Yes, your holiday home is covered for storm damage. This excludes loss or damage:
- to fences and gates, lawns, hedges, trees, shrubs and plants,
- by frost,
- to roofs constructed with torch-on felt exceeding 10 years of age, or other felt exceeding 5 years of age.
Underinsurance is where your sums insured are too low and may not reflect the costs of repairing or rebuilding your holiday home at today’s rates. It is easy to get confused between market value and rebuild cost (sums insured) of your holiday home when it comes to insurance. The market value is the price an estate agent would place on your holiday home if you put it up for sale. This is often different to what the cost is to repair or rebuild your holiday home should it get damaged due to a fire or storm for example, this is your sums insured .
It is important to review your sums insured on an ongoing basis as underinsurance will have an impact at claims stage. One of the terms and conditions on your policy is called “average clause” which applies if you are underinsured. With “average clause” if your sums insured at the time of a claim are less than the cost of rebuilding your home, the amount paid out may be reduced.