Buildings and contents insurance
If you own a home, or are in the process of buying one, you'll need to protect the building and you should consider protecting all your belongings too with quality insurance. Here we answer some the questions you may have about buildings and contents cover.
What is buildings and contents insurance?
What does building and contents insurance cover?
Buildings insurance covers the actual structure of your home, while contents covers the things inside of it. But there's more to each type of insurance – let's take a look in a little more detail.
This protects the actual bricks and mortar of your home. In general, it will pay to repair or rebuild your home if it's damaged by a range of events, including:
Building insurance also covers permanent structures in your home, like fitted kitchens and bathroom suites, and outbuildings such as garages and sheds.
Contents essentially covers all the things in your home that aren't part of its structure. Things like your TV, beds, mirrors and carpets – some providers will even cover the contents of your fridge-freezer. You can claim on your policy for loss or damage of your belongings caused by:
A buildings and contents insurance policy – sometimes referred to more generally as home insurance – includes all of the above. But the terms and conditions vary with each provider, so make sure you read the fine print so you know exactly what you're covered for.
Do you need buildings and contents insurance?
Almost all mortgage providers will ask you take out buildings insurance as a condition of them lending you the money. They're likely to recommend a certain insurer because they're partnered with them, but that won't always lead to you getting the best deal, so make sure you shop around.
Cover for your contents is completely optional, but if you had your TV stolen or sofa damaged by a water leak, you'd have to pay out the full cost to repair or replace them if you didn't have contents insurance. The money you'd have to pay can be more than the cost of the policy.
How much is buildings and contents insurance?
Your premium's based on a huge range of factors, from where you live and the type of house you live in, to the combined value of your belongings. We are committed to finding customers the best buildings and contents policy for the best price.
Our home policies feature a huge range of benefits as standard, including:
Because all homeowners are different, you can tailor your policy to suit your needs. Optional extras we offer include: