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The top 5 things to consider when renewing your home insurance policy

Posted on 2017-07-17 12:57 PM . By St Andrews Insurance

Most people tend to disregard their snail mail these days and their home renewal packages are usually of no exception. In reality, these packages should be reviewed to ensure you are getting the most of what you’re paying for with your insurance. So consider these 5 things when you receive your next home renewal notice before filing it away.

Protect yourself and your Business from Ransomware

Posted on 2017-05-17 1:03 PM . By St Andrews Insurance

Most people have heard that there was a large-scale ransomware attack last week called WannaCry.  The attack has caused chaos in over 100 countries with ransom amounts in the neighborhood of $300USD per infection.  There is no confirmation that the machines are being restored after ransom has been paid.  Read about what you can do to protect yourself and your business.

Pokemon GO! Play Safe. Have Fun!

Posted on 2016-07-15 3:38 PM . By St Andrews Insurance

Pokemon Go is sweeping the nation with its immense popularity, and it hasn't even officially launched in Canada yet!  Walking around in the real world trying to catch Pokemon feels nostalgic and thrilling, not to mention introducing a whole new generation to the Pokemon phenomenon.   Players need to make sure they’re careful when trying to catch them all! Several people already managed to hurt themselves or get into sticky situations while playing this reality game. Always be aware of your surroundings! Although the app gives you a warning about this on startup, it should be stressed how important this is. Many players become so occupied finding Pokemon, they become unaware of where they are or where they’re walking and end up in disastrous situations. Several people have managed to hurt themselves by not paying attention to where they were walking.  Don’t Pokemon Go and drive! It should go without saying, but there have been many who have gotten into car accidents whil ...

Happy World Environment Day!

Posted on 2016-06-03 11:53 AM . By St Andrews Insurance

Each year on the 5th of June we celebrate World Environment Day; this day carries an important message that deserves to be celebrated, and encourages people to take action.   This year’s message is to end illegal wildlife trade through their slogan: Go Wild for Life. Illegal wildlife trade is quickly ruining the Earths biodiversity.  Poachers are hunting animals down to the brink of extinction to the point where some species of rhino have become extinct.  Species of elephants, gorillas, pangolins, and turtles are also becoming critically endangered thus ruining the sustainability of our ecosystem.  Several awareness campaigns have been put in place around the world to promote public knowledge of the situation at hand and about the declining population of several animals.  There have also been stronger policies put in place on border and airport screening to control smuggling, as well as investments in community conservation and law enforcement. This year, World Environmen ...

Your Mortgage & Home Insurance

Posted on 2016-05-31 10:46 AM . By St Andrews Insurance

As with any contract, your mortgage company will insist you comply with certain requirements, one of these requirements is that you must maintain adequate homeowners insurance coverage. Typically, adequate coverage means that you are insured for the value of your
home to 100% of replacement cost or that you maintain enough coverage to address the amount
of the loan. While the latter may mean that the mortgage company wants enough coverage to pay the
outstanding loan balance, most homeowners policies do not cover the loan amount, just the rebuilding
of a home. In short, the mortgage company wants to make sure that they are protected if your
home suffers an insurable loss such as fire or water damage.

6 Car Safety Innovations to keep an eye on!

Posted on 2016-05-17 12:37 PM . By St Andrews Insurance

Today car manufacturers are making cars safer and more crash-proof than ever before. Innovations in materials, GPS technology and microchips have made several potentially life-saving technologies cost-effective and affordable for the car buyer. Car safety devices and features can be split into two categories: Passive devices such as seat belts and airbags, and active devices, which proactively assist drivers in avoiding accidents. In most cases the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) tells the insurance company which safety features a particular vehicle has and plays a factor in resulting insurance premiums. 1) Intelligent Airbags In the old days, airbags could prove almost as dangerous to smaller drivers and passengers as the crash itself. They deployed with such force that smaller and lighter crash victims could be injured. The new generation of bags takes into account the size of the crash victim, and their forward speed, and automatically make adjustments to compensate, resulti ...

Before Starting a Remodeling Project....Contact Your Insurance Broker

Posted on 2016-05-10 10:17 AM . By St Andrews Insurance

With the spring fast approaching, home improvement activity will be on the rise. For those who are planning to renovate, it is important that you have the right type of insurance and the right amount of coverage.

Insurance should be in place during and after construction. Anyone considering a remodeling project should contact their broker before the process begins. Depending on the scope of work you intend to do, your broker can help you determine if you need to alter your current coverage or add more. Waiting until the project starts or is finished can be an expensive mistake, so take the following important steps to avoid an expensive problem.

9 Important Things to Know About Boat Insurance in Ontario

Posted on 2016-04-26 11:32 AM . By St Andrews Insurance

Here it comes…..we’ve had a few nice days and before you know it, the day will be here when it’s time to put your boat in the water for the first time this year.  You can’t wait!  Lazy days spent on the water, fishing, tubing, having fun with friends and family.

The last thing you want to think about while taking in every bit of summer you can is if you have the proper insurance for your boat or PWC. 

Take a few minutes now (before your boat is in the water) to review these 9 tips about boat and PWC insurance.  In the event of a claim you’ll be glad you did.