Home Insurance

Building and Content Insurance to protect your home.

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Specialist home insurance team

If you have any questions about our policy or if you need to make a change, our friendly customer service team is available Mon - Fri 9am - 7pm.

House

Homecare emergency available

You can add homecare emergency cover to your policy which gives you access to a 24-hour helpline.

Direct Debit

Pay for home insurance in instalments

You can use Direct Debit to split your insurance cost.

Claim

Dedicated home claims team

Our friendly and helpful claims team are available 5 days a week, 8:30am - 5:30pm.

Features of Home Insurance

Standard cover

Home contents cover

This policy provides contents cover up to £100,000. You must lock all of your doors and windows when you leave the home for this cover to remain valid.

Seasonal cover for home contents

In December we will increase you cover by 10% to cover you for Christmas presents. In addition, if you are getting married, we will increase you cover by 10% for the month prior to and the month following you wedding day.

Alternative accommodation cover

If your home becomes uninhabitable, you’ll have cover in place towards the cost of staying somewhere else.

Cover for students living away from home

If you have students in your family who are living away from home, their contents can be covered up to £2,000 in their university accommodation.

Additional cover

24-hour helpline for home insurance emergencies

Choose to add home care emergency assistance and you’ll benefit from a 24-hour helpline for sudden, unexpected events. There is no excess to pay for this service and it will not affect your no claims bonus.

Home Insurance FAQs

Question

If I am in lockdown away from my primary home for more than 30 days due to Covid-19, will my standard home insurance still be valid?

Answer

If you or your designated are unable to visit your primary home entirely as a result of being elsewhere when the current period of government-enforced self-isolation/lockdown due to COVID-19 began, and you have taken reasonable steps to try to protect the property, the home inspection element of your home insurance policy may be suspended. Please speak to your adviser to confirm.

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What if I have a lodger?

Answer

We have a policy specifically for those who have lodgers in their home. That way you can be covered for the additional risks associated with having a lodger in your home. You can contact our team in Colchester for Lodger Insurance.

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Do you offer home emergency cover?

Answer

Yes, you can add cover for home emergencies to your property insurance policy.

  • Three levels of home emergency cover, starting with emergency repairs to the primary heating system at your property
  • Extend to include emergency repairs to your drainage and water services, securing broken windows and doors - and dealing with pest infestations
  • Access to a 24-hour helpline and network of reliable UK tradespeople

Please talk to your Towergate adviser for details.

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What if I've had previous claims?

Answer

We specialise in providing cover where other providers can’t. If you've had previous claims, we will still consider your property whether or not you've been rejected by other insurers. This is also handled by our Colchester team and details can be found on our contact page. In all cases, the more information you are able to provide regarding your previous claims, the better.

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Can you insure my home if it's a flood risk?

Answer

Homes which are at risk of flood are often a little trickier to insure. We have policies which will cater for flood in some of the harder to cover areas and can often refer cases to our insurers to see if they can provide cover. . You can read more on insurance, provided by our team in Colchester, for flood risk areas here.

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I run my business from my home, will this policy cover me?

Answer

Running a business from your home often means you have slightly different need to a standard home. See our home business insurance webpage for more details.

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What is property owner's liability?

Answer

Property owners liability is related to an individual’s  legal responsibility to properly maintain property they own so it is not a danger to others. If a form of negligence connected to the property causes a third party to be injured or their property to be damaged, they may seek compensation from the property owner. Subsequently, it’s important to have insurance in place to cover this, most home insurance policies including our own, include this as standard.

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How can I pay for my premium?

Answer

You can pay by credit card or monthly direct debit.

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Where can I find full details of my policy?

Answer

We have provided a summary of the key features of the policy, above. For details of the terms and conditions applicable, please refer to the insurance product information document and policy wording, which are available during the quotation process.

How do I make a claim?

When you need to make a claim, we’ll guide you through the process and get your claim settled as quickly as possible.

1.

Find your insurance documents

and make sure you have all your information at hand, including your policy number

2.

Call the claims team

on 03450 744 760 and explain exactly what happened

3.

Provide photos if requested

to help us understand what happened as quickly as we can

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