Can Heat Type Affect Home Insurance?

There are numerous factors that are used to calculate your home insurance rate. Some of these are obvious, like brick vs frame, age of the roof, and when the home was built. But there are other less obvious characteristics than can affect your rate, and in some instances, your eligibility.

Types of Acceptable Heat

Electric heat (heat pumps, electric baseboard) and gas furnaces (natural and propane) are generally acceptable heating types as long as they’ve been updated/and or serviced within the guidelines provided by your carrier.

Underground fuel tanks (ex. oil tanks) are generally not acceptable for home insurance. It does not matter if the tank is used or not. Some carriers will accept underground tanks so it’s important to check your carriers’ underwriting guidelines for acceptability.

Wood stoves are acceptable in certain scenarios. Again, you’ll want to check with your carrier about acceptability for wood stoves and inserts. One item to note about wood stoves is that they cannot be the main heat source—this is generally unacceptable by the majority of insurance carriers.

We Don’t Work For Just One Insurance Carrier

At Dove Insurance, we’ve worked with our clients across the Commonwealth of Virginia for over 50 years to help them make the right decisions. By choosing Dove Insurance, you can cover any of your personal and commercials insurance needs, such as:

Home
Personal Autos
Rental Properties
Life Insurance
Flood Insurance
Motorcycles
ATVs
Boats
RVs
Classic Cars
Commercial Auto
Personal Umbrella
Condominiums
Renter’s Insurance
General & Excess Liability
Businessowners Policy
Commercial Packages
Commercial Umbrella
Worker’s Compensation

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At Dove Insurance Agency our family of Independent Agents are dedicated to serving you and working with your lifestyle. We’ll educate you on the coverage you need to keep your property and family secure, no matter what the future brings.

Short on time? Start an online quote with us today!

Instead of working for one big company, our family of Independent Agents represent multiple insurance providers. This allows us to compare rates and coverages so you’ll get the best coverage-to-value policy available.

We’re here to serve you.

Blacksburg • Christiansburg • Salem • Radford • Roanoke 

And the best part, we’re here for you when needs arise such as policy changes, billing questions, reporting claims, questions regarding coverage, or comparing quotes. 

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Can You Reinstate A Cancelled Insurance Policy?

Insurance policies—home, auto, motorcycle, etc..— can cancel for many reasons. And the most likely cause is for non-payment. So can you reinstate a cancelled policy? To put simply: yes, but it depends on your carrier and the specifics of your policy situation.

For starters, personal insurance policies will cancel on the specified cancellation date at 12:01 AM of that day. For example, if your personal policy is set to cancel on Oct. 1st for non-payment then your policy officially cancels at 12:01 AM on Oct. 1st.

Depending on your insurance carrier you may be able to reinstate your policy. Typically you’ll be required to sign a statement of no loss, which if applicable states that you have had no losses since your policy has cancelled and the requested time of reinstatement.

There are many other factors that can affect the specifics of your situation. Some carriers may charge a reinstatement fee. Depending on the length of time between your cancellation and requested reinstatement, the amount to reinstate could be higher than your previous bill.

If your policy has cancelled for non-payment or is about to cancel the best advice is to contact your independent agent or insurance carrier. At Dove Insurance, we can walk you through your options.

Serving the Commonwealth of Virginia For Over 50 Years!

At Dove Insurance Agency our family of Independent Agents are dedicated to serving you and working with your lifestyle. We’ll educate you on the coverage you need to keep your property and family secure, no matter what the future brings.

Instead of working for one big company, our family of Independent Agents represent multiple insurance providers. This allows us to compare rates and coverages so you’ll get the best coverage-to-value policy available.

We’re here to serve you.

Blacksburg • Christiansburg • Salem • Radford • Roanoke 

And the best part, we’re here for you when needs arise such as policy changes, billing questions, reporting claims, or questions regarding coverage. 

Let us help.

Summer Home Safety Tips

Summer is the time Blacksburg, VA families and friends begin to gather for barbecues, pool parties and backyard get together’s. The team at Dove Insurance Agency wants to remind you that increased activity around the home can lead to increased risks or accidents, injury, or even illness. Here are some quick safety tips to minimize your risks this summer.

Be Cautious with Yard Equipment

Mowers, edgers, trimmers, and chain saws can cause serious injuries quickly. Make sure debris is picked up before mowing any yard, and wear eye protection when using power yard equipment. Avoid loose clothing and never use a tool for any other purpose than it was created. 

Grill Safely

Backyard grills are the centerpiece for many activities throughout the summer. They also can be the source of injuries, accidents and even illness. Only use long-handled tools. Never leave a lit grill unintended. Keep hot grills outside and away from structures and flammable objects. Thoroughly cook foods to recommended temperatures. Keep grills clean and don’t use marinades for meats as a basting sauce.

Look for Trip and Fall Hazards

Over the course of time, steps can become loose, sidewalks can crack or become uneven and holes can develop in your yard. Take a quick survey of your yard, looking for these trips hazards, and address them as quickly as possible. Make sure you have sufficient outdoor lighting for evening gatherings out of doors. 

Should harm come to someone on your property, you could be exposed to a liability claim. Sufficient homeowners’ insurance can protect you financially from such claims. From the associated legal costs to any settlements or judgments, liability coverage is a critical part of your home insurance. Would your Blacksburg, VA area home be covered? Contact Dove Insurance Agency for a no-obligation homeowners’ insurance review and quote and enjoy your home this summer with greater peace of mind. 

Short On Time? Try An Online Insurance Quote

Keeping a schedule these past few weeks has gone out the window. Virginians are amid a global pandemic that ebbs and flows with the latest news and updates.

There’s optimism, and equal parts caution. And while the future isn’t 100% clear yet, life is slowly beginning to normalize.

Dove Insurance Agency, like a lot of Virginia businesses, is local. We’re part of the New River Valley community and have been for over 50 years. We’re family owned and operated, and try to keep insurance simple and personal.

Our office in Christiansburg, VA is still open normal business hours. If you prefer an in-person meeting simply stop by. No appointment needed.

If you’d like to give us a call, text, or e-mail we’re still able to provide full quoting and customer service (including payments over the phone).

If you’re a new customer or an existing one that needs a new insurance product, try our Online Quote Tool.

It’s simple to use and connects your insurance request with our Family of Independent Agents. You can quote personal lines, such as home and auto, or coverage for your Virginia business.

As always, we hope everyone stays safe this summer!

How to create a home inventory

When you hear home inventory what comes to mind? Do you picture all the rooms in your home and all the meaningful personal items that fill them? This is certainly part of it but what about the things that you don’t use or look at every day. Have you ever considered how many seasonal decorations that you have? Probably not, if you are like most people you have a combination of items that you inherited, accumulated and only look at for a few days or months every year. At Dove Insurance Agency in Blacksburg, VA we want to share our more than 50 years of experience with our current and future customers. 

You can opt to do a digital inventory or you can do it the traditional way with a pad and a pen. Whichever way you choose, you need to go through your home room by room and make a record of all the things that it contains. It needs to be detailed and when it comes to electronics especially, having a sales slip, brand name, model number and serial number is not too much information to include. The more detail you include, the better chance that you will have when it comes to a claim of having your items replaced. 

You need to go into your closets, attic, and basement. Open cupboards, drawers and look on shelves. Bring along your camera if you are writing the items and take pictures. Having an appraisal for any of your more expensive items is vital. Being detail-oriented is a very good thing. When you are finished place your inventory in a safe place, safe from fire or flood.

If you want to learn more about creating a home inventory or any other insurance questions, give Dove Insurance Agency on Blacksburg, VA a call. We look forward to helping you no matter what your insurance needs. 

 

 

What Are Your Property Goals For 2020?

A new year and a new decade is here. Can you remember where your life was at the beginning of 2010?

While 2030 may seem a long ways away it’ll be here before you know it. When dealing with housing and property, staying true to your goals over the next decade will make a big difference. Call it the long game, patience, or simply smart.

If you’re switching from a renter to a homeowner, make sure you calculate not only the cost of the purchase but also the monthly outflow needed to maintain the new property. For example, a homeowners insurance policy costs more than a renters insurance policy and often your utilities cost more too.

There’s also maintenance and household projects that will catch your attention.

Perhaps you’re looking into a rental property to provide an extra source of revenue. Places like Blacksburg, Salem, and Roanoke are hot markets for townhouses and single-family rentals. Again, think about the costs associated with renting out and the additional liability exposures.

Even secondary or seasonal homes comes with their own set of tasks.

2020 is the start of a good year, and an even better decade. Take the time to plan out your investments and give yourself time before you make a decision.

Home Insurance in Virginia With Deductibles Starting at $500 or $1000

If you’re purchasing a new home in Virginia or simply looking for a better rate then contact our family of Independent Agents today. We can coordinate around your closing and will compare rates to help find you the best combination of price and coverage.

We represent multiple insurance providers, instead of working for one company.

Policy Deductible

One item to consider when purchasing a homeowners policy is selecting the policy deductible. Remember, this is the amount you’ll pay out of pocket before your policy coverage begins.

In Virginia, homeowners insurance is available with deductibles starting a $500 or $1000.

Why is this important?

Because many carriers are increasing their minimum policy deductible to $2,000 and sometimes percent deductibles! That means more money out of your pocket before your policy will cover a property loss.

So talk with our family of Independent Agents today or start an online quote and discover everything we can do for you.

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Does Homeowners Insurance cover partially damaged roofs?

During the fall and winter in southwest Virginia it’s common for cold fronts to bring strong winds to our area.

So what happens if a storm damages your roof and blows some shingles off? Is this covered by your homeowners policy?

Yes, partially damaged roofs are covered on your homeowners policy. However, your deductible applies first before coverage is available. Remember that your policy deductible is the amount you’re responsible for before insurance “kicks in.”

Homeowners insurance only pays for the damaged part of the roof. So if a storm blows some shingles off or if the roof is partially damaged, your policy will not pay for a brand new roof. Again, only the damaged part is covered.

A typical homeowners policy will have a deductible of $1,000. It’s a good idea to review your deductible every few years to see if you have enough cash saved in case of a claim. A higher deductible will lower your policy premium.

Serving the Commonwealth of Virginia For Over 50 Years!

At Dove Insurance Agency our family of Independent Agents are dedicated to serving you and working with your lifestyle. We’ll educate you on the coverage you need to keep your property and family secure, no matter what the future brings.

Instead of working for one big company, our family of Independent Agents represent multiple insurance providers. This allows us to compare rates and coverages so you’ll get the best coverage-to-value policy available.

We’re here to serve you.

3 Home Improvements that Increase Home Value

Fall is a great time to upgrade your Blacksburg, VA home to make it a more comfortable, functional place to live. Some home improvements will even increase your home’s value. Before taking on home improvement projects, talk to an agent from Dove Insurance Agency to see how those improvements will affect the price of your property and home insurance coverage. Here are a few ideas for remodeling jobs that will increase your home’s value.

New Roof

If you own an older home, chances are your roof has quite a bit of wear and tear. Replacing your roof will not only provide greater protection for your home, but it will also increase its value. You can have peace of mind knowing you have a solid roof over your head to endure whatever weather comes your way in the years to come. 

Remodel Kitchen

Kitchen remodeling is another project that can raise the value of your home, especially if you use high-end materials in your remodeling project. Kitchens are popular places in most homes, where families like to gather. Upgrading your cabinets, counters, lights or floors can make your kitchen a more attractive (and functional) environment. If you like to cook, a kitchen upgrade will definitely raise your spirits while preparing meals for your family.

Replacing Windows

Putting in new energy-efficient windows will improve your home’s appearance, boost safety and security, and increase your home’s value. New windows will eliminate drafts so you can maintain a comfortable home temperature year-round without breaking the bank. You’ll also appreciate the security that new windows can provide in protecting your family against break-ins.

Don’t forget to add these projects to your home insurance policy upon completion, so they will be included in your coverage. To update your home insurance, contact Dove Insurance Agency in Blacksburg, VA.