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If you're looking to take out home insurance but don't know where to start, let Hastings Direct help. We've put together guides on different types of cover to help you make an informed choice about your home insurance.

You'll also find advice, information and top tips on everything from home security and flooding to digital crime. Simply click on one of the links below to find out more.

Digital crime

Be careful about how much personal information you share on the web. Being too open could leave you vulnerable to digital crime and could impact on any insurance claims. Read our guide for some tips on how to stay safe online.

Fire safety

When it comes to your home, it's important to take every step to protect you and your loved ones from a fire breaking out. Read our guide to fire prevention and what to do if there is a fire.

Flooding tips

More than 5.5 million homes in England and Wales are at risk of flooding. If you're concerned that your home might be one of them, our guide contains information on what to do in the event of a flood, as well as top tips on protecting your belongings.

Food storage advice

Never know where to store your eggs? A guide to storing food safely.

Home appliances

We rely on lots of appliances every day, from our fridge freezers and ovens to our TVs and laptops. But what would you do if one of those appliances suddenly stopped working? Here are the different ways you can protect your household appliances and what your rights as a consumer are.

Home improvements

Certain modifications can add significant value to your home; but before throwing your money at large-scale projects, you need to be sure you'll see a good return on your investment. Find out what home improvements can add value to your property.

Home security tips

From installing CCTV to using light switch timers when you're on holiday, there are plenty of things you can do to ensure the security of your home both indoors and out. Everything you need to know can be found in our home security guide.

Preparing for winter

Harsh winter weather takes its toll on your home, so you need to give it extra love and attention during the colder months. Regular maintenance is key to keeping the building in tip-top condition — read our guide on how to winter-proof your home.

Smart Christmas ideas

Supermarket shelves stocked to the brim with mince pies and advent calendars can mean only one thing: the festive season is upon us. We've handpicked some of our favourite smart devices that are currently on the market: Smart Christmas ideas.

Subsidence insurance

We all know what subsidence is, but what causes it, and what are the tell-tale signs that a home might be at risk? Read our guide to find out.

Types of home insurance

Not sure what level of cover you need for your home? Hastings Direct offers three types of home insurance, each offering a host of benefits as standard. These guides explain what's included in each type of policy, so you can find cover best suited to your needs.

What to do after a burglary

The idea an intruder has entered your house can come as a shock. After all, your home is your safe place, where you and your family should be able to rest easy. It can be even more distressing if valuable possessions or sentimental items have been taken. What should you do in the immediate aftermath.

Why you should regularly calculate your contents insurance

You can probably think of a hundred things you'd rather be doing this weekend than calculating your home contents insurance. But when you take into account only 48% of policies increase the sum insured at renewal to match general price increases, it's a task you need to stay on top of. Our guide gives you tips on how to work out what to cover.

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