There is a difference between buildings and contents insurance and it is important to establish the difference between them first:
- Buildings insurance will be required if you have a mortgage, to protect and secure your property. Most adequate buildings insurance policies will cover your house in the case that it becomes badly damaged and needs rebuilding. You are covered from uncontrollable damage, from events such as storms, floods, explosions, major fire damage or third party vandalism.
- Contents insurance protects all items within your house (e.g. TVs, jewellery and appliances.)There are two policies, one is ‘indemnity’ in which you will receive a pay out that reflects the state and age of the damaged item. The other is the ‘old for new’ policy and for a little extra cost, will replace your items for newer versions if they are damaged or stolen.
Accidental damage home insurance can either be a part of your buildings or contents insurance policy or for fully comprehensive cover you can extend your cover to both.
If you make an accidental damage claim on you buildings insurance, you will most likely be covered for things such as broken windows, damage to tiles and ceramics, putting your foot through the attic floor, damage to underground drains etc. With contents insurance, most claims made are for spilt drinks, damaged upholstery, knocked over appliances and broken glass and mirrors.
Remember that most insurance policies will not cover any damage caused by pets. Check your buildings and contents insurance as you may already have accidental damage cover.