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You do not have to own your property for it to be considered your home in Pace. It is often your possessions that are more treasured than the house, especially when renting.

While the landlord may have home insurance covering the structure, your personal belongings are not covered unless you have a renter’s insurance policy in place.

GreatFlorida Insurance has budget friendly renter’s coverage to protect against damage or theft of your small appliances, electronics, computer and entertainment equipment, clothes, shoes, jewelry, furniture, bikes and just about anything else you own.

Renter’s insurance is not only created for your possessions but, can offer protection if someone is injured at your rental property as well as  provide living expenses if your rental is damaged and you need to find temporary housing.

GreatFlorida Insurance can cover your rental property whether you live in a condominium, apartment, townhouse or home in Pace. Safeguard your personal effects with renter’s insurance today.

Protect What's Yours with Renter's Insurance

Whether you own or rent your home, the fact remains that you want to protect your belongings and your family from life's unfortunate events.

While most people have heard of homeowners insurance, many renters don't know that there are special policies just for them called renters insurance.

Contact a GreatFlorida Renter's Insurance Agent in Pace to get more information on a renters insurance policies and to get your free renters insurance quote.

Call 850-994-6446 or take a few minutes to complete our online quote request form.

Why should I get a renters insurance policy?

Even though you may be living in a home that is protected by someone else's homeowners insurance policy, you want to be sure that your personal belongings and liabilities are covered.

If an accident, natural disaster or other unfortunate incident occurs, a renters insurance policy will make it easier to get back on your feet.

How do deductibles work with renters insurance?

Just like with other policies, a deductible is the amount that you agree to pay before your insurance policy begins to pay. However, it is important to note that this applies to personal property claims and not to liability claims.

Additionally, hurricane deductibles are applied differently since storms can cause damage multiple times in one year. Your GreatFlorida Insurance Agent in Pace can provide you with additional information on how deductibles work.

What personal items does a renters policy cover?

Renters insurance policies are designed to keep your assets safe. Take a look around your home. You probably have more personal property in your home than you initially realize.

Do you have?

  • Kitchen appliances and supplies
  • Electronics
  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Jewelry
  • Purses
  • Furniture
  • Entertainment systems

Protect items such as these with a superb renters insurance policy from GreatFlorida Insurance. Get your quote by calling 850-994-6446.

How about protection against personal liability?

When someone is hurt at your home, it may be as much your liability as it is the landlord's liability.

Not having proper coverage in place can be a costly mistake. Renters insurance will give you the protection you need whether you need to cover attorneys' fees or pay for the medical bills of those injured on your property.

Protection at home and away from home.

Damages and personal liability can by incurred whether you're home or away from home. For instance, if you accidentally set something on fire because of a faulty appliance or lapse in judgment, a good renters insurance policy can help you recover from those damages.

On the other hand, if your home catches on fire, suffers from water damage as a result of an action of your neighbor or building management, or is broken into, a renters insurance policy will be your best asset.

In these instances your policy will cover damaged items as well as pay part of your living expenses should you be forced out of your home due to the damage.

Renters insurance covers your belongings from natural disasters.

Florida is the Sunshine State. Our tropical climate draws visitors from around the world. However, it also leaves us susceptible to severe storms, floods, hurricanes, tornados, etc.

When you rent your home, you are not responsible for damage to the structure, but guess who is responsible for your personal belongings. You are.

The destruction of your home and personal belongings can be devastating. Give yourself and your family the best chance for a second start with proper renters insurance coverage.

You'll also ensure that you'll have financial support to pay for living expenses if you are forced out of your home.

Payment plans available.

Renters insurance can fit most any budget. You have the option of paying for the entire year upfront or paying a deposit followed by quarterly payments. Get more information when you contact a GreatFlorida Insurance Agent.

Get started by making a list and checking it twice.

How can you get started? Before calling GreatFlorida Insurance take inventory of your belongings. From furniture to appliances to electronics to clothes to shoes to clothing to jewelry, these costs can really add up.

Once you have an idea of the total value of your belongings, a GreatFlorida Insurance Agent in Pace will be able to put together the best possible renters insurance quote for you.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
12/6/2017

November 30, marked the end of an extremely destructive, 2017 hurricane season. While totals are still being calculated, estimates currently put damages at $200 billion.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reported to The Orlando Sentinel that 432,286 renters applied for aid in Florida during October. FEMA does not pay what is covered by insurance, however they try to help the uninsured and underinsured. Keep in mind, they do not cover all damages.

“Renters are less likely than homeowners to insure their belongings,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent renters insurance company.

Most landlords in Florida, do not require renters to carry insurance. The Insurance Information Institute found only 41 percent of renters said they had renters insurance.

“There is a misconception that the landlord is accountable for personal liability issues, but a landlord’s insurance often covers just the structure, not personal property or personal liability,” says Buck with GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent renters insurance company.

Renters insurance offers protection for personal belongings that could be damaged by a fire, water issue or storm. It also includes reimbursement for items stolen from home or lost, as well as incidents that are the renters responsibility.

Also, renters insurance will pay out money to replace furniture, clothes, kitchen appliances, electronics, laptop, paddle board, jewelry and more.  You do not have to own a lot to justify a renter’s policy. It could be a specific item such as a bike, engagement ring, musical instrument or collection that is the motivation for coverage.

If an injury occurs in a rental property or even the rental property yard or driveway, the renter can be held responsible for the victim’s medical bills. A renters insurance policy can also provide money for temporary housing. If a rental property is damaged from fire or water, a renters policy will cover hotel expenses while repairs are made.

Renters insurance offers a lot of benefits for a small amount. The average renter’s policy ranges from $15 to $30 a month, offering peace of mind for the price of lunch.

Before purchasing renter’s coverage, inquire with your rental company or landlord to see what their policy will cover. Next, take inventory of your possessions and determine a level of protection that makes you feel comfortable. An experienced agent at GreatFlorida Insurance.  They can guide you through the process to make sure you purchase enough coverage to protect your belongings without paying for overlapping and unnecessary coverage. Give us a call today.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
11/21/2017

Thanksgiving is about family, food and gratitude. It is a day of celebration and cheer. Plenty of time is spent in the kitchen laboring over family recipes or just heating up the goodies you picked-up from Publix. With all the chopping, basting, shredding and baking, hazards are abundant in the kitchen.

Federal agency, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), reports that kitchen fires double on Thanksgiving Day compared to any other day of the year. Nearly 2,000 kitchen fires occur on Thanksgiving with approximately $21 million dollars in property damage.

“It is easy to get focused on food preparation and overlook maintaining a safe environment in the kitchen,” said Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency.

In the Kitchen

Cooking is the primary source of kitchen fires and injuries in the home. Fortunately, most fires can be put out with quick action from a host or house guest. However, if a fire is difficult for you to control, immediately call 911.

Before getting started, make sure your oven, burners and stove are clean and free of grease and food build-up.

Unattended cooking is the number one cause of kitchen fires, stay by your pan.

To prevent spills and burns be sure to turn handles inward, toward the back of the stove.

Make the area in front of the stove a “no zone” for kids. Be sure to keep a clear path where hot liquids are traveling.

While cooking, wear short sleeves or roll up your sleeves. Clothing is easily ignited.

Keep kitchen clutter such as, pot holders, towels and food wrapping away from the stove.

Have a pan lid or cookie sheet nearby to cover a small stove fire.

If a fire occurs in the oven, turn off the heat and keep the oven door closed.

When cutting, always cut on a stable surface and never cut food in your hand. If a knife falls from your hand or the counter, do not attempt to catch it, step back and let it fall on the floor.

“Cooking a Thanksgiving meal is a big undertaking. Taking time to follow safety guidelines will provide you with a successful feast,” says Buck With GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent homeowners insurance agency.

Food Safety

Salmonella and Campylobacter can really ruin the Thanksgiving festivities. Properly handling, preparing and cooking your food can prevent foodborne illnesses.

Wash your hands not your turkey. This is the best way to avoid spreading bacteria. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports 68 percent of consumers wash poultry in the sink. This can splash bacteria around your kitchen up to 3 feet away, contaminating surfaces and anything else in the area.

Use a food thermometer for your turkey. Cook it to at least 165 degrees.

Properly thaw your turkey. Allocate 24 hours per 5 pounds for defrosting in the refrigerator.

Make sure to wash all produce.

“Thanksgiving is an ideal time to express my gratitude to our phenomenal independent agents and their staff for all their hard work to make GreatFlorida Insurance a success. Also, a big thanks to all our customers. It is our honor and pleasure to serve you and your families,” Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
9/6/2017

With Hurricane Irma’s path is still uncertain, preparations across Florida are underway. State officials are warning residents to prepare for the worst.

“Seeing the recent destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, Floridians are taking this storm threat seriously, says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency.

What do you need?

For starters, assemble an emergency kit. Your emergency kit should contain at least the essentials. Consider making one to keep in your car and one at home. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA recommends:

  • Water-rule of thumb is one gallon per person per day for 3 days
  • Food-non-perishable items for at least 3 days for each person
  • A battery powered or hand crank radio
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Multi-purpose tool, such as Swiss Army knife
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Plastic bag for trash
  • Map of your area
  • Medications
  • A copy of important documents- birth certificates, passport, insurance policies, etc.
  • Blanket
  • Emergency contact information
  • Cell phone and charger

Try to always keep at least half a tank of gas in your car in case you need to hit the road in hurry. Likewise, have some cash on hand or in your emergency kit. Also, know if you live in an evacuation area, get familiar with the evacuation routes.

 

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Time is an asset. “As part of your preparations take a photo inventory, it is the simplest way to document your possessions,” suggests Buck with GreatFlorida Insurance. Snap pictures of your closets and drawers to show ownership of clothes and shoes. Take clear photos of jewelry, electronics, power tools, china and other valuables you might own. Date the photos and if possible list the purchase price. If anything is destroyed, this step is helpful when dealing with replacement costs regarding homeowners insurance and renters insurance.

Most homeowners insurance cover hurricane wind damage, but not flood damage. Flood insurance is provided by the National Flood Insurance Program. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, (NOAA), “Flooding is the most frequent and severe weather threat.” With 90 percent of natural disasters in the U.S. being flood related. Floods are also the costliest natural disaster.

Federal disaster assistance is only offered when the president declares a major disaster, which happens half of the time. The Insurance Information Institute, III reports that most insurers will not allow changes to be made to insurance policies once a hurricane watch or warning is issued by the National Hurricane Center.

What to expect?

The National Hurricane Center is reporting that Irma is currently a category 5 hurricane and “extremely dangerous.” Hurricane Wilma (category 5), hit Florida in 2005 leaving almost 4 million people statewide without electricity for several days. Widespread flooding and property damage is common during a severe storm preventing access to clean water and shutting down businesses.

Hurricanes cause storm surges and battering waves, producing an abnormal rise of water that can travel several miles inland. There is also flooding from heavy rains, along with wind and tornadoes.

Insurance is designed to help people rebuild their lives. GreatFlorida Insurance can help protect your home with a Florida flood insurance policy provided by the National Flood Insurance Program. We also offer homeowners insurance and renters insurance.

 

 

 

 

 

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
4/27/2017

After spending a good amount of money and time planning your ideal trip you might be thinking of  purchasing travel insurance. But, you might already be covered.

Homeowners insurance, renters insurance, auto insurance and medical insurance follows you on vacation,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s leading independent homeowners insurance provider. That includes; rental cars, illness, stolen items, lost luggage, accidental injuries and property damage. Before you buy travel insurance, check your policy and see what is currently covered. You want to avoid paying for insurance coverage beyond what is necessary.

Medical coverage

Your current health insurance policy could provide adequate coverage on your travels. Check coverage in the area you are headed. You might be surprised to find doctors and facilities that accept your health insurance even overseas.  The U.S. Department of State urges international travelers to make sure they have health insurance where they are traveling. Many foreign doctors and hospitals require cash payment and emergency medical evacuation can cost up to $100,000. Also, Medicare is not available outside of the country.

While illness is covered during your travels, a pre-existing medical condition might not be. This is a detail you will need to review with your insurance agent.

Lost or stolen items

It is a pain to arrive at your destination without your luggage. The U.S. Department of Transportation limits lost baggage claims to $3300. Keep in mind, airlines account for depreciation of your stuff so if you are traveling with golf clubs or pricey camera equipment you might want to make sure your luggage is covered. Stolen items and lost luggage are reimbursed under your homeowners insurance and renters insurance policy.

“Make sure to know your insurance coverage deductibles and limits before taking off on vacation,” says Buck with GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency.

Rental cars

Auto insurance will extend to a rental vehicle. If you cause an accident while driving a rental car, the liability portion of your auto insurance would cover the damages to other cars or property.

Travel insurance

One of the most common misconceptions about travel insurance is the idea that you can cancel for any reason and be reimbursed. Travel insurance will reimburse you on a majority but not all expenses. Like other insurance policies, the amount you pay for travel insurance will depend on a few variables. The type of coverage you choose, how many people are traveling in your party, age, destination and the length of travel. You can expect to pay 5 to 15 percent of the cost of our trip. The deductible amount is usually $200.

Make sure you are not paying for insurance you already own. Check out your current health insurance, auto insurance, renters insurance and homeowners insurance policy to see how much you are covered for while on vacation.

Contact GreatFlorida Insurance for all your insurance needs today.

 

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
2/15/2017

Tax filing season is among us. For many, this conjures up feelings of dread. But, money can be saved. Frequently tax credits and deductions are overlooked, costing you money in extra taxes. The Orlando Sentinel reports last year Florida taxpayers missed out on $1.1 billion. Tax credits are typically better than deductions.  In fact, deductions reduce your taxable income while credits reduce your taxes.

“Identifying which tax credits you are qualified for can keep money in your wallet,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent renters insurance agency.

Tax experts agree, the Earned Income Tax Credit is one of the most overlooked tax credits. The IRS estimates last year 26 million people received about $65.6 billion under this credit. The average amount received was $2,455 but, it can be worth up to $6,000. Yet, one out of every five workers in the U.S. who is eligible doesn’t take advantage of it.Loving mother playing with her children.

The credit is available for filers between the ages of 25-64. Eligibility and the amount of the credit are based on adjusted gross income, earned income and investment income. Also, those who are self-employed and own or operate their own business could qualify. Anyone earning less than $54,000 a year should look into this underused tax break.

“Because financial situations change from year-to-year, it is could to check eligibility annually,” reminds Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent renters insurance agency.

Keep in mind, not all tax credits are for middle to low income families. Another forgotten credit is the Child Dependent Care Credit. You can claim this credit regardless of your income. The amount of the credit is based on how much you spend for child and dependent care and your income. If you are paying someone to care for your children or while you work, or look for work you might be eligible. The credit is also available for the cost of caring for a spouse or another person in your household of any age who is physically or mentally incapable of self-care.

The Child Dependent Care Credit returns a portion of the money you spend on care and can reduce your tax bill significantly. According to financial management company Intuit, the credit provides up to 35 percent of qualifying expenses, depending on adjusted gross income.

To see if you qualify for these or additional tax credits check out the IRS website.

Contact GreatFlorida Insurance a call if you are looking for affordable and dependable renters insurance.

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1/19/2017

A movement is enticing many Americans from their large residences into smaller homes. The appeal of downsizing is tempting everyone from recent retirees, empty nesters to millennials.

“Since the recession, I believe people are looking to simplifying their lives and cut down on expenses,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the current average house size is 2,467 square feet. That is an increase of almost 1,000 sq. ft. since the 1970’s.

Despite overall growth in house size, for the first time since the recession, home size is shrinking. A less is more ideology is taking hold across the country, ushering in the trend of smaller homes.

Downsizing provides a lower maintenance lifestyle that can save time and money. Notably improving on the quality of life.

So, how do you know if downsizing is right for you?

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Money is always a motivating factor. Most Americans live paycheck to paycheck. Unfortunately, financial hardships unexpectedly happen. If you experience a job loss, disability or divorce, could you afford your current lifestyle?

Downsizing can help create breathing room in your budget. A smaller home can mean spending less on your mortgage and for some paying cash for a new place. You will also spend less on utility bills. Obviously, it requires less money to heat and cool a smaller space.

Another key point, downsizing can also reduce consumer consumption. Do you have too much house? Do you have unused rooms that require staging?

 

More Time

Do you Feel overwhelmed by the amount of money and time spent to maintain your home? Many homeowners who have downsized comment that their weekends were consumed with house cleaning and yard work. Now they can clean the entire house in a couple of hours.

“A smaller home can make life more manageable,” comments Buck with GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s leading independent homeowners insurance agency.

Less time spent on home upkeep, certainly allows for more quality time doing the things you enjoy.

More Comfort

Creating a more comfortable living situation is an attraction to downsizing. Relocating into a smaller home will force most to get rid of clutter and stuff. A liberating process for some and an anxiety inducing moment for others. Are you prepared to surrender some of your belongings?

Also, some Americans reduce the size of their home and seek out luxury amenities. Creature comforts such as high-end finishes, no stairs or a more centrally located dwelling is a strong pull.

However, downsizing is not for everyone. Is your identity tied to being in a spacious home? Is it necessary to have plenty of room for guests?

Downsizing does not make financial sense in every situation. Homeowners often assume if they sell their current place and move into something smaller, they walk away with money, but that is not always the case.

An article from CNBC on the subject of downsizing suggests taking a look at your monthly costs of housing, rather than size alone. “Downsizing provides less opportunity in low-cost areas.” Locations where home prices, taxes and insurance tend to be lower, you could yield little financial gain.

While many see downsizing as moving backward, it can be a step forward for others.

Whether you live in a spacious dwelling or a cozy home, GreatFlorida Insurance provide competitive rates for homeowners insurance. Give us a call today.

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10/5/2016

You know the drill when a storm is coming. Secure outdoor furniture and stock up on batteries, water and non-perishable food items.

GreatFlorida Insurance regularly compiles storm safety tips for our readers,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency. “Weather is unpredictable despite our best efforts and we want to help people be safe.”

While you are familiar with precautions to heed during a storm to ensure your safety, do you know what NOT to do during a storm? Florida Today, spoke with emergency management officials about activities to avoid during a storm to give you, your family and first responders an easier time while riding out the storm.

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  • Use a charcoal grill in the house or garage and you could end up with carbon monoxide poisoning. The same goes for gas powered generators.
  • Also, don’t connect generators directly to your home’s electrical system. It can electrify lines outside and endanger your neighbors and utility workers.
  • Stay home after an evacuation is ordered. Rescue workers will not try to reach you at the height of a storm.

“Consequently, some people stay home during an evacuation to protect their home or valuables, but it is not worth it. Let homeowners insurance do its job,” says Buck with GreatFlorida Insurance.

  • Go for a ride or walk outside. Dangerous conditions causing flooding, flying debris and falling trees could force emergency management workers from other pressing duties.
  • Visit the ER for minor injuries or illness
  • Mess with downed power lines
  • Drain your pool. The water table can rise from rain and force the pool up, out of the ground.
  • Be careless or forget about candles
  • Approach animals wandering around after a storm. Even docile pets can be unnerved by a storm and could bite.
  • Bring guns, alcohol or pets to a public shelter.
  • Lose your cool. Stores will be crowded, gas lines long, and people will be anxious and tempers will be short.
  • Venture into the ocean or lagoon. There are always adrenaline junkies wanting to challenge the force of Mother Nature in the water, but it is a battle you rarely win.

To find out the latest information on Florida weather, evacuations, school and government closures and more, check out the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

When a storm hits, it is too late. Let GreatFlorida Insurance secure a dependable and affordable homeowners insurance plan for you.

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