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Cash at home

GoCompare comments on the FCA’s interim report on insurance pricing

“These proposals won’t remove the loyalty penalty.”

Coloured Mews

Revealed: The 20 features that will sell your home

  • Central heating, double glazing, and secure doors and windows top UK home-buyers’ lists of ‘must-have’ home features;
  • Death of the landline! Phone connection replaced by satellite TV in the top 20;
  • Biggest movers in last 5 years: good broadband and mobile phone connections and a room big enough for a large, flat-screen TV;
  • Period features and highly rated schools fail to make the grade.
Stay-cation

7 tips to take the sting out of half-term holiday travel insurance

Ahead of the October half-term holidays, GoCompare Travel Insurance shares 7 tips to help families avoid getting stung by their travel insurance.

Locking door

1 in 4 households turning to smart tech to protect their homes from thieves and burglars

79% of UK householders worry about being burgled but 83% also think they should be doing more to improve their home security

Row of houses

DIY home move revolution: 42% of sellers would shun bricks-and-mortar estate agents for next move

  • 3 million potential house-sellers would sign-up with an online agent to cut the cost of moving or sell privately;
  • Nearly half (49%) would also cut costs by undertaking a DIY house removal;
  • GoCompare Home Insurance warns that the DIY approach could invalidate your contents insurance.  
Traffic

4.1m drivers caught in £500m insurance loyalty trap

  • 13% of motorists allow their insurers to automatically renew their policy without shopping around to check whether they’re getting a good deal;
  • Renewing without checking prices costs drivers a collective £500m a year;
  • 20% of drivers have been with the same insurer for 3 years or more;
  • Motorists who pay for insurance in monthly installments are 55% more likely to allow their cover to renew automatically than those who pay annually.
DIY

Bank Holiday DIY warning – tackling jobs you’re not qualified for could invalidate your home insurance

  • Only 43% of homeowners would employ a professional tradesperson to carry out home maintenance work;
  • 29% of DIY-ers would attempt plumbing jobs, 24% would undertake electrical work while 13% would try to fix the boiler or central heating;
  • Standard home insurance, with-out accidental damage cover, is unlikely to cover your property or possessions against a DIY disaster.
Traffic

Hidden cost of insurance: Research reveals drivers hit by above inflation rise in policy excesses

  • Analysis2 reveals that since 2012, increases in compulsory excesses for fire, theft and accidental damage claims have outstripped inflation3;
  • Depending on the policy, drivers face excesses of up to £3,000 for excesses for accidental damage, theft and fire-related claims;
  • 62% of drivers admitted they would have to raid savings or turn to credit to pay their excess, in the event of a claim;
  • GoCompare Car Insurance’s new free excess protection will pay-out up to £250 for qualifying4 car insurance claims.
Traffic

Motorists hit by huge rise in car insurance stealth charges

Analysis1 of car insurance policies reveals that since 2012 admin fees have become more commonplace, with charges increasing by twice the rate of inflation2

DIY

The Nation’s top 10 home improvements revealed

  • 85% of homeowners have updated their property in the last 5 years;
  • Interior redecoration, new bathrooms and flooring top the home improvement list;
  • Home fashion trends account for 8% of improvement works;
  • GoCompare Home Insurance warns that major improvement works might invalidate home insurance cover.
Motorway

Five ways to ensure a successful motor insurance claim


GoCompare shares tips on how to avoid having a car insurance claim rejected