Homeowners Insurance

Homeowners insurance is a type of insurance that provides financial coverage for damages to a person’s home and personal property. It is typically required by mortgage lenders to fund a home loan.

The coverage provided by homeowners insurance typically includes protection against losses from fires, storms, and other natural disasters. It may also have liability coverage for accidents on the property, such as a visitor slipping and falling.

When shopping for homeowners insurance, it is essential to consider the replacement cost of your home and personal property and the liability coverage you need. It is also a good idea to review the policy exclusions, which are events or types of damage that are not covered by the policy.

It’s important to review your policy regularly to ensure it meets your needs. For example, as you acquire new possessions such as jewelry or expensive art, you may need to increase your coverage to protect them. You may also want to consider additional coverage options, such as flood insurance, if you live in an area prone to flooding.

Effective on January 1, 2023 if the property is located in a special flood hazard area, coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program may be available for Illinois residents at a subsidized rate. If you select another product in lieu of a National Flood Insurance Program policy, your ability to later reinstate coverage at a subsidized rate may be impacted and the full-risk rate may apply.

When making a claim, it’s essential to have clear documentation of the damages and the belongings damaged. Having a home inventory checklist can come in handy in situations like this. It is also important to understand your policy’s deductibles, the amount you will have to pay out of pocket before your insurance coverage begins.

Homeowners insurance can be a confusing and overwhelming topic, but it is a crucial part of owning a home. With the right coverage, you can have peace of mind knowing that you and your property are protected in the event of an unexpected loss.

Must-Haves for Your Home Emergency Kit

It is hard to imagine several days (or weeks) without power, internet or running water. But these days anything can happen. That’s why you should have an emergency plan and supplies ready for any type of disaster.

A disaster could mean heavy snow, flooding, a tornado or a hurricane. – it depends where you live. 

WHAT TO HAVE IN A HOME EMERGENCY KIT

You can buy a pre-made kit from a number of retailers online, but it’s also likely that you have many of these items lying around your house already. Pick up a large, portable, watertight container to start collecting things.

THE BASICS

  1. Water (one gallon per person, per day)
  2. Non-perishable food
  3. Flashlight
  4. Extra batteries
  5. Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio
  6. First aid kit and/or trauma kit
  7. Cash and change (in a waterproof container)
  8. Manual can opener
  9. Flares or whistle to signal for help
  10. Dust masks for contaminated air
  11. Wrench, pliers and other tools (to turn off utilities)
  12. Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place (if you are stuck at home, work or elsewhere)
  13. Local maps
  14. Cell phone with battery-powered or solar charger.
  15. Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

THE EXTRAS

  1. Prescription medications
  2. Non-prescription medications (pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives)
  3. Eyeglasses and contact lens solution
  4. Infant formula and supplies (diapers, wipes, etc.)
  5. Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  6. Important family documents in a waterproof container (copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records)             
  7. Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person  
  8. Complete change of clothing for each person
  9. Unscented household bleach and medicine dropper
  10. Extra food and water
  11. Pet food and supplies
  12. Life raft for areas with severe flooding
  13. Extra blankets and hand warmers for extreme cold
  14. Matches in a waterproof container
  15. Fire extinguisher

When Should I Think about Life Insurance for the First Time?

Many life events could and should make you think about life insurance. A marriage. A child. A business. A new house…

Whatever that is, you decided to buy life insurance for the first time. And that might look like a challenge.

We can help ease your mind-simply read the following advice.

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Is Your Snowplow Covered Under Your Auto Policy?

Whether you’re in the snow removal business, or want to earn some extra money or need just keep your own driveway clear… a snowplow can be a good investment. But before you get started, get the answers to some common questions from beginner snowplow drivers. Continue reading “Is Your Snowplow Covered Under Your Auto Policy?”

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