Insuring your Home in the Current Economy
It’s no secret that the current economy isn't great. If you've had difficulties managing your budget and keeping your expenditure in line, you have most likely been tempted to drop several large areas of expenses.
Your home insurance, however, should not be one of them. If your insurance is becoming too expensive, there are steps you can take to reduce the costs of your home contents insurance. Given that the expenses that can occur without contents insurance are often higher than the insurance costs, this is an insurance policy you don't want to live without.
Checking your current insurance
It’s a common mistake to assume that insurance for your home contents will be the cheapest with whoever provides your buildings insurance. This isn't always the case and it may be wiser to get a combination from two different providers.
Additionally if you've been with a given insurer for a while, the prices may have gone up when you weren't looking. As with any standard insurance policy, a low premium and excess is often used to entice new customers. After the first year, the automatic renewal fees are simply ignored; many don't check or realise these are higher than the premiums you assumed each year.
Comparing your options
Regardless of how much you are currently paying, it never hurts to check your options elsewhere. By using a comparison website, you can quickly get a host of information, including reliable quotes relating to your circumstances and you might find that your current provider isn't the cheapest on the list. In fact, automatic renewals of home insurance policies cost Brits £667 million a year – an average of £125 per household.
In these cases, a simple move can save you much more money. Furthermore, don't be afraid to use this new information with your current provider as they might offer you a better deal to retain your custom.
Monitoring the future
Even after opting for a new, cheaper policy, don't think that you can stop here. You should always check the market for new deals. Ideally, doing this in advance of the renewal period provides the best opportunity to switch providers when the time comes.
Furthermore, don't forget that any new provider may also add creeping costs over the coming years. Check the small print as well as every piece of paperwork you receive. If the annual renewal is much more expensive then the premium, then it may be time to move again.