Don't let it leave you without cover
You might not be covered by your home insurance if your home hasn't been kept in a good state of repair.
This is because home insurance doesn't cover wear and tear - that is, the effects of gradual deterioration on the building or the contents of your home. For example, this would include the damaging effects of sunlight on a piece of furniture like a sofa.
7 tips for keeping your home in good repair
- Get domestic equipment, such as your boiler, serviced regularly.
- Put in gutter guards to keep out leaves. Gutters can easily overflow when blocked, causing water damage to walls.
- Check that pipes in colder parts of the house, such as the loft or cellar, are insulated.
- Check for and replace missing or loose roof tiles.
- If you have a flat roof, renew the asphalt lining before its life span runs out (the average life span is approximately 10 years).
- Inspect the windows for peeling paint and crumbling putty. These problems can cause the timber to swell and let in water.
- Remove any broken tree branches surrounding your home, greenhouses or outbuildings before they fall off and cause damage.
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Please ensure you read the key information about HSBC Home Insurance and check the full eligibility requirements before you apply.