Is Your Attic Trying to Tell You Something?

in insider, homeowner tips, Virginia, hurricane season, diy, home maintenance, fall, home insurance Sep 5, 2019

“Mom! I hear something in the attic!” My daughter’s blood-curdling cry forced me to explore one area of my home that I’d rather avoid: our unfinished attic. The picture below captures my experience best. Let me tell you, it was not pleasant. As it turns out the drama was caused by a bird that had chosen our attic as her nesting location. By the time we had relocated the feathered family, I was itchy, sweaty, and worst of all, had put my foot...

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Hurricane Preparedness Guide For Virginians

in insider, hurricane, wind damage, homeowner tips, safety tips, homeowners insurance, flooding, Virginia, hurricane season, severe weather, family Sep 1, 2019

We know how scary the weather can be. From wildfires to excessive rainfall and flooding, the news and forecasts can be a source of worry and uncertainty for folks. Hurricane season can bring its own daunting headlines. Our company has been living through Atlantic hurricane seasons and insuring homes since 1896. We're Virginians protecting Virginians. So we know a little bit about getting ready for a big storm. And we know there's a ton of...

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How Can I Get My Car Ready For a Trip Today?

in driving, car insurance, vacation, road trip, car, car maintenance, checklist Aug 27, 2019

Are we there yet? A long road trip is pretty much the same for your car as it is for your family: a marathon. Making sure it has everything it needs to get you there can give you peace of mind. It also can help you avoid problems on the road.

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Fall Means Peak Hurricane Season For Virginia

in wind damage, homeowner tips, safety tips, homeowners insurance, flood insurance, flooding, Virginia, hurricane season, severe weather, coverage, car insurance, home maintenance, fall, home insurance, home inventory, local agent, weather, home, hurricane prep Aug 8, 2019

Peak hurricane season is at our doorstep, Virginia! August 15th to Sept 20th is when we see some of our most active weather in the tropics. September 10th statistically marks the height of Atlantic hurricane season. NOAA has just updated their forecast from normal tropical activity to above-normal for the 2019 season because El Nino has now ended. Experts are now predicting up to 10-17 named tropical storms for the Atlantic hurricane basin....

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STRAIGHT TALK: Should You Insure Your College Kid's Stuff When They're Away At School?

in homeowners insurance, Virginia, coverage, home insurance, parenting, renters insurance, college Aug 1, 2019

A lot can happen when your kids go away to school - it can even be a little worrisome! Will they get enough sleep? Will they get good grades? Can they live off Ramen and Easy-Mac?  The last thing you need to be concerned about is their stuff being stolen or damaged, like that new laptop you just bought. And having insurance coverage in case they accidentally cause damage to their living space is important too. Often times, your homeowner's...

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