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Smoke detectors required in French holiday homes

Reading Time: 2 minutes France has traditionally lagged behind the UK in using smoke detectors in homes. It’s estimated that only 5% of houses in France are fitted with a smoke alarm, compared to 90% in England. An alarming statistic considering house fires are responsible for 800 deaths per year. Furthermore, you are twice as likely to die in a house fire that has …

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Overseas home insurance pitfalls

Overseas home insurance pitfalls

Reading Time: 4 minutes Should you choose a local broker for your overseas holiday home or insurance from a UK based company? It’s a decision that many property owners face. If you are based in the same country where your overseas property is then it makes sense to choose a local insurer that you can visit should you need to discuss your policy. However, …

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30+ travel tips to cut the cost of your next holiday

Reading Time: 3 minutes Before you jet off to sunnier climes, here are 30 or so resources on money saving tips for holidays abroad and advice should something go wrong. Enjoy… Flights Cheap flights are a becoming a distant memory, but there are certain ways to get cheap flights and avoid ‘hidden airline fees’. There is also expert advice if you have problems with …

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Tips to monitor forest fires & protect your overseas property

Reading Time: 2 minutes The prolonged summer heatwave in Spain and Portugal has caused the worst wildfires in decades. Vast areas have been reduced to ashes, with tragic impact on both nature and property. The destruction In Portugal, the largest forest fire the Algarve has seen destroyed huge parts of Tavira council in the east Algarve. More than 26,500 hectares of forest and dozens …

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Advice and tips when driving abroad

Reading Time: 3 minutes Taking a road trip to an overseas holiday home can be a great adventure but, whether you’re using your own vehicle or a hire car, driving rules and regulations abroad can differ wildly to those in the UK. Even a trip to Europe, where driving may seem familiar, has potential pitfalls. Know the basics Before setting off it’s important to …

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Burst pipes in France: Tips to avoid an insurance disaster

Reading Time: 3 minutes Many French holiday home owners will soon be visiting their properties for the first time since they locked them up for winter at the end of last year. When they visit spring will be in the air…the days longer, the sun shining and the garden will be coming into life. All the signs that temperatures in parts of France plunged …

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Problems with building and contents insurance overseas

Reading Time: 2 minutes There are logical reasons for having both buildings and contents insurance for your property abroad with the same insurer. Primarily, claims will be dealt with by one insurer so there won’t be disputes about which insurer is responsible for settling claims – as is often the case with overseas insurers. Insurance rules are not universal. The insurance procedures and cover …

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