Home Insurance

5 Steps to a Safe New Home

The Bass family needs help child-proofing their home. Our five safety tips can help make their house—and yours!—safer and more fun.<p><b>1. Attach bookshelves and dressers to the wall</b>.<br>Each year more than 17,000 kids need care in emergency rooms due to a TV, furniture, or an appliance tipping over. Break …

Parenting

Home insurers face profit crisis as repair costs soar

The UK’s mania for home improvements is leading to a crisis in the £7bn house insurance market.<p>According to new forecasts from EY, the home insurance …

Insurance

Neos launches IoT powered home insurance UK-wide

What do you get if you combine the Internet of Things with the business of home insurance? UK startup Neos is hoping the answer is prevention rather than (just) payouts.<p>Its home insurance product is intended to lean on sensor tech and wireless connectivity to reduce home-related risks — like fire …

Startups

Home owners could be paying more for insurance by going with their lender policies

Nearly one in five home owners believe that buying the lender’s home insurance will help their mortgage application go through, new research has …

Mortgages

Can this couple in their 40s afford their first home without delaying their retirement plans?

Colleen and Vern are trying to decide whether the time is right to buy a house. She is 43 and he is 41.<p>"Neither of us has ever owned our own house," Colleen writes in an e-mail. "We would like to make this purchase as soon as possible as long as we are ready financially," she adds. The Ontario …

Retirement

Top tips to storm proof your home

In the 30th anniversary year of the Great Storm which saw the UK battered by hurricane-force winds, Halifax Home Insurance is advising homeowners to …

Property (UK)

35% of mortgage customers potentially out of pocket by not shopping around for home insurance

35% of customers who bought home insurance direct from their mortgage lender when they last applied are not shopping around and potentially paying …

Property (UK)

What Home Insurance Doesn’t Cover

A home insurance policy won’t cover every thing that could possibly go wrong with a home. The details are all in the fine print within the …

Insurance

Almost a third of homeowners shelve plans to move due to economic uncertainty

A new survey from comparethemarket.com has found that almost one in three (29%) homeowners are set to snub a move on the housing ladder in favour of …

Property (UK)

How to prep your home insurance for Halloween

On Halloween, we all enjoy handing out treats to the little monsters that arrive at our door asking for candy. Unfortunately, some of us have to deal …

Business

UK competition watchdog launches action against car hire comparison sites

The UK’s competition watchdog has launched enforcement cases against two car hire price comparison websites over hidden charges for customers, a …

Insurance

What Your Bicycle Insurance Covers and What You Can Claim

• Agreed Value - this is not as common, but may be the condition if you buy a specialized policy, or if you add a rider to cover the bike specifically. …

Insurance

Householders warned about 'blocked drain fraud'

<b>Householders with blocked drains are being warned to think twice before employing claims management companies (CMCs) to process a claim.</b><p>The insurance company Direct Line says that more than half the claims being made by such firms are "invalid, inflated or fraudulent".<p>Many people have cover for …

Insurance

What is the Insurance Definition of Negligence?

Negligence is a failure to act in a way that a reasonable person would when faced with the same situation and circumstances. In insurance, the …

Insurance

Enercare’s customer service doesn’t go according to plan: Roseman

The company did restore her original plan. But Benson believes the complaint wouldn’t have been resolved without a media nudge.<p>“The remaining …

Canadian News

New warning that 2.7m Aussies are not ready for disaster season

A local resident paddles his kayak through floodwaters in the suburb of Depot Hill in Rockhampton in April this year after floodwaters resulting from …

Australian News

Bukit Batok Fire and Home Insurance

Last night's fire in Bukit Batok is a sober reminder of how bad things can happen to anyone. True, residential fires only occur about 3,000 times a …

Insurance

Is paying monthly for car and home insurance costing you a fortune?

<b>Almost 20 million people who pay monthly for car and home insurance are stuck in a ‘vicious cycle’, where the poorest households in the UK pay the</b> …

Insurance

Are there risks in switching car and home insurance providers too often?

A reader of this newsletter asks a great question about car and home insurance: He wants to know if there's a downside to shopping for the lowest car and insurance rates every year.<p>I have to commend this person for his energy and commitment to saving money. Comparison shopping for insurance is …

Insurance

Things You Need to Remember When Moving Home

Photo Credit: www.pexels.com<i>You have found your perfect home, and you are getting everything ready to move from your old house. It takes a lot of</i> …

Insurance

THREE QUARTERS OF BRITS ARE FEARFUL OF CONNECTED HOMES

MoneySuperMarket today reveals that the nation has deep concerns about the impending smart home revolution, despite the likely cost savings. 76% of …

Electronics

How to save money on household bills

Saving Money Week From water meters to rising energy costs and efficiency, here are some ideas to make your budget stretch further<p>How much do we spend?<p>Household bills have been on an upward trajectory for several years. It’s normally energy bill price hikes that hit the headlines, for good reason – …

Money

Competition regulator launches probe into Comparethemarket home insurance pricing

Britain's competition watchdog has launched an investigation into price comparison website Comparethemarket over allegedly unfairly priced home …

Competition Law

UK competition regulator 'sets ground rules' for price comparison websites

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Competition and Markets Authority said on Tuesday it was setting "clear ground rules" for how consumer price-comparison websites operate following a year-long review but was opening a formal investigation into only one site, offering home insurance, as a result of the …

Competition Law

Price comparison site investigated over home insurance costs

<b>A price comparison site is being investigated over a potential competition law breach which could have pushed home insurance prices up.</b><p>The …

Personal Finance (UK)

Probe into comparison site 'offering higher deals'

A price comparison website is to be probed for allegedly offering customers higher home insurance prices.<p>The unnamed site's contractual arrangements …

UK competition watchdog opens probe into home insurance comparison site

The UK’s competition watchdog says price comparison websites must make it clearer how they are making money, and take further steps to protect users’ …

Insurance

These are the homeownership costs Canadians forget about

A home is the most expensive thing most of us will ever buy. But the true cost of homeownership is even steeper than many of us realize, according to …

Mortgages

Climate Change, Typhoons and Our Properties

Series of record-level hurricanes and typhoons occurring all over the world recently are a sober reminder of how quickly climate change is affecting …

Climate Change

What You Need to Know About Hurricanes and Insurance Coverage

For example: If the sewer backup is caused by a flood, and you did not have flood insurance, then you may not be covered. You can get Sewer Back-Up …

Insurance