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Fall Home Maintenance

Fall Home Maintenance Tips


10 Things to Do to Prepare Your Home for Fall

Fall is a wonderful time in RVA — if your home is ready for it.

Yes, this is the time of year to fix small problems before they become big, and big ones before they become catastrophic. Here are 10 tips to help:

  1. Look up. Examine your roof closely. Remove moss, clear debris from your gutters and downspouts, and repair any damage.

  2. Look down. Check for signs of animals and insects around your home and garage, including in the basement and crawlspace. Bring in a professional to get rid of unwanted guests.

  3. Keep things warm. Heat escapes through leaks around windows and doors, so seal up any drafty areas. Outside, put covers over faucets before temperatures drop.

  4. Keep things dry. Drain outdoor hoses, faucets and irrigation systems. Look in the basement and crawlspace for wet spots. And, make sure your water heater or boiler isn’t leaking.

  5. Clear the air (or vents and filters, at least). When’s the last time you checked your dryer vent? You should take a look at attic vents and exhaust ducts, as well. And, change that furnace filter!

  6. Take a walk. Cracks in your driveway or walkways will only get bigger, so get them fixed soon. If your deck has signs of wear, make repairs now.

  7. Get a tune-up. You or a professional should clean and tune your furnace, boiler and/or water heater, as well as your oven and range.

  8. Don’t play with fire. Before building your first fireplace fire of the season, check for soot or creosote build-up.

  9. Don’t play with fire extinguishers, either. But, check them to ensure they still have pressure. Don’t have fire extinguishers? Put them on your shopping list, ideally one for each floor.

  10. Don’t forget those smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors. Replace batteries when needed, and test regularly that alarms are working.

Keeping your home insurance policy in tip-top condition is smart, too. Remember to check in with us at least once a year to update your policy so you’re covered for your new remodel, additions or personal possessions. Give us a call 804-320-0129  or email smagee@kmicoverage.com.


Business Insurance - Knight Magee Insurance

Time to Review Your Business Insurance

Your operation is constantly changing and evolving as you find new ways to grow your business. That’s why it is a good practice to review your insurance annually to identify potential coverage gaps or adjustments to limits that can help assure adequate protection for your business.

Please take a few minutes to review the questions below to help you identify any changes needed to your business insurance coverage.

General Information

  • Have you made any changes to your business operation(s)?
  • Have you moved your business location(s) or changed your business mailing address?
  • Has there been an increase or decrease in your company’s sales?
  • Do you have additional certificate requirements or need to update certificate holder list?

Property

  • Have you made improvements or changes to your existing location(s)?
  • Have you purchased or sold any buildings?
  • Have you purchased, sold or replaced property (e.g., computer equipment, tools, etc)?

Workers’ Compensation

  • Have there been any changes in your staffing that could increase or decrease payrolls?

Automobile

  • Have you purchased, sold or replaced any vehicles used for company business?

Other Insurance Considerations

  • Has your business expanded overseas? If yes, consider International coverage.
  • Do you store customer or employee data, including private information (social security numbers, credit or debit card numbers?) If yes, consider Data Breach Liability coverage.
  • Are you concerned about being sued by employees for harassment, discrimination or wrongful termination? If yes, consider higher limits for Employment Practice Liability.

Rental Car Insurance

Do you need Rental Car Insurance?

Do You Need Rental Car Insurance?

Maybe you’ve been here before. You’ve just come off the plane, picked up your baggage and gone to the rental car counter. You’re tired from the flight, about to begin an ambitious vacation or a challenging business project. And, this is the point at which you’re asked, “Do you want insurance with that?”

Most travelers, facing that question from the rental representative, have the vague notion that they don’t really need to buy rental car insurance – which somehow is covered already. With just enough doubt in their minds, and the need to make a quick decision, perhaps they buy it just to be safe.

So, which is it?

Do you need to buy rental car insurance or not?

Truth be told, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer. However, you can likely reach a conclusion you’re comfortable with by considering these three questions.

1. What Types of Rental Car Insurance Are Available?

Typically, car rental agencies will offer you four types of insurance to purchase:

  • Collision damage waiver – The rental car company won’t charge you for a damaged or stolen vehicle when you buy this.
  • Supplemental liability protection – Electing this will ensure you’re covered for costs to others if you cause an accident in the rental.
  • Personal accident insurance – This coverage will pay for injuries or death of the driver and passengers of your rental car.
  • Personal effects coverage – Reimburses you for stolen personal items while renting the car.

2. What Rental Car Coverage Might I Already Have?

Start with your personal auto insurance. It’s likely that your policy will provide the same level of coverage for your rental as it does for your own car. That usually includes liability insurance, and, depending on the policy you purchased, may include collision, comprehensive and medical payments, too. There are exclusions, however. Some insurers won’t cover rentals in a foreign country, or rentals that are being used for business. Get in touch with your independent insurance agent to verify your coverages.

Next there’s your credit card. Most cards offer some degree of coverage, but it varies widely. Coverage is usually secondary, designed to step in and pick up where your auto insurance leaves off, and it tends to be mostly confined to collision, damage and theft. For coverage to apply, most cards require that you decline the rental company’s collision damage waiver and pay for the car in full with the card that provides the protection. Again, contact your card company to find out exactly what is covered.

Then, consider your health and life insurance, too. If you’re in an accident involving a rental car and you have these policies, you likely have coverage for your own costs. Plus, with your homeowners insurance, you may have personal property coverage to help repair or replace valuable belongings that are lost, damaged or stolen while you’re in a rental. Your deductible and policy limits will apply, and the same goes for renters insurance or condo insurance.

3. What Rental Coverage Might I Be Missing?

In the event something does happen to the rental car, you may be looking at loss of use and diminished value fees, and your regular policy may not cover them. Loss of use is the income that the rental agency loses due to the vehicle being in the shop for repairs, and diminished value is the calculated reduction in a vehicle’s resale value as the result of an accident. Credit cards sometimes cover these, but be aware that they may require documentation that rental agencies can be reluctant to provide.

So, before you make that next trip, give us a call 804-320-0129 and check with your credit card company. That way you’ll be ready to make an informed decision when you get to the rental car counter.


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