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Frequently asked questions

  • So, what do I need to think about when buying holiday home insurance?
  • What if I rent out my holiday home?
  • Holiday home insurance for properties overseas

So, what do I need to think about when buying holiday home insurance?

If you’re one of the 5.2 million people in the UK who own a second home, it’s a good idea to understand the types of risks you might like to insure against.

  • If your holiday home is mortgaged, you’ll probably need to have buildings insurance to keep your mortgage company happy. But even if you own it yourself, you might want this type of cover in case of fire or other accidents. Make sure the value of the policy is enough to cover the rebuilding of your home. We can help you work out rebuild costs accurately when you start comparing.
  • If you leave furniture, utensils, TVs or prints on the wall, you should probably have contents insurance too. Think about how much it would cost to replace all the items in each room, including carpets, curtains and kitchen items. We've got a useful calculator to help you work this out accurately.
  • Your holiday home may be at risk from storm damage to the roof, break-ins and burglaries, or accidental damage. Standard policies will usually cover you against theft or break-ins, but you might have to add accidental damage cover as an optional extra.
  • Because holiday homes are generally empty more often than normal homes, they could be more likely to be broken into. Consider installing a burglar alarm or other security precautions that may help with getting insurance.  
  • Second home insurance could include public liability insurance. This might offer cover for instances such as a guest tripping over a rug and holding you liable for their injuries. 

Add other extras, as you would with a normal house insurance quote. You might choose home emergency cover, which gives you a number to call if you urgently need a plumber or other expert. You could also add legal assistance – this protects you against the costs of being sued or having to make a claim against someone else under a range of circumstances.

We make it easy to compare home insurance with options on buildings and contents, or everything together in one package. 89%* of customers found our prices competitive or very competitive, and 87%** found the experience easy or very easy.

*For the period 1st March to 31st May 2018, 5,766 people responded to the question “How competitive were the prices” for Home, 5,138 responded with a score of competitive or very competitive (89%) 
**For the period 1st March to 31st May 2018, 5,407people responded to the question “Overall how easy was it for you to get a quote” for home, 4,716 responded with a score of easy or very easy (87%)

What if I rent out my holiday home?

If you let out a property as a holiday home, typical home insurance might not be appropriate and you may want to take out landlord insurance. Landlord insurance is designed to protect you, your property and any holidaymakers who rent it out in the event of any accidents or damage.  

Cover can range from protecting the actual building and its contents, to rent protection if you can’t let out the property due to damage. See more on landlord insurance.

Holiday home insurance for properties overseas

While you can’t compare holiday home insurance for properties abroad with us, there are companies that offer it.
 
You can choose a local company or a UK company specialising in international properties. If you aren’t fluent in the local language, it’s very important to choose a company that provides the policy documents in English and offers an English-speaking call centre if you need to make a claim.

We make choosing and buying holiday home insurance straightforward. And the good news is there are now many more providers that arrange policies for second home insurance and holiday let insurance. So, you should find plenty of choice with competitive prices. 

But don’t look at price alone – check out the features of the policy to make sure it’s right for you. 

Don’t forget too, you can also change the voluntary excess (the amount you pay if you need to make a claim) because that could make the policy cheaper. However, make sure it’s affordable should you need to make a claim. 

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