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Leaving lights on can be dangerous

Christmas travellers urged to lock up

One in six British households will be vacant for more than a day over the Christmas period, raising concerns over security and safety.

Weather damage has ruined homes

Brits suffer '£8 billion weather damage in two years'

Adverse weather has caused damage to over a third of properties in the last two years - amounting to £4 billion repair costs each year - according to figures released by Sainsbury's home insurance.

Kids moving out is letting homeowners modify

Parents 'turn children's rooms into gyms'

Parents making the most of free space after their children fly the nest are opting for gyms, games rooms and second bathrooms, a survey reveals.

Fireworks can be very dangerous

Homes get firework warning

Homes have received a warning from Santander to stay safe this Bonfire Night, as research shows millions of people across the country will hold parties in their homes.

Laptops often hold our photos and memories

Saving laptops 'a priority'

Homeowners would save their laptops before their photo albums, according to a Gocompare.com survey. The survey found that gadgets were a top choice to be saved in a house fire.

Prized gardens are being targeted

Green-fingered thieves 'on the rise'

The amount of green-fingered thieves after a five fingered discount on bonsai trees, prized plants and hanging baskets is growing, according to figures from More Th>n home insurance. The statistics show that one in five of us have fallen foul of green-thieves in the last year.

Home insurance is a necessity for any home

The Co-operative announce home insurance discount

The Co-operative has announced it is offering a 25 per cent discount when contents and buildings insurance are bought together. Homeowners looking to stretch their cash further could take advantage of the reduced prices.

Brits head for their toolboxes at Bank Holidays

Millions of Brits to attempt home improvements over Easter

One in six Brits will use the Easter Bank Holiday weekend to carry out home improvements, but most of them will do so without any expert help, new research commissioned by Santander Insurance suggests.

Make sure your shed has a strong lock

Top tips to protect your garden treasures

With Bank Holidays galore over the next few months, garden enthusiasts will be looking forward to spending more time outdoors. MoneySupermarket.com is offering some top tips to keep your garden and valuables safe.

DIYers spring into action from March

Accidental damage claims ‘set to surge’ as DIY season begins

The number of home insurance claims for accidental damage in the first half of 2012 is expected to peak in March for the third year running as people get busy with DIY in the warmer weather, research suggests.

Take steps to choose the right insurer

How to choose the right insurer

Whether you're looking for a new home insurance policy or cover for your car, choosing the right provider is crucial. Take a look at our guide to find out how to go about selecting the best one for your needs, whatever they may be.

Homeowners are advised to lock all sheds

Homeowners warned against summertime theft

Homeowners are being advised to secure their sheds and garages as British Summertime brings a spike in theft from the great outdoors. Analysis of ten years of claims data from Aviva reveals that thefts from gardens and outbuildings shoot up by over a quarter when the clocks go forward.

Smaller gadgets 'easier to steal' says insurer

Cost of a burglary up by a fifth in two years

The cost of burglary claims in the UK has risen dramatically over the past two years, driven by thieves stealing smaller, higher value items, according to latest research by The Co-operative Insurance.

Four prizes of £1,000 up for grabs

Chance to win £1,000 for getting a home insurance quote

Confused.com is giving away £1,000 to four winners who get a home insurance quote through the comparison site. The prize draw follows research by the website, which found that one in three homeowners has never switched home insurers.

Lowering excess could save you money

Avoid high excess insurance premiums

Opting for a higher excess level on home insurance premiums could be false economy, this is the message from a leading UK comparison site. By reducing your excess you could save money in the long run should you need to make a claim against your home in the future.

To snooze or not to snooze?

One in four couples fall out over the snooze button

The average Brit spends 29 minutes with their alarms on snooze during winter, but that little alarm clock button leads to arguments among more than a quarter of couples in the UK, according to a survey by Sheilas’ Wheels home insurance.

Car pooling could cut insurance and fuel costs

Save up to £1,100 by being insurance savvy

Shopping around for the best deal and making lifestyle changes like quitting smoking or car pooling with colleagues could cut hundreds of pounds from your annual insurance costs next year, according to MoneySupermarket.com.

Be prepared for winter weather

Check insurance for winter weather cover

Winter conditions can wreck havoc on your home AND your car. Now is the time to check your insurance policy small print ahead of winter conditions, says MoneySupermarket.com, to make sure you have adequate protection in place.

Brits underestimate value of contents

Brits 'undervaluing their true worth'

Brits in their 40s are significantly undervaluing how much they are worth, despite apparently reaching their financial peak at the age of 48. According to new research by MORE TH>N, the cumulative value of a 48-year-old’s belongings is £52,587 – a lifetime high.

Comparison site thanks customers with card

Get 2-for-1 meals at thousands of restaurants

Times may be tight but budgeting Brits are becoming increasingly savvy at bagging a bargain, while more businesses are recognising our hunger for a good deal. With this in mind, Confused.com is offering a 2-for-1 dining out card to anyone who buys home or car insurance via its website throughout November.

'Make savings by shopping around'

'Loyalty does not pay on home insurance'

Loyalty often does not pay when it comes to home insurance, according to MoneySupermarket.com. The price comparison site says staying with the same provider is effectively money down the drain when there are significant savings to be made by shopping around.

More items now considered 'vintage'

'Value of antiques rise in vintage boom'

Consumers are at risk of being underinsured on their home contents policies due to the rising British love affair with all things ‘vintage’. According to Hiscox insurers, 57 per cent of people admit they don’t know the value of their antiques and vintage items despite thinking they may have increased in price.

Brits advised to revalue gold jewellery

Brits 'grossly underinsured' for Aladdin's Caves

More than a third of Brits now see gold as a better investment than putting cash into savings, new research has revealed. Insurer esure found homes are slowly becoming an Aladdin’s Cave for jewellery, with 14 per cent saying they have bought an item of gold as an investment in the last year.

Check your home insurance policy

Does home insurance cover space debris?

A satellite the size of a double decker bus is due to enter the Earth's atmosphere but, luckily, once it has broken up, only small fragments will actually reach us. But what if a fragment damages your house? AA Insurance say check your insurance.

Paying by credit could cut insurance costs

'Get savvy to avoid additional insurance costs'

Companies are charging an average of 11 per cent on top of the original home insurance premium for the privilege of paying monthly, new research claims. According to moneysupermarket.com, spreading the cost over a year now comes at a price for many policy holders.

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Leeds unveils new cash ISA range

New cash ISAs can be opened with £1

Leeds Building Society has launched a new trio of easy access fixed rate cash ISAs. The one year fixed rate ISA offers a 2.5 per cent return, the two year version pays 2.75 per cent and the three year account pays three per cent.

Personal loan rates 'drop 2 per cent'

Personal loans can help with household costs

The average rate of a personal loan has dropped, according to comparison website Moneysupermarket.com. Figures from the site suggest that rates are 2 per cent lower than they were in 2008.