Can I change mortgage protection insurance provider?

I took out mortgage insurance with my bank alongside my mortgage but wanted to review this cover as I’ve read that banks are expensive when it comes to insurance. Can I change mortgage insurer?

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Yes, it is usually possible to change mortgage insurance provider at any time. Over time different insurers can come out more competitive than others so it makes sense to consider changing insurer from time to time.

Switching insurer can save you money

Drewberry Insurance reviews the cover and premiums for our clients every year to ensure they are still the most competitively priced given the clients requirements and suggest a change of provider if worthwhile. We provide these services as standard for both mortgage life insurance and mortgage payment protection.

It is usually necessary to provide an existing provider with 30 days notice before cancelling your cover and direct debit. It is also important not to cancel existing cover before new insurance is in place. If your health has changed at all since taking out cover you should speak to an adviser.

For more information please see the guide: Switching mortgage insurance provider

Getting over-charged – Change insurance from a bank

Changing new clients cover away from bank provided insurance is very common as the monthly premiums charged by banks is sometimes as much as 100 per cent higher than fair market price.

In the past banks sometimes used to bundle the insurance premiums into the mortgage cost, so only a single premium is paid each month. It is important to note that there is sometimes a penalty to separate out the insurance from the mortgage but it is usually the case that separation (plus penalty) is still cheaper.

If this applies to you then it is worth speaking to your bank to find out if a penalty would apply and, if so, how much the penalty would be so you can compare the benefits of switching to more competitively priced cover.

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This information does not constitute financial or other professional advice. You should consult your professional adviser or contact us directly on 02084327333 should you require financial advice. It is important to ensure any insurance policy you take out is suitable for your needs.
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