Easter DIY warning from insuresupermarket.com

11 April 2006
With the long Easter weekend coming up, many householders will be looking to do that DIY job that's been crying out for attention since Christmas came and went.

Those who are planning to attempt their spot of DIY have been given a warning by insuresupermarket.com, which has urged people to be prepared if attempting some home improvements - make sure your home insurance covers you for accidental damage.

Richard Mason, the price comparison website's director, pointed out: "DIY is always a popular way to spend the bank holiday, but accidents can happen, whether it's spilling paint on the carpet or drilling though the water pipe."

Mr Mason also said that if your current home insurance provider is a pricey option for adding accidental cover, it makes sense to compare several companies.

"Shop around for a better deal," he urged consumers. "Our research shows this cover can vary substantially and be up to three times more expensive with some insurers so it's definitely worth comparing a few policies."

After you have finished your DIY improvements, it may be worth informing your insurer.

Mr Mason suggests that certain upgrades to your house's security, such as window locks or alarms, could reduce your premium by up to ten per cent, whilst redecorating, replacing old kitchen and bathroom units or modernising the flooring could mean you are underinsured for contents or your home's overall value.

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