Why Use a Listed Property Specialist


Why use a listed property specialist to insure your home?

When you choose a specialist broker like Abode, they are often able to negotiate favourable terms from leading insurers such as Hiscox, Ecclesiastical, and Chubb that you cannot access directly. Discounts are often available based on occupancy arrangements, type of heating, and security, with competitive rates for high-value jewellery, art, and antiques.

At Abode, we have long-established and excellent relationships with insurers. The insurers know that the information we provide is accurate and relevant, which means we can negotiate lower premiums than other non-specialist insurance advisors. Certain insurers only offer their best products via a specialist broker such as Abode, so you can't access these unless you work with an advisor.

When your listed property insurance is of national significance, we ensure that your protection is too

We only place our clients with insurers that have exceptional financial security and that are directly regulated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority.

Small claims are usually straightforward, but in the event of a flood, fire, or escape of water in your home, this is when choosing a specialist broker pays off. By choosing Abode, our personal advisors manage the claims process from end to end, so you always deal with the same person from start to finish.

Contrary to what some insurance companies might have you believe, price is not the deciding factor – and unfortunately, this is only evident when you come to make a claim.

As a Chartered insurance broker, our priority is you. We want to make sure that the policy you select is the most appropriate, and we’ll advise you which insurer is best for you so that in the event of a claim, you’re not left underinsured because of the small print.

Our priority is to provide you with a service that suits you

At Abode, we know that our clients want to choose how they deal with us and not the other way round. If you prefer to communicate with us remotely, via email or telephone, this is how we will manage your insurance. Some clients prefer to meet with us in person, so we can offer free advice at your property at a time and date that is convenient for you.

At the beginning of 2022, the Financial Conduct Authority introduced new rules for insurance providers. These are intended to protect customers from being penalised for loyalty. In simple terms, these rules now prohibit introductory offers to new policyholders unless existing clients receive these as well. It could mean premium increases as insurance premiums 'harmonise'. This, coupled with the rising cost of building materials as a result of global inflation, means there is no better time to reassess your current policy. The cost to rebuild or repair your property in 2022 is likely to be significantly higher than in previous years. Your premium is based on the Building Sum Insured (BSI), and it’s advisable to check that your existing terms are accurate, otherwise you run the risk of being significantly underinsured in the event of a claim.

Your existing insurer will offer you a renewal based on the information you provided when you originally took out cover with them. A price comparison website will show you multiple cover options based purely on the information you’ve supplied. While at Abode, we look at all options for you and ask you as many in-depth questions as possible to ensure we’re getting all the information we need to provide a quote.

As a listed property specialist, we remove the guesswork and approach a panel of specially selected insurers, to offer you the most suitable policy for your home at the most competitive price. We only approach the most reputable insurers including Chubb, Hiscox, Aviva, Munich Re, and Ecclesiastical. And we only recommend insurers that are directly authorised by the FCA.

In short, our priority is to make sure you’re properly insured and only paying for what you need to protect your listed home. Our aim is to deliver specialist advice and real value for money while providing a high-quality, personal service.

If you’d like to speak to one of our experienced advisors, please don’t hesitate to get in touch; we’d love to hear from you.

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