Think about this for a moment:
Insuring holiday homes abroad can be tricky. They often have special needs that are difficult to cover. For example, many require extra coverage for water damage from flooding or burst pipes. And if they’re close to a body of water like the ocean or a river, then there’s always potential for storm surge damage as well.
Do UK Insurers Cover Holiday Homes in Other Countries?
Many holiday home insurance carriers will cover second homes outside of the UK, whether you have a seaside villa in Greece or Spain, or a place close to your relatives abroad. Most, though, will only conduct business with international countries, so double-check that yours is on the list.
For holiday homes1 in other countries, the rules may be slightly different. Some insurers, for example, will not cover earthquake damage in Greece or Italy. Others may insure a static caravan if it is located in the United Kingdom, but not if it is located in another country.
What Countries Does Holiday Home Insurance Cover?
Standard home insurance will not cover a vacation home in another nation and dealing with a local insurer in that country will be difficult due to language hurdles, time differences, and high call charges. So, if your vacation property is in another country, you’ll need special insurance to cover it.
And the good news?
European countries such as the Republic of Ireland, Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Greece, the Republic of Cyprus, and Bulgaria are generally covered by holiday home insurance policies.
What Does Holiday Home Insurance Cover?
Holiday home insurance2 is made up of structures and contents insurance, just like a standard homeowner’s policy. However, there are a few distinctions and additions. Let’s look at some of the things it can do:
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- Buildings insurance: It covers the cost of repairing or fully rebuilding your property in the event of a covered disaster, such as a flood or fire. Outbuildings, solar panels, a hot tub or swimming pool, and other features of your vacation home can all be covered.
- Contents insurance: It protects all your belongings and assets in your vacation home in the event they are damaged or stolen due to an insured danger like earthquake and flood damage.
- Extended periods of unoccupancy: You’ll be able to keep the property unoccupied for extended periods of time while still being covered. The duration of unoccupancy coverage is determined by the policy. Some are quite accommodating and have no restrictions but keep an eye out for minimum occupancy standards.
- Public liability coverage: If someone gets wounded or dies on your property, you are covered.
- Emergency travel insurance: Coverage for travel to your home in the event of a disaster, such as a fire or a burst pipe producing floods.
- Home emergency coverage: It gives you access to a 24-hour emergency hotline if you need it, and ensures that a domestic issue, such as a busted pipe, is handled immediately.
Holiday home insurance covers a wide range of properties, including chalets, villas, flats, houses, listed buildings, and even overseas static caravans.
Renting Out Your Holiday Home
There are other extra types of cover available when obtaining insurance for a holiday home, especially if you rent it out, in addition to buildings and contents coverage. Among the options are:
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- Accidental damage: If you have a lot of guests, this could be handy because they aren’t always as careful as owners.
- Loss of income: It protects your revenues if you rent out your vacation home and have to cancel any bookings due to property damage.
- Alternative lodging: If your vacation home is destroyed and you must relocate your visitors, you will be reimbursed for your expenses.
- Public liability insurance: This covers any legal fees if someone else gets injured or dies on your property
- Employers’ liability insurance: This might be useful if you employ a cleaner
Rather than purchasing a separate holiday let insurance policy, some firms will allow you to add the above alternatives as extra coverage to your existing holiday house insurance. The more options you choose, the more your insurance cost will be. It’s always a good idea to shop around and compare providers and insurance prices to ensure you get the best bargain.
Factors to Consider in a Holiday Home Cover
The following are important aspects to consider when purchasing holiday home insurance:
- High-value items are rarely covered by conventional vacation home plans. This is because vacation homes are thought to have lower-value contents than primary residences, and they are not thought to have high-value contents when they are vacant.
- You do not need to add goods on your holiday home insurance if they are already covered by your travel insurance or your primary house policy for use outside the home.
- When telling your insurer about the things you want to be covered, be as detailed as possible. Solar panels, hot tubs, swimming pools, golf carts, golf clubs, and push cycles can all be included, but they must be individually added to your policy.
- Should you need to visit your vacation home in an emergency, the costs of travel and lodging can be covered by your vacation home insurance policy.
- If you’re a leaseholder, your lease may state that you’re responsible for insuring the fixtures and fittings, such as your kitchen cabinets, bath, and toilet, among other things. This is something that holiday home insurance can cover.
Do I Need Holiday Home Insurance?
You’re not legally obligated to purchase vacation home insurance, but if you have a mortgage, your lender will almost certainly require that you do so.
What Overseas Holiday Home Insurance Cover Can You Get?
You can acquire coverage like that of a normal UK buildings and contents policy, as well as:
- Coverage for travel to your property in the event of an emergency: If there is an issue at your property, this covers your travel expenses to resolve it.
- Extra contents coverage: This covers goods such as solar panels, hot tubs, and golf equipment at your overseas property.
What if I Can't Visit My Holiday Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Normally, insurers require you to inspect the property at regular intervals, but if you’re unable to do so due to Covid, the insurer may waive this requirement provided you’ve taken reasonable precautions to secure it, such as installing a burglar alarm and locking up properly.
Do I Need Additional Cover for My Holiday Home When Lending It to Friends & Family?
It all depends on the sort of property you have and the policy coverage you have.
In a nutshell,
Insuring your home abroad is a good idea for many reasons. For one, it can protect you from the costs of damage or theft that might happen while your house is empty during the winter or summer holidays.
It also protects you from any liability issues should someone be injured on your property and seek compensation in court. It is always advisable to insure your property, especially if you are going to be away from it for an extended period