The BBC reported that a Grade II-listed building has been ravaged by a fire. Crews were called to Kelsale Hall, a 19th Century manor house near Saxmundham, Suffolk, at 17:45 GMT on Wednesday.
While certain areas of the UK are more prone to flooding than others, burst pipes, sewage problems, extreme weather, and other external causes mean that most UK homes have the potential to be flooded at some point or other. Regardless of their cause, floods generally hit suddenly and unexpectedly. That said, there are certain measures MORE >
Insurance is there to help you if things go wrong but ideally you want to do your best to prevent ever having to make a claim. We’ve put together this insurance checklist to help you identify any potential disasters your home could be vulnerable to, so you can take action to prevent them happening.
Zombies, vampires and ghosts may soon be coming to a street near you! Luckily, for most of us, it will all be in the name of Halloween fun but for others it’s also the perfect opportunity to commit a crime. So here are some tips to avoid any problems or “Halloween insurance nightmares”.
Homeowners whose houses were destroyed in the flooding over Christmas are still waiting for their insurers to pay out – and many are still nowhere near moving back into their homes.
In light of Samsung’s explosive product recall disaster this month, we thought we’d explore some of the most bizarre product recalls in history. The Bacterial Anti-Bac Gel
Business insurance is designed to protect companies from losses that could occur, should a serious event impact the normal running of the organisation. Business insurance can come in varying forms: from product liability, property insurance, employee-related risk insurance, such as worker’s compensation, to business life insurance.
Have you read our guide about keeping your home safe while you travel? There we mentioned that announcing your travel plans on social media probably isn’t the best idea.
It’s been 20 years since the last alien invasion of earth in Independence Day. Now we are getting ready for another massive showdown with the alien foes in Independence Day: Resurgence.
The summer of sport is upon us! Wimbledon! Euro 16! The Rio Olympics! So expect to read plenty of stories about athletes insuring their most valuable assets for ludicrous sums.
Home insurance policies are complicated things at the best of times. You might look at the premium you’re asked to pay and wonder: “How did they arrive at that figure?” When calculating your premium, insurers take a lot into consideration. This is just a small list of the sort of things that will be taken MORE >
Following the success of our competition called #duckietravels at BIBA 2015 we will be doing the same this year. Last year The HB Duck made it to Australia, China, Morocco, Antigua and many other exotic locations The rules are simple… Take a picture of our duck, tweet the picture to @harrisbalcombe with #duckietravels and the MORE >
At Harris Balcombe, we’ve been in the insurance game for so long that we like to think we’ve seen it all. But then we took the time to read about some of the weirdest insurance policies that have ever been taken out.
This article appeared in the Telegraph over the weekend and detailed that the new insurance scheme is designed to help those in high-risk areas for flooding obtain affordable home insurance – but how does it work in practice?
Product recalls can be disastrous for any business, which is why you need product recall insurance. But how common are product recalls, and how big a problem are they?
Ahead of the April launch of Flood Re, the Government’s new scheme promising affordable home insurance for flood prone regions, Harris Balcombe, Britain’s leading loss assessing and claims consultancy, is urging government to mirror the USA approach to flood mitigation and response which it delivers through The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Home insurance policies are too complicated, and few would tell you otherwise. The complexity of insurance policies can make it difficult for policyholders to get the settlement they deserve in the event of a claim – and the problem may be even worse than we feared.
This was reported in the Lancashire Evening Press – Full Article can be read at http://www.lep.co.uk/news/local/frustrated-family-tell-of-delays-over-insurance-1-7727060 As the clean-up got underway after the Boxing Day floods, insurance was a key issue for many people in Croston.
Even if Flood Re had been launched before December 2015, it’s doubtful that many afflicted properties would have been covered anyway. Here we explain why.
A report from PriceWaterHouseCoopers L.L.P estimates that the cost of the floods in Cumbria and Lancashire will reach £325 million. Harris Balcombe, Britain’s oldest and most experienced loss assessor and insurance claims consulting firm, says this estimate is far too conservative and costs will be much higher.
No two insurance claims are ever the same, but there’s a range of unique factors to consider when dealing with historic buildings
We’ve written previously about how you can speed up your business insurance claims. But a potential new set of laws might soon do the work for you.
A burst pipe, freak weather or sewage problems: regardless of the cause, a flood in your home can have long-lasting, damaging effects, leaving you with months of clean-up work and disruption.
Update 28/4/15 The project, headed up by Nick Balcombe, continues to move forward and in the last few weeks a significant step was taken towards the restoration of the Mackintosh Buildings