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What is buildings insurance?
Buildings insurance could cover the cost of repairing or rebuilding the structure of your home if it’s damaged by an event you’re insured for – such as a fire, flood or storm. It also offers cover for any permanent fixtures and fittings, like your kitchen and bathroom. Buildings insurance can also cover outside structures connected to your home, such as fences, garages and pipes.
What does buildings insurance cover?
As well as fire, flood and storm damage to the physical structure of your home, buildings insurance can cover you for:
- subsidence and heave
- burst pipes
- accidental damage
- gardens and patios
- swimming pools
- temporary accommodation if you have to move out of your home while it’s being repaired
Who is buildings insurance for?
If you’re a homeowner with a mortgage, your lender will usually insist that you have adequate buildings cover for the term of your mortgage – that is, while the mortgage company has an interest in the property. You’ll typically need to have buildings insurance in place on the date you exchange contracts, as this is when you become legally responsible for the property.
If you don’t have a mortgage, there’s no legal requirement to have buildings insurance – but remember that repairs to your home can be very expensive. Taking out a buildings insurance policy could save you money in the long run and might give you peace of mind too.
If you’re renting, then it’s usually your landlord’s responsibility to have buildings insurance in place – the only thing you need to worry about as a tenant is your own contents insurance.