Thursday 19th October 2017: As half term approaches, parents would be wise to keep a close eye on their children while in the home, with kids between two and ten causing an average of £252 damage to homes every year. That’s according to new research from comparethemarket.com.
With almost two thirds (63%) of parents admitting that their children are prone to accidents, the damage caused by youngsters across Britain’s homes is amounting to millions of pounds of collective damage each year. To make matters worse, over half of parents (55%) are paying the price, as the items in question are never claimed on their home insurance policies. Some mums and dads admitted that they did not even realise the damage caused by their offspring could potentially be covered on their insurance.
When it comes to the most damage-prone period, the longer summer holidays were seen as a prime time by three in ten (29%) parents. Meanwhile, kids aged four were identified by their parents as being the most destructive.
The item likeliest to get the ‘Little Homewreckers’ treatment are carpets, however almost a quarter (24%) of parents have also waved goodbye to big ticket laptops and tablets. Some parents have been hit with even stranger mishaps; one arrived home to a smashed fish tank, while another discovered a radiator had been ripped off the wall.