Time to spring clean your home insurance cover

Spring-cleaning season is here! The flowers are blooming, heaters and blankets will be no more, and it is time to declutter. Declutter your policies while you are at it, and make sure you have the best protection in place for what is arguably your most expensive asset.


“By cleaning out the clutter you can minimise your home’s risk of fire and damage to your personal properties,” says Derek Wilson, Head of hippo.co.za the free comparison website. “Make sure that all flammable items are kept away form heater vents and elements and check that all your smoke detectors/ fire extinguishers are operational.”


Wilson goes on to add, “New additions and home improvements which increase the value of your home need to be updated on your insurance policies.” Spring cleaning provides the perfect opportunity to recognize maintenance issues. “A lack of maintenance could be a problem when there is an insurance claim.”


And to really get you into de-cluttering, spring cleaning mode, here are five spring cleaning tips* from Hippo.co.za your online consumer champion:


  1. Dust before vacuuming or cleaning the floor using a feather or lambs wool duster.
  2. Don’t stand your brooms on their bristles, as it destroys their shape and diminishes their effectiveness. Getting a broom holder will not only keep your broom in its shape, it is also a good organiser.
  3. Your walls may not look like they need to be cleaned but they do. Some dust falls off vertically. Take a damp soft sponge with dishwashing detergent and wipe in circular motion.
  4. Remove dust and dirt from ceiling fans and air-conditioner vents with a cloth and a vacuum with a soft nozzle attachment.
  5. Clean the refrigerator’s condenser coil, usually found behind the toe grille. Effectively clean it by using a long handled brush and a small nozzle attachment vacuum cleaner to remove dust and lint.


Established in 2007, hippo.co.za is South Africa’s leading comparison website that helps consumers save money by comparing a range of SA providers across financial products such as car insurance, home insurance, life insurance, medical and more. Hippo is free to use and saves consumers the time and hassle of shopping around for the best deal since the Hippo.co.za website instantly retrieves real-time quotes from the different providers using the latest Internet technology. At least 8 out of 10 people could save an average of R427* per month on their car insurance.

Hippo.co.za makes money by simply charging its partners a fee when a customer chooses to find out more about their products. The results consumers see, and the order in which they are presented, is in no way influenced by the fee hippo.co.za charges its partners or any other factors other than the price of the product being compared. 


For more information, visit us on www.hippo.co.za, connect with Hippo on LinkedIn, http://www.linkedin.com/company/hippo-comparative-services-pty-ltd/, like us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/HippoSA, and follow us on Twitter @Hippo_co_za and YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/user/hippocompare.


Hippo Comparative Services (Pty) Ltd is an authorized financial services provider (FSP number: 16357).


*Based on a representative market research survey conducted by Kaufman Levin Associates, on behalf of Hippo.co.za in May 2014.  Risk Profile Dependent.

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