Botched DIY to affect home insurance?

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

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Home insurance can be put at risk if people allow their house to fall into disrepair or carry out botched DIY work in an effort to save money, research shows.

Roughly 39 per cent of us are guilty of neglecting our homes, amounting to an overall bill of £1.2 billion, a study conducted by ICM has discovered.

Issues often surface as a result of unforeseen costs, such as when maintenance issues worsen or when DIY jobs go wrong, with these problems costing an average of £398 to be put right.

Just five per cent of those polled by ICM were covered by their standard home insurance policy, while only a fifth had an emergency response policy that covers the outlay.

Homeowners who delay maintenance work, or decide to do it themselves, should check to make sure they are covered by their insurance.

If they do not, they could be hit with hefty bills when their appliances fall into disrepair.

Copyright Baubridge Ltd

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