When you take out contents insurance you can safely assume your belongings will be covered while in your home, but can you be so sure they'll be covered if you take them outside the house?
Our handy guide answers any questions you may have about personal possessions insurance cover away from home.
What does Personal Possessions cover?
Usually an add-on to your Home Insurance Contents cover, 'Cover away from your home' can protect your much-loved items against loss or damage when they are outside of your home. The policy extra is usually split into two sections - Personal Possessions and Specified Items.
1. Personal Possessions provides cover for portable items that you normally wear, use, or carry with you when you leave the home
When choosing this you are asked how much cover you need. You should choose an amount to cover the total cost of all the items you would take with you at any one time.
For example, if the most you ever take outside the home at any one time is a camera worth £500 and a watch worth £500, then you should select a sum insured of £1,000.
2. You will also be asked to specify any 'high risk' individual items that cost over £1,000 and state if you want them covered outside of the home. These are known as Specified Items. Any items you specify here do not need to be included in the Personal Possessions sum insured.
What is a 'high risk' item?
- Any collectible articles which are rare or unusual
- Audio visual, photographic or sporting equipment
- Computers, laptops, tablets and notebooks
- Jewellery, watches or pearls
- Pictures, prints or works of art
- Precious metals or stones
- Stamp, coin or other collections
- Musical instruments
Be sure to read your policy documents and make a note of any excesses which may apply if you did need to make a claim.
8 of the most commonly claimed for items
Some of the top items that people claim away from home are:
- MP3 Players
Will there be times when coverage away from home does not apply?
Yes, there are times when your items won't be covered. You can read the full list of exclusions in the policy booklet but here are three notable circumstances:
- Bicycles must be stored in a locked building or locked to an immovable object. If they aren't, unfortunately they will not be covered for theft. For expensive bikes, we also require you to use a Sold Secure-approved lock
- Sporting equipment is not covered outside of the home when it's damaged while you're using it
- Items that are held or used for business purposes aren't covered
How can I make sure my possessions will be covered away from home?
Here are a few helpful tips to make sure your possessions will be covered away from home:
- Keep valuables in your possession - for an item to be covered, it must be in the personal care or control of you, or someone who lives with you. Unfortunately, items are not covered when in the care of friends or neighbours
- Don't take valuables with you on holiday - if you do need to take valuables with you, it's a good idea to lock them in a hotel room safe if possible and invest in travel insurance. Personal possessions stolen from a hotel room are not covered (the exception to this is if there was forced or violent entry into your hotel room)
- Take care to protect items left in an unattended motor vehicle - always lock your doors, roll up your windows, and hide possessions in either the glove compartment or boot. Items can only be claimed for if you take these steps but we won't pay more than £1,000 for any theft from a motor vehicle
- Keep liquids away from your mobile - your mobile will not be covered in the case of liquid damage, so it's always a good idea to set drinks far away from your phone and keep the phone out of the back pocket when using the toilet!
Keep an eye on your items as much as possible, and always make sure they are in the best care. The top five items Admiral customers claim for 'away from home' are jewellery, phones, bicycles, cameras and money, so be extra careful with these.