When looking into taking out home insurance cover you should be aware that there are two different types of home insurance. Both do the job of protecting your home but in different ways and usually insurance companies will provide both types individually or you can often save money if you take the policies together.
The first type of home insurance cover is home contents and this provides insurance in case the contents within your home should have to be replaced. The majority of home contents insurance will cover a huge range of eventualities; however you have to look into what the cover does offer before taking out the policy. Policies usually cover any home contents that you are able to take with you and they will be protected against such as theft, damage due to fire or flood if you possessions get stolen or vandalized.
When taking out contents insurance you can insure up to a certain amount for the items in your home. With this in mind you have to ensure that you do not under insure, yet do not want to over insure as the amount you insure against will be reflected in how much you pay for contents insurance. If you are insuring equipment such as computers and TVs then you would have to check to make sure if your policy quoted a certain figure you could insure up to for such items. If for example you are using a room as your office and work from home then you might have to take out a different policy to cover home office equipment. Some policies will provide flexibility during Christmas when you have extra value in the home, so this is worth checking in the small print.
Buildings insurance is the other type of home insurance cover that you can consider taking out. This type of insurance policy would cover the outer shell of your home. It should also include such items as those that are permanent fixtures in the home which can include fitted kitchen units, bath, shower and toilet. Buildings insurance would also cover any outbuildings you have such as sheds or garages and patio furniture. Buildings insurance is not only a necessity but it is also required when you take out your mortgage. The amount that you would choose to cover when taking out this form of insurance is how much it would cost in total if you had to rebuild your home. As with any type of insurance policy you will have to pay an excess towards the cost and this is the amount you would have to pay before the insurance company would payout. Paying a higher excess will lead to cheaper insurance but then you would have to be able to come up with that money in a lump sum.
When looking for home insurance cover the majority of insurance companies will offer both cheaper if you take them out together. However as with any form of insurance you do have to compare not only how much the insurance would cost but also what is and is not included in the small print. All insurance comes with exclusions and limitations and it is essential that you know what these are. It has been known for homeowners to take out a policy and then to find when it comes to putting in a claim that they can not due to the small print.