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GUEST ARTICLE: The Home £-Stretch – home insurance costs rise 27% in three years

  • 12 Jun 2020

Home insurance prices across the country have risen by over a quarter (27%) in the last three years, according to MoneySuperMarket research based on over seven years of data and millions of home insurance customer quotes. This guest article explains more…

The data relating to combined contents and building home insurance costs shows a hike in price from £113.30 in the first quarter of 2017 to £143.73 in the same period this year. However, despite the rise in price, the trend also indicates that the year-on-year increase is slowing following an 8.5% rise in the first quarter of 2018, 14.35% in the same period in 2019 and 2.58% this year, which is good news for homeowners. 

Northern Ireland residents saw a country-high 11% jump in the cost of their home insurance in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same time in 2019. However, London remains top of the table when it comes to the highest costs at £204.78 – 6% higher than the same period last year. Residents in the capital pay nearly £60 more than the national average (£144) to insure their homes against loss, theft or damage. 

Area 

Average Combined Contents & Buildings Insurance Q1 2019 (£) 

Average Combined Contents & Buildings Insurance Q1 2020 (£) 

% Increase 

London 

193.80 

204.78 

6% 

Northern Ireland 

164.12 

181.87 

11% 

East 

147.84 

152.82 

3% 

South East 

145.90 

150.39 

3% 

Scotland 

137.07 

140.75 

3% 

Yorkshire and the Humber 

133.97 

136.40 

2% 

East Midlands 

131.88 

133.91 

2% 

North West 

131.28 

133.13 

1% 

West Midlands 

128.78 

131.89 

2% 

South West 

126.96 

131.20 

3% 

Wales 

125.45 

129.06 

3% 

North East 

121.15 

121.77 

1% 

Analysing the most recent figures, there has only been a 1% increase when comparing the averages for April 2020 (£147) and April 2019 (£140.39). 

Kate Devine, Head of Home Insurance at MoneySuperMarket, commented: ”It’s reassuring to see that the yearly rise in home insurance costs has slowed to less than 3% at the beginning of 2020. However, some areas of the country do seem to be seeing increases at a higher rate than the average.  

“The COVID-19 lockdown will likely have had an impact on home insurance prices this year. In the short term, this may mean that the difficulty in hiring professional tradespeople could heighten the risk of accidental DIY damage and result in higher claims, but also that the lower risk of burglary due to more people staying home could be a factor. 

“The best way to ensure home insurance costs are kept manageable is to shop around and make sure that you’re on the best deal for you. Visit the MoneySuperMarket website to compare the best deals and you can save up to 44% on your home insurance1.”

To find out more and to discover how home insurance costs have changed in your area, visit the MoneySuperMarket website.

Source

1 51% of consumers could save up to 44%, or £103.07. Consumer Intelligence, March 2020 

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