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Cost of UK flooding hits five year high

Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development centre of excellence has released its latest monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report. The report reveals that the recent floods to hit the UK damaged over 1,100 homes, and, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers’ report, are likely to cost insurers up to £500m. This will increase the total cost of floods to […]

Burglars head for number 88

While nearly one in four Brits would think twice about buying a house numbered 13, AXA suggests that addresses beginning with 88 are the ones to avoid, having topped the list for burglaries in 2011 and featured in the top ten for two years in a row. According to the insurer’s research, the most unlucky […]

Homeowners reminded of gardens’ value

Summer sees not only the rise in temperatures but increasing value in garden possessions, specialist home insurer Hiscox has revealed. Over a fifth (21%) of homeowners have outdoor items they consider valuable, and more than half (53%) of high net worth individuals will be partaking in landscaping or planting new shrubs and bushes this summer. […]

Homeowners urged to beware under-insurance

Specialist home insurer Hiscox has urged homeowners to ensure that their home contents insurance is up to date and affords them appropriate levels of protection. Recent years have seen the value of gold and platinum rise, and with Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching couples up and down the country will doubtlessly buy one another expensive gifts […]

Neighbourly mishaps cost £246m a year

Homeowners are being hit for damages totalling £246m every year due to neighbourhood botches, according to Direct Line. The insurer’s research has found that neighbours cause a wide range of woe, from smashed windows and severed electricity supplies to flooding. During the last five years, 9% of homeowners have suffered damage at the hands of […]

New homeowners urged to change locks

People who move house are being urged to change the locks, as failure to do so exposes them to increased risk of burglary. The findings comes from new research commissioned by Direct Line and show that 63% of people moving into a new home do not bother to change the locks. More than 70% of […]

Home insurers lagging behind on digital cover

Consumers are at risk of losing hundreds of pounds worth of digital music because their household insurers may not protect downloaded material. According to research from Which?, a third of leading home insurers’ standard policies don’t offer any form of digital cover, despite over 100 million tracks being downloaded by UK music lovers each year. […]

Aviva offers storm advice

Aviva has advised homeowners to take precautions to safeguard against the gales forecast at the end of this week. The insurer has a network of contractors, claims teams and call centre staff ready to assist those who are affected by weather-related damage in the next few days. Property Claims Director Rob Townend explained that storms […]

avantia provides non-standard home insurance

avantia Insurance has launched a new homeprotect service after the viability of such a move was proved by its pilot project which provided instant online cover to non-standard buyers of home insurance. Brokers and other providers have been invited by avantia to join the platform, with the aim of providing a one-stop shop and saving […]

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