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.
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.
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.
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.
Debris from vehicles, falling branches, or even sudden expanding cracks as you’re driving down the road—yes, glass damage happens all the time and comes in many forms. My favorite is the policyholder who broke their back glass loading wood beams… twice in consecutive weeks.
Glass damage falls under Other Than Collision Coverage (comprehensive) and is subject to a policy deductible depending on the severity of the damage. Often if your glass can be repaired there’s no deductible.
So what’s the difference between a windshield repair and replacement? According to Glass America:
Windshield Repair: a convenient, cost effective way to fix minor chips and cracks in your car’s front windshield. If your windshield damage is not directly in the driver’s line of vision, chances are good that your auto glass can be repaired. Another good way for you to assess the damage is to see if the crack is NOT longer than your credit card, then it can usually be repaired.
Windshield replacement: If the windshield damage is more severe than a minor chip or crack, or if the crack is in the driver’s line of vision, then most likely your windshield will require replacement. Cracks or holes that go all the way through the glass and cracks that are longer than a credit card usually indicate a replacement is warranted.
Who can fix your glass? Insurance carriers work with a wide number of local shops that are part of their “glass network.” National companies, such as Safelite and Glass America, are also used by most carriers. And you can even use a shop out of a carrier’s glass network, though work may not guaranteed.
Full Glass Coverage On Auto Insurance
Insurance carriers such as Progressive, Grange, and Safeco offer full glass coverage, meaning that there is no deductible for glass damage. This coverage is for glass only, and separates the amount you pay out pocket from your selected Other Than Collision deductible.
Simply put: the least expensive and most discounted plan available for your insurance policies is to pay them in full. Discount amount vary across carriers, but choosing to pay your policies in full for six months or by the year will save you the most.
This applies not only to home and auto insurance, but also boats, motorcycles, RVs, and renters insurance.
What happens if I need to cancel a policy if I’ve already paid it in full?
Typically you’ll only be charged for the number of days the policy was in force. For example, if you paid for the full calendar year of 365 days but cancelled the policy 120 days in, you’ll only be charged for those 120 days.
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.
It’s difficult to think about your final expenses and image your loved ones having to continue without you. You don’t want to leave your family without anyone to support them or have to pay off the cost of your funeral and other final expenses. At Dove Insurance Agency, serving Blacksburg, VA, and the surrounding area, we can determine an ideal policy to fit your needs, wants, and budget.
Determine Your Living Expenses
The first step to determining how much insurance you require is to assess your current living expenses. We advise you not to guess at this step. You should look at bank statements and truly total up your expenses. Think about how long it is until your mortgage is paid off. You also want to consider if your spouse works. Keep in mind, if your spouse goes back to work, he or she will need to hire someone to take care of the kids. On the other hand, if you are the stay at home parent and you should happen to pass, you have to consider who will take care of the kids.
Take Into Account Your Debt and Savings
You have to consider the amount of debt you have besides your average monthly expenses. Additionally, you have to take into consideration if you have any savings, 401Ks, or any other money that would go to your family.
Think of Your Extra Expenses
You want to think about your children going to college or any money that goes toward taking care of a family member. Keep in mind, you may need to get you and your family health insurance. Funeral expenses fit into this category as well.
Contact Dove Insurance Agency, serving Blacksburg, VA, and the nearby region, to determine how much life insurance you need by calling or visiting our site.
State Insurance Minimums Apply to Both Autos and Motorcycles To maintain the privilege of driving on Virginia’s roads, you must maintain proper levels of insurance for an automobile or motorcycle – whichever you own and drive. Dove Insurance Agency of Blacksburg, VA wants you to remain on the road legally. It explains the state insurance minimums that apply to both autos and motorcycles and discusses the other policy types available to add to an insurance package.
You won’t be able to purchase license plates or renewal decals for the plates without proof of insurance. If you get caught driving without insurance, the state can suspend your license, revoke your vehicle registration privileges, charge you with a $500 statutory fee, plus a reinstatement fee. Once reinstated, you must maintain proof of financial responsibility, also known as insurance, for three years upon suspension.
The minimum coverage for motorcycles and auto insurance is the same. It requires $25,000 for bodily injury or death of one person and $50,000 for bodily injury or death of two or more people, plus $20,000 to cover property damage. That’s only the minimum insurance required. While you must obtain the minimum’s to legally drive on the roads, you may also add to that insurance.
You can add collision, comprehensive, Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and uninsured driver coverage. Collision covers you when the vehicle hits a stationary object like a parked vehicle, fence, building, guardrail or potholes. Comprehensive pays for the damage when an animal strikes your vehicle or it gets damaged by an act of God such as flood, tornado, fire or hail. PIP, also called no-fault coverage, pays for what bodily injury liability coverage does not for you and any passengers. You can also add uninsured driver coverage to cover damage to your vehicle and medical costs if your vehicle is struck by a driver who has no insurance or too little.
Dove Insurance Agency of Blacksburg, VA wants you on the road legally. Come by and talk to us about auto or motorcycle insurance for your vehicle.
Renters insurance will protect you financially in three ways:
Personal liability protection: Should there be an accidental injury or property damage that occurs in your rented space, renters insurance steps in.
Personal property protection: Renters Insurance
will protect your belongings and furniture against losses like fire,
vandalism, hailstorms, smoke, lightning, and theft.
Extra living expenses: If you have to relocate from
your apartment for repairs to damages and are forced to live in a hotel
or other living arrangements, renters insurance can provide coverage
for your situation.
We Work for You
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.
If you don’t recognize either of the (2) terms above then odds are you don’t need either one added to your auto insurance.
Both are certificates of financial responsibility that may be required by Virginia DMV. Typically an SR-22 form is required when a driver has had their license suspended due to driving without insurance, failure to pay fines, revoked license, or other relation incidents. An FR-44 is typically required for incidents such as a DUI or other drug related charges.
Neither of these forms are a type of insurance—they’re simply forms that DMV requires you to carry for insurance monitoring. And to guarantee authenticity, SR-22 and FR-44 forms must come straight from your auto insurance provider. The only difference in these forms is that an FR-44 requires double the state minimum liability coverage, or $50,000 each person/$100,000 per accident/$40,000 property damage to others (50/100/40).
Your situation with Virginia DMV determines the length of time each form will be required. An SR-22 is commonly required for a minimum of 3 years and a FR-44 for 5 years.
If there is no vehicle registered under your name Virginia DMV may require either form on your license. In this situation, you can get an auto insurance policy without a vehicle. When you get a vehicle, your SR-22 or FR-44 will need to be added to your insurance policy with the appropriate form filed before you can register the vehicle with Virginia DMV.
Need an SR-22 or FR-44? We can help.
Not every insurance carrier offers these forms. However, our Family of Independent Agents represent multiple carriers instead of working for a single company. This means that we can help with your SR-22 or FR-44 filing.
When it comes time to sell your home, choosing to do
so on your own means you will directly handle the entire process. That
includes setting the price, listing the home, marketing it, conducting
home showings, negotiating with a buyer and completing the closing
procedures. On the other hand, working with a real estate agent allows
you to focus on other activities related to your home sale, like staging your home and preparing to move, while your real estate agent manages the day-to-day process of selling your home on your behalf.
One of the most common reasons individuals decide to sell their home
“by owner” is to save money, since using an agent pretty much guarantees
you’ll shell out an estimated 4-6% of the sales price to agents as
commission for their work – that’s typically the standard total
commission, split between the listing agent as well as the buyer’s
Here are some pros and cons to consider before you decide whether to sell your home “by owner” or with the help of a real estate agent.
Pros of Selling a House by Owner
You can save money by not having to pay a real estate agent’s commission.
As mentioned above, the standard agent commission on a home sale is
typically around 4- 6%, which is then split between the listing agent
and buyer’s agent.2 By opting to go without a listing agent,
you could hold onto that percentage that you’d otherwise be paying an
agent upon selling your home.
You’re in control of setting the home sale price. Without a
real estate agent providing a pricing recommendation, it’s up to you to
determine the listing price – which will ultimately determine how much
you’ll make on the sale of your home. Of course, you’ll want to ensure
you set a competitive price to sell your home in a timely manner. You
may want to consider consulting with a real estate appraiser for
assistance with setting an appropriate sales price based on comparable
sales in the area.
You handle the marketing for your listing. Many real estate
agents have a formula they follow when it comes to marketing their
property listings, and they do the same thing for all homes. When
selling your home by owner, you choose how to publicize your listing.
Since you’ll be spending your own money to do so, you may be extra
motivated to make the sale happen, and to get the maximum amount of
money possible. To enhance your prospects, make sure you’re showing your home in the best light: take high quality photos, write a strong listing description and make your house spotless for showings.
You’re in charge of scheduling open houses and showings. If
you’ve decided to be your own real estate agent, you will have control
over appointments for showings. That’s a good thing, when you think
about the prospect of last-minute requests that can arise, requiring you
to tidy up at a moment’s notice and be out of your house so the real
estate agent can show it to prospective buyers. When selling a house by
owner, choosing when to schedule a showing or an open house is entirely up to you and can be worked around your personal schedule.
Cons of Selling A House by Owner
You may not make as much on the sale of the home. Yes, you
read that right. Even though you may potentially save the money of a
commission that a real estate agent would earn, it’s often more
challenging to correctly price your home and conduct successful
negotiations on your own. The point is, it’s not impossible to sell your
home for a nice profit without an agent, but it may take you longer to
do so. If you have a target deadline for selling your home and it isn’t
flexible, you may want to leave the selling to the professionals.
You don’t have access to agent tools. Real estate agents have
an extensive network composed of a local Multiple Listing Service
(MLS), online portals, professional organizations, social media and
more, which means greater exposure for real estate listings. It’s hard
to compete with these effective resources when selling a home by owner,
although that’s not to say it can’t be done. It just might take longer.
You have an emotional connection to the home. It’s natural to
be sentimental about your home. After all, it’s the place you’ve lived;
it holds many of your personal memories. It’s harder to view the entire
home-selling process objectively, and you could wind up making
decisions based on emotion rather than logic. Having a real estate agent
assist with the ins and outs of selling your home can help you stay on
track and keep emotion out of the process.
You will have to handle the closing process on your own. This
may be the most daunting aspect of selling a home by owner –
understanding the legalese and paperwork required to get through
closing. If you’re fortunate enough to be a real estate attorney or you
know one who can assist you, this may not be as intimidating. On the
other hand, you may be required to hire an attorney to handle the
closing if you decide not to hire a real estate agent. If you aren’t
familiar with the requirements, it’s probably a good idea to consult
with a real estate attorney to ensure you’re meeting all legal
requirements associated with the sale of the home in your area.
Too often the topic of insurance gets placed solely on price. It’s easy to get a comparative rate, and no, online rates are not definitely cheaper than working with a local agent. But going simply off price and ignoring the lasting partnerships that you can create within your community, and you may miss out in the long run.
Many of us support shop local, eat local, and buy local campaigns. So why not choose to place your insurance business local?
For over 50 years Dove Insurance Agency has served the Commonwealth of Virginia as an Independent Agency for Home, Auto, Life, Business, and Recreational insurance. Based in Christiansburg, Va, we’ve built partnerships across Virginia. We’re here for you, let us help.
We’ve helped thousands of Virginians save on their insurance, helped individuals and families identify coverage “gaps”, while providing consistent and honest customer service.
Many life insurance policies in Blacksburg, VA require a medical exam. An exam will typically be preformed in your office or home at the expense of the insurance company. It only takes about 30 minutes and there are some ways to make the process go much smoother.
Have your paperwork and answers ready. You’ll be asked for a photo ID, along with the names of any former and current doctors. You will be quizzed about your health, inducing medications, vitamins, whether you drink or smoke, or have dangerous pastimes. Don’t lie during this part of the exam or else your insurance could become invalid.
Start preparing a week in advance. Start drinking a lot of water before your appointment, since it will help clean toxins from your system. Drinking a lot of water also makes it easier to get your blood drawn. Skip the drive thru and focus on a diet with lean proteins, good fats, and leafy vegetables. Avoid stressful situations a few days before the test, since stress can elevate the blood pressure. If you are nervous about the exam, ask to have blood pressure taken last. Explain to the examiner that medical tests make you nervous and can elevate blood pressure. Also be sure to cut out alcohol and caffeine three days before.
The day of your exam, limit any extreme exercise because this can mess with your cholesterol levels and may elevate protein levels in the urine. If there are high levels of protein in the urine, the insurer will want to recheck the levels. Get a good night’s sleep, especially if you are on the borderline for blood pressure.
If you are working with a private insurer, such as Dove Insurance Agency, then there may be plans that don’t require a life insurance test and you can work with an agent to get the best rate.
Contact Dove Insurance Agency, serving Blacksburg, VA, to get a quote on life insurance.