Practicalities of Giving and Receiving: Insuring Christmas Gifts

After the joy of the holidays wears off, it may be time to consider some of the more practical aspects of giving and receiving gifts. If you or someone in your home received a big ticket item this Christmas, you may want to give some thought to insuring your Christmas gifts. Here are three categories of gifts that may need some additional insurance.

  • Expensive Jewelry

While many pieces of jewelry will be covered under a traditional homeowner’s policy, if you received a very expensive item, you may want to contact your agent about buying some additional insurance. Insuring jewelry may only cost a small amount each year, but if your expensive item is ever stolen from your home, you will be glad that you paid for it. You can also buy insurance to help you pay for a high homeowner’s deductible in case of loss or theft.

  • Expensive Electronics

Flat screen televisions, computers, and iPhones are very easily damaged and very expensive to replace. Some insurance policies will replace your expensive television if it falls off the wall or is damaged in some way. Because an iPhone can quickly be damaged by a chewing puppy or curious toddler, don’t risk losing your investment in your electronics. Call your agent and get additional insurance that will pay for replacing expensive electronics.

  • Collectibles and Artwork

Certain kinds of collectibles and artwork can be worth thousands of dollars. If you have a roof leak and one of your expensive collections is damaged, your insurance may be unable to reimburse you for the full value of your loss if it exceeds the maximum stated in the policy. Your agent can tell you what you need to know about insuring expensive collections.

For all of your insurance needs, call Stromsoe Insurance Agency today!

Errors and Omissions Explained

As a business owner, it’s important to have business insurance coverage that will protect your interests. One of the most vital policies any service provider should carry is Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance.

What exactly is E&O insurance?

E&O insurance is usually called malpractice or professional liability insurance and provides protection when your client feels that you did not follow through on your promises. It’s one of the most important policies that a business owner can have.

What does it cover?

  • Attorney fees
  • Judgments
  • Settlements

Based on your service and type of business you operate, your premiums may vary. When acquiring this type of insurance, make sure you have your contracts and operating procedures on hand for your underwriter to review.

It’s no secret that things happen and there will be times when you cannot make every client happy. Making sure you protect your business from these types of unfortunate situations can make the difference between continuing to thrive and closing your doors.

For more information on business insurance and how you can keep your organization safe, contact Stromsoe Insurance Agency.

Can I Get a Policy that Combines Different Types of Insurance?

Selecting the perfect insurance policy can take some research and understanding of which policies are best for your needs. Depending on your insurance needs, it may be possible to combine different policies under a single policy, saving you money on costly premiums.

In many situations, business owners are able to create a business owner’s policy (BOP), which includes the different types of coverage needed for the business. The BOP can include property, casualty, business interruption and liability all in a single policy. Or if the homeowner has a business, a “business pursuits” endorsement on their homeowner’s policy can be added, combining business insurance with the homeowner’s policy.

Homeowners might be able to include their car insurance with their homeowner’s policy. Combining insurance will help save on monthly car and homeowner’s insurance premiums.

It is best to speak directly with an insurance agent to help understand which policies can and cannot be combined and which policies work best for your insurance needs.

For more information about the different types of insurance policies available and how to combine different policies in California, contact the Stromsoe Insurance Agency.

Safe Driving Tips for Rainy Weather

Rain contributes to thousands of automobile accidents annually. Slick roads reduce tire traction and interfere with a driver’s visibility. Keep yourself and your passengers safe while driving in the rain with these safe driving tips.

Slow It Down: Rain mixed with dirt and debris on the road creates a perfect condition for skids. Avoid skidding on wet roads by driving at a slower pace, which increases traction.

Check Your Tires: Keep your tires properly inflated as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. This information can typically be found on the glove box door, door-post, fuel door, or vehicle door edge.

Don’t Get Distracted: Turn off any cell phones, the radio and ask that passengers sit quietly as you drive in hazardous conditions. Keep both hands on the wheel at all times.

Brake Earlier: In addition to driving slower, you should also break earlier and with less force than normal. Increasing stopping distance can eliminate many accidents.

For more information on how to drive safe in rainy weather in the Murrieta, California area, please contact your auto insurance professionals at Stromsoe Insurance Agency for safe driving tips.

Wishes for Children

It’s that time of year again. The holiday season is a time where children can’t wait to visit Santa, sit on his lap, and tell him what they want for Christmas this year.

It’s also a time to remember there are children who find themselves in less fortunate circumstances and they need our help.

Business owners in Temecula area of California are coming together to help the young children of Temecula CA, this year by working with Wishes for Children Foundation.

Local business such as Stromsoe Insurance Agency, the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce, Sunpro Solar and the Tesoro Winery are working hand in hand with the caring people at the Wishes for Children Foundation to make the wishes of local children become a reality.

The foundation works with local charities to help these neighborhood children who either have medical issues, through no fault of their own are now underprivileged, or have illnesses that have become life threatening have their Christmas wishes granted.

The holidays are a time of giving, and the greatest gift that we can give is our time, our empathy and our donations, all to bring a smile to the face of a child that’s facing an uphill fight this holiday season.

The holiday season is upon us, and the season isn’t complete unless you take the time to check on your home and auto insurance needs this holiday season.

Whether you’re a resident of Temecula or you live outside of California, it’s worth your time to contact the Stromsoe Insurance Agency and see what they can do for you this holiday season.

Call them today; you’ll be glad you did.

Fall Recipe: Chocolate Pecan Pie

Leaves are falling and Thanksgiving is here. This time of year is preparation for the holidays, which are just around the corner. Thanksgiving is the time when we carve the turkey and eat lots of other fall-themed food. A popular Thanksgiving recipe is for the pecan pie. However, this fall favorite is a twist on a traditional recipe.

According to Betty Crocker, the Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars are a great substitution for the traditional pecan pie. Not only are they easy to make, but they are loved by everyone.

1 ½ cups flour
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup chopped pecans
¾ cup corn syrup
2 tablespoons butter, melted
½ teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs, beaten
1 bag (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Beat flour, brown sugar and butter in large bowl with mixer. Press mixture in bottom of ungreased 13x9x2 pan. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Stir remaining ingredients together and pour over partially baked crust. Bake for another 30 to 35 minutes. Cut and serve.

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