Common Enquiries

Here are some questions we’re frequently asked about our Halifax Home Insurance Select policy.

  • 1.
    Do you offer different levels of cover?

    Yes. We recognise that everyone's home insurance needs are different. That’s why we offer Home Insurance Select with three levels of cover for you to choose from: Bronze, Silver and Gold.

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  • 2.
    What does buildings insurance cover?

    Buildings insurance covers the structure of your home and its outbuildings. This means your roof, walls, windows and ceilings. It also means permanent fixtures like your fitted kitchen and bathroom. It covers you against damage caused by things like fire, flood and storm, as well as subsidence and vandalism.

    Our buildings insurance covers the full rebuild cost of your home. And if you choose Silver or Gold cover, it includes Accidental damage and Legal Expenses as standard.

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  • 3.
    What does contents insurance cover?

    Contents insurance covers the things in your home, in its outbuildings and in the open within its boundaries. It's for the items you could take with you if you moved house –like furniture, clothing, electronic goods, carpets and curtains. It covers you against theft as well as damage caused by events like fire, smoke, storm and flood.

    Our contents insurance covers you for up to £50,000, £100,000 or £250,000 depending on the level of cover you choose. If you choose Silver or Gold cover, it includes Accidental damage and Legal Expenses as standard.

    High value items worth between £2,000 and £20,000 each are covered as part of your overall contents limit (up to a total of £50,000), as long as you name them on your policy.

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  • 4.
    Is my home insurance policy new for old?

    We’ll replace an item with a new item on a like for like basis. This means we’ll try to replace it with an exact match. If we can’t find an exact match, we’ll replace it with the nearest equivalent. This means an item of the same quality and same specification.

    If we can’t find an exact match or nearest equivalent, we’ll decide on how much to pay. This will be based on an expert opinion of how much it was worth before it was lost, stolen or damaged.

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  • 5.
    Is my PC, laptop, iPad, tablet etc. covered under home insurance?

    Our contents insurance covers your gadgets and tech items worth less than £2,000 when they are in your home. Items that are worth more than £2,000 (up to £20,000) each are covered as part of your overall contents limit as long as you name them on your policy.

    If you want to cover your items when you're out and about, you'll need to add Away from home cover. And if you choose Silver or Gold cover, your items are covered against accidental damage as standard.

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  • 6.
    Do you cover mobile phones?

    Yes, mobile phones are covered in the home as part of your contents policy. They'll be covered when out and about if you select Away from home cover. And if you choose Silver or Gold cover, they'll be covered against accidental damage as standard.

    For mobile phones worth more than £2,000 each, you will need to name them on your policy.

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  • 7.
    What are high value items?

    High value items are items that cost more than £2,000 each. To cover these, you will need to name them on your policy. Furniture which isn't antique and home appliances don't need to be named, even if they cost more than £2,000.

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  • 8.
    Do you cover students' contents when they're away from home?

    Yes. If you choose Away from home cover, your contents are covered if they're lost or stolen when temporarily away from your home, anywhere in the world. The limit you choose includes students' contents when in student accommodation, up to a maximum of £5,000. They're also covered for damage caused by things like fire, smoke, storm or flood.

    It also covers accidental damage if you have chosen Silver or Gold cover.

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  • 9.
    Do you cover my contents when I'm moving home?

    We'll pay claims where your contents are lost or stolen while you're moving home. We'll do this if they're being moved within the British Isles by a professional removal firm. They'll also be covered while they're being stored by the firm for up to three days.

    It also covers accidental damage if you have chosen Silver or Gold cover.

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  • 10.
    Do you provide cover for belongings outside the home or when I go on holiday?

    Yes. If you add Away from home cover to your policy, we'll cover your belongings anywhere in the world if they're lost or stolen.

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  • 11.
    What is an excess?

    An excess is the amount you have to pay towards the cost of a claim. For example, if you have storm damage to your roof that will cost £1,000 to repair and your policy has an excess of £100, you’ll be asked to pay the excess of £100 but can claim for £900 (the cost minus the excess). The excesses that apply to your policy will vary, depending on the level of cover you’ve selected and the excess amounts you’ve chosen.

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  • 12.
    When will my first payment be taken?

    When you buy your policy, you'll be able to select which day of the month you'd prefer to make your monthly payment on.

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  • 13.
    What do you mean by a 'paid claim'?

    By 'paid claim' we mean you've made a claim and received a payment or had something fixed or replaced.

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  • 14.
    What do I do if I am struggling to pay for my home insurance?

    We know some people can have money problems at some point in their life. If you’re having trouble keeping up with the payments, we might be able to help. Please don’t ignore the problem; give us a call on:

    0345 122 1511
    (Lines are open Monday-Friday 8am-6pm, Saturday 9am-1pm)

    We might be able to give you more time to pay, like giving you a payment holiday, or changing the date you make your payments. We can also discuss your needs and may be able to offer you a different level of cover.

    Some other things to consider:

    • Pay all your essential bills first, such as your mortgage, utility bills (electricity, gas, water), insurance, council tax and food.
    • Check whether you can get any state benefits or tax credits which could help to increase your income.
    • Seek independent debt advice, such as from Citizens Advice, Step Change Debt Charity or National Debtline. They may be able to help you manage your finances.
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Halifax Home Insurance Select and Halifax Renters Insurance underwritten by Lloyds Bank General Insurance Limited.
Halifax is a division of Bank of Scotland plc. Registered in Scotland No. SC327000. Registered Office: The Mound, Edinburgh EH1 1YZ. Bank of Scotland plc is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority under registration number 169628.