More than half of British households do not insure their garden equipment, despite the average cost of their outdoor accessories reaching £1,457.
This is according to the latest research from MoneySuperMarket, which found there is £32.9 billion worth of garden equipment, toys, tools, bikes and BBQs that are uninsured in the UK.
Those who have just updated their outdoor space with the help of landscape gardeners in Chester will no doubt have been enjoying their greenery even more over the last few weeks, as lockdown has meant they have been unable to go out like they normally would.
As a result, households have been spending more time in their garden, particularly as Britain has been blessed with some sunny weekends since lockdown began at the end of March. Unsurprisingly, many homes have invested a greater amount of money in their garden accessories so they can take advantage of their outdoor area, making it even tempting for burglars.
This is why the price comparison site is reminding homeowners to check their insurance policies to see whether their goods are included and to be extra vigilant at locking things away over the warmer months.
“There’s the temptation to leave items of value outside overnight or keep your shed unlocked. This can, however, leave you open to a risk of burglary and, in turn, possibly void your home insurance cover,” Kate Devine, head of home insurance at MoneySuperMarket told YourMoney.com.
With the fine weather set to remain over the coming weeks and people are likely to spend more time in their gardens, this advice could prove invaluable to ensure homeowners’ garden accessories remain protected. Indeed, the Met Office predicts temperatures could even reach 28C on Sunday (May 31st).