Insure Your Christmas Gifts

By Quinn Allen

 

Christmas tends to be a time for spending and big purchases for the ones that we love. Unfortunately, this often means we are at higher risk of property theft during the Holidays. It’s important that you make the time to speak with your insurance agent to ensure that these new gifts are covered under your policy. Depending on the item, you could schedule or you could increase your coverage by making changes to even a homeowner or car insurance policy – if the purchased item is a home or car. Examples of items to schedule are:

 

  • Computers, laptops, or tablets
  • Hobby Equipment (ski, scuba, quad copters, RC airplanes, etc.)
  • Musical instruments
  • Jewelry
  • Televisions
  • Designer clothing
  • Gaming systems (PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, etc.)
  • Fine art (prints, paintings, sculptures, vases, etc.)
  • Mobile Devices
  • Cameras/equipment

 

Is your vacation home properly protected? 

 By Leslie Caveny

 

More and more people are investing in vacation homes. Vacation homes offer you a sanctuary, while also providing you with additional income if you decide to rent your property to others.

The question is, do you have your vacation home properly protected? Purchasing a vacation home is a significant investment. The following are a few things to take into consideration to properly protect your investment.

Like most vacation homeowners, you’re likely to spend time there sporadically this means it will be unoccupied a great deal of the year. It’s probably a good idea to install a home alarm, at minimum, or a surveillance system to prevent theft or fire. Thanks to the internet you can see what’s happening at your vacation home in real time – so you can keep watch over your property.

Helping You Through The Health Insurance Maze

 

By Mandi Henson

Open enrollment for health insurance begins on November 1, 2016. The deadline for enrollment is January 31, 2017, which may seem like a long time away, but as almost anyone who’s already been through the process knows, it can be a confusing time. If you are fortunate enough to have your employer pay for all or a part of your health insurance premium, consider yourself lucky. Nearly 50% of Americans are finding themselves in a position where they are footing the bill for their own health insurance premiums. Some premiums are even reaching levels above a monthly mortgage payment. Fortunately, there are options out there to help lower the cost of your health insurance premiums.

The first step in considering your health insurance options is to speak with a licensed agent who can provide you with information you need to make an informed decision. Licensed agents will ask you a set of standard questions in order to best advise you and get you the coverage you need.

Why it’s important to inventory your possessions

 

By Leslie Caveny

It’s stressful enough when something valuable gets stolen or lost, without the aggravation of having to provide an accurate description of your personal assets. This is why it’s a good idea to keep a record of your personal items in the instance they are stolen or lost.

Before taking an inventory of your personal assets, it might be a good idea to keep hold of receipts, especially for more valuable items, such as jewelry, electronics, and artwork.

Fall driving hazards

By Leslie Caveny

There are a number of hazards that can occur while driving this fall. It’s important to remember all of the changes that are taking place while transitioning from heat and humidity to cooler conditions.
Longer nights and shorter days reduces visibility making maintaining your headlights especially important. If it’s been more than a year since you replaced your headlights, you may want to consider buying a new pair so you have them if one of your current headlights no longer works. Make sure you also clean your headlights so there is a better contrast between high and low beams, allowing you to see better and others to see you.

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