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The Ultimate Guide For Teachers: Protecting Your Home

Last updated: 16/10/20

If you’re a teacher, you’re often too busy planning lessons, marking work and looking after an entire class of students to think about what’s going on at home.

We understand that you can’t be in two places at once, and you shouldn’t have to worry about looking after your house while you’re busy moulding minds at work. Our guide will ensure that you’re always protecting your home, even when you’re not there.

Don’t forget to lock up

The first crucial action you should take to secure your home is check the quality of your locks on all of your windows, doors and - if you have one - your garage. This means ensuring that every route in or out of your home can be locked properly, including any outbuildings, garden gates or porches.

This way, if the worst should happen and you suffer a break-in, you’ve already done all you can, and the fault doesn’t lie with you.

The last thing you want is to leave your house for a full day in the classroom and have the niggling feeling that you’ve forgotten to lock the back door. If you’re prone to being forgetful, set yourself a reminder on your phone or consider switching to an electric lock.

Get to know the neighbours

If the person living next door to you is still a bit of a stranger, you could be putting your home at risk without even knowing it. Popping round to your neighbour’s house to ask for a favour is made much easier if you know them, so why not try to spark up a conversation next time you bump into them?

If you’re firm friends with those living around you, you’ve always got an extra set of watchful eyes to look out for your best interests when you’re not at home – so getting to know your neighbours on a more personal level might reward you in more ways than one.

Accidental damage cover

We know that protecting your home goes beyond simply locking the door. What if your home is damaged by an unexpected fire? Or you accidentally leave a tap running, resulting in flood damage? If an accident occurs, you need to have a back-up plan.

Our home insurance for teachers covers everything from structural breakages to vandalism - and you can wave goodbye to pricey insurance premiums, because we offer great value if you buy your cover directly from us.

Home security systems

Installing a home security system isn’t always needed, provided you’ve covered all the basic security measures. However, if you’re a teacher who often works away for long periods of time or has regular overnight trips, you could benefit from adding extra protection to your home.

Something as simple as installing a small camera next to your front door can make a huge difference by acting as a deterrent for any potential theft activity.

The extent to which you protect your home is down to you, and depends on your personal lifestyle. But installing a home security system can put your mind at rest if you know you have the tendency to be a bit of a worrier.

Advice for first time buyers

Moving into your first home is exciting. Maybe you’ve got a new teaching job and you’re relocating, or you’re finally getting out of your rented property with your fellow teacher friends from uni. Either way, it can be a complicated and difficult process - without the added pressures of safety.

The typical concerns about home security are heightened even further if you’re in a new home and don’t know the area particularly well. That’s why we offer a flexible insurance policy for this. Protect your first home with our first-time buyer home insurance that's easy to arrange, and will cover everything that makes your new house a home.

How to secure your home

As a teacher, your circumstances can often change. One week you could be tutoring pupils from home, and the next you could be away on a school trip. But regardless of where you are or what you’re doing at work, there’s no place like home – and you need to look after it.

We know that your home is more than just a building. If it’s important to you, we want to protect it.

Whether it’s protecting your belongings and gadgets, or taking out personal school property cover, our home insurance for teachers allows you to personalise the cover you need.

Find out more about our home insurance for teachers.

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