Whilst we all look forward to enjoying the upcoming festivities, there are various insurance and protection factors during this time that you may not have considered.
Tis the season for giving
Many of us will be heading to the shops (or online!) this Christmas looking for the perfect gift. However, sadly Christmas is a prime time for thieves, burglars and pick pockets. Below are some tips to help avoid losses;
- Whilst Christmas shopping if you are going to leave items in your car, put as much in the boot, out of sight as possible
- If you are going to visit a number of shops, consider leaving your purchases with the store and collecting them all in one go at the end of your trip (some shopping centres offer a concierge service for gift storage)
- Consider using unmarked bags so as not to draw attention to where you have shopped
- Keep wallets, purses and phones in a close pocket where it is less accessible to pick pockets
- Where possible use card payments rather than carrying cash
Deck (and protect) the halls
Properties can be a target for burglars any time but particularly during the festive season. The darker nights are an ideal time for burglars to strike, so where possible try to ensure that your property is well lit and properly secured. Often intruders will target the rear of the property so be mindful to ensure that you have good security measures in place. It is worth considering engaging locks on doors and windows, even when you are in the house.
All I want for Christmas
If you have bought or are planning to buy someone an expensive present, for example jewellery or a watch, be sure to consider your insurance cover is adequate. If in doubt, make a quick call to your broker for peace of mind. A great benefit of a high net worth policy is that most contain an automatic cover for new acquisitions. Most allow up to 30 days for notification of new items.
Lonely this Christmas
Unoccupied property over the festive season? Whether you are away for the holidays or own an unoccupied property don’t leave yourself exposed. Here are some tips to avoid damage to your property:
- Leave the heating on a low constant temperature to avoid freezing
- Leave the loft hatch open so that warm air can circulate to keep the pipes from freezing
- If possible, ask someone to check on your property periodically (including internally)
- Consider a leak detection system. Most high net worth insurers offer a free device as standard to help avoid extensive water damage
Driving home for Christmas
If you are visiting family or they are visiting you, you may need to consider whether you need cover for temporary additional drivers. Most high net worth motor insurers give an extension to the cover which provides cover for any driver who does not reside with you. In addition, most also provide cover for the policy holder to drive any car with the owners permission.
In the event of a claim, a high net worth policy will provide peace of mind that you will be provided with a courtesy car similar to your own insured vehicle. This means that you would not have to squeeze your family into a much smaller vehicle than your own. Most high net worth motor policies also provide European and UK breakdown cover as standard.
New Year’s resolutions
A final note
Don’t let this tune become the mantra of your Christmas…..
Last Christmas, I submitted a claim
But the very next day, they turned it away
This year to save me from tears
I’ll take the advice of my broker!