News & Blog: Personal Insurance

Covering the insurance-related issues and developments that matter to our personal and business clients.

Sep 14, 2018 Insurance Fraud 101: How to Steer Clear of Staged Car Accidents

Picture this: You’re waiting to pull out of a parking lot, but traffic isn’t letting up. Finally, someone slows down and waves you through, so you look both ways and pull in front of him, waving a quick thank-you. And then, WHAM! The same driver who let you in speeds up and slams into you. When you get out of your car to ask him what happened, he says he didn’t expect you to drive into him…but not to worry, it’s no big deal — this has happened to him before and he knows just what to do. This is just one of several common “accidents” staged by (seemingly innocent) fraudsters hoping to score some quick cash, and they aren’t afraid to drag honest people like you into their…

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Aug 29, 2018 Tornado in Ottawa ─ How Does this Affect You?

Tornado warnings have been a common sight and sound this Summer. If you’ve seen pictures or video of this natural disaster, you know tornadoes are no joke.  It can blow out windows, launch vehicles into the air, tear the roof off homes and severely damage the structural integrity of buildings. It does lead you to think, does your home policy cover you for damage caused by a tornado? Am I Covered? Damage to homes caused by hail or wind is generally covered. This includes damage caused by flying debris or falling branches. This would also generally include damage to your home and its contents when water enters through openings as a result of the wind or hail damage. In certain circumstances,…

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Aug 28, 2018 10 Best Back-to-School Cars for Students

With the new school year approaching, many students and parents are considering the transportation needs of getting to class, home and various other activities. To help students and parents narrow down their choices, U.S.-based Kelley Blue Book has announced their picks for the 2018 Top 10 Back-to-School Cars. How They Were Chosen Each pick was chosen with safety, affordability (a plus for parents) and practicality in mind. Kelley Blue Book believes this list has something both parents and students will like. “It’s not always easy to get parents and students to agree, but this list of new cars can serve as common ground. When choosing these best back-to-school cars, we started by gathering a list of vehicles with a Kelley Blue Book Fair…

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Aug 23, 2018 Renters Insurance: What is it and Who Needs it?

One of the most common myths about insurance is that renters just don’t need it, plain and simple. Your landlord has insurance, so you’re covered, too…aren’t you? Not to burst your bubble, but whoever started that rumor was terribly misinformed. In the event of a fire or extensive damage to your building, your landlord’s insurance would likely cover the walls around you and any major appliances that came with your unit, but everything else is on you. This is where renters insurance comes in. Renters insurance, sometimes referred to as tenants insurance, doesn’t just cover the items inside your rented space — it can protect you in ways you never even knew you needed. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest perks.

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Aug 7, 2018 A Room-By-Room Look at What Renters Insurance Could Do For You

We know what you’re thinking. I can’t afford to buy insurance. I’m already paying rent and have enough expenses to cover each month. But how much do you think it would cost to replace all of the items in your apartment? Let’s do a little math… (Viewing this from your smartphone? Click here to enlarge.) What’s your stuff really worth? Everything adds up, and even the “little things” are worth more than you might think. In the bedroom Queen-size mattress, $1,000 Sheet set, $100 Duvet, $150 Clothes & shoes (heels and runners), $2,500 Tablet and case, $700 Total: $4,450 In the office MacBook Pro, $1,600 Printer/scanner, $100 Digital camera, $500 Office furniture, $500 Total: $2,700 In the living room…

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Jul 18, 2018 Before, During, and After a Windstorm

Did you know that an estimated 50% of Economical home insurance claims related to wind damage happen in the summer? Strong, gusty winds can do some serious damage to your property and make for unsafe driving conditions. While most home and car insurance policies do include coverage for damage caused by windstorms, there are some things you can do before, during, and after a windstorm to stay safe and avoid damage to your property and your car. How to prepare before a windstorm Strong winds can cause damage to your property or lift up loose items and turn them into dangerous projectiles. Stay on top of these tips year-round so you’re always prepared for a windstorm: Trim your trees and shrubs. Make sure you…

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Jun 21, 2018 Your Guide to Safe Summer Biking

Biking is a great way to get around town, save money on gas, and get some exercise. While you likely learned to ride a bike as a kid, chances are you weren’t commuting across the city to your office job or sharing the road with cars, trucks, and other motorized vehicles. While it can be intimidating at first, a little bit of planning will go a long way and help you ride with confidence. Here’s a quick guide to get you out on the road and enjoying life on two wheels. Take care of your bike Just like a car, your bike needs regular maintenance and attention. Ignoring problems will not only cost you more money in the long run, but it could put…

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Jun 8, 2018 A Step-by-Step Guide to Opening Your Cottage for the Summer

If you have a cottage, it’s about time to open it up and prepare for another summer of beach days and campfire nights. Check these 10 steps off your to-do list as you get ready for cottage season. 1. Arrange to have your utilities turned back on or inspected. If any of your utilities, like water or gas, need to be turned on by professionals, remember to make arrangements well ahead of time so your cottage is ready when you plan to settle in for the season. You should also have your septic system inspected by a professional if it’s due for a check-up. 2. Make sure your seasonal property insurance policy is up to date. Whether you’re adding some new toys to your…

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Jun 5, 2018 Sinkhole, in Ottawa? How would Insurance Work?

Remember that every situation is unique so you should talk to your insurance broker for more information. Let’s use a hypothetical situation and say a sinkhole appeared in the middle of the highway, out of nowhere ─  and a driver drives straight into it. Although the ultimate decision about claims rests with the particular insurance company, in this type of situation, we would expect the claim would be handled under the loss or damage section of the policy as a collision. If the person in question did not have collision insurance at the time of the accident, they would be financially responsible for the loss of the vehicle. They would also have to pay for their own rental vehicle (if required), giving themselves…

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May 25, 2018 Home Improvements That Could Lower the Cost of Your Insurance

If you’re thinking about making some home improvements this year, why not choose projects that could help you save on home insurance? Here are five premium-reducing upgrade ideas to get you started. Switch up your heat source. If you currently have an oil furnace or a wood or pellet stove (three of the riskier heat sources on the market), switching to an electric or gas furnace could lower your risk of fire and your insurance premium. Replace your knob-and-tube, aluminum, or 60-amp electrical system. All three of these systems (commonly found in older homes) tend to come with a greater risk of overheating. To reduce your chances of an electrical fire and save on home insurance, consider upgrading to an electrical system that uses…

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