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Spring-Ahead Reminder: Annual “check & change” chores

Mar 7 2019 This weekend, it’s time to spring forward with your clocks. We offer suggestions for some other spring safety chores to put on your weekend home maintenance list, too! In the Fall, there’s a collective groan... more

Is your home as efficient as it could be? An energy audit can tell you

Feb 28 2019 Drafty windows. Leaky faucets. Dirty air filters. All are common issues in homes across the country, and they’re not just annoying-they also cost you money in decreased energy efficiency and higher bills. The... more

‘Tis the season: Party hosts should be aware of liability issues

Nov 29 2018 With Thanksgiving in our rear view mirror, we enter the season of holiday parties. If you are planning to host parties at your home or business this season, it’s time to think about responsible party hosting... more

Why Today’s Homes Burn Faster

Sep 28 2018 From building materials to furnishings, many of the things in your home likely aren’t as flame-resistant as those from yesteryear. A fire in a modern home is a “perfect storm,” according to safety consulting... more

HOW TO BLOCK THOSE SPAMMY, SCAMMY PHONE CALLS!

Sep 20 2018 By 2019, nearly half the calls made to cell phones will be fraudulent, claims a recent report by First Orion, a phone and data transparency solution provider. This is a huge increase. In 2017, about 4% of cell... more

7 Driving Habits That Are Bad for Your Car

Sep 20 2018 No matter how safe you are behind the wheel, you’ve probably done things like: Shift into drive while the car is still rolling backward. Ride the brakes on steep hills. Roll into the gas station on empty.... more

6 Tips for Getting to Work on Two Wheels

Sep 7 2018 Did you know that hundreds of thousands of people in the United States commute to work by bicycle, according to the U.S. Census Bureau? That’s a lot of cars off the road each day, a lot of gasoline saved and a... more

4 Ways to Help All Children Have a Great School Year

Sep 3 2018 It's back-to-school time, and, if you have school-age children, your household is likely bustling with activity and filling up with books and backpacks. There are other households and school districts in your... more

APARTMENT DWELLERS, DON'T MISS OUT ON THE PROTECTION THAT RENTERS INSURANCE OFFERS

Aug 31 2018 Great, you have a great new apartment. You’ve thought of everything – the mover, the new furnishings, the utilities. You’ve got everything covered. Or do you? Too few people are taking advantage of one of the... more

Tips for Buying a Safe Car

Aug 23 2018 You’ve heard all the talk about driverless cars - but unfortunately, we’re still years away from living in a world where you just tell your car where to go, kick back and relax with a book (or, more likely,... more

DUI LAWS, INSURANCE RATES AND INTERLOCK DEVICES

Aug 23 2018 Don’t drive drunk. Don’t drive while impaired. Just... don’t. It’s sound advice you’ve heard a million times before. It’s common sense. And it’s one of the best ways to avoid taking a significant hit to the... more

Essential Safety Tips for Nighttime Boating

Aug 1 2018 If you own a boat (or better yet, as the joke goes, you know someone with a boat), you’ve probably thought about spending some evenings on the water - especially in the summertime. It’s a great thought, of... more

Summer Driving Tips

Jun 26 2018 Summer’s almost here. The sun will come out of hiding, and people will, too. As crowds swell at the beach, in parks, and even on roadways, it all makes for some challenging driving conditions. More people are... more

Getting Your RV Summer-Ready: From Driveway to Campsite

May 16 2018 Summer has arrived, and while you might be ready for a family camping trip, or road trip, can the same be said about your RV? If your Class C camper or trailer is still winterized, it’s time to get it summer-... more

Protecting Your Home: Understanding Your Home Insurance Policy

May 15 2018 As a homeowner, one of the most important aspects of your home isn’t something you use daily. And it isn’t something flashy you show off to friends. It’s your homeowners insurance policy, and it protects you... more

Time To Prep That Swimming Pool For Safety

May 10 2018 Is it too early to think about going swimming yet? We’ve certainly earned warm weather after a snowy, chilly start to spring. Swimming season can’t be far away! But if you own a backyard pool, whether of the... more

Do I Need to Tell My Insurance Company If My Dog Bites Someone?

Apr 26 2018 You probably don’t think your dog would ever bite someone, let alone cause a serious injury. But dog bites are more common than you might realize-4.5 million occur every year in the U.S., according to the... more

Protect yourself from Carbon Monoxide at Home and at Work

Mar 2 2018 Every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hundreds of people in the U.S. die from carbon-monoxide (CO) poisoning-and the invisible, odorless gas sickens thousands more. The... more

Insuring Jewelry: How to Know if Your Coverage is Enough

Feb 21 2018 A ring from a loved one. A bracelet handed down through generations. A watch or necklace marking a special occasion. Every reason you treasure a piece of fine jewelry is a reason it should be insured. However,... more

TIPS TO GET YOU THROUGH TAX SEASON

Feb 16 2018 Here in the US, it’s tax season! Unless you’re a CPA (and if you are, thank you for your hard work and sorry for not sorting that shoebox filled with receipts), this fact is unlikely to fill your heart with... more

High Tech Cars Equal High Cost Repairs

Feb 5 2018 It used to be that when you opened your car’s hood, you could look straight down and see the pavement beneath the engine. There was room to get your hands in there; to change a belt, tighten a hose clamp,... more

Your Super Bowl pre-game tool kit

Feb 2 2018 Another Super Bowl Sunday for the Patriots! Go New England! We’ve gathered a grab bag of fun and interesting related items from around the web to get you in the spirit. The Philadelphia police are hard at work... more

HOUSEHOLD HACKS FOR CLEAN FREAKS

Jan 26 2018 We’re on a home maintenance roll this week. In our last post, we talked about care for major appliances, and we just found a great article about 10 things in your home you never clean - but should. But our... more

Most Common Causes of Auto Accidents & How to Avoid Them

Jan 16 2018 Unfortunately, auto accidents happen-and they often cause injuries and damage to property. The good news is that many auto accidents can be prevented. Here are some of the most common causes of auto accidents... more

WINTER PET CARE

Jan 10 2018 Here in the frigid depths of January, sometimes all you want to do is hibernate. Just pile the pets on the bed, throw the covers over your head, and snooze until spring. But people (and their pets) aren’t... more

Don’t let email scams hijack your holiday!

Dec 12 2017 As seasonal shopping ramps up both on and offline, there are many opportunities for scammers and thieves to separate you from your hard-earned money. Dial up your fraud awareness radar to the max –... more

Season Toy Safety Tips and 10 Worst Toys for 2017

Dec 5 2017 It’s not all fun and games when it comes to toys. In 2016, there were 174,100 children under the age of 15 treated at emergency departments for toy-related injuries; seven children died. The U.S. Consumer... more

Your Seasonal Flu Prevention Reminder!

Dec 1 2017 Flu season runs from October through May, generally peaking from December through March. Flu vaccines can take a few weeks to kick in so it’s good to get your shot early. Find out the place closest to you at... more

Prevent home heating fires with these tips from the pros

Nov 27 2017 As the temperature drops, home fire risk rises. It just makes sense. While cooking fires are the leading cause of residential fires, heating-related fires come in second place and peak in the month of January.... more

The Importance Of Back-Seat Safety Belt Use

Nov 16 2017 The last time you used a taxi, a ride-hailing service or jumped in the backseat of a friend’s car, did you buckle up? If you did, good for you, but you are in the minority. Four out of 5 adults surveyed by... more

Fire up that snowblower - don't wait until the first storm hits!

Nov 14 2017 Some of us had our first snowfall of the season yesterday ... OK, depending on where you live, it was only a few wimpy flakes. But take it as Mother Nature’s gentle advance warning: Winter is on it’s way – get... more

HAPPY VETERANS DAY TO ALL WHO SERVED

Nov 10 2017 On Veterans Day, we owe a debt of deep gratitude to all military service members, past and present, for their service to our country. Thank you! There are many events this weekend offering tribute to our... more

How to Lower Your Auto Insurance Bill

Nov 6 2017 It’s easy to lower your insurance costs - especially if you have a great driving record, or don’t mind having higher deductibles. Who doesn’t want to pay less for car insurance? Billions of dollars are spent... more

Do you need some out-of-this-world insurance?

Nov 3 2017 You can insure against almost any adverse event. In prior posts, we’ve talked about celebrities insuring body parts and people insuring some rather unusual objects and special collections. But here’s one that... more

SNOW PLOW SEASON HAS BEGUN IN MASSACHUSETTS

Nov 2 2017 Snow Plow Season has begun in Massachusetts and New England - The Blizzard of 2010 officially made Monday a “snow day” for many Massachusetts and New England residents. Thankfully, schools were closed which... more

Do You Need Umbrella Insurance?

Nov 1 2017 One of the most certain things in life is uncertainty. Your dog could bite the neighbor’s kid. Your teen driver could hit a cyclist. A guest could fall down your stairs. A rainy morning commute on worn-out... more

Pumpkins, perils & more: Have a fun, safe Halloween

Oct 30 2017 It’s the season of the pumpkin! Everyone seems to love pumpkin flavored foods, and there may be a reason for that. Psychologist think that the smell of pumpkin spice produces a nostalgic feeling that brings us... more

WINTER HEATING BILLS

Oct 25 2017 If you are dreading winter heating bills, it might be a good time to think of ways to save money now before the cold weather kicks in. You can find out how your energy use compares through EPA’s Home Energy... more

AUTUMN IN NEW ENGLAND... WHAT TO SEE AND DO

Oct 6 2017 if leaf peeping is on your agenda this holiday weekend, here’s the latest weather and foliage reports from NECN. Overall, the foliage season is always enjoyable here in New England, but meteorologists say that... more

Get the best for your best friend. Introducing Pet Health Insurance

Oct 4 2017 You don’t like your pet. You love your pet! So when you make the decision to take care of him or her, you’re helping them and your entire family. We’ve partnered with Hartville Pet Insurance Program, because... more

Equifax Data Breach: Here’s what to do if you haven’t acted yet

Sep 29 2017 If you’ve been immobilized about taking action related to the mammoth Equifax data breach, you’re not alone – many people have been. The sheer enormity and scope of the breach – 143 million records in the US... more

Home maintenance: Clean that clothes dryer to prevent fires!

Sep 27 2017 When you tackle your spring and fall home maintenance, is cleaning your clothes dryer on the list? If not, it should be. As we approach the fall, it's a good time to check your lint filters and venting systems... more

Easy to Forget Cleaning Projects

Aug 4 2017 As a busy homeowner, it's easy to fall into the trap of pushing off tasks that maintain the long-term value of your home in favor of more pressing problems. That’s OK, to a point, as certain house-cleaning... more

BARK, BUT DON'T BITE

Jul 27 2017 Your Massachusetts homeowners insurance policy covers the structure of your home, and your belongings, but it is also responsible for protecting you from liability issues. According to Investopedia, liability... more

Heavy Rain? Be on the Lookout for Heavy Damage

Jul 7 2017 Your home protects you from the elements, but heavy rains can weaken that protection. With a little maintenance and a lot of vigilance, it’s not hard to stay safe and dry. Spring rainstorms are a fact of life... more

Want a Safer Home? Consider these Inexpensive Fixes

Jun 5 2017 Home improvement: It’s a never-ending process for many people, and for those of us who aren’t necessarily handy, it can be a hassle, too. But there are plenty of simple maintenance tasks and other improvements... more

Help Your Dog Love Apartment Living

May 8 2017 Apartment living can have many advantages: low maintenance, close to work and entertainment, and ease of changing residence. But, if you’re a dog owner, apartment living can present some difficulties. You... more

Love Bites – Get Umbrella Coverage

Apr 7 2017 In today’s economy, everyone is pinching pennies. So why worry about umbrella coverage? Shouldn’t a home and auto policy leave you adequately covered?Unfortunately, we live in a world of lawsuits. Large... more

Teen Driving Safety

Apr 3 2017 Talking to Your Teen About Safe Driving When teens begin to drive, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Safety Council, the sobering statistics start to pile... more

Car Shopping With Safety in Mind

Mar 6 2017 You’ve heard all the talk about driverless cars. Yet we’re still years away from living in a world where you can just tell your car where to go and then kick back and relax with a book or your phone. Even... more

Burglary Prevention: Should You Leave the Lights On?

Feb 3 2017 It seems like a no-brainer to leave the lights on outside your home to deter burglars while you’re away (or even while you’re asleep). But does that really work? Or is it just a waste of electricity —... more

Identity Protection Tips for Tax Season

Jan 9 2017 What’s the most important number for you this tax season? The amount of your refund? The amount you owe? The number of hours spent poring over all the other numbers? All of those are pretty important, but none... more

What Should Go in Your Home Safe (or Safe-Deposit Box)?

Nov 30 2016 Spring has arrived, which means it’s time to clean the cobwebs out of the corners, organize the closets and so forth. While you’re at it, don’t forget to revisit the important documents and other items you... more

Device Insurance: Cover Your Personal Electronics With the Policy You Already Have

Nov 22 2016 It seems everyone these days has a smartphone. Or a smart TV, a tablet, or an ebook reader. Or all of the above – and more. When you add it all up, you may find you have thousands and thousands of dollars tied... more

How to Deal With Road Rage

Nov 16 2016 Have you ever noticed that, with roadway anger, it's always the other guy's fault? And, it very well could be. The thing is, you can't control how other people drive. But, you can control how you respond to... more

The Type of Fire Extinguisher Every Home Should Have

Nov 16 2016 A fire is a fire, and a fire extinguisher is a fire extinguisher, right? Well, not quite. There are actually different types of fires and different types of extinguishers that respond best to each one. So,... more

VACANT HOMES

Nov 11 2016 If your home catches fire, is burglarized, or has a water leak, homeowners insurance is there to pay for the damage. Or is it? Not always. One woman just had a major claim denied, and her story should be a... more

Which Home Alarms Do You Need?

Nov 7 2016 Technology has made home alarms of all kinds — from security to smoke, radon to radiation — more accessible than ever. Many of them can be configured to work together, and some even alert you to trouble... more

YOUR HOME MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST FOR FALL

Sep 20 2016 Fall brings more than just changing leaves and shorter days. In many areas, it also comes with a shift in weather conditions that can have a serious impact on your home. And, don’t forget, winter is right... more

Navigate Rainy Roadways With Care

Jun 3 2016 It’s just rain — how much impact can it really have on your driving? The answer: a lot. You’re likely to experience lower visibility, reduced traction and increased difficulty in handling your car both during ... more

BOATING SEASON WILL SOON BE HERE!!

Mar 10 2016 Our Massachusetts boat insurance and watercraft insurance plans can provide you with coverage against many different types of loss. We offer: •Medical Payments Coverage We offer medical coverage that can cover... more

Cold Winter Weather

Feb 12 2016 Temperatures are going to take a nose dive this weekend. Here are tips from the Red Cross to help prevent frozen pipes in your home: •Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage. •... more

Be Ready For Winter This Year

Feb 11 2016 Getting your home ready before the big storms of the winter is a much better alternative to reacting after the damage has been done. Being prepared can help you avoid catastrophe in the form of anything from... more

What to Do After a Car Accident in Winter

Feb 5 2016 Freezing temperatures, gusts of wind, patches of ice – winter can be a horrible time to be on the road, especially if you’re on vacation and aren’t used to driving in winter conditions. And, it’s an even worse... more

Gun Safety at Home

Jan 28 2016 - The topic of guns can be very sensitive, but there’s one thing virtually everyone can agree on: Storing them safely is incredibly important, particularly in homes with children or even those where children... more

How to Avoid Animal-Vehicle Collisions

Jan 18 2016 About 2 million times every year, animals and cars collide on U.S. roadways — often causing serious and even fatal injuries to drivers and passengers, along with about $1 billion in damage, according to the U.... more

Thrifty Security: Burglar-Proof Your Home for the Holidays

Jan 18 2016 It's not unusual, when you set out on that holiday trip, to look back at the house a little nervously. Sure, you remembered to lock the doors, but just how secure are things? What might happen while you're... more

BUSINESS INSURANCE

Dec 9 2015 Being a Massachusetts business owner can be stressful. Not only do you have to manage and market your business, but you’ve also got to protect your employees and your customers while they are on your premises.... more

Safe, Secure Shopping: Tips for Black Friday

Nov 6 2015 It's become almost as much a part of Thanksgiving as turkey and football: Black Friday, the morning-after (or in some cases evening-after) shopping spree. It's the biggest shopping day of the year, an event in... more

Your Home Maintenance Checklist for Fall

Oct 2 2015 Fall brings more than just changing leaves and shorter days. In many areas, it also comes with a shift in weather conditions that can have a serious impact on your home. And, don’t forget, winter is right... more

Being a Business Owner

Sep 9 2015 Being a Massachusetts business owner can be stressful. Not only do you have to manage and market your business, but you’ve also got to protect your employees and your customers while they are on your premises.... more

Renters vs. Homeowners Insurance

Jul 26 2015 Whether you rent or own your home, the property as well as its contents should be protected with insurance. For those who own homes, homeowners insurance can protect the home and the home's contents. If the... more

Massachusetts Commercial Auto

Jul 21 2015 Many states require individuals to purchase vehicle insurance to protect their cars. Massachusetts auto insurance is mandated for good reason- if you get into an accident, you and the other driver involved... more

I’m Having a Pool Party…Now What?

Jul 18 2015 Are you kicking this weekend off with a pool party? Forecast is predicting some pretty high temperatures; you might as well enjoy that sunshine because in Massachusetts you never know what the weather will be.... more

I’m Making a Slip & Slide…Now What?

Jul 17 2015 Once the kids get out of school the biggest problem becomes how you will entertain them in the summer months. Camps are great and having friends over can be fun too. Spending as much time outdoors as possible... more

Tips for Getting the Best Boat Insurance Quotes

Jul 15 2015 •Consider your boat’s value and whether you want full replacement value or actual cash value coverage •Think about the protection you may need for passengers, others who may drive your boat, and for your... more

ATTENTION PET LOVERS!!!!

Jul 8 2015 How many times have we heard in our lives, or (egads) have had to say: We wanted to do more for the little guy, but it just cost to much? Never, ever, have to say that again. You'd be very surprised just how... more

Tips for a Safe Fourth of July — From Food to Fireworks

Jul 2 2015 Memorial Day might be the unofficial start of summer, but Independence Day is when the season truly kicks into high gear. July 4 is a holiday that has something for everyone, whether you like to host (or... more

Commuting by Bike: How to Get to the Office on Two Wheels

Jun 5 2015 There are plenty of great reasons to bike to work: Commuters who ride save money on gas and car insurance, stay fit and help the environment (they don’t get stuck in traffic, either). And they even have fun —... more

Personal Watercraft Liability Insurance

May 9 2015 Personal Watercraft liability insurance protects you against legal claims and the legal fees associated with them. Fortunately for personal watercraft (PWC), WaveRunner or Jet Ski owners, PWC insurance can be... more

What Is Auto Insurance?

May 7 2015 Insurance, by definition, is a contract between you and the insurance company. The contract stipulates that as long as you pay the premium, the insurance company agrees to pay for your covered losses if you... more

Summer Car Care Tips

May 6 2015 Everyone who has lived in New England for more than one winter is familiar with how to prepare an automobile for the harsh winter months, including gathering an emergency kit, making sure that there is enough... more

Motorhome/RV Insurance

May 5 2015 What Does RV Insurance Cover? RV insurance (also known as motorhome insurance) covers the cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle after an accident. Liability coverage is required in most states and covers... more

DIRT BIKE INSURANCE

May 4 2015 A dirt bike is a lightweight motorcycle with knobby tires and a tough suspension, designed to accommodate off road use and rugged terrain. If you have recently purchased a dirt bike and plan to ride it for fun,... more

Getting Your Boat Out of Storage and Into the Water

May 1 2015 Spring is here, and you're ready to get out on the water. But is your boat ready? Even if you've kept it properly stored for the winter and protected from the elements, there are still a number of things you... more

What Is Farm Insurance?

May 1 2015 The U.S. has millions of farms. Some are large agribusinesses and others are small farms that have been handed down from generation to generation. Every type of farm can benefit from farm insurance, although... more

Spring Into Home Maintenance Mode in Massachusetts

Apr 30 2015 Spring is a time for rejuvenation, and, as the weather gets warmer here in Lakeville, Massachusetts, and the days grow longer, there's a positive energy in the air. Many people decide it's the perfect time... more

Different Types of Reverse Mortgages

Apr 30 2015 If you are giving serious consideration to applying for a reverse mortgage, you should be aware that there are three different types available to consumers. These are: •Single-purpose: Single-purpose reverse... more

How to Create Your First Garden This Spring

Mar 6 2015 From genetically modified crops to the environmental and health effects of pesticides, more and more Massachusetts residents are questioning whether they should grow what they eat. Wherever you stand on the... more

Is Snowmobile Insurance Really Necessary?

Feb 24 2015 Snowmobiling is a fun family activity, and can be an exhilarating winter sport. Snowmobiling is increasing in popularity nationwide; nearly 50,000 new snowmobiles were registered in the US in 2012 alone. The... more

What Should You Know About Your Insurance Policies?

Feb 20 2015 All of your valuables need to be protected. This means that you probably have multiple types of insurance. For each policy that you have, there are a few key things that you need to know. This applies to home... more

Helping Seniors Have a Wonderful Winter

Feb 6 2015 Slippery sidewalks. Freezing temperatures. Power outages. Winter isn't always a wonderland. If you regularly lend a hand to a senior friend or family member, it may be a good time of the year to provide some... more

The Right Tires for Winter Driving

Jan 30 2015 It's easy to forget about your tires when it comes to vehicle safety. But with winter weather already in many parts of the country, tires are an important aspect you should keep in mind. Your tires can be the... more

Hosting a Super Bowl Party?

Jan 30 2015 Hosting a Super Bowl party is a great way to cheer on your team if you can’t make it to the stadium in Indianapolis this Sunday, but make sure you know and manage the risks of hosting the big game day party.... more

Make a Trip to the RMV Less Stressful

Jan 29 2015 RMV is up there in stressful activities that can’t be avoided. Thankfully, there are a few things that you can do to ensure that your visit to your local Massachusetts RMV branch goes smoothly, and that you... more

Landlord Insurance Protects You From Loss

Jan 15 2015 Cover Your Investment When Renting Your House, Condo or Apartment Property investors who lease homes, condos and apartments to tenants often purchase landlord insurance to protect those investments. If you are... more

Snowmobile Insurance

Jan 7 2015 Is Snowmobile Insurance Really Necessary? Snowmobiling is a fun family activity, and can be an exhilarating winter sport. Snowmobiling is increasing in popularity nationwide; nearly 50,000 new snowmobiles were... more

Reverse Mortgage 101

Jan 6 2015 Reverse mortgages are advertised a lot these days. You might find them featured in TV commercials, touted in radio ads and mentioned online. Usually, these ads depict happy older couples vacationing on cruises... more

Avoid and Treat a Puff Back in Your Furnace

Dec 8 2014 It's getting colder day by day here in New England. If you're going to be turning on your home's furnace in the near future, make sure that you take the necessary precautions to avoid having a nasty "puff back.... more

Holiday Safety Tips for Your Four-Legged Friends

Dec 5 2014 As a nation, our pets are like family, so let's make sure they enjoy the holidays with us while staying safe. As a general rule of thumb, always keep pets on a regular routine, even during the holiday season.... more

Reduce Auto Insurance Quotes for Young Drivers

Nov 11 2014 Do you have a teenager in your home that’s about to become a driver? Adding a teenage driver to your car insurance policy can get expensive fast – car insurance providers know that teenagers are more likely to... more

Make Home Safety a Priority While You’re Away for the Holidays

Nov 7 2014 The holidays can be a great time to get out of town to visit family you rarely get to see, hit the slopes or flee to the beach. Regardless of how you spend your time away, you need to ensure your house stays... more

Create Holiday Cards for Your Business

Nov 6 2014 The holiday season is coming up fast – is your business going to do anything to celebrate its customers? If you have a list of customer’s mailing addresses, you may want to think about creating a holiday card... more

Snow Plow Season - Coverage Questions

Nov 4 2014 The Blizzard of 2010 officially made Monday a “snow day” for many Massachusetts and New England residents. Thankfully, schools were closed which means many parents were already on vacation. So, who didn’t get... more

The Pros and Cons of Wine

Oct 16 2014 Occasionally, your local nightly news will tell you something new that was discovered about a food. Be it wine, coffee, or another fad diet, there never seems to be a consensus on whether or not you should... more

Massachusetts Earthquake Insurance

Oct 15 2014 It is always important to be prepared for everything. Insurance is designed to help you prepare for the worst. Home insurance offers you the coverage you need in a number of situations, but it does not cover... more

Don’t Spook Your Home Insurer This Halloween

Oct 10 2014 As the air begins to chill and the leaves start to fall, pumpkins and skeletons populate shop windows and our thoughts turn to Halloween. Chances are you have at least one plan for Halloween this year –... more

Halloween Safety: Be Ready When the Little Goblins Come Out

Oct 3 2014 It's a night full of treats for both kids and adults in Lakeville. But a number of factors - including lots of people walking in the dark, the threat of wet and stormy weather, strangers coming to your door -... more

Affordable Commercial Auto Insurance

Sep 30 2014 Many states require individuals to purchase vehicle insurance to protect their cars. Massachusetts auto insurance is mandated for good reason- if you get into an accident, you and the other driver involved... more

Be #1 on Tailgating Safety

Sep 12 2014 Tailgating Preseason football is in full swing, and regular season games are right around the corner. Here at Gammons Insurance, that means only one thing – Patriots games! We are looking forward to going to... more

5 Tips for Organizing Your Home for the New School Year

Sep 5 2014 Yes, it's already time to start thinking about school again. Getting a head start can pay big dividends for you and your kids as they head back to class. But, it's not just what they need for school that... more

School Bus Safety Tips for Kids and Parents

Aug 18 2014 It’s August, and that can only mean one thing – school is almost back in session! We hope that you and your family had a fun summer vacation, and know that you’re probably excited for the school year to resume.... more

5 Moving Tips You Have Never Heard

Aug 6 2014 Make Arrangements for Items that You Don’t Want In most moves, people have several items that they no longer want or need. If this is the case with your move, you need to make sure to start working on getting... more

Auto Insurance

Aug 5 2014 You’ve heard of man’s best friend before, right? Well today I’d like to introduce you to your family’s best friend – your car! It’s easy to have your car feel like an extension of your family. After all, how... more

Celebrate National Night Out With Your Neighbors

Aug 1 2014 In 1984, National Night Out - "America's Night Out Against Crime" - began as a way to promote crime prevention through neighborhood camaraderie. Since then, according to the National Association of Town... more

Bark, But Don’t Bite!

Jul 24 2014 Your Massachusetts homeowners insurance policy covers the structure of your home, and your belongings, but it is also responsible for protecting you from liability issues. According to Investopedia, liability... more

Alleviate Insurance Street

Jul 23 2014 Finding the right insurance coverage is on the top of the list of Consumer Stresses. Here at Gammons Insurance , we want to show you why working with an independent insurance agency can lower your stress level... more

Massachusetts Motorcycle Laws

Jul 17 2014 Motorcyclists – have you taken advantage of the summer yet? It’s the perfect time of year to jump on your bike and take a ride. As always, though, the folks here at Gammons Insurance want to make sure that you... more

Make Recycling and Reducing Routine

Jul 11 2014 "Reduce, reuse, recycle." Most likely, you've heard that catchy phrase connected with information about saving natural resources and even saving your family money. But how many of us really make reducing,... more

Your Teenagers and Their Phone

Jul 10 2014 Ever wonder how your teenager can spend hours staring at their phone? There are so many new apps to be downloaded. They can become addicting and time consuming. Besides texting, here are some other things your... more

Massachussetts Summer Road Trips

Jun 24 2014 Summer vacation season is coming up at light speed. If you’re trying to have a great family vacation for the right price, why not look close to home? Massachusetts has a great selection of vacation spots that... more

Car Insurance Misconceptions vs. Reality

Jun 12 2014 Buying car insurance that’s right for you can be a challenging task, especially with so many options available. You’ll have to navigate through persisting myths as well, but we can clear some of these up for... more

Insurance "Must-Haves"

Jun 10 2014 this is a loaded question – the answer is slightly different for every person. For the most part, though, there are three types of insurance policies that most people ‘must have:’ Health Insurance Your body is... more

Wedding Insurance

Jun 4 2014 June has traditionally been the busiest month for weddings. (In recent years July and August have been equally as popular.) A low cost wedding insurance policy can protect your investment from unexpected... more

Protect Your Most Cherished Possessions

May 30 2014 If you're like most people, there are certain items you own that you can't imagine ever losing - possessions you deeply cherish or those that would be impossible to replace due to the cost of re-purchasing... more

Prepare Now for Summer Camp

May 23 2014 Prep for Summer Camp......It may seem a little early (after all, school is still in session) but it’s really never too early to start getting ready to make your kids summer camp plans. According to... more

3 Essential Emergency Contacts to Keep in Your Cell Phone

May 16 2014 Driving down an unlit highway at night, you tie blows and you swerve into a ditch. Who you gonna call? You can try ghostbusters, but Bill Murray is probably too busy being famous to drive you to the hospital.... more

5 Car Apps For Your Smartphone

May 15 2014 Most people can’t live without their smartphone nowadays. What’s wonderful about them is that they do so much more than just making calls – in fact, they can improve just about every facet of your life. In... more

Are you insuring your biggest asset?

May 10 2014 What’s your biggest asset? Your home? Your car? Many Americans don’t realize they have failed to protect their biggest asset: their income. When you do the math, the money you will earn before retirement is... more

How to Estimate Your Home’s Rebuilding Costs

May 9 2014 Home Replacement Cost....When you purchase Massachusetts home insurance, you need to make sure that you have enough coverage. This coverage typically comes in three categories – protecting the structure of... more

I’m Hosting My Child’s After Prom Party… Now What?

May 7 2014 Prom is a fun night where your kids get to celebrate the end of the school year and you get to be their personal photographers for an hour. As harmless as that sounds, prom is often cause for some trouble as... more

Keep Water from Going Where it Shouldn't

May 2 2014 One of the most disheartening experiences is to find flooding or extreme water damage to your treasured home. At Gammons Insurance, we know you want to protect what's important. That's why we're offering these... more

Home Myths: DIY, Siding and Electricity

Apr 25 2014 If you’re starting to plan for this year’s spring season, here are a few relevant myths, and the explanation of the truths behind them: Myth 1: You don’t need to have a DIY project inspected. Spring is the... more

Affordable Commercial Vehicle Insurance

Apr 25 2014 Many states require individuals to purchase vehicle insurance to protect their cars. Massachusetts auto insurance is mandated for good reason- if you get into an accident, you and the other driver involved... more

A Little Extra Caution Can Go a Long Way While Driving at Night

Apr 4 2014 While fall and winter have their own pleasures, longer nights mean increased danger on the roads. You might think you drive just as well at night, but consider this: Even though nighttime driving accounts for... more

WEDDING INSURANCE

Mar 28 2014 Wedding Nightmares Written by Vargas Insurance Leave a Comment Fallen BrideWeddings are often a year or more in the making. We discuss the stressors and some help. It is very common for brides to have... more

Home Myths: DIY, Siding and Electricity

Mar 10 2014 If you’re starting to plan for this year’s spring season, here are a few relevant myths, and the explanation of the truths behind them: Myth 1: You don’t need to have a DIY project inspected. Spring is the... more

Home Security Tips

Mar 10 2014 Everyone wants to keep their home safe from burglars or intruders, but not everyone wants to have an alarm system installed. There are plenty of people who prefer the do-it-yourself route, whether it's home... more

Insuring Your New Valentine’s Bling

Feb 19 2014 Valentine’s Day has come and gone. Cards have been exchanges, chocolates have been consumed, and teddy bears have experienced their first cuddles. If you or your Valentine celebrated the holiday with a gift of... more

Five Sure-Fire Ways to Get Your Car Stolen

Feb 7 2014 Most people would say their car is one of the most valuable assets they own – if not the most valuable. Despite that, however, some people make it downright easy for thieves to drive off in their pride and joy.... more

GAP INSURANCE

Feb 6 2014 TIP: New cars depreciate roughly 20% in the first year of ownership. Insurance is designed to cover the car's current value. If you're upside down on your car loan, consider gap coverage; it covers the... more

Landlords Insurance Protection

Jan 29 2014 Coverage for your Property: If your property is being occupied by a tenant, you can’t rely on your home insurance policy to protect your property. A Landlord’s insurance policy will cover the physical... more

Space Heaters

Jan 27 2014 Space Heater Safety It’s getting chillier and chillier by the day, and this winter is supposed to be a cold one in New England, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. That can only mean one thing – it’s time to... more

What is MA Umbrella Insurance?

Jan 17 2014 Umbrella Insurance provides exactly the type of coverage that it sounds like it would; it provides an umbrella for you to stand under. Liability issues are everywhere and you never know what could cause... more

Protect Your Family From the "Silent Killer"

Jan 3 2014 Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, invisible gas that results when certain fuels do not burn completely. And it can be deadly. That's why it's important to know how to prevent it, detect it, and... more

Does your business have enough Massachusetts liability coverage?

Dec 23 2013 Can your business ever have too much? MA general liability is one of the most pervasive policies on the market today – and for good reason. It provides coverage for liability issues resulting from personal and... more

Make Sure Your Pets Travel Well for the Holidays

Dec 6 2013 The holiday season is here - time to eat good food and join together with loved ones. For many who have families far away, this is also is the time to pack up and get out of Massachusetts. If you are gearing... more

A Message For Teens...... Please Don't Text And Drive

Nov 22 2013 I assure you, the title of this article is not gibberish. If you don’t understand, let me run it through translate: A Message for Teens — Please Don’t Text While Driving. Make sense now? ICYMI (In case you... more

5 Habits That Ruin Your Car

Nov 8 2013 Bad habits can make your car die hard. Whether you have recently bought a new car or you are trying to get the most of your old car, here are some things NOT to do. We all have our bad habits when it comes to... more

Make Football Season Fun and Safe

Nov 1 2013 Finally, we're welcoming fall, that eagerly anticipated season when we get to enjoy cooler temps, colorful leaves and, of course, football season in Massachusetts. Football brings with it a whole host of... more

Top 5 Questions about Snow Plows, Answered!

Oct 31 2013 The most frequently asked questions by customers who use their vehicles used for snowplowing and snow removal. Do you have questions about snow removal and your MA Auto Insurance Policy? Here are the top 5... more

LIFE INSURANCE

Oct 24 2013 Massachusetts, Term life insurance, whole life insurance, universal life insurance, variable life insurance, survivorship insurance… the list and combinations seem endless. Do you know which MA life insurance... more

Massachusetts Workers Compensation Insurance

Oct 22 2013 One of the most important aspects of your business is your staff. It is essential to your business and your employees you protect them from any potential danger. In addition to being required in Massachusetts,... more

Small Business Insurance

Oct 16 2013 When it comes to your insurance, we mean business, which is why we are the perfect option for you to get your small business insurance policy. Gammons Insurance Agency understands that your business is very... more

I'm buying my kids an ATV...... Now what??

Oct 15 2013 Are the holiday must have lists already coming in from the family? If your kids are a little on the adventurous side one item on their list may be an off-road vehicle. Whether they want a dirt bike, an ATV or... more

A Different Season Means Different Dangers For Motorcyclists

Oct 4 2013 Fall is a wonderful time to be outside on your bike, thanks to the crisp, cool weather and changing colors of the landscape. Staying safe on the road in autumn requires some special precautions, however.... more

The Best Month for a Road Trip? Four Reasons it’s October

Oct 1 2013 I’m going out on a limb and declaring October the best month for a road trip. Do I have meteorological data, research, or a Gallup® poll to back me up? No, I’m just basing it on my experiences. Here’s what... more

TIME TO THINK ABOUT SNOWMOBILE INSURANCE

Sep 27 2013 I’ll take this 70 degree weather throughout the whole winter and you won’t hear me complain about missing out on snow. That is the difference between me and someone that owns a snowmobile. No matter where you... more

10 Commandments of Insurance

Sep 24 2013 1. Thou shalt not miss a payment There are so many payment options available, including electronic payments, that an insurance payment should never be missed. If you miss a payment, your policy may be canceled.... more

7 TIPS TO SELECTING THE RIGHT CAR INSUANCE COVERAGE

Sep 18 2013 Better be prepared with car insurance before you buy your car and drive it off the lot. But finding the right car insurance coverage is not as easy as 1, 2, 3. There are many parts to the policy and many... more

Price check: Time to reassess your valuables

Sep 16 2013 The standard homeowners policy coverage on jewelry and certain other valuables is covered to around $2,500 per category, according to the Insurance Information Institute. So if your home is burglarized and... more

How to Keep Intruders Out of Your Home

Sep 12 2013 - Home security is essential for every house. You don't want to make it easy for a thief to break into your house and steal all of your valuables. On the bright side if a burglary does happen you have... more

Insurance Myth's

Sep 11 2013 Here's just one of many insurance myths: "My landlord's insurance policy covers me if I'm a renter." Reality: A landlord's policy covers the landlord's building and personal liability, not yours. A renter's... more

Back to School Safety Reminders

Sep 6 2013 The end of summer in Massachusetts means many things, such as cooler weather, shorter days and ... the start of football! But most important, it means kids are headed back to school. And that means we all... more

Flood Insurance - What You Should Know

Aug 1 2013 You've probably heard this horror story before - someone loses a home due to a flood and learns after the fact that standard homeowners insurance doesn't cover flood damage. At Gammons Insurance we want you to... more

When Things go BOOM in the Night - Fireworks Safety

Jul 1 2013 For most of us, the Fourth of July is a time to enjoy the company of family and friends, having fun and creating memories - whether at home or away But for some families, the holiday is a nightmare. Each year,... more

Do You Own a Classic Car of the Future?

Jun 3 2013 There's nothing quite like driving a speedy, shiny classic car that turns heads and starts conversations. In fact, the beauty and elegance of old collectibles - like the 1964 Aston Martin DB5, the 1963... more

A Time to Celebrate Mothers

May 1 2013 As the second Sunday of May nears, it's time to think of ways to celebrate mothers - although, of course, that's a worthy pursuit at any time of year! At Gammons Insurance, we thought it would be fun to give... more

It's Time for Spring Cleaning!

Apr 3 2013 Spring is a time of new beginnings in Lakeville & West Bridgewater - and now is a great time to take on some cleaning and organization tasks around your home. If you're anything like many of us here at... more



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