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What is home insurance?

Home insurance is designed to protect your house and its contents from events beyond your control. For example, if your home was damaged in a fire, you could claim on your house insurance policy to recover the cost of repairing the damage.

Home insurance also covers you for damage from certain events such as flooding, storm damage, vandalism and theft.

There are 3 types of home insurance:

Buildings insurance protects the actual structure of your home, as well as any fixtures.

Contents insurance covers all of your personal possessions inside the house.

You can also buy home insurance as a single policy with buildings and contents insurance combined.

Do I need home insurance?

Home insurance could be useful for anyone who’s responsible for the structure or contents of a house, including:

  • Homeowners - owning your own house means you pay the bill if the house suffered fire or storm damage. A home insurance policy helps to cover this cost.
  • Renters - your landlord should have buildings insurance in place to protect the structure itself. But your belongings are your responsibility - a contents insurance policy covers them against damage and theft.
  • Students - content insurance for students could be useful in case your belongings are stolen or damaged while you’re at university
  • Landlords - it's your responsibility to protect tenants with a landlord buildings insurance policy. If your property is furnished, you can also get contents cover specifically for the items you provide.
  • Flat sharers - you might need separate contents insurance policies to cover your own possessions from theft and damage which a shared house contents insurance policy could cover. If you’re all renting the property, your landlord should have buildings insurance in place.

What does home insurance cover?

The specifics of your cover is likely to vary between policies, but as a general rule, you should expect to be covered for damage caused by:

  • Fire
  • Flooding
  • Storms
  • Subsidence
  • Theft
  • Falling trees

What does home insurance not cover?

Home insurance typically doesn't cover:

  • Wear and tear
  • Damage caused through negligence
  • Routine maintenance
  • Damage caused by pests or birds
  • Bad work from a tradesperson

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What type of home insurance do I need?

There are 3 home insurance policies to choose from:

  • Buildings insurance
  • Contents insurance
  • Combined buildings and contents insurance

The type of home insurance that’s right for you depends on what you want to cover.

Buildings insurance protects the structure and permanent fixtures in your home such as the roof, walls, floors and fitted kitchens. These policies also usually cover garages, sheds and fences. A standard buildings policy covers damage to the property from burst pipes, subsidence, flooding, fire or theft.

Learn more about buildings insurance

Contents insurance protects your belongings against loss and damage. It covers items you can pick up and move like furniture, TVs and electrical items. It also covers smaller items like kitchenware, clothes & jewellery and any soft furnishings.

Learn more about contents insurance

Buildings and contents insurance is also known as a ‘combined policy’. It’s suitable for homeowners, whether you own your home outright or have a mortgage. This type of combined home insurance policy sometimes works out less expensive than 2 separate policies.

You’re likely to need this cover to protect your home and everything you own inside it.

What do I need to get a home insurance quote?

You just need a few details to get a home insurance quote:

  • Your home - when it was built, what type of building it is, the rebuild cost, roof type and the date you moved in or bought your home
  • Your home security - what door locks you have on external-facing doors and any alarms you have
  • Your home contents - how much cover you need and whether you have any high-value items worth more than £1,000 you’d like to cover
  • Your claims history - details of any claims made in the last 5 years

How do I compare home insurance quotes?

We compare up to 64 trusted home insurance providers so you can choose a policy that suits your needs and budget.

It takes just 8 minutes to compare home insurance policies. And if you’ve used us before, it’s even quicker. All you need to do is log-in and check that the details we have about you and your home are up-to-date.

To get a new home insurance quote, follow these steps:

  • Fill in our quote form with details about you, your home and your belongings.
  • We’ll compare home insurance from up to 63 insurers to help you find our best price.
  • When you’ve found the right policy for you, confirm the details and buy online.

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How much does home insurance cost?

There are 3 home insurance policies to choose from. The average price per year for each are2:

Buildings and contents insurance


Buildings only


Contents only


201/01/22 - 31/12/22 Confused.com data - top average home insurance cost excluding quotes with claims or accidental damage cover.

How much you pay for your home insurance policy depends on several factors.

For buildings insurance policies, the cost of your policy depends on:

  • The rebuild cost of your house
  • Where you live, including the risk of theft and subsidence
  • The size and age of your property
  • Your claims history
  • What door locks and window locks you have in place

For contents insurance policies, your home insurance costs depend on:

  • The total value of your contents
  • Where you live
  • Any high-value items you have
  • Your claims history
  • The security of your home

It’s also important to note, if you’re planning on doing major building work like renovating an attic or adding a conservatory, you need to contact your insurer. This is to make them aware of the potential risks associated with the construction work.

Although this might increase the cost of your premium, it’s important to have the right cover in case you need to make a claim while the building work is taking place.

Most insurers will cover smaller DIY claims like drilling through a pipe. But if you’re planning on doing any serious work to the building, it’s important to let your insurer know first.

What affects the cost of home insurance?

Property location

Your postcode might be within an area of high crime, or right next to a flood plain. This increases the risk of theft and damage to your home.

Property size

Your property's size and age. A Victorian stately home is likely to be more expensive to rebuild than a prefab 1970s flat, for example.

Rebuild cost

Your home's rebuild cost is one of the main factors - the more expensive the rebuild, the higher your insurance costs. This is particularly the case if you have a listed building, or one with non-standard construction.

Value of your possessions

The value of your possessions dictates the total potential cost of a contents insurance claim. The higher this value, the more expensive your policy is likely to be.

Home security

Your home's security plays an important part as it impacts your risk of theft. This includes your door locks as well as burglar alarms.

Knowing what door locks you have could help give you a more accurate quote. Here’s how to tell at a glance:

  • A 5-lever mortice deadlock is a wooden door that doesn’t lock automatically and has the words ‘5 lever’ engraved in the faceplate
  • A 5-lever mortice deadlock conforming to BS 3621 is the same as a standard 5-lever mortice deadlock, but with a Kitemark on the faceplate along with a serial number
  • A key-operated multi-point locking system is a plastic (UPVC) or composite door, and you have to turn the handle up to lock it
  • A rim automatic deadlatch with key-locking handle is set into the surface of the door, rather than its edge

Find out more about the different types of door locks.

Claims history

Your claims history tells the story of how likely you might be to make a future claim. Having a no-claims bonus shows that you're a lower risk and therefore insurers are likely to reward you with lower prices.

If you need to claim on your home insurance, contact your insurer as soon as possible. Make sure to give details, receipts, and any photographic evidence of the incident. Having this information to hand helps them process your claim faster.

Policy add-ons

Any policy extras are likely to raise the price of your home insurance. Add-ons like accidental damage and legal cover tend to come at an extra cost.
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What our home insurance expert says:

Budgeting is more important than ever as the cost of living rises and saving money where possible is a top priority for most households. If you’re looking to get the best deal on your home insurance, my top tip is to compare quotes. Don’t let your policy auto-renew - compare home insurance providers for the cheapest deal and you could see big savings.
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Jessica Willock

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How can I get cheaper home insurance?

Our home insurance expert Jessica Willock shares her top tips to help reduce the cost of your home insurance:

  • Consider a combined home insurance policy
  • Increase your home insurance excess
  • Improve your home security
  • Build your no-claims bonus
  • Pay for your insurance annually
  • Shop around
  • A joint home insurance policy

Consider a combined home insurance policy if you need both buildings and contents insurance. Buying both from the same provider could be cheaper than buying from 2 separate insurers. When comparing home insurance policies, compare the cost of combined cover against separate policies to see if you can save.

Increase your home insurance excess. If you can afford to pay a higher voluntary excess in the event of a claim, it can help cut the cost of your insurance. But remember, you pay that excess amount if you need to make a claim in future.

Improve your home security with secure door locks or a burglar alarm. This helps reduce your insurance costs and risk of burglary.

Build your no-claims bonus. Most insurers offer a no-claims bonus on your house insurance if you’ve been claim-free for at least a year. Typically, the more years you go without claiming on your home insurance, the bigger the discount you get.

Paying for your insurance annually, if you can afford it, is generally the cheapest way to pay for your home insurance. Most insurers tend to charge interest or an admin fee if you pay monthly.

Shop around and compare home insurance policies to find a cheaper deal. Don’t let your policy renew automatically, even if the price seems similar to last year. Instead, get a new home insurance quote here at Confused.com. You could find the same level of cover you need with a different insurer at a cheaper price.

For more ways to save, check out our tips for cheaper home insurance.

A joint home insurance policy. Under some circumstances, a joint home insurance policy could lower your insurance costs. Adding a joint policyholder also allows the other person to make a claim, so it’s not only you who can deal with communications with your insurer.

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What home insurance optional extras are available?

There are several extras you can add to your home insurance policy for extra peace of mind, including cover for:

  • Home emergency
  • Accidental damage
  • Legal protection
  • High-value items
  • Bicycles
  • Personal possessions
  • Alternative accommodation

Home emergency cover provides immediate help for things that could impact your health or your home’s security. This includes a broken window, issues with your plumbing or if your boiler breaks down. This add-on often comes with a 24/7 helpline. If you’re a landlord, you can get specialist landlord home emergency cover.

Accidental damage cover protects you against accidents in your home. So you should be covered if you spill your drink on the carpet or put your foot through the ceiling while working in the attic.

Legal protection helps cover the cost of any legal proceedings to do with your home. This includes legal disputes with neighbours or poor work carried out by tradespeople on your property.

High-value items cover protects individual belongings worth over £1,000. You can add them to your home insurance policy to protect them if they get lost, damaged or stolen. You also have the option to protect them away from home.

Bicycle insurance covers loss, theft or damage to yours or your family’s bikes. You can set each bike’s value, which should help you get a like-for-like replacement if yours is stolen.

Personal possessions cover protects individual belongings worth less than £1,000 away from home. This covers items like cameras, phones, or jewellery if they get lost, stolen or damaged when you’re out of the house.

Alternative accommodation helps cover the costs of temporary accommodation if your property is left uninhabitable following a flood, fire, subsidence or storm damage. Your insurer should help you find alternative accommodation and cover the costs while the problem is sorted.

You might find some home insurance providers offer these policy extras as standard. It's worth checking your home insurance policy to see exactly what’s covered and what might come at an extra cost.

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Are my belongings only protected inside the home?

If you want to protect any belongings outside the home you need to add personal possessions cover as an extra. This helps protect possessions such as your:

  • Mobile phone
  • Bags
  • Jewllery

Some insurers include this as standard, but you can add it to your contents policy.

This covers items worth less than £1,000 each away from home. You can add cover for high value items worth more than £1,000 or laptops and bikes in your quote.

Can I change my home insurance excess?

Yes. There are 2 kinds of excess - voluntary and compulsory.

As the name suggests, you can’t change your compulsory excess - that’s set by your insurance company. But you can increase or decrease your voluntary excess. In fact, increasing your voluntary excess is one way you could lower your home insurance costs. This does mean you have to pay more if you make a claim.

If you’re worried about how much excess to pay, it’s important to think about what works best with your circumstances. If you can afford to pay a higher excess in the event of a claim it could lower the cost of your insurance policy, saving you money.

Can I get home insurance if I live in a flood risk area?

Yes, flood insurance is usually covered in most home insurance policies but it’s worth checking the finer details with your provider.

The ABI (Association of British Insurers) launched the Flood Re. scheme in 2016, to help those living in flood risk areas find affordable home insurance. All home insurance providers in the UK pay into the scheme, with the money raised used to cover homes at risk of flooding.

Will my credit score affect my home insurance?

Your credit score shouldn't impact the price you pay for your home insurance. Insurers look at your credit score to:

  • Check your financial profile
  • Verify your identity to help prevent fraud
  • Provide you with their best price and payment options

Does home insurance cover roof leaks?

Home insurance will cover roof leaks if you have home emergency cover. Cover for roof damage can be included as standard with some insurers but always check your policy details to be sure.

If finding the source of a leak proves to be more difficult than first thought, a trace and access policy could help. This means finding out where a potential leak is coming from. It’s included in most home insurance policies.

Does my home insurance cover the boiler?

No, most home insurance policies don’t cover boilers as standard. Boiler breakdown is often covered under home emergency, an additional extra you can choose to add to your policy when you get a quote.

How much cover do I need?

The amount of cover you need to be fully protected largely depends on two factors:

  • The rebuild cost of your house
  • The total value of your possessions

Your home’s rebuild cost is different to its current market value. A house that’s worth £200,000 might only cost £150,000 to rebuild, for example. Overestimating this amount could increase your home insurance costs, so it’s worth checking if you’re not sure.

When working out the value of your contents, think of everything you’d have to replace if the entire house was gone. This includes:

  • All gadgets and electronics
  • All clothes and jewellery
  • All furniture
  • All books, CDs, DVDs, games, toys and musical instruments
  • The food in your cupboards, fridge and freezer

What home insurance do I need for a listed building?

Listed buildings might need specialist materials and particular methods of repair to maintain the look and feel of the original building.

A standard home insurance policy should also cover listed buildings. When you get a quote, we’ll ask you whether the property is Grade I or Grade II listed, or if it has a preservation order.

If you’re not sure whether your house is a listed building, you can check at Historic England, Cadw, Historic Environment Scotland or the Historic Environment Division.

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Page last reviewed: 14 March 2023

Reviewed by: Jessica Willock

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