Allianz Northern Ireland Blog

Contents Insurance Explained

Home insurance is there to cover you for unexpected and unforeseen circumstances. When we talk about home insurance, we’re not just talking about the house itself - we’re also concerned with the items inside that make it a home, if you choose to insure them.

Contents insurance covers the items in your home as distinct from the actual building itself. With Allianz you can choose:

  • a combined policy with buildings and contents cover;
  • buildings only cover; or
  • contents only cover.

This blog post explains the ins and outs of contents insurance by answering some common questions we get in relation to this topic.

What’s covered?


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Tips for Driving your Car Abroad

Driving in a foreign country is daunting at the best of times. Driving on the other side of the road is difficult enough without a foreign language, unfamiliar road signs and sometimes aggressive drivers to worry about!

Like everything else though, a little preparation can go a long way and help you to avoid potential bumps in the road. Here are our top tips to make your foreign driving experience more manageable.

Before You Travel

Before you head off there are a number of essentials you will need to have:

Your driving licence – Ensure your full driving licence is valid and with you.  Keeping your passport to hand can be ...

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Getting Into The Garden With Children

Gardeners have long claimed higher job satisfaction and lower stress levels, this could perhapsbe explained by recent scientific research which suggests that microbes found in soil canstimulate serotonin production in the body, a substance which make us feel relaxed and happy. That, to me, translates that getting into the garden and getting dirty is good for you and something all the family can benefit from. With the days getting longer, brighter and warmer there are more opportunities to get out and get interacting with these microbes. Sometimes it can be tricky getting out into the garden when you have children, how...

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Driving Other Cars – What You Need to Know

Have you ever needed to use somebody else’s car only to realise that you’re not insured as a named driver on their policy? One of the most common questions we hear at Allianz in relation to car insurance is whether or not you’re covered to drive other people’s cars under your policy. We will be happy to reply that the answer is yes, so long as you’re over 25 and that you’ve chosen Driving Other Cars as an optional extra*.

This option will allow you to drive another private car with the owner’s permission provided the car:

Does not belong to you or your employerIs not hired or leased to either of the parties described ab...

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Sow Something for Summer

The languid, light-filled summer days may seem a distance off, but day length is increasing and there is lots of growing getting underway in the garden all ready. Spring is a chaos, a rush of energy, and often there is so much happening its easy to forget to think ahead. If you can spare a moment, now is the perfect time to take note of spring flowering bulbs you have been admiring and make a record of combinations you want to try for planting next autumn.

exuberant summer border

An exuberant summer border created using a mixture of annuals and tender perennials with sunflowers, dahlias and sulphur cosmos

Another spring gardening task is sowin...

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County Antrim Yacht Club hosts the Allianz Balloon Race

Excitement was high on Saturday 20 August as County Antrim Yacht Club hosted the annual Allianz Balloon Race.

This event which has now become one of the fun highlights of County Antrim Yacht Club’s social and sailing calendar gives children the opportunity to take to the water for fun and frolics in a mad dash to capture balloons. 

Spectators and sailors were treated to a spectacular sight as hundreds of colourful balloons were released at sea and tension mounted as competitors eyed up their target. The hooter went and the balloons were soon swarmed by a flotilla of young sailors, many donning fancy dress, all determine...

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