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24 03, 2020

Government Support for Coronavirus


Government support for Business Interruption As there is such a large volume of information to digest in terms of support for businesses from the Government, as your broker we wanted to bring the below to your attention as we feel it is particularly pertinent. CORONAVIRUS BUSINESS INTERRUPTION LOAN SCHEME The new Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme supports SMEs with access to working capital (including loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance) of up to £5 million in value and for up to 6 years. The government will pay to cover the first 12 months of interest payments and any lender-levied fees, so smaller businesses will not face any upfront costs and will benefit from lower initial repayments. The government will provide lenders with a guarantee of 80% on each loan (subject to a per-lender cap on claims) to give lenders further confidence in continuing to provide finance to SMEs. This [...]

Government Support for Coronavirus2020-06-05T13:29:00+00:00
9 03, 2020

Do I need to insure an Unadopted Road?


Do I need to insure an Unadopted Road? There is a Legal Duty to insure these roads, but this does not fall on the highway authority under the Highways Act 1980. The legal duty for unadopted road insurance falls upon the owners of the road – and this normally means the owners of any properties that front that particular road. The reason for this onus to insure is not on the highway authority, is because although these roads may be a public right of way, they simply do not belong to the public road network. How can I insure an unadopted road? Normally, if you do own one of these properties that fronts an unadopted road, it is common for a resident’s association to be formed. The resident’s association will then be responsible for maintenance and general upkeep of the road, ensuring it is safe for members of the [...]

Do I need to insure an Unadopted Road?2020-05-11T16:25:57+00:00
26 02, 2020

Better Landlords Insurance Prices


How to get better Landlords Insurance prices! If you are looking for a Landlords Insurance NI Policy you might ask, "What insurance do I need & how can I save money?" Always remember in addition to getting the right policy, you should take note of some of the important legal aspects, relevant laws and Fire Safety Practices that are expected not only by your tenants but by your insurer also. Apply good practice to your Landlord Property and it will even save you some money along the way! If you have a few flats in the same block - a block can be a converted house also, be sure to check out the information on our block of flats insurance page.It is common knowledge that landlords have a level of responsibility for tenants in a typical rental property. However, landlords should also know that safety and more specifically Fire [...]

Better Landlords Insurance Prices2020-05-12T09:15:15+00:00
13 02, 2020

17 property insurance loopholes you need to know about today


This expert guide walks you through the potential property insurance loopholes that insurers will exploit, to reduce their claims' exposure. As a property owner, you might be surprised by some of these potential pitfalls. By Robert Fisher Reading time: 6 minutes Version: USA Your insurance policy has been purchased and so you can rest easy, or can you? If you have purchased the correct policy with the right amount of cover, and added all the required information accurately, plus invested some time to check the finer points then should the worst happen, you will be fine. This is the principle of indemnity. If on the other hand, you get any of this wrong, your mistake could end up costing you hundreds of thousands to reinstate a building following a large loss. It is all in the finer details. This guide dives right into the loopholes and pitfalls you can encounter [...]

17 property insurance loopholes you need to know about today2020-07-07T15:19:18+00:00
13 01, 2020

Can you insure a garage?


Can you insure a Garage? Believe it or not, this is an extremely common question! Mostly, garages that are within the boundaries of the main property residence are insured automatically and included within the buildings sums insured specified. However there is an ever growing need for standalone garage insurance – what we mean here is, insurance for garages that are outside the boundaries of a home. This is mainly due to: Garages that are rented out to tenants Garages that are not listed on the same property deeds as the main residence Garages that are rented out to tenants Garages can be a superb investment opportunity. Once frowned upon as an investment, they are now extremely popular with a steady rental yield which will appeal to investors. The market value has also increased substantially in recent years, primarily due to a surge in their demand, driven by an increase [...]

Can you insure a garage?2020-07-21T13:45:50+00:00
8 01, 2020

Is it more expensive to insure a listed building?


Is it more expensive to insure a Listed Building? The two most common questions we are asked at Property Insurance Centre (PIC) in relation to Listed Building Insurance are: Is it more expensive to insure a listed building? What does insurance cost on a grade 2 listed building? To answer these questions, it is important to understand what listed buildings are & the various categories of listed buildings there are: Listed Building Categories Grade 1 – These are buildings of exceptional special interest Grade 2* - These are particularly important buildings of more than special interest Grade 2 – These are buildings of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them Straight away you will see which one will carry to most risk for insurers & therefore might cost more if it require reinstatement! Get a Quote Insurance under one roof [...]

Is it more expensive to insure a listed building?2020-05-12T14:56:12+00:00
3 01, 2020

How much is the average house insurance?


How much is the average house insurance? This is a fairly subjective questions and there are many factors to consider when looking at premiums for all homes, including older properties & for new build insurance policies. These factors, will or course be considered by the insurance company or insurance broker. The insurer, however which avenue you pursue, will take into consideration some of the following factors: Please note the list is not exhaustive, but it will generally give you a basic idea as to why your premium is lower of higher than that of your workmate! Age of the building How many years you have owned the building Claims experience Postcode (some areas carry a higher risk that others) Rebuilding costs Amount of contents insured Amount of personal possessions insured away from the home We get told over and over, that their friend is paying cheaper insurance – but [...]

How much is the average house insurance?2020-05-12T15:06:10+00:00
30 12, 2019

Get your Property Winter Ready


Get your property Winter Ready Now is the time to take the appropriate measures before the worst of the weather arrives. Especially if you are a Commercial Property Owner, business owner or the person responsible for the maintenance & upkeep of a Commercial Building, if it’s a full repairing and insuring lease for example. Commercial Buildings, are actually one of the most neglected types of building there are in the UK. The reasons for this are varied & range from: Confusion as to who is responsible Owner not on site daily if it’s on long lease One thing is for sure, however, claims will increase the cost of insurance premiums & reduce the chances of getting the best cover with the best insurers. Property maintenance and getting the property Winter Ready, will help reduce the chances of you needing to make a claim greatly! Get a Quote [...]

Get your Property Winter Ready2020-05-12T15:32:20+00:00
23 12, 2019

Wear and Tear on Landlords Insurance


What is the definition of Wear & Tear in a Landlord Policy? Wear & Tear is often claimed for and always turned down by insurers. That’s because Wear & Tear is a maintenance issue. Maintenance is the responsibility of the Landlord and a Landlord’s Policy is not a maintenance contract. However, wear & tear is open to interpretation and we aim to shed some light on what it actually is & what influences it! If not Wear & Tear, what am I actually insured for? Well, every policy wording will have a list of ‘insured perils’. These are what you as a Landlord are insured for. Example may be Fire, Malicious Damage or Theft. Your policy wording will expressly state that wear & tear is not covered. Get a Quote Insurance under one roof We are specialists in many types of [...]

Wear and Tear on Landlords Insurance2020-05-12T15:43:22+00:00
18 12, 2019

Christmas Opening Times


Property Insurance Centre Christmas Opening Hours 24th December - 9am- 1pm Christmas Day - Closed Boxing Day - Closed 27th December - 9am - 1pm 28th December - Closed (Saturday) 29th December - Closed (Sunday) 30th December - 9am - 1pm 31st December - 9am - 1pm New Years Day - Closed 2nd January - 9am - 5pm PLEASE REMEMBER IF YOU INTEND TO RENEW ONLINE TO RENEW YOUR POLICIES EARLY - WE CAN ONLY PROCESS THE RENEWALS AND CONFIRM COVER WHEN WE RETURN ON THE NEXT WORKING DAY. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Insurance under one roof We are specialists in many types of insurance Block of Flats Unoccupied [...]

Christmas Opening Times2020-05-12T15:51:39+00:00
17 12, 2019

Escape of Water Insurance


Escape of Water Insurance Escape of water is one of the most common types of claim there is on a buildings insurance policy, including Home Insurance, Block of flats Insurance and Landlords Insurance. It is therefore important that you have this cover under your current buildings policy. It can be a horrible experience & all of your floors, walls & ceilings take the brunt of it! The most common cause is burst pipes from cold weather & of course leaks from the bath or bathroom causing damage to the room below. Do not Panic! If you are reading this, hopefully you will have taken the most important step – turn the water off! If you are reading this and have no need to make a claim, why not act before disaster strikes with escape of water: CHECK where your Stopcock is CHECK the insulation of the pipes and tank [...]

Escape of Water Insurance2020-05-12T16:00:32+00:00
9 12, 2019

The Importance of Tradesman Insurance


The importance of Tradesman Insurance? Firstly it does not matter how experienced or good a tradesman you are, accidents happen and that is the very reason we have Public Liability Insurance as part of a Tradesman Insurance Policy.  A tradesman insurance policy will protect: You Your Livelihood Your Income Without a proper policy in place you will lose potential contracts as many clients will require you to have PL Insurance in place before they let you carry out any work. It also lets people know you are legitimate and mean Business.  Get a Quote Insurance under one roof We are specialists in many types of insurance Why do you need Public Liability Insurance? PL as it is known is a necessity amongst tradesmen. If your business has [...]

The Importance of Tradesman Insurance2020-05-12T16:11:16+00:00
4 12, 2019

What is underinsurance?


What is Underinsurance? Here are some important Statistics on underinsurance of commercial buildings before we explain - this is not just limited to commercial property it should be noted. Underinsurance affects all property owners, either COMMERCIAL or RESIDENTIAL! Around 90% of buildings are insured for the wrong amount 8 out of 10 buildings are insured for 60% of what they should be Underinsurance can mean you will not be paid for the full value of your claim if you are ever in the unfortunate position of having to make one! It can be costly to you & even catastrophic. The next time you review your insurance policy for your Commercial Building, please ensure you are not underinsuring. Below are some important points as well as a short video to help explain. Get a Quote Insurance under one roof We are specialists [...]

What is underinsurance?2020-05-12T16:29:33+00:00
26 11, 2019

Business Insurance in Northern Ireland


Why Business Insurance in Northern Ireland is important Every business in Northern Ireland should have the correct Business Insurance in place. There are various factors highlighting why this is so important, notwithstanding the fact that Employers Liability Insurance is a legal requirement – and this is why Business Insurance in NI is important! For the purposes of this article; let’s refer to Business Insurance in Northern Ireland as ‘Business Insurance NI’. Business Insurance NI provides a business with insurance cover for 3 important aspects – this list is nowhere near exhaustive, but are areas we have highlighted which are a major concern to business owners throughout Northern Ireland and beyond: Material Damage Business Interruption Liability Get a Quote Insurance under one roof We are specialists in many types of insurance [...]

Business Insurance in Northern Ireland2020-05-12T16:41:06+00:00
12 11, 2019

Landlord insurance brokers NI


Landlord Insurance Brokers Northern Ireland Landlords that we have helped in Northern Ireland: As one of the leading specialist landlord insurance brokers in Northern Ireland we have access to the best rates and exclusive cover with the major insurance underwriters.  While other insurance brokers concentrate on cars and home insurance for over 40 years we have stuck with our specialism in landlord and commercial property owners insurance with clients all over NI as well as mainland UK. Landlords Cover Includes Cover whilst empty Public Liability Escape of Water Storm, Flood, Fire Malicious Damage Optional Legal Expenses Contents Cover Full Accidental Damage Cover With our headquarters based in Newtownards and an office in London we have helped thousands of landlords all over the UK get the best rates and cover and there is no situation that we have not seen before and it is this expertise that means that we [...]

Landlord insurance brokers NI2020-05-27T14:53:33+00:00
12 11, 2019

Land Insurance


Land Insurance Land insurance If you own land or have the responsibility for maintaining a piece of land, you may think that insurance is not important, but you would be wrong.  No matter whether your land is in regular use or not, you should consider taking out land insurance.  Why? What could possibly happen? You may be the most responsible Land or Property Owner in the world, but that does not mean you won't be on the wrong end of a Solicitor's letter after a member of the Public trips, falls & injures themselves on your land! What happens if a tree branch falls from your land and damages a car passing by, or worse still, injures someone. These are all scenarios that Solicitors will take on - were you negligent by not filling in potholes or not cutting back that tree?  Limits of Cover - £1 million, £2 [...]

Land Insurance2020-05-13T15:08:43+00:00
28 06, 2019

Property Insurance


Property Insurance With lots of the companies offering Property Insurance we wanted to let you know about why you should choose Property Insurance Centre for your buildings insurance needs: Independent broker with friendly, knowledgeable staff available online or by phone. Access to a wide range of insurers in the UK with the best cover and rates available. Bespoke insurance schemes & portfolio policies are available. Complete peace of mind through our tailored policies. Experts in Occupied & Unoccupied Commercial & Residential Insurance policies. Over 40 years of experience working with the best insurance underwriters in the UK. Excellent communication so that you understand what risks you are insured against. Get a Quote Insurance under one roof We are specialists in many types of insurance Everyone who owns [...]

Property Insurance2020-05-13T15:22:33+00:00
5 11, 2019

House Insurance Northern Ireland


Home Insurance NI A recent House Price Index showed the standard price of a property in Northern Ireland is £136,767 and this ranges from terrace properties at £95,202 to detached properties at £204,060.  Many buyers borrow a mortgage of between 75 and 95% of the value of the home and providers normally require the property to be insured while the mortgage remains in place.  Even if you do not have a mortgage, most people’s homes are their biggest asset so there’s a clear need to make sure all home owners make sure they get best Home Insurance NI policy with multiple layers of protection. Failing to adequately insure your home can have massive repercussions if the worst happens and you home is damaged.  But what do you actually need to insure? Get a Quote Insurance under one roof We are specialists [...]

House Insurance Northern Ireland2020-05-13T15:51:20+00:00
31 10, 2019

Black Friday Insurance


Black Friday Insurance Black Friday Insurance Deals are coming to Property Insurance Centre in 2019! We will also stretch it out for the whole week! We can cover and DISCOUNT the following classes of Business during Black Friday Week! CALL US OR FILL IN AN ONLINE FORM DURING BLACK FRIDAY WEEK FOR YOUR CLASS OF BUSINESS - AS LONG AS YOU CALL OR FORM FILL THE BLACK FRIDAY DISCOUNT WILL APPLY! The Discount is UK Wide! Our Black Friday deals will apply to your renewal next year also. We will continue to apply our discounts when the policy is due to renew, if you have taken out the policy and paid during Black Friday Week. This means your policy will not spike in price next year, due to not getting the Black Friday Insurance Discount. Get a Quote Insurance under one roof [...]

Black Friday Insurance2020-05-13T16:00:49+00:00
31 10, 2019

Block of Flats Fire Safety Guide


Block of Flats Fire Safety Guide The Property Insurance Centre Block of Flats Fire Safety Guide aims to offer you some general guidance about fire safety in blocks of flats. Of course, specific advice for each block of flats will also differ for each particular building. No building is the same. Be sure to read this guide in conjunction with the guidance in place for your own building. This is often in the form of a fire safety notice posted in the communal areas of your building. Please note: you can also download this introductory guide as a PDF or read it as a flip magazine further down on this page. Get a Quote Insurance under one roof We are specialists in many types of insurance 1. [...]

Block of Flats Fire Safety Guide2020-05-13T16:24:38+00:00
30 10, 2019

Save money on your caravan insurance


Save Money on Caravan Insurance Request A Quote: Own a touring caravan can be very liberating experience. Being able to take yourself off to anywhere at the drop off a hat appeals to many. As a result, owning and insuring your caravan has become more and more popular, but how do you know where to get the best deal, and how can you save money on your caravan insurance? After all, one of the reasons many people own a caravan, is to save money on accommodation costs by investing an initial outlay in the actual caravan! Huge annual premiums paid to insurance companies will negate those envisaged savings! Get a Quote Insurance under one roof We are specialists in many types of insurance Here are some tip [...]

Save money on your caravan insurance2020-05-13T16:54:43+00:00
29 10, 2019

Do I need Unoccupied Property Insurance?


Do I need Unoccupied Property Insurance? Who needs unoccupied property insurance and why would I need it? Do you travel for business and are away for long periods of time?  Have you a building which you haven’t managed to let and it is sitting vacant?  Has your tenant just moved out of your flat or house?  Has your relative become in need of nursing or residential care and isn’t likely to be home for some time? There are many reasons a property can become unoccupied – but if you answered ‘yes’ to any of the questions above, you need to take a look at your current insurance policy and see if you need to replace it or add unoccupied property insurance to it. What is unoccupied property insurance? Insurance companies think that occupied properties are less risky.  Someone is there most days checking that nothing bad is happening, like [...]

Do I need Unoccupied Property Insurance?2020-07-07T15:23:30+00:00
29 10, 2019

Caravan Insurance


Caravan Insurance Caravan Insurance Owning a caravan can be a very rewarding experience. It provide a weekend or summer long escape, allowing you to forget all of daily stresses you can find in your home. Or does it? The one thing you should do to keep that feeling of harmony going, is get the right caravan insurance . Without the correct cover, your picturesque setting can quickly become a money pit nightmare! What do you need to know about Caravan Insurance? Well, whether you own a touring caravan or a static caravan, there are certain risks attached of course. You need to make sure you caravan is covered for various eventualities and comply with some various important conditions of the policy. A specialist caravan insurance policy will provide cover that not is provided by a standard car insurance policy – something many caravan owner forget is that whilst you [...]

Caravan Insurance2020-05-15T08:40:36+00:00
29 10, 2019

Buy to let insurance


Buy to Let Insurance If you have already bought a property to let or you are thinking about it, make sure you take out the right buy to let insurance policy. When you are letting a property, you can’t just take out normal home insurance cover as you have additional responsibilities which you need to cover.  You are not present in your property all the time, so there are also different kinds of risk that you and your property are exposed to. So what kind of risks do you need cover for? Everyone knows there are a wide range of things that can go wrong when you own and let out a property. From mechanical breakdowns with cookers or boilers to damage caused by a fire, flood or the tenant themselves, no one can predict what may go wrong. A buy to let policy can include cover for a wide [...]

Buy to let insurance2020-05-14T15:13:18+00:00
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