3 Little Known Benefits of Having Homeowners Insurance

Homeowners insurance is a necessary expense that can protect our homes in the event of unforeseen weather and theft. Although many are aware of the underlying benefits homeowners insurance provides, they are unaware of some of the more little-known perks homeowners insurance provides. For those looking for homeowners policy in Lees Summit, MO, here are three little-known benefits homeowners may receive from a homeowners insurance policy from Epic Insurance.

Power Outage Protection

Most homeowners don’t realize that their policy may include coverage for refrigerator restocking fees in the event of a power outage. Many remember the infamous power outages throughout St. Louis in February of 2018. Those homeowners who had insurance would have been covered up to 500 dollars per claim for food that spoiled during the outage.

The Unforeseen Pet Bite

Many homeowners know about the liability insurance coverage included with their homeowner’s insurance policy, but most don’t know that many policies include special provisions that cover homeowners in the event of a dog bite. The Insurance Information Institute recently revealed that the average dog bite claim is roughly 37,000! If Old Yeller just so happens to bite you or your unsuspecting postman, never fear, your policy could provide you with the necessary funds to remedy the situation.

Family Members Property When They’re Away From Home

Most parents don’t realize that when their children go off to college full time, the personal property and liability coverage included in the parent’s policy goes with them. Children usually must have lived in the home for a certain period of time before they move away for school. Most policies cover kids under these terms until the age of 26. Why pay for something that you never use? Take advantage of every possible provision of your homeowner’s coverage!

For those homeowners in Lees Summit, MO looking to reap all the benefits of a homeowner’s policy, contact Epic Insurance, where we treat clients like family! 

How Much Home Insurance Do You Need?

Buying home insurance in Lees Summit, MO can be tricky. It can be hard to know exactly how much you need and how to determine how much you need. The last thing that you want to do is actually purchase too much or too little home insurance and either spend too much for the coverage or find out that you don’t have enough after it is too late. To help you determine how much you need, here at Epic Insurance, we wanted to help with this big tip. 

A lot of people think that the best way to determine how much home insurance they need is to take a look at the value of their property. However, this is a number that can change at any time and you do not want to constantly try to update your coverage to meet the market value of your home. The real way you want to determine how much home insurance you need is by determining your rebuild amount. You want to to know how much money it will take to rebuild your home and then get insurance to cover that amount. In the end, if you have to rebuild, you need enough to do that, not sell your property based on the current market value at that moment in time. 

If you are in the market for home insurance, be sure to reach out to us here at Epic Insurance, serving Lees Summit, MO, to get started on your home insurance policy today. Not only can we help you find the right policy with the perfect amount of coverage but we can also work with you to make sure we find one that fits in your budget. Contact us today to get started and get your free quote. 

Spring Storm Damage? Here’s What to Do

Spring is on the way in Lees Summit, MO. While the lovely weather is enjoyable, spring also brings the possibility of intense storms as the days get warmer. If your home is damaged by a storm, consider these three tips from Epic Insurance before you begin repairs.

Call the Insurance Company.

If there is storm damage, one of the first things you should do is to call your insurance agent. They can tell you exactly how to proceed. Even if the storm occurs outside of normal business hours or on the weekend, call the emergency number to get started filing your claim. You may want to have your policy number available before you call. Have a pen and paper handy, so you can write down the information that you learn on the phone. You should also record the name of the person you spoke to and the date and time of your call.

Don’t Make Repairs too Soon.

Second, while you probably want to get started right away in making repairs to your home, you definitely want to hold off on major repairs until after the adjuster has come by to see the damage himself.  However, you can make temporary repairs to avoid further damage to the home by the elements. For example, if part of your roof is missing and there’s rain in the forecast, you can tack a tarp or piece of plywood on the roof to keep your home as dry as possible. But, you should wait for the adjuster to view the damage before you start final repairs. Keep your receipts for any items you purchase for these temporary repairs. You may be able to be reimbursed for these expenses. 

Get Bids, but Be Wary!

Third, after your adjuster has given the go-ahead, get estimates from reputable contractors. If you don’t know who to call, talk to your insurance agent or the adjuster. Be very wary of contractors who go door to door after storms seeking work. Often, these people prey on folks with storm damage, but they do shoddy work with low-quality materials. 

If you have questions about home insurance in the Less Summit, MO area, call Epic Insurance before spring storm damage hits your home. 

Things Your Home Insurance Does Not Cover

Home insurance is absolutely essential for every home, and it covers many issues that can occur in a home. But there are also some issues that home insurance does not cover, and at Epic Insurance serving Lees Summit, MO, we want you to know what they are. Here are some problems that your home insurance policy probably does not cover.

Floods

Floods can happen quickly and be absolutely devastating to a home and its contents. But many home insurance policies do not cover floods. You would have to get flood insurance. Check to see whether your local conditions mean it makes sense to get flood insurance.

Mold

Mold can result from floods or any type of water damage. There are numerous species of mold, and they can seriously destroy a home and all of your belongings. But a typical home insurance policy does not cover mold damage.

Termites

A standard home insurance policy in many cases does not cover issues like termite infestation or problems caused by various rodents and insects. Take precautions so you will not have an issue like this that could cost you large amounts of money.

Sewer Issues

If you have a sewer system in your home, you need to be well aware that your typical home insurance policy probably does not cover issues resulting from the sewer backing up. Take the necessary precautions to avoid unpleasant problems that could result from a sewer backup.

Check on your policy to see what exactly it covers. Review that information, and make any changes to your insurance coverage based on what you find out. For example, consider purchasing flood insurance if you do not already have it. If you need more information about home insurance, we’re happy to help. Contact Epic Insurance serving Lees Summit, MO today.

What Is Covered Under a Home Insurance Policy?

In the event that your home or property is damaged or destroyed, homeowners insurance will provide you with financial protection. Homeowners insurance will also come in handy in the event that you or a family member are held liable for damage to the property of another person or the injury of another person. The vast majority of mortgage lenders in Lees Summit, MO require homeowners to have a home insurance policy like that offered by Epic Insurance.

What Is Covered Under a Home Insurance Policy?

The vast majority of home insurance policies will cover damage incurred by vandalism, theft, fire, lightning, windstorms, hail, and other perils. Certain homeowners policies cover more perils that are typically excluded, such as earthquakes and floods. You have the option of purchasing supplemental insurance for perils that aren’t covered.

What Do Most Home Insurance Policies Provide?

  • Dwelling coverage – In the event that your home is damaged or destroyed, dwelling coverage will pay to rebuild or repair your home. This includes heating and air conditioning, electrical wiring, and plumbing. The damage or destruction has to be the result of a cause of loss that is covered.
  • Other structures coverage – Other structures coverage will pay for damages to fences, garages, cottages, sheds, and other detached structures.
  • Personal property coverage –  This coverage will reimburse you for any personal items in your home that have been damaged or destroyed by a cause of loss that is covered. Some examples of personal items include electronics, furniture, sporting goods, and clothes.
  • Loss of use coverage – While your home is being restored, loss of use coverage will pay for your living expenses and additional housing.

For more information about what is covered under a home insurance policy in Lees Summit, MO, feel free to reach out to us here at Epic Insurance.

Is It Time To Update Your Homeowners Policy?

Lenders require homeowners to carry an insurance policy to protect their interest in the event of a loss. The State of Missouri doesn’t force you to buy coverage, although it definitely provides a sense of financial security. But what type of policy and how much coverage can be a gray area for many homeowners. Our Epic Insurance professionals are here to help people in the Lees Summit, MO community. We’re available to answer questions and will work with you to update a policy to reflect your current coverage needs.

The True Cost of Rebuilding

It seems logical to carry replacement coverage in the amount of a home’s value. Unfortunately, there is no one-to-one cost basis. Homes depreciate over time and the real estate market rises and falls. Just consider property values before and after the last housing market crisis.

Construction is determined by a separate set of factors that include the price of materials, cost of labor and regulations, among other things. To rebuild a home after a total loss could cost upwards of $150 per square foot. That number doesn’t include demolition, debris removal and permitting. Older homes and those with high-end design, woodworking and materials require the workmanship of skilled craftsman and expensive products. If you want to restore your home to its original luster, that could far exceed $150 per square foot.

Assets Evaluation

When it comes time to renew your policy, take time to make an inventory of the assets you’ve accumulated. Many policies cover personal items on a percentage basis of the home’s value. But as you acquire high-end items, that coverage may be insufficient. Tally up what you own and go over it with your agent. Don’t get caught underinsured.

Epic Insurance proudly serves the people of Lees Summit, MO. Our insurance professionals are available to review and update your homeowners policy to ensure it provides you with secure coverage.

Fall Safety Checklist for Your Home

Fall is here ad it is the perfect time of year to get your home ready for the cooler months ahead.  This can be one of the busiest times of year for homeowners who want to take advantage of moderate weather to take care of any damage or issues with their homes before that first frost comes in. 

Let’s talk about exterior maintenance. 

Check the foundation of your home for any visible cracks and make sure to caulk all of the areas where siding meets masonry.  You should also do this where ever wires or pipes enter the building as well as around the door frames and windows in order to keep heat from leaking out.  This is one of the less expensive maintenance chores that most people can handle themselves.  If there are any sorts of openings in the building, water can actually get inside and even freeze.  This leads to more cracks and can even lead to the buildup of mold.  Carefully checking the outside of your home and completing this inexpensive maintenance can end up saving you thousands of dollars in the end.

Install storm doors and windows and remove the screens.  Before you store those screens, clean and repair them and them spray them down with a protective coating.  Then just place them in a dry part of your garage or basement.

Inspect the walls outside of your home to check for blistering or peeling paint.  If you have this showing on your home or siding, it is a signal that the paint is no longer able to protect the surface that it is on.  If not corrected, it can lead to the deterioration of the building or siding and end up costing you a lot more than repainting it now would.

For more on this and to make sure that your home insurance is up to date, call your Lees Summit, MO branch of Epic Insurance now.

 

Using Home Insurance to Your Advantage: What to Remember

In Lees Summit, MO there are a variety of ways that you can keep yourself and your family safe, but home insurance may be one of the top ways to protect your legacy — even if it that’s not how you see it now. Epic Insurance wants you to know more about how you can make it work for you. 

Safety First 

Making protection one of your priorities means keeping what you’ve built for both yourself and your family from a variety of harmful events. When you have the right home insurance, you’re safeguarding the future. Getting coverage that will keep the investments that you’ve made today from natural disasters, and man-made ones alike is a smart decision that too often homeowners dismiss as too expensive. Just one major event can bankrupt a family, and force everyone to change their expectations and hopes for the future. 

Finding Your Rock 

There are many choices available today to make when it comes to finding the right partner for home insurance. But there are also many companies out there who won’t be able to take the time to truly answer your questions, and may just leave you feeling more frustrated about the process than ever. To get the most out of your home insurance, you need to find a staff that’s reliable enough to both set you up with a policy that will include everything you need, and will also be there for you when you need them the most. 

Epic Insurance 

Our staff is here to ensure that you get the service you need when you need it. Give us a call to learn more about our rates, and how we’ve helped the people of Lees Summit lead better lives. When something goes wrong, whether it’s a tree branch falling on a roof or water damage in the basement, we’re here to help you. Learn more today. 

Protect Your Valuables With These Packing Tips

There’s nothing worse than opening up a box you just moved into a new home, only to find it full of porcelain dust and smashed debris. Not only did valuables perish in the move but you put in the extra time and backbreaking effort to move the material. At Epic Insurance, we want to keep all of your valuables safe. So, whether moving from Lees Summit, MO, moving away from it or anywhere else in the world, there are some options available for protecting your valuables. Here are some tips. 

High Value Inventory Form

If you decide to hire a moving company, fill out a high value inventory form before starting. Anything valued at over $100, you should include on the form. This way, the moving company understands valuables are present in particular boxes. It also gives you a bit more leeway when working with the company after the move. Should something break despite all your forewarning, this documentation helps you reclaim the worth of your valuables. 

Wrap Every Piece

Yes, wrapping every single piece of China is time consuming, but it is better than opening the box up to broken pieces of China. Wrap everything in bubble wrap, or if you are on a budget, with clothing. Mixing valuable, breakable material with clothing (without metal buttons or zippers) can help pack two different items at the same time. 

Label Your Valuables

You’re moving dozens of boxes (if not more) over the course of your move. It is easy to forget which box is which. To avoid this, simply mark all of your boxes and make sure to clearly label your valuable boxes. If you don’t want to write "Valuable" or "Fragile" on the box, just use a bright yellow sticker so you automatically know what is in it. 

Shop for a Renters Insurance Policy That Suits You

Sharing an apartment with a roommate is an excellent way to save money. Along with splitting your monthly rent, you can also go in together on big purchases, like getting a television, couch and coffee table. There is one thing, however, that you shouldn’t purchase with your roommate: renters insurance.

You Need Your Own Renters Insurance

In most situations, roommates can’t purchase renters insurance together. Even if you are able to buy coverage with your roommate, you should avoid it.

You and your roommate have different insurance needs. You should shop around for a policy that meets your needs, not those of your roommate. Going in together on renters insurance, if you’re even able to, would only save you a few dollars a month, and you might not get the best coverage for yourself.

We Can Help You Find Renters Insurance

Shopping around for a renters insurance policy that matches up with your individual needs isn’t difficult if you have the help of an independent insurance agent. If you rent an apartment in Lees Summit, MO, an independent agent who is licensed in Missouri can help you assess your insurance needs and find a policy that provides the coverage you should have.

If you don’t have an independent insurance agent who can help you find a renters insurance policy, contact us at Epic Insurance, LLC. We have many independent insurance agents who are ready to help you. Our agents will carefully review what levels of coverage you’re looking for, and then they’ll find you the best rates for those coverages. Because our agents work for you, you’ll know you’re getting a policy that perfectly matches your needs.

To reach our agents, contact us through our website. We’re easy to reach, and our agents are ready to help you.