31 Jan

Halifax: 'Extreme weather requires adequate home insurance'

Halifax: 'Extreme weather requires adequate home insurance'

With high winds and blizzards expected this weekend, homeowners have been reminded of the importance of a comprehensive home insurance policy.

This week, the Met Office issued warnings of severe gales in Wales, London and the South West and South East.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland and Scotland are expected to see heavy snow, particularly in the north and west of the country.

Given the potential of such conditions to cause structural damage to homes, it is imperative that homeowners ensure they have sufficient cover, Martyn Foulds, senior claims manager at Halifax Home Insurance, said.

"With the average claim for storm damage costing around £1,000, it is advisable for homeowners to take preventative steps to reduce the risk of damage to their homes, and also ensure they have adequate home insurance cover in place," Mr Foulds explained.

Homeowners can also minimise the risk of damage by securing large objects such as garden furniture and cutting back low-hanging branches.

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