Are You Renting Your Home?

Renting your home to others is becoming more popular and with Airbnb going public there seems to be more awareness of the income potential. The problem is that many people don’t realize that a standard home insurance policy has limitations for any business activity. And, renting your home to others is considered a business activity. Policy language...

Preparing Your Home and Car for Spring

Spring preparations for your home and car involve more than putting in screen doors and changing out snow tires. In addition to these tasks, you’ll also need to: Inspect the structure of your home...

Five insurance mistakes to avoid... (and still save money)

Saving money feels good. And shopping around when you’re looking for insurance coverage is a great way to do it. However, simply reducing your coverage or dropping important coverages altogether is...

Cyber Protection: 5 Tips to Protect Your Network From Hackers at Home

It’s difficult to imagine a world without the possibility of endless content to stream, download, share with your family members or send to your friends. The constant use of connected devices...

Protect your home from winter weather

Get your home ready for freezing weather hazards with these simple tips: Ice, snow and wind can have devastating consequences to your home—and to your household budget. Fortunately, there...

4 Simple Steps to Thaw Frozen Pipes

Few cold-weather maladies are more irritating than frozen pipes, but what exactly causes them? During the drop in temperature, water may freeze inside plastic pipes, which causes it to expand...

Fraudulent Unemployment Claims

We want you to be prepared. Every day, thousands of people fall victim to fraudulent emails, texts, and calls.  The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) is seeing an increase...

5 Steps to a Safer Fireplace

Before you cozy up in front of the warm flames, follow these steps to keep your home and family safe. A crackling blaze brightens any dreary winter day. But if a fireplace or a wood-burning stove...

How Much Homeowners Insurance Do I Need?

If disaster strikes, you'll want enough homeowners insurance to rebuild the structure of your home, to help replace your belongings, to defray costs if you're unable to live in your home and to...

Our Offices Remain Closed but our Staff is Ready to Serve

We have always prioritized the safety of our staff and our customers. We will continue to be enforcing best practices for social distancing and self-isolation in the midst of COVID-19. Our offices...

Group Issues Halloween 2020 Guidelines, Color-coded Coronavirus Risk Map

This corrects a previous version of this story that identified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the source of the guidelines and map noted in this article. CHICAGO (NEXSTAR) —...

Fall Home Maintenance Tips

While spring is a common time for many homeowners to spend some extra attention on upkeep and maintenance, autumn is just as critical a season for preparing your home to withstand the potentially...

Understanding the Insurance Claims Payment Process

  After a disaster, you want to get back to normal as soon as possible, and your insurance company wants that too! You may get multiple checks from your insurer as you make temporary...

What Should We Still Be Cleaning And Disinfecting To Prevent COVID-19?

The sales of disinfecting sprays and wipes skyrocketed in recent months as the public scrambled to more frequently disinfect commonly touched surfaces and items that could spread the coronavirus. We...

Introducing our Renewal Center

It is an ongoing task when working on ways to improve the service to our customers. It all starts with our account managers and I’m proud to have a great team here at the agency. We also look...

From Pests to Pets: Does Your Insurance Cover Animal Damage?

You might assume that your homeowners insurance would cover any and all animal damage. But, most insurance policies treat animal-related damage differently depending on factors specific to the...

Online Identity Theft Prevention

Going online has become part of everyday life, whether it is for everyday activities such as shopping, sending email or paying bills, and managing your accounts. But data breaches, in all their forms,...

8 Tips for Preventing Fires in Your Home

Fire Prevention Week kicks off Sunday, and it's critical that older Americans take steps to stay safe. Statistics show that the risk of dying in a residential fire is greater as people age because...

Should You Take a Staycation or a Social Distancing Trip?

Should you stay home or hit the road?  Should you stay home or hit the road?  No one would blame you for feeling tired. There’s a lot going on in the world right now, and you could use a break. You...

Know the pros and cons of hosting on Airbnb.

Maybe you’ve read a few Airbnb success stories. You know, the ones where someone rakes in six figures after putting space up for rent online? All of us have bills to pay, so we understand why...
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