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By Staebler Insurance on Dec 3, 2018

Whether you just plan on hanging a string of classic white lights over the eaves or have full-on Griswold style ambitions on your mind of transforming your home into a winter wonderland, lighting up the home for the holidays is a lot of fun. Unfortunately, it can also be risky. Every year thousands of people spend the holiday season in pain thanks to light related accidents such as slipping off ladders, back issues from hauling too much, or even electrocution. Here’s what you need...

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By Staebler Insurance on Nov 13, 2018

Whether you’re finally going to backpack across Europe, or on a temporary work assignment out of town, whenever you leave your home for an extended period you need to prepare. Unoccupied homes are tempting targets for burglaries and vulnerable to other disasters. Before you pack your bags make sure to prepare your home with the following tips! Find a check-in buddy The absolute best thing you can do to secure your home while you’re away is to ask a trusted loved one or...

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By Staebler Insurance on Nov 6, 2018

The chilly months of fall might bring the "joys” of raking and cleaning leaves out of the gutter, but there is one upside -- you can finally put the lawn mower away for the season! You might have to shovel the laneway soon, but at least you’re done with the lawn until Spring! But, before you wheel your mower into the shed or garage and say goodbye for the year, take the time to properly treat and prep your mower for storage. It might seem like an inconvenience now, but you’ll be...

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By Staebler Insurance on Oct 16, 2018

Home insurance is your first line of defense against disaster. It’s a fundamental part of home ownership, and while it may not be mandatory, almost every homeowner recognizes the value of a home insurance policy. What they may not know however, are all of the ways they can accidentally (or not so accidentally) void that policy. So we’ve come up with a few situations that could void your policy and leave you on the hook when you need that coverage the most: Being dishonest when...

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By Staebler Insurance on Oct 9, 2018

When we think about protecting our homes from the elements, we tend to focus on the most extreme events -- hurricanes, blizzards, golf ball sized hail stones crashing into your roof, that sort of thing. While those are certainly scenarios to be concerned about, what is far more likely to cause damage to your home and endanger your safety is the humble Ontario thunderstorm. During the summer and fall months, Ontario sees literally hundreds of thunderstorms each year, any one of...

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By Staebler Insurance on Sep 20, 2018

When considering home security, windows are an obvious weak point. While it is true that these large panes of breakable glass can quickly become a liability when your home is cased by a thief, you don't have to take it lying down! We're going to go over the most common windows targeted by burglars and what you can do to make them less appealing options. Basement Windows Basement windows are a tempting entry point for a thief. They're easy to reach, provide access to a room...

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By Staebler Insurance on Sep 11, 2018

There is something to be said for a classic, older home. Whether you are looking for stately elegance, or just love the old neighbourhood it’s in, you might decide that an older home is right for your family. But, before you commit, there are a few things you should know. If you're looking at a home that has been around for 30 years or more, check for these common issues that could impact your insurance premiums. The Top When looking at an old home, be sure to give the roof...

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By Staebler Insurance on Jun 19, 2018

We get it, insurance might be exciting to us, but the average person would rather spend their free time thinking about other things. For most people, the only time they think about their car insurance is when they have to, unfortunately, make a claim or when it comes time to renew. That's understandable, but you should know that you might be missing out. When it comes to insurance, it pays to stay on top of things. Your premiums are based on a complex combination of factors and...

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By Staebler Insurance on May 14, 2018

It's that time of the year when many of us hear the call of the lake and the trees - cottage season . There is nothing better than scheduling a little time off to pack up the family and get away from it all. But, there are a few details to think about when you head up to your home away from home for the first time this year. While you're still home There are a few things you need to get in order before it's time to head to the cottage....

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By Staebler Insurance on Apr 18, 2018

A fireproof safe can be one of the best investments you make for your family's protection and ongoing security. These affordable, briefcase sized boxes are capable of withstanding incredible temperatures while protecting the contents inside.  They can be worth their weight in gold when disaster strikes - but only if you fill them with the right items! Make sure you'll have what you need in the wake of an emergency. When deciding what to place in your fireproof...

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