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Our Private Client Manager, Zoe Watkins, discusses the impact of Covid-19 on the property market and provides guidance on the insurance implications.

The property market post lockdown

There has been much focus on the surge in residential sales with the property market experiencing a mini boom post lockdown, mostly due to the Government’s temporary cut in stamp duty.   According to a recent article by BuyAssociation, new instructions from sellers have risen by 36% year-on-year in Q3, with sales agreed increasing by 53% in compared to Q3 2019.

Many homeowners will be using the decrease in stamp duty to move to a higher valued home or looking to purchase a second home.  Ian McKenzie, chief executive of The Guild of Property Professionals, said: “Approximately 1 million people in the UK, which equates to around 4% of all households, have turned their dream into a reality and own a second property". McKenzie attributed the government’s announcement on stamp duty as a driving force.

Insurance considerations when buying a new/second home:

  • Contact your insurance provider well in advance of expected exchange date to discuss your requirements and arrange the correct cover
  • Check existing home remains protected while you remain responsible for it
  • Second home properties – you will need an additional policy for a second home and there will be additional risks attached which will require specialist cover.

Whether purchasing a second home or a higher value property we advise seeking a high value home insurance policy that offers you the protection you need, at PIB Insurance Brokers, our dedicated insurance specialists will work with you to find an insurance solution for your bespoke requirements.

An increase in home improvements

The UK has also witnessed an increase in home improvement activity with reports of over 61,000 planning applications made during the 13 weeks of the first lockdown, as the nation stayed at home it provided an opportunity to start home improvement projects.

If all planning permission work is completed it would add more than 1.5 million square meters of space to Britain’s existing housing stock.  An equivalent of 214 football pitches.

According to a recent article by Santander, analysis of local authority planning applications, compiled by construction industry analysts Barbour ABI, homeowners submitted plans this year to extend their homes by an average of 24.875 sq metres each. The combined total cost of this work is an estimated £1.9 billion pounds.

Santander also reported that despite the uncertainty brought by Covid-19, and a lot of people now looking to move property, it seems Britain remains home to a community of improvers, who have ploughed ahead with working on their property. Research among more than 2,000 UK homeowners, suggested that for two in five (40%), the pandemic accelerated home improvement plans and inspired future projects both small and large.

The impact on your insurance policy

Many homeowners do not realise that building works can impact and possibly invalidate their insurance policy.

If you plan to have any renovation work carried out on your home, no matter how small, you should inform your insurers of the work which is to be carried out so specialist cover can be put in place.  PIB Insurance Brokers private client team can guide and assist this process, sourcing a specialist bespoke policy to ensure you have the correct level of cover required for your home improvements.

We’re here to help

As we head into another lockdown, many homeowners will be looking to continue home improvements or move to a new house.  If you would like further insurance advice and support during this process, please get in touch with one of our private client specialists.

Find out more

For any questions about your home insurance, or your clients’ home insurance, please contact:

Zoe Watkins – Private Client Manager

e: zoe.watkins@pib-insurance.com

m: 07880 002546

Visit our website: Homes and Estates

Sources:

Buy Association

Santander

Property Wire