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Home Safety in the Garden

We probably don’t get to spend all the time we would like in our gardens here in Ireland due to our climate. Nevertheless, we often leave items and belongings in our gardens and garden sheds that pose risks to us and are a potential prize for burglars.

Items to Never Leave Outside Your Home

The spare key – Lot’s of us are guilty of leaving a spare key under a pot or inside a bird house in our gardens. While this is great on the days we forget our key it could prove disastrous should a burglar find it and let themselves into your home. It is important to take reasonable precautions to protect your home as in this instanc...

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Top 5 Home Insurance Claims

Here at Allianz we deal with our customer’s home insurance claims every day. These range from relatively minor claims like Accidental Damage which is an optional extension of cover, right through to much larger claims following fire or flood damage.

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1. Water Damage

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Water Damage was the biggest category in 2017 accounting for 30% of all household insurance claims.

The most common Water Damage or ‘Escape of Water’ claims arise from pipes (e.g. underfloor pipes, radiators, or leaks from overflow pipes in the attic). A common query is that of Escape of Water from bath and showers. We don’t cover loss or damage where water le...

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Interesting Facts of Home Insurance

Home insurance in some form has been around for nearly 350 years. Historically, Home Insurance started out by only protecting against the risk of fire. In the 18th and 19th centuries your house would have had a metal plaque called a “fire mark” hanging in a prominent place outside the house. This fire mark stated which insurance company insured the house.

Home insurance at the time was for the rich and not affordable for everybody. Each insurance company had their own fire fighters and the fire mark was to let fire fighters know who insured the house. If the fire fighters turned up and it was not insured by their compa...

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What is “All Risks” Cover?

All Risks is an optional extension of cover under your Home Insurance policy which protects you against loss or theft of, or accidental damage to, personal valuables. These could include jewellery, clothing, photographic or sports equipment to name but a few. This cover is for both inside and outside your home. It also covers you for items you take abroad for up to 60 days.

There are two types of All Risks cover:

Specified All Risks Cover

This allows you to list individual items on your policy, and specify their value. Specified items normally include jewellery, hearing aids, bicycles, cameras and other valuables. Each i...

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Securing your Holiday Home for the Winter

With the winter months approaching holiday homes across Ireland will be left unoccupied. If the correct precautions are taken you could ensure that your holiday home is protected while you are away. Here are some useful tips for protecting your holiday home during this time:

Lock up

This is probably the easiest and most obvious step on this list. While your holiday home insurance may cover the financial loss you suffer as a result of a break-in, nothing could protect you from the emotional trauma and shock suffered if your holiday home is broken into. You wouldn’t leave your permanent home unlocked so why should your ho...

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Keeping Your Home Safe While You Are on Holiday

When you leave you home, whether it is for a quick weekend getaway or a 3 month exploration, you should always take some basic safety precautions to keep your home as safe as possible. Here are some steps you should take before leaving home on any trip.

Make Your Home Appear Occupied

There are a number of ways to make your home appear occupied while you are away. One of the simplest is to leave a key with a trusted neighbour. They could make sure grass stays cut or periodically turn on and off different lights around the house. Very little says that a house is empty more than darkness. A house remaining in complete dark...

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