Specialist home insurance designed around your circumstances
Whilst many general insurers are turning away from the more ‘advanced’ insurance risks, we actively work with specialist underwriters to offer competitive premiums for these risks. Covering a wide range of property and personal risks, we’re focused on offering a fully online, instant decision. This is in addition to a quote system that’s easy and straightforward to complete. You can be confident you are covered for your individual needs with us.
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Insurance is based on risk – the risk of the property, the person(s) and outside factors such as location. Generally, insurers have set areas of risk they prefer to focus on. Most of these areas are standard situations, common building materials, personal circumstances etc. A specialist non-standard insurer will focus on offering cover where other insurers turn it down.
At CoverBuilder we work with a panel of top UK underwriters. They specialise in offering home insurance policies to those who, unfortunately, fall into a non-standard category. Our enhanced risk coverage means we can offer you a policy where others might have turned you away. We can also offer you a policy without penalising you on price.
100% online quote feature
Our website is designed to be able to quote online for over 40+ types of non-standard insurance. This avoids the need to call us and go through the details over the phone. We ask all the questions we need online to be able to provide you with a price. Get your quote now, or read on about the specialist risks we cover below.
Specialist Property Insurance Risks
Our renovation cover is designed for those who are about to carry out building work at their home. Be that a loft conversion, kitchen/bathroom remodelling, replastering etc, we want to make sure you have as much cover in place as possible. Some customers will move out to do this or hold off moving in until the works are finished. This will also require specialist unoccupied property insurance which we can provide. We cover up to £200,000 of works being carried out to the property.
Your home may be unoccupied because you’re awaiting a sale or probate, or planning an extended trip abroad. If this is the case, you will need to consider taking out a new specialist policy. All our unoccupied policies qualify for our ‘no cancellation fee’ promise. This means you only ever pay for the time on cover with no hidden cancellation fees. This is unlike some other specialist insurers who charge a large cancellation charge and don’t offer a pro-rata refund.
Flat roof properties are seen to be higher risk because they can be easily damaged by weather and burglaries. When there is a lot of snow or rain, excess water that is not drained from the roof can pond. This causes the roof to sag and eventually leak into the property. We cover up to 100% flat roofs and offer a wide acceptance of roof building materials. Flat roof percentage should also include any extensions to the property or outbuildings.
Subsidence can cause a number of cracks to appear in the external brickwork and internal plasterwork of your home. Properties that suffer subsidence offer need underpinning to make sure it stays stable in the future. A previously underpinned property can raise alarm bells with most mainstream insurers. Some will not want to provide cover at all. We work with a panel of underwriters who are happy to offer specialist buildings insurance for subsidence properties. This is as long as they have since been underpinned to correct the issue. We do look for a certificate of structural adequacy as evidence the work has been carried out. You can get a quote for our specialist home insurance subsidence cover in under 5 minutes.
Whilst it’s nice to have a property that is different to the norm, you may have difficulty finding home insurance. Insurers can doubt the structural soundness of unusual build materials. Non-standard construction can include examples such as timber and steel frame (including BISF) properties. Many insurers will only look to cover the common or standard methods of construction usually brick of stone. For most customers, this is appropriate and covers exactly what they need. However, there are many customers who need specialist cover due to the unusual building materials used to build their home.
There are a growing number of period properties and buildings of special architectural status that are being classed as listed properties in the UK. CoverBuilder is able to quote online for all types of listing grade (including the most common grade 2 listed). Listed and period properties usually need a specialist insurance policy due to the complexities of repairing the property should any damage occur. In the case of extensive damage or loss, costs can soon add up. We offer home insurance for old properties up to a rebuild cost of £1.5 million and our listed building policies are provided by main UK insurer, listed home specialists, such as AXA.
If your property is a converted barn, church, school or other forms of conversion then we can look at providing you with cover for your building. Similar to listed buildings, property conversion often have strict planning regulations that need to be adhered to so if there is a claim, the rectification work can often be expensive for the insurer. This can put many companies off covering. CoverBuilder works with specialist underwriters who provide us with dedicated policies to cover these buildings without excessive premiums.
Holiday and second homes
If you have a second home that you use as a holiday, weekday or weekend home then we can offer cover for this. Due to the increased risk of infrequent use and periods of the property being unoccupied you should ensure your property is correctly covered with these factors taken into consideration. Adding personal possessions cover to your holiday home policy can also provide peace of mind that the items you will have on holiday with you will be covered when you are out and about. This avoids the need for multiple policies and you can have your mobile phone insurance, camera insurance and home insurance all in one policy.
For those with larger properties looking for cover then we work with a panel of well-established UK underwriters including AXA, to offer policies that cater for high-value homes. We can cover over 6,7,8 and 9 bedroomed buildings with a rebuild value of up to £1.5million (rebuild value is the cost to build the house from scratch if it were to be a total loss due). We can also cover a total contents value of up to £150,000.
Prefabricated and modern modular build properties are one of the new specialist risks we are able to insure. Our website offers the ability to quote and buy directly online, without any delays from having to go through your situation over the phone. Our questions are designed to offer cover for many specialist build types and designs.
At CoverBuilder, we work with a panel of insurers who specialise in covering houses and flats in Northern Ireland for cheaper premiums than most. Many home insurers have been slow to offer cover for those who own properties in Northern Ireland leading to generally higher prices. If you are looking for a better deal on your renewal, try our quote and get an instant price in under 5 minutes.
Specialist Personal Insurance Risks
There are a host of personal circumstances that can lead to general home insurance companies refusing to provide a quote or a competitive premium. These risks range from working styles through to personal financial history.
You may work from home on a clerical basis, or your occupation requires business visitors to frequent your property. When this is the case, you will need to consider a different kind of cover, such as specialist home insurance.
In a similar vein, your occupation will play a part in the total cost of your premium. High-risk occupations include those that require, working from home, regular business visitors to your home, or leaving the property unattended due to working away from the home or routine nighttime work.
If you have ever had your policy cancelled or refused, you will need to inform your insurer. Declined insurance can occur during cases of non-disclosure, changes in your property status such as it becoming unoccupied, damage caused by flooding or a previous/high-value claim history.
Thousands of UK households are currently in a position of debt. Whilst the worry of poor financial circumstances is a burden in itself, it can be very difficult to arrange home insurance when you have a CCJ, an IVA or have been declared bankrupt. You will need to consider a specialist non-standard home insurance like CoverBuilder if you are in a similar circumstance.
A growing number of people are now utilising the power of the internet to start their own home business. They can then sell their products and services locally, nationally and even worldwide. One often overlooked issue is how running a business may affect your existing home insurance policy. As this is a quite new concept, the home business part is not automatically built into many ‘standard’ home insurance policies. Our dedicated home business policies allow for the running of a business from the insured property. This is along with coverage for a set amount of stock. See more about our dedicated home business policy here.
When a property is going through probate, responsibility to insure the property will fall with the executors of the estate. Properties going through probate are often left unoccupied for a substantial period of time. These unoccupied properties are perceived as being at much higher risk of damage or break-in, making many standard insurers reluctant to provide cover. CoverBuilder offers dedicated executor insurance, plus a no cancellation fee promise.
For those who have unspent criminal convictions, finding affordable home insurance can be difficult. We offer a wide acceptance of convictions whilst keeping the premium competitive. Previous convictions can be a difficult subject to talk about. We have therefore ensured that your policy can be handled completely online. That is from quote to instant online price and payment in the majority of cases. We also only ask the questions that are relevant to your home insurance quote.
Many standard insurers are unwilling or unable to cover your property if you choose to have paying lodgers live with you. The increased footfall at your property can lead to a bigger risk of damage or theft happening. CoverBuilder’s lodger home insurance can provide full cover despite these difficulties. We’ve also recently launched a brand new host insurance policy for those who host guests at their property either in a room or via the whole property. Learn more here.
Specified personal possessions cover is a specialist contents insurance for items that are classed as valuables and are individually worth more than £1000. Valuables include things like precious metals, works of art, watches and furs. You can choose to cover these items either within or away from the home when completing your quote. Covering them away from home is likely to be more expensive. For example, if you want your home insurance to cover a watch worth £2500 and two mobile phones worth £500 each, the total unspecified cover requested would need to be £1000. You would then enter the full details of the watch as a specified item and cover it for £2500.
How do I avoid underinsurance?
The definition of underinsurance
This is when someone covers their property for less than the actual cost of replacing or rebuilding it. In the event of a claim, underinsurance can result in losses to the policyholder. This is because the payout requested could actually be less than it costs to put the damage right. It is true that a person who underinsures could potentially achieve a cheaper premium. However, the likely loss when it came to a claim will be far higher than any savings in insurance premium.
Withholding vital information – the moral hazard
Some customers might feel if they don’t reveal all the details about their situation then they can ‘get away’ with an everyday policy. The unforeseen issue that comes back to haunt such customers at the point of claim.
Example: A person deliberately withholds information about previous subsidence at the property on a new insurance policy. During the new policy term, the subsidence reoccurs causing severe damage to a load-bearing wall. A claims assessor will often be sent to verify any claim as they can identify the age of the problem and any previous subsidence. This could lead to the insurance revoking the policy and refusing the claim.