What You Need To Know About Your Homeowners Insurance

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Jul 192017
 

When the worst case scenario happens to your home, you want to know that you are covered. Here at Soucy Insurance, we value our customers and understand that we’re all on a budget. We work hard to offer premium coverage at a reasonable rate. While we hope you never experience a loss, if you do, we’ve got you covered.

The best way to ensure that you have the best coverage is to educate yourself on the facts. Consumer Reports has outlined some things to keep in mind when you are looking for adequate protection at a reasonable price:

  • You May Be Paying Too Much – Homeowners insurance isn’t as price-competitive as auto insurance, however, you can still save hundreds to thousands of dollars by shopping around.
  • You May Not Be Covered Enough – Based on a survey conducted by Consumer Reports, about 60% of all U.S. homes are underinsured because some homeowners do not realize that a standard policy does not cover everything.
  • Don’t Worry About The Small Claim – The same survey found that 57% of people who filed claims of less than $5,000 saw no premium increase.
  • Animal Damage May Not Be Covered – The larger and more unexpected the animal, the more likely that the damage will be covered. However, your own pets are generally excluded. It’s important to keep this in mind when you are choosing a plan that fits your lifestyle.
  • Your Credit History Will Affect Your Rates – For over 25 years, insurers in 47 states use a credit-based insurance score to help determine homeowner’s insurance premiums. Make sure that you’re getting all of the information about your premium price and cross-checking the price offered with other insurance companies to make sure you have the best deal possible.
  • The Things Most Important To You May Not Be Covered – Anything abnormally pricey, including fine jewelry, art, computers, deluxe digital cameras, etc. will most likely exceed the limits of a standard homeowners insurance policy. For luxury items like these you may want to invest in a separate policy with zero deductible that covers accidental loss.
  • The Hail Loophole – Hail can cause a substantial amount of damage to homes and property, including shattering windows and leaving holes in your home. The standard homeowner’s policy does cover hail. However, any substantial cosmetic damage, such as dented aluminum or awnings, may be excluded.
  • Even If You Rent, You’re Not Off The Hook – Renters still need insurance. Statistically, only 41% of renters buy insurance. Investing in insurance is necessary to protect yourself and your belongings.

We hope that these tips offer you some insight into the important facts about homeowners insurance. If you would like more information about the logistics of our homeowner’s insurance policies, please give us a call at 401.762.2218.

Prepare Your Emergency Kit … Before Storms Hit

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Jul 192017
 

You never know when a natural disaster is going to hit our area — or even just a big storm that knocks out the power for a few days. With hurricane season in full swing, your friends at Soucy Insurance would like to make certain your family is safe no matter what the weather might bring.

That’s why having an emergency kit for you and your family is so important. It’s not hard to put one together, yet there are still many households that would be completely unprepared if they had to evacuate their home for a few days. Or, for that matter, remain in their home without access to running water or electricity.

Below is a list of basic items for your emergency kit, as recommended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Of course, you can add or remove items as needed to meet the specific needs of you and your family.

  • One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days.
  • A three-day supply of nonperishable food for people and pets. (Note that the Red Cross recommends keeping a two-week supply of food and water on hand at home.)
  • A battery-powered or hand-crank radio, flashlights and extra batteries.
  • A first-aid kit.
  • Prescription medications and glasses.
  • Dust masks to filter contaminated air, along with plastic sheeting and duct tape to create a makeshift shelter if necessary.
  • A whistle to signal for help.
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
  • A tool to turn off utilities.
  • A can opener.
  • Local maps.

Additional items that are likely to be useful:

  • Important documents, such as copies of insurance policies, identification and birth certificates, bank account records, etc. Be sure to keep these in a watertight container.
  • Extra cash or traveler’s checks.
  • Warm blankets or sleeping bags for each person in your family.
  • Matches.
  • Paper plates, plastic cups and utensils and paper towels.
  • Paper and pencils.
  • Books and activities to keep kids busy.
  • Emergency reference material, such as a first-aid manual.
  • A complete change of clothing for everyone in the family, including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. If you live in a cold climate, you might pack additional clothing and bedding.

Keep in mind, when you need your emergency kit, you really need it. It’s a small investment of time and effort that can have a huge benefit in case of a disaster. And you don’t have to spend your whole day putting it together — spread out the work over a few days and you’ll be prepared in no time.

For more information on keeping your loved ones safe and secure, call Soucy Insurance today at 762.2218.