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Safety Behind the Wheel: Tips for Your Summer Drives
Posted by Safeco May 26, 2016
When the weather’s great, distractions on the road are oftentimes even greater. To help you prepare for the busy roads ahead, check out these tips on summer driving safety. Read more
Does Your Condo Policy Cover Loss Assessments?
Your condo community’s HOA just doled out a $50,000 assessment – your share of the cost for emergency repairs. Now what? Before you ever get to that question, get on the phone to your independent agent to double check your Loss Assessment Coverage. Read more
Wedding Insurance: Say ‘Yes,’ Avoid Distress
Posted by Safeco May 19, 2016
You’re planning a big to-do over saying “I do,” but do your wedding plans include event insurance? And, are your rings covered? Learn how insurance can play a role in your big day – and what follows. Read more
High Wind on the Open Road: 5 Driving Tips for Hurricane Season
Posted by Safeco May 16, 2016
The high winds of a tropical storm or hurricane can make driving highly dangerous. Brush up on these hurricane driving tips in case you get caught on the road in severe storm conditions. Read more
Self-Driving Cars: When Will Your Vehicle Start Driving You to Work?
Posted by Safeco May 12, 2016
Today you drive your car to work. In just a few years, your car could be driving you. Radar, laser and computer technology will soon bring us self-driving cars, if we can resolve the human-related problems that still stand in the way. Read more
What’s Different About Classic Car Insurance?
You made a significant investment in your classic, and driving and maintaining it are your pride and joy. An independent insurance agent explains why classic car coverage is likely a better bet for your vintage beauty than standard auto insurance. Read more
Does Your Insurance Cover Hail Damage?
Posted by Safeco May 5, 2016
In a matter of seconds, hail can severely damage your home’s roof or your car’s paint job. Would your insurance cover the repairs? This blog outlines five important things to know about insurance coverage for hail damage. Read more
Want More Enjoyment From Your Motorcycle? Join the Club!
Posted by Safeco May 2, 2016
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, so we’re taking a look at how motorcycle riders’ associations can help make your ride safer and more enjoyable all at the same time. Read more
5 Dos and Don’ts of Filing a Home Insurance Claim
Posted by Shaun Murphy, Pablo Beach Insurance April 28, 2016
Experiencing home damage can be overwhelming, but the claims process doesn’t have to be. An independent agent explains what you can do to help ease the strain. Read more
Disaster Planning for Pet Owners
Posted by Safeco April 25, 2016
Your pets aren’t like family. They are family. So, if a disaster were to strike in your area, of course you’d want to do everything you could to keep them safe. These emergency preparedness and response tips will help. Read more
6 Questions to Ask Before You Buy RV Insurance
Posted by Safeco April 21, 2016
You may expect your RV insurance policy to look a lot like an auto policy, but don’t forget coverage for your personal belongings and protection against trip interruption. Here are questions about RV insurance you can ask your independent agent to help ensure you get the coverage you want. Read more
4 Instances When Umbrella Insurance Is a Must
Ever wonder what might happen if someone sued you for millions and won? Your insurance coverage might help with the settlement, but then again it may not be enough. An independent agent explains why and outlines how an umbrella policy offers added protection. Read more
The Type of Fire Extinguisher Every Home Should Have
Posted by Safeco April 14, 2016
Different types of fires call for different fire extinguishers. So, which type of extinguisher should you keep at home? This blog offers some helpful guidelines for selecting a fire extinguisher, as well as using and maintaining it. Read more
Dogs and Home Insurance
Posted by Safeco April 11, 2016
You fell in love at the animal shelter, and now you have a new furry friend joining your family. Be sure to let your independent insurance agent know – this blog explains why. Read more
Tornados and Driving Safety
Posted by Safeco April 7, 2016
Being in a basement or other storm shelter is typically your best defense, but if a tornado catches you out in the open, these guidelines could help save your life. Read more
Why Is My Car a Total Loss? And, Now What?
Posted by Shaun Murphy, Pablo Beach Insurance April 4, 2016
At a loss on what to do after a total loss? An independent agent helps explain why cars get totaled and what typically happens next. Read more
Personal Property: 6 Reasons Why Yours May Not be Fully Covered
The personal property coverage you think you have for your jewelry, artwork, furniture and more may be far different from the personal property coverage you actually have. An independent insurance agent explains why. Read more
What Should Go in Your Home Safe (or Safe-Deposit Box)?
Posted by Safeco March 28, 2016
Everything from sparkling diamonds to dusty old tax returns can – and should – find their way into your home safe or safe-deposit box. But, do you need both? And, what else should go inside? Check out this blog for some helpful suggestions. Read more
Get on Track With Garage Door Safety
Posted by Safeco March 24, 2016
Your home’s garage doors are surprisingly powerful, but light and easy to operate when they are properly maintained. Learn these simple safety rules and inspection guidelines to help keep everything on track. Read more
Insuring a Second Home
Posted by Safeco March 21, 2016
Have a seasonal home? Then you may have questions about insuring it. If so, this blog explores some of the issues with – and challenges of – finding the right policy for your special getaway. Read more
5 Tips to Help You Care for Your Trees
Posted by Safeco March 17, 2016
A healthy tree that you care for properly — and regularly — is more likely to provide years and years of enjoyment, and far less likely to become a hazard. Read these tree maintenance tips to help keep yours out of the danger zone. Read more
After the Storm, Is Your Food Still Safe?
Posted by Safeco March 14, 2016
A lot can go wrong both during and after a storm, including getting sick off spoiled food. These tips will help you avoid that fate. Read more
Sail Away Safely: 5 Keys to a Successful Cruise
Posted by Safeco March 10, 2016
Cruise ships can offer a welcome respite from the cold, gray winter. But, having fun doesn’t mean you have to make yourself vulnerable to injury or theft. Follow these five tips for safe and smooth sailing. Read more
Protect Your Car’s Finish and Value With Regular Soap and Water
Posted by Safeco March 7, 2016
Your automobile is under assault year-round from road chemicals, dust, mud, salt, splattered bugs and acid rain. Fight back and help maintain your car by washing it regularly. Read more
Navigate Rainy Roadways With Care
Posted by Safeco March 3, 2016
No matter if driving in the rain is a regular or a rare occurrence, you can make use of these tips to help you safely find your way and recognize when conditions are just too unsafe to continue. Read more
Water Damage: Are You Covered?
Posted by Cresta Combs, Menicucci Insurance Agency February 25, 2016
All homes are susceptible to water damage, so all homeowners should know what their insurance covers. An independent insurance agent explains when the typical homeowners policy covers water damage and when it doesn’t. Read more
Going Solar? Here’s What to Think About First
Posted by Safeco February 22, 2016
It’s clean energy, it’s renewable, and it helps you get off the grid, at least partially. It’s solar power, and if you’re curious whether it’s right for you, consider these eight questions before making the next move. Read more
5 Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips
Posted by Safeco February 18, 2016
Because carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, it can lead to dangerous situations quick. Learn five easy ways to help protect yourself and your family, both at home and in the car. Read more
5 Things You Didn’t Know Home Insurance Could Cover
You know your home policy covers incidents such as hailstorms, fires and robberies. But, your policy can cover you in other ways too, and, as an independent insurance agent explains, some of them may surprise you. Read more
Presidents Day: Whose Day Is It, Anyway?
Posted by Safeco February 14, 2016
Depending on the state where you live, the third Monday of February may be known as Washington’s Birthday, or it could be Presidents Day – perhaps something else. This blog looks at the official federal holiday, as well as some state variants. Read more
9 Questions to Ask Before You Buy Home Insurance
Posted by Safeco February 11, 2016
Your home is a valuable investment. We don’t have to tell you that. What we can tell you is this: Asking smart questions when it’s time to buy home insurance will help you get the coverage you want. Here are nine valuable questions to ask your independent agent. Read more
Identity Protection Tips for Tax Season
Posted by Safeco February 8, 2016
While you’re crunching numbers hoping to get some money back, an identity thief may be filing a fraudulent tax return in your name – and collecting your refund. Help keep theft at bay with these tax-time tips. Read more
3 Misconceptions That Can Put Your Home at Risk
These tips from an independent insurance agent will help you avoid having too little homeowners insurance, so you’re covered the way you want to be covered if the unthinkable were to happen. Read more
10 Tips to Help Prevent Identity Theft
Posted by Safeco February 1, 2016
Learn some easy steps you can take to help protect your identity. Because the only person who should enjoy the benefits of being you is you. Read more
10 Energy-Saving Tips for Renters
Posted by Safeco January 28, 2016
You don’t have to own your home to take ownership over reducing your energy costs. Here are 10 easy ways to help tame your utility bills this winter. Read more
Have Guns in Your House? 5 Things to Keep in Mind
Posted by Safeco January 25, 2016
No matter if you have a single gun or you’re a bona fide collector, these safety precautions can help ensure your firearms don’t fall into the wrong hands. Read more
5 Ways You’re Using Your Heat Inefficiently
Posted by Safeco January 21, 2016
Learn what you may be doing that’s sending your energy costs through the roof this winter – and how to remedy it. Read more
Protecting Your Home From Winter Weather
Posted by Safeco January 18, 2016
Winter can be hard on your home, so use these tips to help ease the strain. With the proper upkeep during winter, your home will help keep you and your entire family safe and warm all season long. Read more
What to Do After a Car Accident in Winter
Posted by Safeco January 14, 2016
Slide off the road? Get caught in a pile-up? The worse the weather gets, the more treacherous the driving becomes. We hope you’re not involved in any accidents this winter, but, if you are, here’s how to stay safety-minded afterward. Read more
Keep Your Drone In the Sky – and Out of Trouble
Posted by Safeco January 11, 2016
Drones may be fun to fly, but they’re also Unmanned Aircraft Systems regulated by the FAA. So, you need to think about where and how you’re flying every time you fly. These five drone operation tips will help. Read more
Got Toys? Get Tips on Insuring Them
Posted by Shaun Murphy, Pablo Beach Insurance January 7, 2016
Your toys may be in storage now. But, soon your boat, motorcycle, RV or classic car will be ready to come back out to play, so make sure your insurance policy is ready, too. These tips from an independent agency owner will help. Read more
5 of the Worst Ways to Save Money
Posted by Safeco January 4, 2016
So, you’re determined to save money this year – great. Not so great? Making cuts that may come back to haunt you. Find out which five areas should be off-limits in your savings plan so you know you’re saving smart, for today and for the future. Read more
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