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Increasing home contents cover for Christmas and other religious holidays

Increasing home contents cover for Christmas and other religious holidays

Planning to put lots of presents under the tree? It could pay to make sure they’re protected with the right insurance cover. 

Chris King From the Home team
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Does my home insurance cover Christmas presents?

It depends on the level of cover that you have. With the average spend on Christmas presents at £474 in 2016, there's likely to be a few hundred pounds’ worth of gifts in your home, so it’s worth checking your limits to make sure you have the right cover.

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Is it possible to increase home contents cover over the holidays?

Many home insurance providers do, in fact, increase their home insurance contents limits over the festive period as standard. That’s reassuring if you’re with one of those providers, but you need to check your policy to find out if you get this extra cover included automatically. This is usually referred to as “festive” or “seasonal” uplift and would most likely be in the contents section of your policy, so have a look if you’re not sure.

Even among the insurance providers that do offer the extra cover, how they apply it can be quite different. You need to check how much extra cover is offered, and the dates that this applies. Some increases last for the whole of December while others may be for just a few days. 

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What about increased cover during other religious holidays?

If you don’t celebrate Christmas, most insurance providers will offer you a temporary increase in cover for alternative religious holidays instead. It’s worth calling your insurance provider to discuss your policy so that you can vary the cover amount at the right time of year for you.

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Is it possible to vary the amount of cover at other times?

If you don’t celebrate Christmas, most insurance providers will offer you a temporary increase in cover for alternative religious holidays instead. It’s worth calling your insurance provider to discuss your policy so that you can vary the cover amount at the right time of year for you.

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Additionally, if you’ve a special birthday or family wedding coming up, it could mean more presents! For peace of mind, you might want to call your insurance provider to increase your level of cover – either temporarily or permanently, as needed. For any valuable items like jewellery, laptops and general electronics, it’s worth checking to see if you need to add them individually to the policy.  

We ask you to add any valuable items worth more than £1,500 to your quote individually if you want to make sure they’re covered. Take into account things like an engagement ring, which could easily exceed this limit.

See more on increasing your contents insurance for a wedding

What else should I think about when I compare home insurance providers?

Although all home insurance policies usually offer similar cover, they can have different terms and conditions. It’s always worth taking a close look at your policy to make sure you have the cover that you need. If it’s not clear, give your insurance provider a call.

Why not compare home contents insurance with Compare the Market today and find the right cover for you. 

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