Tips to help your insurance agent help you

Periodically review your insurance needs with your agent.

Periodically review your insurance needs with your agent.

You count on your independent insurance agent to guide you through the purchase of personal insurance coverage tailored to meet your needs. But after the initial purchase, how often do you re-examine your policies? Your independent agent can also help you evaluate coverage periodically as your needs change.

Review at renewal

Renewals are a great opportunity to verify that you are properly insured. When you receive your renewal information from your agent or carrier – usually several weeks prior to the policy renewal date – check your coverages to make sure they’re still appropriate to your situation. If something has changed, mention it to your agent. Read More

The homeowner’s to-do list: Here’s where to start

Time to get your property in shape after winter.

Time to get your property in shape after winter.

Now that the seasons have turned, it’s time to assess how your property weathered the winter. This is a good time to make a “to-do” list to prevent property maintenance and liability issues.

Starting from the top:

Roof – Have a roofer check for lifting, curling or missing shingles, or shingles that have suffered granular loss. Remove any debris or built-up moss that can reduce your roof’s life expectancy. Clean gutters of any leaves or debris. Read More

Maintain privacy through records disposal

Careful document disposal curbs identity theft.

Careful document disposal curbs identity theft.

Identity theft is a major problem that is growing each year. Criminals want to use your name, date of birth, Social Security number and other personal or account information to steal your identity. You can minimize the chances of being an identity theft victim by using safe and secure methods to dispose of important, confidential or sensitive paper or electronic media storage devices, such as computers, CDs and flash drives. Read More