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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
Office:  215-643-3200
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Snowstorm Damage? What Is—and Isn't—Covered by Homeowners Insurance

January 28, 2016 1:18 am

Homeowners insurance covers a multitude of property damages, including those caused by blizzards and other severe winter storms. According to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.), standard policies generally cover:

• Damage brought on by burst pipes or ice dams, typically with the requirement that the homeowner has taken reasonable steps to prevent these losses by keeping the house warm and properly maintaining drains and pipes

• Damage caused by tree limbs that fall on the house or other insured structure on the property, including both the damage the tree inflicts on the house and the cost of removing the tree, generally up to $500

• Damage from ice and other objects that fall on the house

• Structural collapse of the house caused by weight of snow or ice

• Wind-related damage to the house, its roof, its contents and other insured structures on the property, as well as damage caused by wind-driven snow or freezing rain

• Additional living expenses (ALE) to cover other living arrangements in the event the home is severely damaged by an insured disaster

Bear in mind damage caused by flooding is not covered by either standard homeowners or renters insurance policies. Melting snow that seeps into a home from the ground up would be covered by flood insurance, which is provided by FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program and a few private insurers. Flood insurance is available to both homeowners and renters.

“Consumers who need to file an insurance claim should contact their insurance professional as soon as possible,” says Jeanne M. Salvatore, senior vice president and chief communications officer of the I.I.I. “Let your agent know the extent of the damage and start to document your loss with lists, receipts or photographs. If you have a home inventory, now would also be a good time to access it.”

Source: I.I.I.

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Why the Weekend Getaway Trumps Extended Trips

January 27, 2016 1:15 am

Recent research shows vacations don’t have to be long to be beneficial—in fact, just one weekend getaway is all it takes to feel reenergized, according to a recent survey by Enterprise.

“We all know the benefits of taking vacations—everything from reduced stress, improved health and increased productivity when we return to our routines,” says Steve Short, vice president of Enterprise. “What's interesting to us is that many individuals don't need an extended period of time to unplug.”

Seven out of 10 respondents to the survey reported finding it easy to unplug right away on a weekend getaway, and three out of four agreed they feel mentally refreshed after just one weekend away.

The reason? Nearly 80 percent of survey respondents said weekend getaways present an opportunity to explore a new place closer to home, cutting out potentially stressful long-haul travel. Seventy percent of respondents said weekend getaways are less expensive than extended stays, which make them—and their budgets—feel less burdened. A nearly identical amount of respondents also said weekend getaways offer the flexibility of returning home quickly if needed, compared to the alternative, which can cause strife if an emergency arises.

Source: Enterprise Rent-A-Car

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