06:00:06 AM
.... This offer is available to Aviva customers and non-customers when they register for free with the insurer’s MyAviva system, which can be accessed online or through an app. Meanwhile, Nationwide is handing out £30 Amazon gift cards to people buying a new combined buildings and contents policy in a branch, over the phone or online, while the Yorkshire and Norwich & Peterborough building societies are offering a £50 Love2shop gift card, which can be spent at many high street retailers, to those taking out their home insurance. ...
Lightning strikes lead to claims spike, says insurer image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of June 2016 03:40:46 PM
....Stormy weather in June has led to a surge in insurance claims for damage caused by lightning strikes, one of the UK’s largest insurers has said. Direct Line said that since the start of the month it had received more than 200 home insurance claims for lightning damage, when it usually receives between 10 and 20 a month. ...
Holidays that are cheap – and safe, plus why cash trumps shares for top returns image
....Tesco’s partial refund for iPad Air has me fuming. Save up to 10% with Guardian home insurance, provided by Uinsure, get a quote on our five-star Defaqto rated cover here. ...
Brits pay the high price for cheap insurance deals  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of June 2016 10:51:00 AM
.... . Sonfield added: “It is worth investigating whether expensive items can be protected separately under an extension to your home insurance policy or purchased under separate gadget cover. ...
Wardrobes don’t fit and Oak Furniture Land wants £350 to take them back image
.... It also shows a lengthy list of circumstances in which its five-year insurance refuses to pay out. We would caution anyone against paying £330 to insure the furniture they are buying, particularly as it is much cheaper to add accidental damage cover to your home insurance. ...
Loyalty to everyday services is costing you MORE - make time for money saving switch image
....”. Pratt says too many companies have traded on the widely held belief that loyalty will be rewarded, but that is rarely the case: “We have heard of elderly people paying many hundreds of pounds more for their home insurance than they needed to, simply because they had faith in their insurer and renewed with them each year. ...
Avoid pet cat-astrophe: Five minute guide to making successful vet bill claims image
....uk. This compares to just 1 per cent of motor insurance claims, 13 per cent of travel claims and 21 per cent of home insurance claims. ...
Homebuyers may be paying too much for insurance, says research image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 29th of May 2016 02:39:05 PM
. Homebuyers have been warned they could be paying more than necessary for home insurance after research revealed one in seven took out policies with their mortgage lender. ...
Brexit would hit property values, plus why pensions are so complicated image
....Clarks’ sturdy response in fit-for-purpose shoe dispute. Save up to 10% on Guardian home insurance. ...
Don’t have a burglar alarm? Your home insurance policy may be invalid image
. If you are one of those people who unquestioningly renews their home insurance policy each year, throwing the documents into a file without reading them, you may want to dig them out this weekend or risk being rejected when it comes to making a claim. ...
Don't believe the infamous myth: Why Friday 13th could actually be LUCKY image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 13th of May 2016 04:23:00 PM
. Over the last three years, home insurance claims have dropped by around half on six Friday 13ths that have passed, according to provider Policy Expert. ...
Driverless cars to dent insurance industry, warns Volvo chief image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 3rd of May 2016 05:00:46 AM
.... “It’s a number of years before we get there and there will be a transition period during which premiums are still going to be high. But it could well be that [motor insurers] move into home insurance, pet insurance and other areas. ...
LGBT insurer Emerald aims to bridge a sexuality gap image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 30th of April 2016 06:00:17 AM
....”. Emerald believes the LGBT community is still waiting for a basic equality of experience in financial services, and last week launched a range of LGBT-friendly home insurance, term insurance, and wedding and pet cover, with travel insurance coming in May. ...
Take cover or risk DIY nightmare image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 27th of April 2016 11:25:00 AM
.... . Two out of three Britons will be doing some form of DIY this weekend, according to home insurance specialists Policy Expert. ...
Weddings more expensive than ever, even for GUESTS image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of April 2016 12:01:00 AM
....While family and friends are showering the newlyweds with expensive gifts, the happy couple needs to make sure they are properly insured. Adam Powell, head of operations at PolicyExpert, said it is important to remember to check that the wedding rings and other wedding-related valuables are covered in your home insurance policy. ...
Re flood-risk homes … at last, affordable cover image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 9th of April 2016 06:00:08 AM
....Flood Re, which offers subsidised cover, received the final go ahead from financial regulators last week, and opened for business on Monday. As far as the householder is concerned the scheme operates behind the scenes; they continue to buy their home insurance from their chosen firm – after shopping around, of course. ...
Lifeline for flood-risk homeowners: New scheme to stem rising costs of insurance image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 6th of April 2016 12:01:00 AM
....Ian Hughes, chief executive at Consumer Intelligence, says this will push up the cost of cover further following Chancellor George Osborne’s recent moves to hike insurance premium tax (IPT). “Average home insurance costs have been increasing for the past three months because of the IPT rise from 6 per cent to 9. ...
Flood Re scheme brings affordable insurance to homes in high-risk areas image
....Flood Re, which claims to be a world first, received the final go ahead from financial regulators last week, and on Monday will start accepting the first premiums and offering cover to householders. The scheme, which is largely being paid for by a levy on all home insurance policyholders – £10. ...
M&S won’t miss Bolland’s dress sense image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 3rd of April 2016 07:59:27 AM
.... A trading update that features some good news on that front would help him come flying off the blocks. Flood Re, a not-for-profit scheme aimed at making home insurance affordable for people who live in flood-prone areas, comes into force on Monday after regulators gave it the all-clear. ...
Savers lose interest as NS&I cuts rates, plus a look at shared ownership image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 31st of March 2016 04:17:10 PM
....Why you might not be warned of an online security breach. Get home insurance from £15 a month plus you can get a quote in less than 60 seconds online. ...
Osborne's mighty gamble on corporate tax base | Nils Pratley image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of March 2016 07:20:39 PM
.... This time, Osborne cited the need to spend an extra £700m on flood defences. That, at least, has a direct connection with home insurance. ...
What the Budget means for you image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of March 2016 04:14:52 PM
....Now Mr Osborne has announced that this will rise again, to 10%. This will not only add to the cost of motor insurance but also other forms of insurance such as healthcare insurance costs, home insurance, and pet insurance. ...
Millions of Brits at risk of underinsuring valuables image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of March 2016 08:28:00 PM
. Two fifths have no cover under their home insurance policy because they do not realise expensive items must be listed individually. ...
Tumble dryer owners to wait months to fix fire-risk fault image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 11th of March 2016 01:14:08 PM
....Whirpool said consumers could continue to use the machines, but that they should clean the lint filter after every cycle and not leave their dryers unattended during operation. Customers with the faulty machines have been sharing their anger on Twitter, with one saying her home insurance would be invalid if she used it within the seven months she has been told it would take for repairs. ...
The way insurers lock out people with court convictions is bizarre image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of February 2016 10:11:32 AM
....To many of the 1. 2 million people convicted in court each year, it comes as a surprise to find that if they try to take out home insurance, or renew their existing policy, they’ll probably struggle. ...
Safe and sound: how to beat the burglars and protect your property image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of February 2016 07:00:26 AM
.... Don’t have a window-facing calendar with the dates you’re away on holiday, and if you have two locks on a front door, make sure you use them, he adds. At Nationwide, whose home insurance is underwritten by Direct Line, there are no security requirements for most customers buying a home insurance policy. ...
Homeowners who made subsidence claims are unable to switch insurers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 20th of February 2016 07:00:41 AM
....Mary Pope, aged 72, who lives in Cardiff, is among many people who have contacted the Guardian in despair that they cannot move to a different insurer, even though the subsidence claim they made was many years ago. Mrs Pope pays £1,100 for home insurance with Halifax for her four-bedroomed Victorian terraced house, which she has lived in since 1977. ...
Barclays doubles cashback on 'Blue Rewards' account image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of February 2016 03:53:19 PM
.... . Barclays offers extra rewards to customers with more of their products - Barclays mortgage holders are entitled to a further £5 a month (an extra £60 a year), and Barclays home insurance customers are rewarded with an extra £3 a month (£36 a year). ...
Three insurance policies with Aviva, but not one covers our stolen luggage image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of February 2016 07:00:05 AM
.... And if you had claimed on your car policy, Aviva would only have paid out a maximum £150 – as per the terms of the policy – and it would have probably hiked your premiums as a result. The best way to cover contents outside the home is to add this to your home insurance policy. ...
Five-minute guide to making a home insurance claim image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 14th of February 2016 12:01:00 AM
.... Here is how to avoid making heavy weather of a claim. An impressive 99 per cent of all claims on motor insurance policies are successful, but that drops to just 79 per cent for home insurance, according to new figures from the Association of British Insurers (ABI). ...
What if the computer says no because you are a disabled consumer? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 11th of February 2016 07:11:11 AM
.... And if you need access to credit to help you through a temporary period of uncertainty, there is a plethora of providers to explore. But what happens when you are not quite a “standard” consumer? What if the computer says no when you state your needs or circumstances? Who steps in when a period of depression or cancer many years ago goes against your application for income protection and who helps out if your postcode dictates a home insurance premium you simply cannot afford? Sometimes your unique needs mean that you need a product tweaked so you can benefit from full protection, or appropriate protection at an affordable price. ...
'Saga says no to extra claim' image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 7th of February 2016 08:15:38 AM
.... It stresses that home owners have a duty of care to look after their properties and to maintain them in a way that ensures they are adequately protected against wear and tear. It adds that home insurance policies are for unexpected situations that cannot be planned for. ...
Staggering price of legal fees comes with a human cost image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 6th of February 2016 07:01:04 AM
....• Get an insurer to pay. Many home insurance policies include legal expenses cover as a freebie or paid-for add-on. ...
After the floods, York’s residents try to piece their lives back together image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 6th of February 2016 06:59:04 AM
....Flood Re, so-called because it is a “flood re-insurance” scheme, is an industry-wide initiative aimed at the estimated 350,000 UK households at serious risk of flooding and who struggle to access affordable cover. Insurers will be able to pass on the flood risk element of eligible home insurance policies to Flood Re, which will charge the insurers a premium for each policy based on the property’s council tax band. ...
10 of the best apps for saving money image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 5th of February 2016 09:00:43 AM
....Computers rather than smartphones may be the preferred way to research car insurance prices. MoneySuperMarket’s MoreMoney app is hoping to tempt a few more people to go mobile though: it’s a quick, simple way to get estimates for car and home insurance, among other financial services. ...
Insurers reveal success rates on claims for car, travel and home insurance image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 26th of January 2016 04:05:53 PM
....3 million - were for car insurance followed by 1. 8 million for home insurance and 800,000 for travel cover. ...
One in five home cover claims rejected image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 26th of January 2016 12:13:19 AM
. More than one in five home insurance claims is unsuccessful owing, in part, to the complexity of policies. ...
Mapped: are you living in a burglary claims hotspot? image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 22nd of January 2016 04:01:33 PM
.... . Of every 1,000 home insurance claims made in the affluent SE21 postcode, 61 were burglary related. ...
Dulwich Village is burglary hotspot of Britain, says Moneysupermarket image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 22nd of January 2016 06:30:04 AM
....The well-heeled residents of Dulwich Village, a wealthy enclave in south London, suffer the worst burglary rate in Britain, with homes 87 times more likely to be broken into than the country’s safest village, Harbury near Leamington Spa. The figures come from an analysis of 2m home insurance applications by comparison site Moneysupermarket. ...
Yet another reason to not trust your home insurer image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 9th of January 2016 07:00:12 AM
....”. So how did RIAS repay Burton’s trust? Anyone who has been reading my recent columns about the rapacious behaviour of home insurance companies when it comes to loyal, older customers, won’t be in the slightest bit surprised to hear what RIAS did. ...

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