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Nancy E

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I currently work self employed in a couple of salons as well as mobile and am looking into setting up a salon at home.

I currently have insurance with the guild which covers me to work from home but I’m also looking to renew my home insurance. When I’ve mentioned that I want to start working from home to my prospective home insurers, they either won’t cover me or direct me to their business insurance department.
My question is, do I need to declare that I am using my home for business purposes or not considering I already have my business insurance set up with the guild?
What do any of you do?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated 🙏🏻
 

Trinity

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Your home insurance is different to your professional services and liability so they are not dependent on each other, however, You absolutely need both for different reasons.

Professional and Liability to protect you and your clients.
Home insurance to protect your homecand contents.

If you run your business from home without declaring it to your home insurance provider you run the risk of them rejecting any claim, we'll all know how insurance companies will use any excuse to refuse payment.

You don't need home insurance for professional insurance so no issues.

Insurance companies are impossible to fathom, my insurance company cover me but don't take new customers who work ftom home. Some use different criteria and class say 'office type' work different to visiting client work. We're in a sticky place at the moment with Covid-19 'work from home' advice, etc. So more and more are needing the cover so insurance companies are scrambling to work out what to do.

I think its a case of calling round and seeing what is available.
 

Nancy E

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Thanks very much for the reply. You’re certainly right they’re hard to fathom! Will do some more ringing around 😊
 

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Hi, have you tried calling Esure for a quote? My insurance premium did not change when I set up my home salon. They said that since the house is now occupied during the day it is safer so no extra charge. There is a limit to the number of clients I can have in a week. I can't recall the exact number but I remember thinking I would never have that many in a week. The only change to my policy is that if I do make a claim I have to be able to show that someone physically broke into the property eg. broken window/door. Since setting up at home I've had to make one claim on my household insurance which wasn't a problem at all. Although it was a fire in the garden caused by a very apologetic neighbour. Good luck!
 

Nancy E

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Hi, have you tried calling Esure for a quote? My insurance premium did not change when I set up my home salon. They said that since the house is now occupied during the day it is safer so no extra charge. There is a limit to the number of clients I can have in a week. I can't recall the exact number but I remember thinking I would never have that many in a week. The only change to my policy is that if I do make a claim I have to be able to show that someone physically broke into the property eg. broken window/door. Since setting up at home I've had to make one claim on my household insurance which wasn't a problem at all. Although it was a fire in the garden caused by a very apologetic neighbour. Good luck!
Thanks so much for your reply. I haven’t tried them so will give them a call 👍🏻😊
 

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