Three in 10 people have had holes accidentally put through their walls, ceilings, and floorboards due to gaming
Shockingly, the average person spends US$477.40 on the damage that’s been caused to their homes after getting carried away with a game, and almost one in three spend more than US$200.
The most commonly reported damage is to laptops, mobile phones, and tablets, due to gamers getting carried away while they’re playing video games, with 31.9% of respondents reporting this had happened to them.
Not far behind are unintentional holes in the walls, ceilings and floorboards, with three in 10 respondents admitting this has happened to them, whether it’s from getting frustrated when losing a game or throwing a ball just a bit too hard.
The third-most common type of damage homes across the USA and Australia have seen is broken vases, mirrors, and ornaments, with this happening to more than a quarter of respondents. Whilst they often don’t cost as much to replace (unless they’re family heirlooms), it’s still not ideal, especially if it’s something that happens regularly.
As for where the damage costs the most to repair, Oregon is the US state that forks out the most, with the average cost of their damages totalling a huge US$1,114.30 – that’s almost triple the spend of the average American at US$407.85! Arkansas and South Carolina see the second and third-most expensive damages at US$933.60 and US$849.71 respectively.
In Australia, it’s Western Australia with the most expensive repairs, at US$1,043.44, which is almost double the nation’s average cost, at US$638.57. Victoria comes in second place, but costs here are significantly lower than Western Australia, at US$752.50.
Adrian Taylor, General Manager of General Insurance at Compare the Market Australia states: “Whether you love a competitive family boardgame night, your kids regularly have their friends over to play together, or you enjoy online gaming as a release from the stresses of daily life; we all know that playing games is a great way to switch off and forget about the world for a little bit.
“That being said, sometimes – especially if you’ve got little ones playing together! – games can result in accidental damage to your home. That’s why taking out home and contents insurance with cover for accidental damage is so important. From accidental structural damage, such as holes in the wall, through to broken vases and laptops, if you do accidentally experience damage to your home or belongings, your insurance may provide cover, meaning you can reduce your out of pocket expenses.”
So, if you haven’t yet taken out a home or contents insurance policy, now’s the time to compare deals and look for one that suits your needs. It’s a great way to protect your belongings from loss, damage, and unexpected events from gaming damage to floods and fires.