12th May 2009
Home breakages 'costing homeowners during downturn'
The number of home insurance claims have increased since the start of the economic downturn due to the fact that people are entertaining in their own homes more rather than going out, new statistics have shown.">
Figures compiled by AA Insurance have revealed that the top accidents reported by individuals across the UK are breakages to china or glassware (51.8 per cent), food stains (43 per cent), red wine spillages (33.6 per cent) and cooking accidents, such as small fires (25 per cent).
"As the amount of entertaining being done in the home is clearly increasing, now is a good time to check that you have an accidental damage extension on your home policy as the number of insurable mishaps is clearly increasing," Simon Douglas, director of AA Insurance, commented.
Meanwhile, figures compiled by Sainsbury's Home Insurance recently showed that the average home in the UK contains £45,000 worth of belongings.
It showed that the living room and bedroom were the rooms which contained the most valuables - £10,000 and £5,900 respectively.
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