Common mistakes that could make your home or car insurance void

Leaving windows open when leaving the house, keeping quiet about a new job, and posting vacation photos on social media are among the most common ways people unknowingly become uninsured, research has shown.

According to MoneySuperMarket, more than a quarter (27%) of people said they left their windows open while they were away, but didn’t know that doing so could result in a home insurance claim being denied.

Posting a selfie on social media while on vacation, which 16% of respondents said without knowing their cover might expire, could also alert burglars that a house is empty, the website added.

Many people did renovations such as extensions during the coronavirus lockdown.

However, 16% said they had not reported any renovations to their insurer and were unaware that it was necessary.

Also, many people were unaware that a friend’s extended stay could potentially affect their policies as well.

Turning to auto insurance, 16% of drivers were unaware that changing jobs or job title without informing their insurer could potentially invalidate their policy, and so remained silent, as did a survey of 2,000 people across the world UK revealed in June.

Since insurance terms are different, be sure to read the fine print.

Praksha Patel-Shah, Insurance Specialist at MoneySuperMarket, said, “If you haven’t read your policies in a while, read them again to familiarize yourself with the terms and conditions to ensure you have the right coverage for your needs.”

Here are the most common ways people may have unknowingly voided their auto insurance Money supermarket:

1. Job / job title changed, but not informed your provider, 16%

2. Driving unhindered with a pet on the seat, 15%

3. Had an accident in which your car was damaged but the insurer was not informed, 11%

= 4. Failed to update your main address, 7%

= 4. Provided incorrect information to your insurer about the overnight location of your car, 7%

The most common ways people may have unwittingly invalidated their home insurance:

1.Windows left open when leaving the house / apartment, 27%

= 2. Posted a picture on social media while on vacation, 16%

= 2. Renovates your house / apartment without notifying the insurer, 16%

4. Leaving a door unlocked when leaving a house, 12%

5. Had a friend who stayed over a month 10%

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