Online House + contents insurance

RMCF

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Re: Key Post: Online House + contents insurance

How do you work out the rebuilding cost for house insurance? and what happens if you under insure your rebuiding cost? or over insure ?

is there a website?

This one has always baffled me too.

UP to now I have always quoted the market value/sale value of the house as the amount for buildings insurance.

But many co-workers have told me that this is over-insurance as it would only take a fraction of your house value to rebuild it.

Is there a rough percentage you could use?
 

Sherman

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The Society of Chartered Surveyors have a [broken link removed] which explains how to estimate the rebuild cost for house insurance purposes. AFAIK it's updated every year.
 

gianni

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Re: Key Post: Online House + contents insurance

This one has always baffled me too.

UP to now I have always quoted the market value/sale value of the house as the amount for buildings insurance.

But many co-workers have told me that this is over-insurance as it would only take a fraction of your house value to rebuild it.

Is there a rough percentage you could use?

Any time I ring an insurance company for a quote I ask them. They usually have a ready reckoner for such purposes... they'll base it on the sq ft of the house and the location of it...
 

ClubMan

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Most of them just use the SCS figures which are available to all.

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Round Tuit

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Quick question: Britton Ins were cheapest last year for my contents only insurance. I've just got my renewal from them, which has gone up & which also includes they say a E7.50 charge for "Claims Assist" from a separate NI company. Anyone know anything about this claims assist & whether it's worth it?
 

rumblefish

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Can anyone advise how to calculate rebuilding costs when getting home insurance - do i need to get a builders quote or is there a reference table or ready reckoner based on the value of the house available
 

ClubMan

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As already mentioned above start here

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and get a (reinstatement cost) valuation survey done if necessary.
 

Abbeykiller

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Don't know if this has been mentioned elsewhere but BOI doing 50% off Home Insurance special offer until 31st March. Call 1890 604 605 .....not much time to do it though.
 

Andy_and_lou

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Did anyone try AA Insurance? I've been with them for the last year both for car and home and I found them the cheapest by far. My house insurance is 261 for this year 205000 rebuildings and 50000 contents.
 

Andy_and_lou

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oh sorry just saw the word online don't think you can do online insurance with the aa but not 100% sure
 

John joe

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Re: New on-line insurance broker

Mentioned in today's Indo. Only doing motor insurance at the moment:

Its seems to me that they wont quote first time home insures.

Read the first line of the assumptions states" You have been claims-free for the last five years"??
 
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saoirsee

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Does anyone know of an insurance company that will insure timber-framed houses?. Any of the online insurance website I have looked at, will only insure concrete-bricked houses.
 

Draoighonta

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If your mortgage is with EBS thengive AA a call they give you a 99 euro discount straight off. They were by far the cheapest for me this year for car and house. I moved both of them to FBD last year for the same reason.
 

RMCF

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I was getting a renewal premium from 123 for €298.

I have been with them for approx 6 years and didn't really do the shopping around bit, but this year decided to.

So I got quotes from Quinn and GetCover for €178 and €173. I let 123 know about this and they matched the €178 deal.

Amazing how they were able to knock so much off to keep my business.

So lesson is, SHOP AROUND !!!
 

Sober Lark

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RMCF,

If 123 didn't give you the best price in the first place and were prepared to charge you €298 until you found them out, then why reward and encourage this type of practice by giving them your business?

Disclosure - I have an interest in house insurance
 

K-Man

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Good point RMCF - I guess people (myself included) can become lazy when it comes to change.

Since I read this thread I just looked at getcover and it quoted me €100 less than my policy at 123.

My approach was slightly different though - I emailed back 123 and told them that I had received a quote cheaper by €120 or so. If they now match this then I have increased my saving to €120 instead of just €100 - so I'm charging 123 an extra €20 for not getting me a better deal !! If they say no, then I'll just go with getcover at €100 saving.

I am certainly going to be shopping around and haggling everything down from now on.
 
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Foxcliff

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Divorced person and insurance?I got a quote online for house content insurance. The difference between declaring myself "single" and "divorced" was £8 more for divorced. Why is that? I have been divorced for over 10 years and use my maiden name. Can I consider myself "single"when filling in forms or would that be lying?
 
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