What is 'Buildings and Contents Insurance'?
Buildings and Contents cover is a combined home insurance policy which is designed to protect both your home and your belongings against a range of risks including fire, smoke, storm, flood, subsidence, and theft.
What does this type of insurance cover?
Our Buildings and Contents policies provide cover for your home and outbuildings including fixtures and fittings, and also for your household items, personal items and business equipment when they’re inside your home.
Some of the key features of HomeProtect buildings and contents home insurance are:
- Alternative accommodation if you can’t live in your home due to an ‘insured loss’, up to a specified limit.
- Public liability cover up to £5 million.
- Replacement of Contents on a new for old basis.
Check out the What’s Covered? section of our FAQs for answers to particular questions about what Homeprotect Buildings and Contents insurance does and doesn’t cover.
What is not covered?
There are a few situations where you would not be covered – for example, theft of belongings from your home is only provided when there are signs of damage caused to gain entry or the thief used violence or deception to get into your home. Our Policy Booklet sets these out in detail.
Who needs combined cover?
Combined insurance policies are designed for people who own a house on a freehold or leasehold basis.
Leasehold homeowners who live in flats, however, tend to take out Contents-only insurance to cover their belongings because the freeholder usually insures the building, although it is important to check the exact arrangements for your situation. Similarly, if you rent your home, your landlord will usually be responsible for insuring the building, so you would only need tenant Contents cover to protect your furniture and belongings.
Landlords who let out unfurnished or lightly-furnished properties generally choose Buildings-only policies. HomeProtect Buildings-only Landlord insurance includes up to £7,500 of contents cover per claim (when there is damage is to the property by an ‘insured loss’ at the same time).
How to enhance your cover
When you get a buildings and contents insurance quote from HomeProtect, basic Legal Expenses and Home Emergency cover are included as standard, but you can choose to upgrade these to full cover. You can also select these further options for increasing your cover when you get a quote:
- Personal Possessions cover for items outside your home (within the UK) such as your wallet or handbag, jewellery or camera.
- Cover for Specified Items anywhere in the world.
- Lost key cover.
With these and the option to adjust the voluntary excess that you’d pay in the event of a claim too, you can customise your HomeProtect insurance policy to provide the level and scope of cover that you want. It’s your policy, and your choice.