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Spring Break-In Prevention Tips



 

March is the peak month for spring break vacations. Whether you are gone for a night, or an entire week, your empty home is a gold mine for potential thieves. Taking a few extra steps to keep your home safe can make all the difference. Don’t take chances on a potential break in this spring break by following these simple prevention tips.

 
Lock your doors and set your alarm: Sometimes the stress of getting the family packed and ready to leave on time can cause you to forget the basics before you go. Take a few minutes to check outside doors and windows to make sure they are locked, and then set your alarm.
 
Bring in your spare key: Many homes have a hidden key located somewhere on their property and some criminals are smart enough to go looking for your hidden key while you are away. Be sure to place hidden keys in a safe place before you leave.
 
Simulate occupancy: Keep some lights on in normally populated areas of your home using a timer. Keeping your lights off night-after-night while you are will alert a potential thief will know you aren’t home.
 
Have a trusty neighbor or friend: Ask your neighbor or a friend you trust to check in on your house and collect your mail while you are out of town.
 
Wait to share: One of the easiest ways criminals know you are out of town is when you post your vacation photos, or “check-in” at the awesome places you are visiting on social media. It is highly recommended to wait until you are back at home to share all your vacation fun with your friends and family on social media.
 
We hope you can pack your peace-of-mind with a few of these helpful tips before you embark on your well-deserved spring break vacation. We hope you enjoy your time away, and in case the unfortunate occurs, you can be sure Edison Insurance Company will be ready to assist you.
 
 
Allow Edison Insurance Company to shine our light on you and your family by insuring your home, condominium, and precious belongings. Should the unexpected occur, you will be our focus while we restore your home. To learn more about Edison Insurance Company, please give us a call for a home insurance quote at 866-568-8922 or visit our website

Spring Forward with Ease into Daylight Saving Time



Daylight Saving Time begins again at 2:00 am on March 10th. We will be setting our clocks forward one hour to lose the extra hour of sleep. Although an hour may not seem like much, it can alter your sleeping patterns and daily routines. Keep these tips in mind to “spring forward” with ease:
 
  • To assist your body in adjusting to the time change, go to sleep earlier than usual.
 
  • Due to the time change, your body clock may be a bit off. Do not forget to set your alarms.
 
  • Try to stay consistent with your eating, exercising, bed and social times.
 
  • Try to cut your caffeine intake in the afternoon and evening to help you fall asleep quicker.
 
  • Traffic accidents increase due to sleep deprivation. Be sure to stay alert on the roads, as many other drivers may be adjusting to the time change as well.
 
 
By taking a few of these steps, you should adjust to the change in no time. The beginning of Daylight Saving Time also serves as a great reminder to check and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home.  Daylight Saving Time will officially end at 2:00 am on November 3rd.
 
 
Thank you for visiting our blog. Hopefully, you came away with some great home insurance and safety tips. Edison Insurance Company’s mission is to provide quality coverage at competitive rates while providing exceptional service.  For more information on Florida home insurance or to get a quote, please call (866) 568-8922.

Fix a Leak Week


March 18-24 is “Fix a Leak Week”. Created by the EPA, Fix a Leak Week serves as a reminder to check for pipe leaks inside and outside of our homes. The EPA estimates household leaks account for nearly one trillion gallons of water lost nationwide each year. The most common types of leaks found in your home include faucets, toilets, and other valves. It is important you know how to check for leaks, so they can be repaired as soon as possible. Doing so will help the environment, avoid a potential water claim, and may save you some money on your water bill.
 
How to check for leaks:
  • The first way to identify a leak is by comparing your water usage. An average family of four can use roughly 400 gallons of water every day. If your usage exceeds 12,000 gallons per month, there is most likely a leak in your home.
 
  • Look for toilet leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color shows up in the bowl after about 10 minutes, there’s a leak. Don’t forget to flush the toilet after your test to avoid staining the tank.
 
  • Worn faucet washers and gaskets are the main cause of leaks in your sinks. Be sure to inspect them to see if they are leaking, or if any water is visible outside the pipe.
 
 
Just a little leak in a pipe can cause thousands in damages to your home. It is important you take steps to mitigate damages.  If you do not feel comfortable checking for leaks yourself, contact a local plumbing company for assistance. Although Fix a Leak Week is from March 18-24, remember to check for leaks inside and outside of your home throughout the year.
 
 
As a Florida homeowner, it is important to protect your property should the unexpected occur. Sufficient insurance coverage to fit the needs of your family is available through Edison Insurance Company. Should you have any questions or concerns about your policy, contact your agent, or call us at 866-568-8922. 

Painting Tips to Freshen up the Look of Your Home



 

After some time, your house can begin to look a little worn or dated. With a few simple steps, your home can look good as new without turning into a costly project. One of the best ways to do so is with a fresh coat of paint to add a pop of color. Here are a few tips to assist you with the painting process.

 
How to pick the right color and finish:
Picking a paint color can be very overwhelming with the hundreds of color options available at your local home improvement store. Consider bringing home a few different options before deciding on a color. Paint large areas of your walls to see which paint color will look best. A helpful tip is to see how your selections look during different times of the day and in different lighting as lights and shadows may change the color throughout the day. Don’t forget about the finish of your paint.  There are many options to choose from when picking the finish of your paint as well. You want to make sure you choose the right finish for the area of your home you are painting.
 

How much paint will you need?
To save some money, try to purchase the correct amount of paint for your area. Measure your walls and bring the measurements to your local home improvement or paint store and have an associate help you select a precise amount. Don’t forget to buy an extra quart of paint for touch-ups, you never know when you may need it.

 
You don’t have to paint an entire space:
If you do not want to paint an entire room, consider adding a simple accent wall for a pop of color. In doing so, you can add some nice dimensions to your room.  You don’t even have to paint a wall to get a fresh look. A simple coat of paint on your baseboards or crown molding can brighten up the look of your home. If you are looking for a simple pop of color, consider painting a cabinet or other piece of furniture a fun color.

 
We hope these tips will help you with your painting project. For more painting tips, click here.
 
Thank you for visiting the Edison Insurance Company Blog. Keeping your family and home safe and protected is our number one priority. Edison Insurance Company has taken a bright and innovative approach to Florida homeowners insurance with coverage options allowing you to customize a policy to best fit your needs. To learn more about us, or to receive a personalized home insurance quote, visit our website

3 Ways to Show Your Home Some Love This Month


February is a month all about love, as such, you should take some time this month to show your home some love. Giving areas of your home a little TLC can go a long way in keeping your home safe, increasing its value, and may even save you some money. Here are a few ideas to consider:

 
Curb appeal is key
Your home’s curb appeal is the first impression others have of your home. Little improvements you make now, can go a long way. Remove dirt build up from your sidewalk, driveway, and walkways with a good power wash. It’s the perfect time to exercise your green thumb to make some changes to your landscape while the weather is a bit cooler.
 

Have a paint party
See your home in a new light with a fresh coat of paint. Painting can be a simple and inexpensive way to change the whole look of a room. If you do not want to paint an entire space, consider adding a pop of color with an accent wall or painting a piece of furniture.

 
Easy updates
There are so many new innovations available for your home, which may save you some money and keep your home and family safe. Consider installing programmable lights, thermostats and security systems to give you the ability to set your devices remotely, or to work on your schedule.
 
 
We hope you these tips give you some inspiration to show your home some TLC. For more ideas, click here. Happy updating!
 
 
 
As a Florida homeowner, it is important to protect your property should the unexpected occur. Sufficient insurance coverage to fit the needs of your family is available through Edison Insurance Company. Should you have any questions or concerns about your policy, contact your agent, or call us at 866-568-8922. 

Tips to Create a Clutter-Free Home


 
As the years go by, our homes accumulate quite a bit of clutter. Finding the time to donate or toss away unwanted items which take up space in your home can be daunting and decluttering your entire home may feel like quite an undertaking. However, it is possible to do without driving yourself crazy.  It is best to take the time to declutter room by room.  Here are some tips to declutter your home room by room:

 
Bedrooms: We tend to let items accumulate in drawers and counters. Begin with your nightstands and recycle or throw out items which are no longer in use such as broken chargers, tissues, books and magazines. Do the same thing to tops of dressers or chests. If any clothing or other items are out of place, put them back in their proper spots in your home.

 
Closets: Start by decluttering your closet by type, such as shoes, shirts, pants, undergarments, etc. Sort by what you will toss, keep, and donate. Whichever items you have decided to keep should be put away neatly and in their designated spot in your closet or dresser.
 

Bathrooms: Soaps, lotions, shampoos, medicines, makeup, and other products can take over bathroom cabinets and countertops. Try to take everything out of your cabinets and drawers and placing them on your countertop. Dispose of all expired medications, makeup, products, etc. Consider purchasing baskets or bins to neatly put back all your items. Don’t forget the shower and tub. Be sure to remove any old products no longer in use.
 

Living room: Keeping your living room neat can be quite a challenge, especially for families on the go. Decide on a storage area for your most used items such as books/magazines, and remote controls. Try to discard or donate items no longer in use such as older electronics and kids or pet toys. You will most likely need to declutter this space regularly.
 

Kitchen: Keeping your kitchen clutter free can be quite a challenge, as it is one of the most frequented and utilized spaces in your home. As such, the kitchen is home to several different items. It is recommended to start in one area or category of your kitchen at a time. For example, start with emptying cabinets to rid it of any unwanted items. Once complete, put all the items back to where they belong. Keeping your countertops clean and tidy by removing or relocating as many items as possible. A quick tip is to only keep the items you use every day on your countertops.
 
 
Remember, decluttering your home is a marathon, not a sprint. By tackling your home clutter room by room, you will see results quickly and efficiently. If you have lots of paper clutter, click here to read our blog on organizing your important paperwork. We hope these steps will help you in making your home the space you’ve wanted it to be.
 

Thank you for visiting our blog. Hopefully, you came away with some great home insurance and safety tips. Edison Insurance Company’s mission is to provide quality coverage at competitive rates while providing exceptional service.  For more information on Florida homeowners insurance or to get a quote, please call (866) 568-8922.

Make 2019 Your Year to Get Organized


 
Is your wallet, purse, drawers, cabinets, and counters cluttered with piles of paperwork? If not handled daily, paper clutter can accumulate quickly and become quite overwhelming. Thankfully, with some easy tricks, it only takes a few hours to banish paper clutter and get organized.  With a few of these helpful tips start your year off with a fresh and organized start.
 
Declutter: Start by gathering all the paperwork in your home. Don’t forget old coupons, take-out menus, and other flyers.

Sort: Once you have gathered all your scraps of paperwork, sort into piles for items you can keep or throw away. Put important documents, such as passports, tax returns, medical files, insurance policies etc. into its own pile for safe keeping.

Shred: Documents with your personal information including your address, phone number, bank account information or social security number should be shredded. In doing so, you are protecting yourself from identity theft.

Store Safely: Your important paperwork, including social security cards, birth certificates, marriage certificates, passports, banking documents, and insurance policies should be stored in a water and fireproof safe.

File: All your other paperwork should be kept organized in file folders in a cabinet or drawer. Consider color coordinating and labeling your files for different topics for easy access.

Go Paperless: Consider scanning your documents into your computer for safe keeping. Most banks and companies offer paperless options to receive your bills and statements via email. Edison Insurance offers our agents and policyholders the option to enroll in “Green Solutions” which will allow you to access your insurance documents and policy information from the convenience of your computer.
 

We hope these simple tips will help you get organized in 2019. For more tips for storing your documents, click here.

 
As a Florida homeowner, it is important to protect your property should the unexpected occur. Sufficient insurance coverage to fit the needs of your family is available through Edison Insurance Company. Should you have any questions or concerns about your policy, contact your agent, or call us at 866-568-8922. 

Insuring and Protecting Your Valuables


 

Over the holidays, many may have received new valuable gifts. With the new year here, it is important you turn your attention to insuring and protecting your new valuables. Here are a few things to consider:
 

Avoid over-sharing: Posting pictures and videos of your new items online can greatly increase your risk of theft. As much as you may want to share your new gifts with family and friends online, you never know who else may see your posts.  
 

Update your home security: If you do not have a home security system, it is a good idea to install one for added security. It is also recommended to keep your valuables locked up in a safe location such as a lock box or safe in your home.
 

Insure your new valuables: Limits on your homeowners policy may not be enough to cover the cost of replacing your new belongings. Should you lose your items which may be worth more than the limits on your policy, you will be left to pay out of pocket. Luckily, Edison Insurance Company offers Premium Packages which allow for additional coverage for items such as jewelry, furs, and cash. To learn more about our Premium Packages and other additional coverages Edison offers, speak with your agent.
 

No matter how many precautions you may take to keep your precious belongings save, sometimes they do become misplaced or stolen. We hope you keep a few of our tips in mind to keep your items, and home as safe as possible.
 


 
Keeping your family and home safe and protected is Edison Home Insurance Company’s number one priority. We have taken a bright and innovative approach to FL homeowners insurance with coverage options allowing you to customize a policy to best fit your needs. To learn more about Edison Insurance Company, or to get a personalized quote, call us at (866) 568-8922.

Tips for National Cut Your Energy Costs Day


 
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to save some money in 2019, cutting back on some regular expenses could be a great place to start. With January 10th being National Cut Your Energy Costs Day, Edison Insurance Company would like to provide some tips to help you save some money on your utility bills.
 

Cut cooling costs:
Living in Florida, we spend a large amount of energy keeping our homes cool. If you do not have one already, consider switching to a programmable thermostat which you can adjust when you are not going to be.

 
Unplug:
With all the gadgets we use it should come as no surprise we are spending more and more on electricity to keep all our devices charged or running. Because we have become accustomed to having these items on and charging, sometimes we will leave them plugged in. As difficult as it might be to remember, try to unplug items when they are not in use. This will cut off “phantom” usage which can save you some money on your next electric bill.
 

Lights:
As always, you should turn your lights off when leaving a room or your home. It is also recommended to switch out regular incandescent bulbs with LED or CFL lights which will last longer and require less energy to run.
 

Save water:
According to the EPA, the average American family uses over 300 gallons of water per day at home. Consider lowering your water usage by turning off the water while you brush your teeth, reduce your shower duration, and only run full loads of laundry and dishes. Just these few changes can save over 200 gallons of water a month, which can also save you some money on your utility bill.
 

We hope you can you these simple tricks to help save some money on your next utility bill while at the same time reducing your carbon footprint. For more tips, click here.


 
Thank you for visiting our blog. Hopefully, you came away with some great home insurance and safety tips. Edison Insurance Company’s mission is to provide quality coverage at competitive rates while providing exceptional service.  For more information on Florida homeowners insurance or to get a quote, please call (866) 568-8922.
 

New Year’s Safety Tips


 

New Year’s is a time to celebrate the incoming year with family and friends, food and drink, and fireworks. Since many attend parties for New Year’s, there is a spike in drinking and driving accidents. Fireworks are also very popular to start your new year off with a bang, however, should they be used improperly, it can result in some serious injuries. Whether you are hosting or attending a New Year’s party, Edison would like to provide the following safety tips:

 
Drinking and Driving
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), New Year’s Day was ranked as the day with the highest percentage of deaths related to alcohol. Never drink and drive. Have a designated driver or use a ride-sharing service to make sure you get home safely. Be sure to pace yourself when drinking and keep alcohol out of reach of children and pets.
 

Fireworks
New Year’s Eve is a popular day for firework shows. Be sure to have a responsible adult in charge of all firework activities. Be sure to keep spectators a safe distance away, and always light fireworks off into an open area away from flammable materials. Light fireworks one at a time and douse used fireworks in water before discarding.

 
Hosting
Hosting a New Year’s party does come with responsibilities. You are accountable for the safety of your guests. Be sure to remove and clean up any tripping or slipping hazards throughout your home. Stop serving alcohol hours before the end of your party. Offer lots of foods and snacks for your guests. Before your guests leave, make sure they are safe to drive. If not, offer to order a ride-sharing service or cab or offer a place to sleep.
 

We hope you keep these tips in mind to enjoy a fun and safe New Year’s celebration. Wishing you and your family a happy New Year.
 

Keeping your family and home safe and protected is Edison Home Insurance Company’s number one priority. We have taken a bright and innovative approach to FL homeowners insurance with coverage options allowing you to customize a policy to best fit your needs. To learn more about Edison Insurance Company, or to get a personalized quote, call us at (866) 568-8922.