Nov 4, 2021 Tips on how to Submit an Accurate Home Insurance Quote Online

Part 2 of completing accurate insurance quotes online looks at home insurance, and some of the common errors often seen. ( See part 1 – auto insurance here). Here are some of the most common errors; Replacement costThis is often one of the main discrepancies from online quotes, resulting in inaccuracy. Sometimes this results in predicting insurance cost that is too high, but more often than not, way too low. When inputting replacement cost online, we often hear from new home buyers, “I chose that number because the land is worth something, so I subtracted 20% from what I paid for the house”. Purchase price is not an accurate indication of replacement cost for insurance purposes. It’s perhaps a good starting point, but…

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Sep 27, 2021 4 Steps to Help You Insure Your Property or Vehicle “In the Estate of”

Going through the process of organizing insurance for assets that have been registered into the Estate of a loved one can be a complex and emotional experience as you mourn their loss. You may not be aware but property such as a house, vehicle or cottage, will need to be transferred to the name of the Estate to ensure that the property remains covered through insurance. At Rhodes & Williams Insurance, we understand that this is the last thing you may want to think about which is why we are here to support you during this difficult time. Below are the (4) steps* to ensure the process is simple and easy for you and your family: Provide a copy of the death certificate for the…

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Aug 10, 2021 Auto Insurance Quote Online: Tips to Submit for Accuracy

Wait? Insurance quotes online aren’t accurate? One of the most common opening lines I hear from clients after doing a car insurance quote on our website is  “ Hi Brian, thanks for the quote, what information do you need from me to obtain an accurate insurance quote?” My first reaction is, “why isn’t the quote accurate?” If the information submitted was correct, the online tool is extremely accurate. However, clients are now accustomed to the price changing after they speak to an insurance broker. They assume it’s wrong without ever really knowing why and this can be very frustrating. I am here to help with a few tips to produce the most accurate auto insurance…

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Feb 5, 2020 What to do if you are in a car accident – 6 pieces of critical information

I recently saw this tweet from Kim Gardner and despite her being an Anaheim Ducks fan, I decided to help ;-> Young or old, it is a good idea to prepare ahead for a car accident and hope you never need to use the knowledge you have gained. Quite often, such information is available to print out and keep in your glove box for when you need it, or in the case for our clients, it is also available in our Client Centre app which is available to download and always have with you in your phone. First and foremost, make sure everyone is safe. If it is a serious accident, or if anyone is…

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Apr 30, 2019 What Information Do I Need to Provide When Making a Home Insurance Claim?

Dealing with an emergency at home is never easy, whether it’s a fire, break-in, or flood. Thankfully, your home insurance policy is there to protect you and your family when you need it most. Keeping track of some important information before, during, and after an incident can make for a smoother claims process and help you feel at home again as quickly as possible. When you make a home insurance claim, you could be asked to provide any of the following information: Details about the incident: a description of what happened in your own words; whether or not the incident may have been caused by a faulty product (e.g., faulty plumbing parts or electrical wiring) — if possible, keep the faulty item for the adjuster to inspectDamage…

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Apr 18, 2019 A Car Crashed in to My House – Who Pays?

The Headline at CBC news Ottawa reads, “SUV narrowly misses man — in his living room”. Picture it in your mind….. You are sitting on your couch watching the news. Maybe your mind is on the story you are watching on the television, or maybe you are thinking about the family dinner you are starting to plan for the Easter Weekend. Should you do turkey, ham or….SMASH, CRASH, BOOM!!! It is a scary thought. As I was reviewing related tweets in the following days, I started to see the question asked…. “I wonder who pays for the damage to the house –…

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Feb 13, 2019 Why Are My Insurance Rates Going Up?

5 Reasons why…and what you can do about it If you have been asking yourself, “Why are my rates going up?” lately, you’re not alone.  The home insurance and car insurance industry is going through very turbulent times. Canadian insurance companies are looking long and hard to improve results of recent years and the byproduct, at least in the short term, is increased rates for clients.  The reality is that insurance rates have not kept up with claims trends and insurers are not able to continue renewing risks at a loss. Without changes to the cost of providing insurance to clients, the only solution is rate movement on both car and home policies. But what’s the cause?  Let’s focus in on the 5 Reasons why…

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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 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 1, 2018 Insurance Tips for Newlyweds

  So, you’ve tied the knot and thrown the bouquet, and now you’re ready to make it official…by taking care of your “just married” paperwork, that is. Whether you’ve lived with your new spouse for years or you’ve just moved into your first home together, make sure you’ve checked these to-dos off your list: Insure your new bling. Engagement rings and wedding bands can cost a pretty penny. Did you know that most home insurance policies have a coverage limit for all of your jewelry combined? You might need extra coverage for that new diamond ring. Learn what’s involved in insuring your jewelry and contact your licensed home insurance broker. Let your broker know you’re living with another licensed driver. Even if you each have your own…

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