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Our comparison table is ordered by review score. The review score is the average weighted score based on product quality and user reviews from the last 12 months. Find out more about how our review score is calculated here.

1st

Review Score

8.8

based on 9,066 reviews

Contents Only Quote*

£204.56

per year

Buildings & Contents Quote**

£289.56

per year

Buildings' Cover Limit

£1m

Voluntary Excess

£250

Budget Insurance has a UK based claims line and contact centre which can be reached 7 days a week, should you need them.

2nd

Review Score

8.7

based on 45,278 reviews

Contents Only Quote*

£212.04

per year

Buildings & Contents Quote**

£267.71

per year

Buildings' Cover Limit

No limit

Voluntary Excess

£250

LV= gives you access to a 24/7 emergency helpline and a 12 month guarantee on all repairs when you use their recommended repair service.

3rd

Review Score

8.2

based on 5,575 reviews

Contents Only Quote*

£144.26

per year

Buildings & Contents Quote**

£173.04

per year

Buildings' Cover Limit

No limit

Voluntary Excess

£250

All Aviva policyholders have access to a 24/7 emergency contact number and can make claims quickly online.

4th

Review Score

8.0

based on 10,631 reviews

Contents Only Quote*

£226.55

per year

Buildings & Contents Quote**

£292.12

per year

Buildings' Cover Limit

No limit

Voluntary Excess

£250

Admiral policies come with family legal protection, home emergency cover, boiler emergency cover and accidental damage cover as standard.

5th

Review Score

7.6

based on 6,202 reviews

Contents Only Quote*

£184.55

Buildings & Contents Quote**

£260.76

Buildings' Cover Limit

No limit

Voluntary Excess

£100

AXA home insurance offers brand new replacements if the contents of your home are damaged or stolen.

6th

Review Score

7.5

based on 13,849 reviews

Contents Only Quote*

£128.21

per year

Buildings & Contents Quote**

£191.25

per year

Buildings' Cover Limit

£1m

Voluntary Excess

£250

All policyholders get access to More Than Rewards which provides discounts on everyday spending.

7th

Review Score

7.3

based on 8,144 reviews

Contents Only Quote*

£247.52

per year

Buildings & Contents Quote**

£253.12

per year

Buildings' Cover Limit

No limit

Voluntary Excess

£250

Direct Line offers three levels of cover to accommodate for your individual needs and budget.

8th

Review Score

6.8

based on 979 reviews

Contents Only Quote*

£188.16

per year

Buildings & Contents Quote**

£217.28

per year

Buildings' Cover Limit

No limit

Voluntary Excess

£250

Privilege home insurance customers benefit from a 24/7 emergency helpline, unlimited frozen food cover and new for old item replacements.

9th

Review Score

6.4

based on 10,752 reviews

Contents Only Quote*

£190.33

per year

Buildings & Contents Quote**

£242.95

per year

Buildings' Cover Limit

£1.5m

Voluntary Excess

£200

Legal & General fixes your home insurance premium for 2 years, so if you don't make a claim, your premium won't increase at renewal.

10th

Review Score

5.9

based on 6,560 reviews

Contents Only Quote*

£209.44

Buildings & Contents Quote**

£276.64

Buildings' Cover Limit

No limit

Voluntary Excess

£250

Churchill policyholders have the ability to manage their policy and make claims in an easy to use online area.

What is buildings insurance?

Buildings insurance covers the physical structure of the property, such as walls, floors and the roof. This also includes any permanent fixtures and fittings, such as your kitchen and fitted wardrobes. Outside structures, like fences, garages and sheds are usually covered too, as are pipes, cables and drains connected to your home (provided they’re your legal responsibility). Buildings insurance is different to contents insurance which covers all the belongings in your home. Homeowners typically buy combined buildings and contents insurance.


Do I need buildings insurance?

If you’re a homeowner with a mortgage, your lender will insist that you have buildings insurance cover. Your policy must cover the property during the full term of your agreement and whilst the mortgage company has a financial interest in your home. You must also make sure that you have buildings insurance in place from the day you exchange contracts and you become legally responsible for the property and dwellings. If you don’t have a mortgage there’s no requirement to have buildings insurance, however, bare in mind that repairs are often costly. Having a fully comprehensive cover can save you money in the long run. 


Do I need buildings insurance if I’m a landlord or renting?

If you’re renting your home, your landlord is responsible for the building and should have a buildings insurance policy in place to cover the structure and permanent fixtures. You are solely responsible for your own personal contents. If you’re a landlord and have a property which you rent, it’s advisable to take out buildings insurance to cover the structure and permanent fixtures.


How much does buildings insurance cost?

On average, buildings insurance in the UK costs £120 per year however this figure depends on many factors including:

  • Property location – you’re likely to be quoted a higher price if you live in an area with either a high flood rate or high crime rate.
  • Property size – a larger home will generally mean higher repair costs meaning higher claims and this will be reflected in the price.
  • Property security – many people choose to add extra locks and video surveillance to keep their property secure. You can reduce the cost of your policy if you install more security measures.
  • Property maintenance – a well-maintained home will reduce the risk of damage. Well maintained pipes and a roof, for example, will reduce the need to claim therefore reduce your premium.


What does buildings insurance cover?

This will vary depending on the level of buildings insurance cover that you take out. But generally, the most comprehensive and best buildings insurance policies will cover:
  • Roof
  • Walls
  • Floors
  • Fitted kitchens
  • Ceilings
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Built-in suites
Most buildings insurance will also cover you for fire, flood and storm damage to your home’s structure. Like with all insurance policies, you need to read your home building insurance policy thoroughly so you know exactly what you are and aren’t covered for should you need to make a claim.


Things to consider

  • Have an accurate re-build cost - You must make sure your policy will cover the whole cost to rebuild or repair your home in the event of damage. It’s advisable to regularly re-assess these costs otherwise you might be left with a large build cost if your policy does not match. This is especially important if you have extended or renovated your home since taking out your policy.
  • Accidental damage - Most policies will cover damage against things like flood, fire, subsidence etc. Most insurers will also include cover for damage caused by falling trees and burst water pipes, however, you may need to add accidental damage cover for mishaps such as putting your foot through the ceiling or drilling through a water pipe.
  • Temporary accommodation - If you were to have to leave your home so repairs or a re-build could take place, you may have to find alternative accommodation. Some policies will cover these costs but not all. If it’s not included you can add on alternative accommodation cover via many insurers.
  • Unoccupied property - If you’re away for more than 30 days on holiday or a business trip you’ll need to alert your insurer. There are special terms your insurer can apply to your policy, these can include adding unoccupied property cover.
  • What isn’t included - Insurers don’t normally cover general wear and tear, pest infestations, frost damage or damage caused by poor workmanship. It’s worth checking what is and isn’t included before you take out your policy.