Buildings insurance covers the cost of rebuilding or repairing your home should it be damaged by:
- Fire, smoke, explosion or lightening
- Storm or floods
- Subsidence, heave or landslip
- Water or oil leakage from a tank or pipes
- Vandalism, theft or attempted theft
- Falling trees or branches
- Impact by an aircraft, vehicle or animal
Policies do vary so it is important to read the small print but some will also include cover for a garage, shed or greenhouse, fence or driveway. The cost of alternative accommodation can also be included which could be important if your house became uninhabitable for some reason. And don't forget some plans will offer cheaper rates for over 50s building insurance.
You will find buildings insurance plans also have a number of general exclusions which you will not be covered for. These typically include:
- General wear and tear
- Maintenance or poor workmanship
- Mechanical or electrical breakdown
- Frost damage
- War or acts of terrorism
- Claims where the property has been left unoccupied (usually for more than 30 or 60 days)
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How much Buildings Insurance do I need?
Your level of buildings insurance cover should be based on how much it would cost to completely rebuild your house.
Please note this is the cost of rebuilding, not the property’s current value if you were selling it. Rebuild costs are usually less but it is important to get this figure right as the insurer will only pay up to the amount you specify. If you have just bought your home, the rebuild costs should be on your mortgage valuation. Alternatively, The Association of British Insurers have an online rebuild calculator that will help.
Some insurers provide a set amount of buildings insurance cover. It may be a flat rate or based on the number of bedrooms you have. Whilst this can be an easier option if you don’t know the rebuild costs of your house, you may end up paying more for this type of cover so it is a good idea to shop around.
At the end of the day, whether you go for a specified or set amount of cover you still need to check that it meets your needs as you could be seriously out of pocket if you find the rebuild costs are actually higher.
Additional Buildings Insurance Cover
In a similar way to contents insurance, most insurance companies offer additional cover that you can add to your buildings insurance:
- Accidental damage – It may cost you a few pounds more but you’ll be covered if you have an accident that results in damage to your home. For example you put your foot through your ceiling, crack your bath or accidently knock down a wall
- Public Liability – Covers any legal fees you may face should someone be injured, die or their property become damaged as a result of something that happened at your home
- Legal expenses – Covers any legal fees you might have as a result of disputes such as employment or injury claims
- Home emergency – This covers the cost of call outs and some repairs in the event of an emergency usually to boilers, plumbing and drainage.
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