On Valentine’s Day, nothing says love like jewelry. Fine gems are no small investment and you need to understand how to protect your valuables.
Thanksgiving safety tips – from traveling to deep frying the turkey
Millions of people travel from near and far to spend Thanksgiving with loved ones – it’s one of the busiest travel times of the year. The holiday is also a time when people spend a lot of time in the kitchen whipping up their Thanksgiving dinner and all the trimmings – resulting in a spike of house fires claims. Whether … Read More
Trick or Treating and Keeping it Safe this Halloween!
It’s the time of year for costumes, sweets, and tricks and treats. While Halloween offers plenty of make-believe fun, it can also bring real safety risks for children, adults, and pets. With their minds focused on getting tasty treats, kids are twice as likely to be hit by a car while darting across dark streets on Halloween than any other … Read More
How to Protect Your Second Home When You’re Not There
You’ve finally purchased your vacation home! It’s states away in a city you always felt at peace in. You’ve furnished the place with all the best appliances and adorned it with your favorite art pieces to make it truly feel like your home away from home. A vacation property can be a wonderful investment, but no one wants to see … Read More
Thinking of renting your home out via Airbnb – Not so fast!
It sounds like a great idea – you won’t be using your home during a specific period of time, so why not rent it out and make some quick cash? Sounds like a win-win, right? Eh…. maybe not. Listing your home for rent through Web sites like Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO (Vacation Rentals by Owner) can be fairly simple. But playing host to unknown … Read More
How to choose the perfect appraiser for your property, art, antiques, jewelry, and other valuables
If you have highly valuable, treasured property or possessions, you may need to get them appraised for insurance purposes. Many insurance carriers will insist on accurate valuation of property, art, antiques, jewelry, and other items so they can ensure the correct level of coverage and premium payment. When you’re seeking out a good appraiser, here are some areas to consider: … Read More
Ice dams, panty hose and ice melt – a winter trifecta
If you’ve been listening to the predictions for this Winter here in the Northeast – we’re expecting a rough one! And along with a lot of snow comes those horrid ice dams – a serious problem that will not only do damage to your home, but also is a cause for many winter insurance claims. If you happen to be … Read More
Use caution when Decking the Halls!
Every year without fail, insurance agents across the country handle thousands of claims involving home fires due to holiday decorations. Sadly, most of these incidents could have been avoided saving the homeowners from heartache – and a lot of money. Here are some great tips from the National Safety Council (Click HERE for the full brochure!) TREES Many artificial trees … Read More
Fall Cleaning and Pre-Winterization
The leaves begin to turn and a chill appears in the air; that’s our cue to pack up the summer gear, bust out the jackets and umbrellas, and get moving on the fall cleaning. Autumn is also the time to do some critical maintenance around the house and put some efficient (and money saving) pre-winterization measures in place. With a … Read More
Home Buyer 101: Basics for First Time Buyers
Buying your first home is one of the most exciting times in life. Embarking on the path to being a homeowner is your dream, and in your heart you’re ready for it. It’s a big deal, and buying a home for the first time can be one of the scariest most nerve-wracking experiences of your life. But it doesn’t have … Read More