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Insurance for house sitters – why is it important?

As a house sitter, your reputation relies on keeping other people’s homes safe and secure so you need to have the right level of protection. With the right cover you can get back to business as normal. You can start with public liability insurance and build from there.

  • rated 4.7/5 based on 39K+ public liability customer reviews
  • optional personal accident cover for your own injuries, or anyone on the pol
  • UK-based claims team, award-winning and available 24/7

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What does house sitting insurance cover?

It’s quick to add covers to your quote and build a policy that suits your needs as a house sitter. Most businesses start with public liability insurance, which protects your business against third party claims for injuries or property damage. Then, you can add covers that protect against other risks.

Public liability insurance

In case your business and products cause an injury or property damage.

What’s typically covered by public liability insurance for house sitters?

Claims against your business for:

  • damage to someone else’s property, caused by your work
  • injuries caused by you at work, or afterwards because of your work
  • accidental injury or damage caused by your employees (if you have any)

For example:

  • you accidentally knock your client’s car when parking up outside their house, causing damage to the paintwork on one side
  • a customer trips on a loose cable while on your premises, falling and breaking their arm in several places
  • an employee is mopping the floor, but forgets to put up a safety sign, causing an electrician to fall and injure their back

**If you do employ anyone, you’re usually required by law to have employers’ liability insurance too.**

Read more about public liability insurance

Employers’ liability insurance

In case anyone gets ill or injured while working for your business

What’s typically covered by employers’ liability insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • an injury that happens as a result of working for you (including temps and casual workers)
  • an employee, including a contractor or casual labourer, suing you after falling ill because of working for you

**Employers’ liability insurance is required by law if you have people working for you. Without it, you could be fined up to £2,500 a day for each employee.**

For example:

  • your employee injures their lower back while moving furniture at your premises and holds you responsible
  • an employee cuts their hand on a damaged countertop and sues you for operating an unsafe workspace
  • a member of staff trips over while unloading business equipment, injuring their knee

Contents insurance

In case something happens to your fixtures, fittings, or operational equipment.

What’s typically covered by business contents insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • accidental damage or destruction caused by flood, fire, theft, or vandalism
  • cover for your contents, up to the insurance level you’ve selected

For example:

  • your bespoke wooden display units and decorative items are damaged by flooding, and need restoring or replacing
  • a fire causes serious damage to your premises, and you need to replace all your office furniture
  • someone breaks into your business premises and steals the office printer

Read more about business contents insurance

Business legal insurance

In case you’re hit with legal expenses connected to your business.

Claims against your business for:

  • unpaid invoices
  • contracts for the purchase, hire, sale, or provision of goods or services provided to you
  • an alleged breach of statutory rights with an employee

For example:

  • you need to recover debt after a client refused to pay their invoice, caused by a contractual dispute
  • you’re facing legal costs as a client is disputing whether you met your contractual obligations with your hire agreement

Read more about business legal insurance

Personal accident insurance

In case anyone you’ve covered is accidentally injured, at work or off-duty.

What’s typically covered by personal accident insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • if someone named on the policy is accidentally injured or dies while at work or elsewhere
  • any hospitalisation benefit or medical costs, plus lost income

For example:

  • you fall off a ladder while decorating your home, breaking your elbow
  • a member of staff, who’s named on the policy, dislocates their shoulder while playing tennis and can’t work to full capacity
  • an insect bite you got on holiday becomes infected and you need to take time off work for hospital treatment

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Stock insurance

In case something happens to your products and consumables.

What’s typically covered by stock insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • damage to (and loss of) stock, following fires, floods, or vandalism
  • theft of stock following a break-in
  • costs involved with replacing the stock you need to operate

For example :

  • someone forces entry to your business premises and steals from your stockroom
  • an important stock order falls from the back of your van and is never recovered
  • you’ve taken a stock delivery, which is stolen while you’re speaking to a neighbour

Read more about stock insurance

Excess insurance

In case you need to make a claim on your insurance policy.

What's typically covered by excess insurance?

Claims made by you for:

  • when you make a claim on a cover included in your business insurance policy, you won’t need to pay excess

For example :

  • strong winds cause severe damage to the roof of your property – you don’t have to pay the £250 excess thanks to your excess insurance
  • a guest accidentally breaks a television during their stay at your property and thanks to your excess insurance, you don’t need to pay excess on the claim
  • a guest’s child trips on a loose carpet and breaks their arm – they claim compensation and you don’t pay excess due to your excess insurance

This content has been created for general information purposes. Make sure you have the right level of business insurance by checking your policy documentation for details. Read our full Terms and Conditions

How much does insurance for house sitters cost?

Find out how much you’ll pay by comparing prices from a range of trusted insurers. You choose what goes into your policy, so you only pay for what you need.

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*The price is for £1 million of public liability insurance - 10% of customers paid £41.87 or less annually between 1st Oct 2023 - 31st Mar 2024. Equivalent to £3.49/month (and excludes the extra costs for paying monthly). If you complete a quote more types of cover will be available, these all have additional costs.

What kind of excess should I expect?

An excess is an amount you pay towards any claim you make on your insurance. For example, if your excess is £250 and you make a claim worth £1000, your payout will be a maximum of £750.

Insurance cover

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Highest excess

Public liability

No excess

£750

Employers' liability

No excess

No excess

Contents

£200

£4,000

Stock

£200

£4,000

The figures above are for guidance only and any excess applying to your quote may differ. You’ll get a breakdown of the excesses for each quote when you compare with us.

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How do insurance claims work for house sitters?

Unlike price comparison websites, we take the hassle out of claims for you. We know how important it is to get your business back on track quickly – and with a minimum of fuss. That’s why you get access to your dedicated claims team any time, day or night. Call them on 0333 207 0560 or claim online. They’ll do their best to be fair and supportive.

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House sitting insurance FAQs

Whether you’re new to buying business insurance or you’ve been trading for a while, here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about insurance for off licences. You can also check out our business insurance FAQs.

  • Yes. You may start offering additional services that require you to use different skills or carry out different tasks. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s important to give us a call on 0333 0146 683 to update your policy before you take on this new work.

    If you don’t have the correct type of cover in place for the work you do, you may be unable to claim on your policy if something goes wrong.

  • Each insurer looks at CCJs and IVAs differently – some apply stricter rules than others, but having a CCJ or IVA doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be able to buy insurance.

  • You can choose the payment type that suits your business and cash flow best. Some customers prefer to pay in one go, while others prefer to pay a regular monthly amount, like you do with lots of other bills. Simply Business offer three ways to pay for your policy:

    • one-off credit or debit card payment
    • BACS payment
    • Direct Debit

    If you choose to pay by Direct Debit, our credit provider, Premium Credit, pays Simply Business the full amount for your policy up front. You then repay Premium Credit in 10 monthly installments.

  • This will depend on whether you have employers’ liability insurance in place. Public liability insurance is designed to protect your business against the consequences of legal action brought by members of the public for injuries or damage to their belongings. But when it comes to your employees causing injury or damage, this protection only activates if you also have employers’ liability insurance.

    If you employ people, you’re required by law to have employers’ liability insurance.

    There’s one exception here. Family businesses that aren’t incorporated as a limited company are not legally required to have employers’ liability insurance. The government defines a “family business” as one where all your employees are closely related to you (as a spouse, civil partner, sibling, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, step-parent, stepchild or half-sibling). So if you run an unincorporated family business and you choose not to get employers’ liability insurance, it’s important to know that your public liability insurance wouldn’t cover you against damage or injury caused by your team.

We create this content for general information purposes and it should not be taken as advice. Always check policy documentation for details and seek professional advice. Read our full Terms and Conditions

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