McCurdy Group - Insurance and Financial Consultants

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Should I Contact My Agent If I’ve Made Changes to My Home?

Have you put an addition on your home or updated your kitchen or bath? Should make changes to your insurance policy? The answer is yes. A simple kitchen update from laminate counter tops to granite, installing new cabinets, or adding that jetted tub that you’ve always wanted could increase your home’s value considerably. If you’ve made any updates or added any square footage to your home, please contact your Insurance Agent to discuss whether or not you have adequate coverage to cover all the changes that you’ve made.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Disability Insurance, Who Needs It?

Have you ever thought that you'll never need disability insurance?  According to the Social Security Administration, one in four 20-year olds will become disabled and unable to work before they reach the age of 67. In 2012 alone, 650,000 workers became disabled. I don’t know about you but those figures astound me. You may think that Worker's Compensation will cover you if you become disabled, but did you know that 90% of long-term disability claims are due to illnesses and not work-related accidents? You’re never too young to be concerned about disability insurance; if you work, you need it. Long-term disability payments may not replace your income 100% (it’s typically around 60% of your income) but can you imagine if you’re disabled and you have no money coming in?  Even if you have coverage through your employer, you should talk to your Financial Advisor to make sure that you have the appropriate coverage to help protect your future.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Changes to your Home Deed

If you’ve made any changes to the deed to your home, make sure to contact your insurance agent to inform them of the change. Often times we don’t always think to contact our agent if we’ve paid off our mortgage, re-financed our mortgage, added our son or daughter to our deed, got married and added your spouse to the deed, or divorced and removed a name from the deed. Any changes such as these require a change to your Homeowner’s Policy to avoid issues at the time of a claim. If you’ve made changes that affect your deed, please contact your insurance agent to discuss those changes so that your homeowner’s policy can be updated accordingly.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Aggressive Drivers

We’ve all seen them.  They cut people off, run red lights, tailgate, weave through traffic, make rude gestures, and are dangerous to everyone around them.

What can you do when confronted by an Aggressive Driver?
  • Attempt to get out of his/her way.
  • Do not challenge that person.
  • Avoid eye contact.
  • Ignore rude gestures.
  • Wear your safety belt. It will  protect you in a crash.
  • If you simply cannot get away from the aggressor, attempt to drive to the closest police station
Even if someone else is being aggressive towards you, do not react to them so that you can get home safely in the end.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Safety Tips for Walkers

It’s a beautiful day outside (finally!) and you decide to go for a walk to get some exercise and fresh air.  Have you taken the time to go over your safety plan first? Many people just go for a walk and never even think about what they need to do to stay safe. Here are some tips to have a safe walk:

  • Wear bright/light colored clothing and reflective materials. 
  •   Carry a flashlight when walking at night.
  •   Cross in a well-lit area at night.
  •   Stand clear of buses, hedges, parked cars or other obstacles before crossing so drivers can see you. 
  •  Always walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
  • Stay sober; walking while impaired increases your chance of being struck.
  •  Don't assume vehicles will stop; make eye contact with drivers; don't just look at the vehicle. If a driver is on a cell phone, they may not be paying enough attention to drive safely.
  • Don't rely solely on pedestrian signals; look before you cross the road. 
  • Be alert to engine noise or backup lights on cars when in parking lots and near on-street parking spaces.
  • Don't wear headphones or talk on a cell phone while walking so that you won’t be distracted.

Following these few safety tips could save your life. Go out there and enjoy a walk but make sure that you do it safely.