“People should think about their home insurance!” says insurance comparison website

Shed news now, with the revelation that the small buildings at the foot of our gardens might actually have things in them:

Average Brit homeowner has £1,200 uninsured goods in gardens and sheds

The average homeowner has potentially more than £1,200 of uninsured goods in sheds and garden spaces, according to research.

Standard buildings and contents insurance policies usually include a certain amount of cover for items kept in the garden or shed.

However, two-thirds of Brits have never listed a key ‘outside’ item of value on their home insurance policy – leaving them with a potentially costly bill if thieves make off with the goods.

Source: Mirror, 28th June 2019

Who might be interested in encouraging the public to weigh up the value of the contents of their garden sheds?

MoneySuperMarket is advising people to minimise the risk of theft by fitting locks to garden gates and installing lighting to put off any would-be-thieves.

Helen Chambers, head of home insurance at MoneySuperMarket, said: “Particularly in the summer months, there’s the temptation to leave items of value outside overnight or keep your shed unlocked, but that could leave you open to a risk of burglary and in turn, possibly void your home cover if you need to make a claim.

“Most standard contents insurance policies include a small amount of cover for garden items, but specifics can vary wildly – so it’s worth checking to ensure that your valuable items are fully covered.

“The home insurance market is very competitive, so it’s also worth checking if you could get a cheaper premium elsewhere.

“If you haven’t switched for a while, that’s probably going to be the case.

“It takes minutes to switch to a competitive policy and you could save up to 43 per cent on your bills.”

Some classic making-the-marketing-message-explicit work from the MoneySuperMarket spokesperson, there.

Naturally, this is another 72 Point Bad PR special, with their very own Adrian Hearn given the by-line in the Mirror, as if he were a journalist and not a PR exec.