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Home insurance warning for DIY enthusiasts

DIY enthusiasts have been urged not to let their enthusiasm get the better of them this weekend or risk invalidating their home insurance policy. According to price comparison site, Bank Holidays are seen by many as the perfect time to carry out home improvements, despite the fact that "half of the jobs" carry a risk of invalidating a claim. However, by following certain simple guidelines the chance of this occurring can be significantly reduced, said Debra Williams, the site's managing director.These include informing insurers of even the most minor work, such as changing a lock, and ensuring that windows are not left open to leave paint dry overnights. Just as important is that workmen are not given keys with which to access your home, since despite the convenience that this seems to offer it could invalidate your home insurance cover in the event of a theft. It is also prudent to tidy up work tools once the working day is done, she added, since these make it easier for thieves to break in.

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