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Protecting Your Home: Understanding Your Home Insurance Policy

May 7 2018 As a homeowner, one of the most important aspects of your home isn’t something you use daily. And it isn’t something flashy you show off to friends. It’s your homeowners insurance policy, and it protects you in more ways than you may think, helping... more

Do I Need to Tell My Insurance Company If My Dog Bites Someone?

Apr 10 2018 My "granddog", pictured above, is acting like he is sorry he went through the living room's window screen when trying to greet someone who stopped by to visit. You, and I, probably don’t think our dogs would ever bite someone, let alone cause a... more

Insuring Jewelry: How to Know if Your Coverage is Enough

Feb 15 2018 Whether it's a ring from a loved one, a bracelet handed down through generations or even a watch or necklace marking a special occasion; every reason you treasure a piece of fine jewelry is a reason it should be insured. However, calling it “jewelry... more

Three Ways a Pool May Affect Your Homeowners Insurance

Sep 15 2017 That oh-so-covetable experience of relaxing in your outdoor hot tub or taking a dip in your very own pool? Millions of American households enjoy it, both when the weather’s nice and when it starts to cool down. With the summer heat fading now that... more

Easy to Forget Cleaning Projects

Aug 8 2017 As a busy homeowner, it's easy to fall into the trap of pushing off tasks that maintain the long-term value of your home in favor of more pressing problems. That’s OK, to a point, as certain house-cleaning projects should be in the “long-term... more

Burglary Prevention: Should You Leave the Lights On?

Dec 2 2016 It seems like a no-brainer to leave the lights on outside your home to deter burglars while you’re away (or even while you’re asleep). While this doesn't occur frequently in our area, does that really work? Or is it just a waste of electricity —... more

Which Home Alarms Do You Need?

Nov 4 2016 Technology has made home alarms of all kinds — from security to smoke, radon to radiation — more accessible than ever. Many of them can be configured to work together, and some even alert you to trouble through your phone or other mobile device, so... more

Device Insurance: Cover Your Personal Electronics With the Policy You Already Have

Oct 7 2016 It seems everyone these days has a smartphone. a smart TV, a tablet, or an ebook reader. Maybe you have all of the above – and more.When you add it all up, you may find you have thousands of dollars tied up in technology. It’s a significant... more

What Should Go in Your Home Safe (or Safe-Deposit Box)?

Jun 4 2016 Spring has arrived in the Northwest, which means it’s time to clean the cobwebs out of the corners, organize the closets and so forth. While you’re at it, don’t forget to revisit the important documents and other items you have in your home safe and... more

The Type of Fire Extinguisher Every Home Should Have

May 10 2016 A fire is a fire, and a fire extinguisher is a fire extinguisher, right? Well, not quite. There are actually different types of fires and different types of extinguishers that respond best to each one. So, which is right for you?We’ll get to that,... more

Thrifty Security: Burglar-Proof Your Home for the Holidays

Dec 16 2015 It's not unusual, when you set out on that holiday trip, to look back at the house a little nervously. Sure, you remembered to lock the doors, but just how secure are things? What might happen while you're away?One way to get some peace of mind is... more

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