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News, updates and useful tips about insurance products and the insurance industry. We also provide insights on community events, local news and information that affect your everyday life. Enjoy!

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For many people, their home is their greatest asset, so it is crucial to avoid being underinsured. Ask your insurance professional these 4 key questions.

garaging location

The location where your vehicle is primarily parked overnight is termed the garaging location. If the garaging location changes, your auto insurance policy states that you are required to notify the insurance company immediately. There is no grace period for notification; therefore, it's a good idea to let your agent know in advance when a garaging change will occur. Failing to notify the company of a garaging change can result in an auto insurance claim being denied.

frozen pipes

If temperatures are extremely cold and you turn on your tap to find a trickle or nothing instead of a steady flow, you probably have frozen pipes. Don't wait for them to burst...act quickly. Here's what to do.

family life insurance

Maybe it's the natural human aversion to thinking about our mortality combined with various myths about life insurance that results in procrastination and avoidance of this topic. If you're among those who have avoided addressing your life insurance needs, we'd like to encourage you to take action by dispelling some life insurance myths.

winter snow removal

If you own residential or commercial property, it’s essential to understand your legal responsibilities regarding snow removal. The state you live in has laws that dictate snow removal, and in many cases, your city or town may have local ordinances or by-laws that further define snow and ice removal responsibilities. In Massachusetts, all property owners (owner occupied and rental) have a legal obligation to keep their property free from snow and ice for the safety of visitors and guests…whether it’s “natural” or “unnatural” accumulations.

christmas tree safety

A Christmas tree is often a central part of holiday decoration. Some people cut down their own tree, others get theirs from a local side of the road stand and others have opted for artificial. While beautiful, Christmas trees can also pose a serious fire hazard, so be sure to follow safety guidelines...

If you have a heating oil tank in your home, be sure you consider purchasing Oil Remediation coverage for your policy. Typically, home insurance policies exclude coverage for fuel contamination to your personal property, groundwater, and a neighbor’s property, but you can add coverage to your policy, which is a good idea when you consider the costs of clean up.

Back in 2006, a Massachusetts law known as "Nicole’s Law" became effective, which requires carbon monoxide detectors be installed and maintained in most residences. While many people know about CO detectors and know they are a “good idea”, many still don't have them, which is a violation of the law...

Personal umbrella policies are growing in popularity. In the past, only wealthy individuals and families purchased this coverage. Today, middle-income families also may procure this policy for protection in our society's increasingly litigious climate. As the tendency to sue for damages rises and awards granted by the courts grow, the personal umbrella policy is increasingly seen as an insurance necessity, rather than a luxury. It is especially attractive because of its relatively low cost.

Consider these simple steps to make your home safer, warmer and cheaper to live in. Ice, snow and wind can have devastating consequences on your home; fortunately, there are precautions you can take to avoid winter related damage. Keep in mind, the time to winterize is when the leaves begin to turn and not when the snow begins to fall.