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10 Tips for a Safer Road Trip

10 Tips for a Safer Road Trip

Ready to hit the open road and get away from it all? Speak to us today about your travel insurance insurance coverage! Whether you’re road-tripping across the country or just heading up north for a long weekend, check these 10 to-dos off your list for smooth sailing: Check your fluids. If you’re almost due for an oil change, plan to have it done before you head out. While you’re at it, have your brake fluid, transmission fluid, coolant, and power-steering fluid checked, too. Top up your windshield washer fluid. And be sure to keep an extra bottle of your favourite weather-appropriate washer fluid formula in your trunk. Replace beat-up wiper blades. If it starts raining when you’re on the road, you’ll want a clear view — especially in unfamiliar territory. Be sure to replace worn wiper blades before your trip or keep an extra set…read more →

5 Green Cleaning Tips for Your Home and Cottage

5 Green Cleaning Tips for Your Home and Cottage

Day-to-day tasks like running the dishwasher and doing laundry have an impact on our environment, and many of the cleaning products we use in our homes (like bathroom cleaners, window sprays, and air fresheners) can be harmful to humans, animals, and our ecosystem. When it comes to getting your home or cottage squeaky clean, consider these five tips to help keep your family safe, reduce your ecological footprint, and even lower your energy bill: Go au naturel. Ditch the chemicals (e.g., ammonia and phosphates) and opt for environmentally friendly cleaning products instead. While they may cost a little more, you can purchase chemical-free “green” cleaners in most stores that sell cleaning products. Or, you could use common pantry staples like vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, and baking soda to clean up without breaking the bank. Keep it cool. Wash your…read more →

Planning a Vacation? Don’t Forget to Check These 10 Items Off Your To-Do List!

Planning a Vacation? Don’t Forget to Check These 10 Items Off Your To-Do List!

Don’t let getting away from it all get you down this season. Whether you’re planning a jaunt to a woodsy cabin, a juggernaut road trip or a jump across the pond, being prepared is the key to a stress-free return home. Speak to us today about your homeowner’s policy! Once your bags are packed, be sure to check these pre-vacation to-dos off your list: Leaks happen. You can avoid coming home to water damage caused by a burst pipe or leaky appliance by shutting off your main water valve before you leave. Arrange for someone you trust to check on your home every few days. That means going in and looking around every room on every floor (even the garage). If anything happens, they can take action (and alert you) before further damage occurs. Got a few neighbours you’re fond…read more →

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day Saving Tips Start Here The kids will ensure that this Father’s Day, June 18th, Dads everywhere are loaded up with thoughtful gifts, but don’t overlook the gift you can give yourself: saving your hard-earned money. Let’s start with the plastic in your wallet Does your credit card pay you? If it doesn’t, perhaps it’s time to check out a new card. There are many rewards credit cards that offer cash back, travel perks, or points that can go toward buying gift cards, entertainment, activities or merchandise. If a card will give you cash back or help you spend less on items you’d buy anyway, perhaps that’s a credit card that deserves a slot in your wallet. Celebrating Father’s Day by going on a trip? If you’ll be spending Father’s Day this year on a weekend trip, chances are when you’re…read more →

Shopping For A New Home? Look Out For These 6 Things That Could Impact Your Insurance

Shopping For A New Home? Look Out For These 6 Things That Could Impact Your Insurance

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or you’ve done this all before, there’s a lot to think about when you’re hunting for a new home — and you probably have hundreds of questions bouncing around in your head… Is it in a safe, friendly neighbourhood? Does it have a secure backyard where my dogs can run free? And how far away is the nearest grocery store? But have you thought about how different parts of the house itself could impact the cost of your home insurance, and even your eligibility for coverage? While you’re picturing life in a new home, don’t forget to ask some important questions about the house: When was it built? New homes are built based on current standards and bylaws, meaning they should cost less to repair or rebuild than older homes that need to be updated after damage occurs — and…read more →

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