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  • Do you own a home-based business? What you need to know for insurance!

    Do you own a home-based business? Perhaps you make jewelry. Or are a family photographer. Maybe you sell product through one of the many direct-selling companies (think Mary Kay, Rodan and Fields, Tupperware, etc.). Or freelance in graphic design. Whatever your home-based business, you have tools, office supplies, inventory, a computer, or other business-based items. […]

    October 10, 2018

  • Parent-Teenager Driving Contract

    Adding a teen driver to your household can be challenging for both the parents and the teen. Sure, it’s an exciting time. But there’s a lot of risk for a new driver behind the wheel. And that’s often stressful for both teens and parents alike. For instance, here are some sobering statistics: The fatal crash […]

    October 8, 2018

  • Water Damage Prevention Tips for Your Home

    According to this infographic from Safeco (Source: www.iii.org), “water damage is the second most filed loss experienced by homeowners and renters each year”.  The graphic goes on to further detail that 1 in 50 insured homes file a property damage claim each year from water or freezing. What can you do to minimize your chance […]

    October 3, 2018

  • Home Renovations Your Insurance Agent Needs to Know About

    Home renovations are exciting! You’re picking a contractor, deciding on finishes, maybe adding on to your home. There are so many things to consider! One thing often overlooked is an update to your insurance coverage. You don’t want to spend all of this money and time on something and leave it exposed and at risk! […]

    October 3, 2018

  • Five Ways to Protect Your Personal Electronic Data

    Online data breaches are just an unfortunate fact of life now—as the New York Times put it, you might as well assume that your personal information has been taken, because cyberattacks happen all the time. That’s why we recommend Safeco’s identity-recovery coverage, available for just $1 a month for our homeowners customers. It’s best if you […]

    October 2, 2018

  • Kids Are Heading Back to School — Let’s Keep Them Safe

    The end of summer means many things, such as cooler weather, shorter days and … the start of football is here! But most important, it means kids are headed back to school. And that means we all should be extra careful on the roads, in school zones and around buses. Don’t forget to watch for […]

    September 14, 2018

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    Let’s Keep Our Lawns – and Ourselves – Safe

    For many of our neighbors, summer means more than sunshine and vacations. It also means working in the yard – often with tools that can be dangerous if not used properly. Each year about 400,000 people are treated for injuries from lawn and garden tools, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Don’t […]

    August 20, 2018

  • Environmental “Inspections” You Should Consider If Buying a New Home

    Are you currently house shopping? Most people know the importance of getting a home inspection to identify any building problems or issues.   But have you considered environmental hazards like mold or radon? In Minnesota, for instance, “2 in 5 homes have radon levels that pose a significant health risk.” **   Before purchasing, consider […]

    August 9, 2018

  • Homeowners Insurance: Surprising Survey Results from Insurance.com

    Homeowners insurance. If you own a home, you probably have your policy filed away someplace. But do you actually know what is covered? Do you know how much you are responsible in a replacement situation? Do you know what’s excluded? Insurance.com surveyed 1,000 homeowners to find out what they know about their policy. Turns out, […]

    August 3, 2018

  • New Referral Initiative – Money to a Local Non-Profit!

    We are creating a new initiative here at Affiliated Insurance Services and we need your help! Each quarter, we are going to donate money to an incredible non-profit doing good things in our community. For each referral, additional Facebook page like, and/or Google Review, we will donate $5 to the selected non-profit (up to $250 […]

    August 2, 2018