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  • Navigating Health Insurance Open Enrollment

    If the words “open enrollment” give you heartburn, read on. We’re here to make signing up for health insurance something that you can not only survive, but feel good about! What is open enrollment? Open enrollment is a time for people to sign up for a health insurance plan if: They won’t have insurance through […]

    November 6, 2018

  • No-Fault States (And Why You Should Care About Them)

    It was recently brought to our attention, when a car smashed into the back of Leo and Chris’s rental car in Hawaii, that some states operate much differently than Washington when it comes to auto insurance and accidents. States like Hawaii operate as “no-fault” states, meaning that drivers have insurance to cover their own injuries […]

    October 25, 2018

  • Bad Roof on Home

    5 Common (and Potentially Costly) Homeowners Mistakes

    Owning a home is usually a great experience. But it can also be a hassle, especially when unexpected issues pop up—whether you have a minor breakdown or a major catastrophe, it’s almost certainly going to require time and money to fix. In many instances, however, those “unexpected” issues shouldn’t really be a surprise at all, […]

    October 23, 2018

  • Driving at Night: 7 Safety Tips for Navigating Dark Roadways

    Summer is officially behind us, and there’s no denying that the days are steadily getting shorter. Over the course of the next few months, daily morning and evening commutes will be darker – and more dangerous. In fact, you’re three times more likely to be in a fatal crash at night, according to a study […]

    October 16, 2018

  • Home Improvement? Put Down the Hammer and Read This

    You’re finally in a place where you can make those renovations you’ve dreamt of since you bought the house – the updated kitchen, the addition, the Back Deck 2.0 – but before you get started (or before you go any further, if we caught you red-handed), it’s important to contact us about your homeowner’s insurance! […]

    October 9, 2018

  • Our Fall 2018 Charity of the Quarter!

    Our community love is stretching across the pond this quarter as we celebrate the Funhouse Commons on Orcas Island! We’re so happy to welcome them as our Fall 2018 Charity of the Quarter! The Funhouse Commons has served youth of all ages as a place for learning, discovery, creation and socialization since it was founded in […]

    October 5, 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

  • I Was in a Wreck! Now What?

    Most people, thankfully, don’t have a lot of experience with getting in car accidents. The very nature of an “accident” means it’s unplanned and unexpected, which means it’s easy to get flustered at the scene and forget to take care of things that will help you with your insurance claim. That’s why we made this […]

    September 17, 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

  • The Little Number with a Big Impact – Fire Protection Classification

    If you own a home, you’ve probably noticed that homeowners insurance premiums seem to be higher in areas like the San Juan Islands than they are in larger towns or cities. But why? Well, it’s due in great part to something called fire protection classification. What is fire protection classification? Basically, fire protection classification is […]

    September 11, 2018