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Dogs and Home Insurance

New Pet? Here’s Why You Should Let Your Insurance Agent Know Your new best friend finally arrived home from the local animal shelter, and he’s taking in his new surroundings, appreciating the softness of his bed and the critters outside the living room window. Meanwhile you’re going over the checklist in your head, again. Buy […]

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Why Is My Car a Total Loss? And, Now What?

An Independent Agent Explains: What to Expect When Your Car Is Totaled This post is part of a series of insurance blogs on Safeco.com showcasing the expertise of independent insurance agents and aimed at helping you understand important insurance coverages and issues. In car accidents both severe and less so, the vehicle(s) involved may be deemed damaged beyond repair. […]


What Should Go in Your Home Safe (or Safe-Deposit Box)?

Securing Important Documents and Treasures Spring has arrived, which means it’s time to clean the cobwebs out of the corners, organize the closets and so forth. While you’re at it, don’t forget to revisit the important documents and other items you have in your home safe and in that safe-deposit box at the bank. What […]

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How Water Sensors Can Help Prevent Costly Water Damage

If the rubber hose on your washing machine fails, it can cause significant damage to your home. If that leak goes undetected in the basement or another room that you might not regularly visit, the accumulated water can cause potentially catastrophic damage, from moldy walls to warped floorboards. The smart technology in water sensor systems […]

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Going Solar? Here’s What to Think About First

8 Questions to Help Determine if Solar Power is Right for You                 For decades, solar panels have been going up on roofs across America, meaning that nowadays a roof can help protect you from the elements and help insulate you from rising electric costs. For some, the environmental benefit […]

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How to Protect Your Car From Theft

  Technology has helped to change auto theft in significant ways. Engine immobilizers, audible alarms and vehicle recovery systems have made cars harder to steal and easier to recover. Today’s thefts are often the product of opportunity, with would-be thieves looking for unsuspecting drivers who leave their cars unattended. While motor vehicle theft rates have […]

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3-Second Rule for Safe Following Distance

Rear-end collisions are the most common accidents between vehicles. They occur when drivers do not have enough time to perceive and react safely to slowing or stopped traffic. Increasing your following distance can help give you time to react when someone brakes in front of you.  The Three-Second Rule Increasing the distance between you and […]

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Protect Your Car’s Finish and Value With Regular Soap and Water

Washing Your Car Can Help Maintain Appearance and Slow Depreciation Maybe you think the only reason to wash your car is to attract admiring glances as you cruise down Broadway. Sure, nothing wrong with that. But, there’s more to a good car wash than meets the eye. Keeping your car clean and polished helps maintain […]


Water Damage: Are You Covered?

An Independent Agent Explains: How Your Home Insurance May Cover You for Water Damage   Four-year-olds, they do the darndest things, such as stuffing tissue down the sink in the guest bathroom (true story). And, if it’s not something happening inside your home, it’s something happening outside, such as water pooling in your yard, coming […]


What to Do If Your Car Breaks Down

  Follow some of these steps if your vehicle breaks down, and take extra precaution if you are in a busy intersection or on a highway. Getting out of the car at a busy intersection or on a highway to change a tire or check damage from a fender bender is probably one of the […]

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