As devastating wildfires continue to pose a significant threat to communities in many parts of Canada, it has become increasingly crucial to take proactive measures to protect our homes and loved ones. If you live in a wildfire-prone [...] Read More
It's Emergency Preparedness Week, and if you're anything like me, sometimes a little refresher is in order. The theme: be prepared, know your risks. In the face of unexpected emergencies, being prepared can make all the difference. Join [...] Read More
In the spirit of spring cleaning? When was the last time you replaced your HVAC filters? Often overlooked, your home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system should be a priority. Your HVAC system keeps the air [...] Read More
It turns out, it’s actually pretty easy being green… not only can being green help you save money, but adopting eco-friendly practices can help you positively contribute to the natural world by reducing waste, conserving energy and lowering [...] Read More
They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend - but my insurance broker comes in a close second ;-) I feel as though this may need a little clarification. Many moons ago, prior to having any knowledge of [...] Read More
Baby, it's cold outside. On the plus side - great weather for cuddling on the couch... on the other hand, colder weather often brings higher energy bills for homeowners. With colder, darker days and more time spent inside [...] Read More
I’m not overly superstitious, nor do I label myself a gambling gal, but I am fearful of using the “R” word. You know, rain. I have this odd feeling that if I say it out loud, I will [...] Read More
It wasn't that long ago grocery stores ran out of food when the pandemic hit, and there seemed to be a rush of insanity throughout the greater Vancouver area. To be honest, there wasn't a need for it [...] Read More
Easy peasy tips to maintain the life of your home
Holy Hannah, I cannot believe Fall is already here. With the shorter days and cooler weather comes a little home prep to keep you claims-free and extend the life [...] Read More
We all know buying a home is an exciting time, but it’s also stressful and hectic and can mean overlooking things like insurance. Be sure to include insurance as one of your subjects when writing an offer. Overlooking this [...] Read More
June is in full swing and we know what that means, time to plan those summer holidays. Yay! Whether you plan on staying close to home or travelling abroad, we have some excellent no-fail tips to keep burglaries [...] Read More
Let’s just say that growing up with two older brothers exposed me to a lot of stuff. Mostly, I take the high road and choose not to talk about what I’ve seen (and perhaps participated in) as a curious, [...] Read More
Do you have a child going off to university? Your university student’s most prized gear—laptop, iPhone and other electronic devices—are also most prized by thieves. There are many misconceptions about tenant's insurance including lack of personal items and [...] Read More
Are you moving or purchasing a new property? We have a checklist for that - download it here → SI Moving Checklist.
→ Did you know that most home insurance policies cover your belongings, both in your old and new home for a period [...] Read More
If you’re anything like me, little household chores may slip your mind. No. Judgement. Here. Your home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system maintains the air quality of your home. However, your HVAC system will only work [...] Read More
I’m not sure what brought on the sudden onslaught of Seismic activity in BC, but holy moly – three in a week! If you’re anything like me, you’re suddenly a little more concerned about how prepared you are if the [...] Read More
With Lover’s Day just around the corner, I’m reminded on cozying up by the fire, enjoying a delicious glass of wine, perhaps nibbling on chocolate from a heart shaped box. However, seeing as I work in the insurance [...] Read More
In a sad turn of events, a friend of mine recently lost her home to a fire that started from her dryer. Yes, her family had insurance, but the aftermath was awful. Watching her family of four being [...] Read More
Have you made the plunge and opted to move? As someone who has moved nearly every year for the past 4 years, I can attest moving is not only time consuming but is extremely stressful. As chance has [...] Read More
Source: IBABC Tens of thousands of residents have been evacuated from their homes in and around Fort McMurray in the largest fire evacuation in Alberta’s history. The Canadian Red Cross is appealing for donations to assist its relief efforts. To donate, [...] Read More
Are You Prepared?
Egad! The recent windstorm we had really shook us up (no pun intended).
As restaurants and grocery stores ran out of food and people fared without power for days, there seemed to be a rush of insanity [...] Read More
One of the by-products of working in the insurance industry is the daily reminder of climate change… as this short video from the David Suzuki foundation beautifully sums up. Check it out. Your insurance is being affected by climate [...] Read More
I love winter, there’s something very romantic about it. However, nothing kills romance like a water leak. Keep the romance alive by ensuring your home maintenance is up-to-date and nothing awful happens while you’re cozying up by the [...] Read More
the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) records and locates over 4000 earthquakes in Canada each year. That is about 11 per day! Of these 4000, only about 50 (1/week) are generally felt. Crazy right?!?
I started following the Quakes Today Earthquake Alerts [...] Read More
The iconic Kermit may have found being green a little hard, but there are a few simple things you can do around the home in taking a “green” approach to living. It turns out being green can be [...] Read More
I love my washing machine. A lot. I didn’t realize how deep my love ran for this amazing little appliance until I spent a four-month stint in Toronto in a beautiful apartment sans a washing machine. Not ideal. Just four months [...] Read More
In my early twenties I had the pleasure of renting a home with 2 of my best buds. We had a lotof fun in that house. In what should be a general blur in my memory bank (like I [...] Read More
For as long as I can remember, I’ve known of the importance of smoke alarms and how having one can save our lives and our family. I also know how annoying a smoke alarm can be when the batteries [...] Read More
In my early teens, my mom bought a cat that she absolutely adored. In fact, I had a sneaking suspicion she loved that cat more than me. Perhaps my first clue was her lack of sympathy for my [...] Read More
I’m not sure if it is pure coincidence, the company I keep, or my age bracket, but a few of my friends have recently bought homes with mortgage-helper renter suites. My friends had no problem renting the suites, but [...] Read More
As winter approaches many of you will light up those fireplaces and wood stoves that have been dormant all summer. Keep these tips in mind while you burn this winter. Be sure fireplaces and stoves are installed correctly. Wood [...] Read More
Do you REALLY know fire? Be aware of fire facts, myths and realities to protect the ones you love.
It won’t happen to me
Reality: Everyone is at risk! According to Fire Prevention Canada, fires claim the lives of eight Canadians every week.
Myth: [...] Read More
We are all guilty of it… at one point or another, we’ve complained about the rain. But hey, isn’t that one of our given rights as a BCer. That being said, do we really need to add water [...] Read More
I admit, I may have hijacked this article to relay my love of Netflix (just a little – I mean, there is something to be said for the ability to watch commercial-free back-to-back episodes of so many series).
Yet, aside from being [...] Read More
1. Renovations may not be covered by your current policy
If your insurance company doesn’t know about the renovation, you may not have enough coverage. If you’re doing fairly major renovations, with contractors coming in and out of [...] Read More
All it takes is a few beautiful days of sunshine for dreams of summer fun to start creeping into our everyday thoughts. It may be a little too soon for backyard parties and heating your pool, but it’s [...] Read More
Buying a home is an exciting time, but can also be stressful and hectic. With all the craziness that is happening around you, it is really easy to overlook things like insurance. Make sure when writing an offer [...] Read More
As the holiday season is upon us, its a good time to remind ourselves to be prepared. The Healthy Canadians website shares the following tips to ensure we have a festive and safe holiday season.
Candles Never leave burning candles unattended. Keep them [...] Read More
Vacant Property takes means different things to different people, but in the world of insurance, it's rather specific. While the definition can take on different meanings, the term vacant in your insurance policy should be taken seriously to [...] Read More
We see it all the time where a client has a fire, water damage, theft or any other conceivable loss that might occur. The initial thought process of making the claim starts with comfort because the equipment is covered and [...] Read More
What a great week of weather we’ve had and I know we’ve all gotten a good start to another great summer. Summer for many means backyards, bbq’s and of course swimming pools. Way too many people are injured [...] Read More
Today I have an excellent tip for landlords of all sizes. Whether you rent out your basement or a 3-level apartment with 50 suites – this is for you. Are you ready? MAKE SURE YOUR TENANTS CARRY INSURANCE! Here are [...] Read More