Types of insurance – Money Advice Service

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It’s unlikely that you’ll need every insurance product on the market, even if you could afford them all. But how do you know whether your hard-earned cash is going on the policies you need the most? The table below is designed to help you make the right decisions for you and your household budget.

Home insurance

What does home insurance cover? Do you need it?
Buildings insurance
  • Covers the cost of repairing or rebuilding your home if it’s damaged by storm, floods, fire, lightning, subsidence, etc
  • You won’t be covered for general wear and tear
  • You’re unlikely to be covered for properties left unoccupied for more than 60 continuous days
Yes, it is a legal requirement if you own your home, plus mortgage lenders normally insist on you having buildings cover.
  • Repairing your home can be very expensive so buildings insurance could save you a fortune in the long run
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