What to do After a Major Water Leak

In the San Francisco Bay Area we are currently undergoing a sever rain storm.  We thought now would be a great time to remind people what to do in the event of an emergency water leak or flood. Follow these steps in the event of an emergency: 1. Stop the Water If water is coming from inside…

Decorate Safely this Holiday Season

We know that decorating for Christmas is fun and festive; but before you climb on the roof to string your lights, know that about 12,500 injuries occur every year due to Christmas lights and decorations. Along with injuries, Christmas decorations also cause millions of dollars in property damage during the holidays. Be safe when decorating…

5 Tips for Deep Frying a Turkey This Thanksgiving

Those in California who have tasted deep-fried turkey usually say there’s simply no comparison to an oven-roasted bird — turkey out of the fryer is moist, with crispy skin and a beautiful color. And, it cooks much more quickly than a turkey in the oven, which means you don’t have to wait for hours on…

Tips for Choosing a Local Independent Insurance Agency

1. Know the difference between independent agents and other insurance agents or carriers.  An independent agent represents a number of different insurance companies. In contrast, agents who represent large national companies only sell products from that carrier. A direct insurance company sells to you directly without an agent, typically online. An independent agent has the…

What to Do After a Major Water Leak or Indoor Flood

In California we have been experiencing heavy rain over the past week or so. We thought now would be a great time to remind people what to do in the event of an emergency water leak or flood. Follow these steps in the event of an emergency: 1. Stop the Water If water is coming…

Why Everyone Needs an Umbrella Policy

If you are ever sued, your standard homeowners or auto policy will provide you with some liability coverage, paying for judgments against you and your attorney’s fees, up to a limit set in the policy. However, in our litigious society, you may want to have an extra layer of liability protection. That’s what a personal…

Have Expensive Jewelry? Schedule it on Your Homeowners Policy!

A standard homeowners policy includes coverage for jewelry and other precious items such as watches and furs. These items are covered for losses caused by all the perils included in your policy such as fire, windstorm, theft and vandalism. However, there are special limits of liability for certain items, meaning that the insurer will not…

Don’t Get Soaked!

Of all the appliances found in the home, the water heater and washing machine are the most likely to cause serious damage, and cost home owners a bundle. According to a nationwide analysis by Safeco Insurance, one out of every 10 water-damage claims can be traced back to a malfunctioning hot water tank or washing…

When Things go BOOM in the Night – Fireworks Safety

For most of us, the Fourth of July is a time to enjoy the company of family and friends, having fun and creating memories – whether at home or away in Lake Tahoe. But for some families, the holiday is a nightmare. Homes each year in California are damaged by wayward fireworks. Thousands of people are…

Do You Have Enough Coverage to Rebuild Your Home?

Imagine how devastating it would be to lose your home in a fire. Now imagine not being able to rebuild it completely because you didn’t have the correct amount of insurance. Selecting the proper amount of coverage is the single most important decision you can make with your Homeowners policy. Without it, you may not…