Guide to home insurance: best home insurance, building insurance, contents insurance, critical illness cover, income protection, household cover, mppi, ppi

We all know about buildings and contents cover but while buildings cover is compulsory it is amazing how many people still aren’t covered for their possessions.

And then there is your home. Every day we hear of yet another horror story relating to the Credit Crunch. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has warned that 600,000 UK jobs could go this year; others have said unemployment could hit three million. The latest UK statistics showed 1.86 million people were out of work in October - the highest since 1997, taking the overall unemployment rate to 6 per cent.

So what can you do to protect yourself and your home through the next, unpredictable months and years? Here is a reminder of the different types of insurance available to you.

Don’t find yourself caught short on cover

It is a surprising statistic that around 40% of you will find you’re under-insured should you ever need to claim on your home insurance.

What do you need from home insurance?
Home insurance sounds like a straightforward purchase, but not all products are the same, so it's worth doing your homework to make sure you get the cover that's right for you.

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