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Homeowner's Policy Coverages

A Osprey - South Sarasota Homeowner's Insurance policy is designed to cover the structure of your home, and includes protection for various kinds of Personal Property as well as Liability coverage. Want to know more? Give us a call at 941-966-3737 to speak to a local agent.

Home Insurance Coverage — What Is Covered

Standard home insurance coverage policies provide the following types of coverage, up to the limits outlined in the policies:

  • Dwelling — Pays for damage or destruction to your house and any unattached structures and buildings. Examples include fences, attached garage, or patio cover.
  • Personal Property — Covers the contents of your house, including furniture, clothing and appliances, if they are stolen, damaged, or destroyed.
  • Liability — Protects you against financial loss if you are sued and found legally responsible for someone else's injury or property damage.
  • Medical Payments — Covers medical bills for person(s) injured on your property.
  • Loss of Use — Pays for additional living expenses if your home is uninhabitable due to a covered loss. Most standard Osprey - South Sarasota Homeowner's Insurance policies pay 10% to 20% of the amount of your Dwelling coverage.

Does my policy cover hurricane damage?

Yes, your homeowner’s insurance policy will cover damages cause by windstorms. The deductible for hurricane damage can range from 2% to 10% of the insured value of the dwelling depending on the policy.
NOTE: Hurricane damage is normally covered, but may be rejected in certain situations.

What does the hurricane deductible mean?

This is the amount that you, the policyholder, will have to pay out of pocket. For example, if your home is insured for $250,000 with a 2% wind deductible and has hurricane damages of $50,000.
The amount of the deductible will be 2% X $250,000 = 5,000.

The remaining amount ($45,000) would be paid by the insurance policy. What factors can affect Osprey - South Sarasota Homeowner's Insurance premiums?

Home Features and Characteristics — The age of your home, type of structure, wiring, roof, garage, etc., can affect your Osprey - South Sarasota Homeowner's Insurance premium. Older homes can often cost more to insure, and those costs can differ depending on whether your home is brick, frame, stone or has synthetic siding.

Location — Where your home is located can change your Osprey - South Sarasota Homeowner's Insurance premium. For example, your home insurance rate can be affected if your home is in close to a fire station; is exposed to extreme weather, such as hurricanes, tornadoes or earthquakes; or is in a neighborhood more prone to theft.

Protective Devices — Burglar alarm systems, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems and deadbolt locks can lower your Osprey - South Sarasota Homeowner's Insurance premium.

Personal Factors — What you do can affect your Osprey - South Sarasota Homeowner's Insurance premium, too. For instance, smokers may pay more for home insurance than nonsmokers. A good credit history also can lower what you pay for home insurance.

Claims History — If you have a history of claims on a Osprey - South Sarasota Homeowner's Insurance policy, you may pay a higher premium.

Discounts and Special Programs

There are many discounts are available on Osprey - South Sarasota Homeowner's Insurance policies. For example, you may qualify for a discount if your home has an updated roof, a monitored alarm system, hurricane shutters or impact windows in Osprey - South Sarasota.

Payment Options

In many instances your Osprey - South Sarasota Homeowner's Insurance policy can be escrowed in with your mortgage. However, if you need to pay separately, many carriers now offer several convenient payment options.

Does my policy cover floods?

The fact is that Florida homeowner insurance does not cover damage caused by flood, and federal disaster assistance is only offered when the president declares a major disaster (which only happens in 50% of flooding situations).

Unfortunately, most people do not find this out until it is too late. However, flood insurance is available to protect homes and businesses and their contents in communities that participate in the National Flood Insurance Program.

Simply call 941-966-3737 or complete our online quote request form. A GreatFlorida Home Insurance Agent will help you find the best deal for you.

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About Homeowner's Insurance in Osprey - South Sarasota, FL

GreatFlorida Insurance agents can easily explain the specific needs of your home in Osprey - South Sarasota, FL. Along with mortgage requirements and the difference between dwelling, personal property, liability, medical payments and loss of use coverage as well as available discounts.

Get a Free Insurance Quote from your local GreatFlorida Insurance agent. They will help you find the most affordable options.

Your home is likely your most costly asset. It contains your belongings and valuables and more importantly your family and cherished memories.

After the overwhelming task of finding a new home in Osprey - South Sarasota, it can be tempting to settle by purchasing a basic homeowner’s insurance policy that could leave you with inadequate coverage or paying for more coverage than you need.

GreatFlorida Insurance in Osprey - South Sarasota, FL will make sure your homeowner’s insurance policy will provide adequate coverage to protect your home from fires, hurricanes, break-ins and more. Compensation for your financial loss will allow you and your family to continue living comfortably.

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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
11/28/2017

“Nothing brings on the holiday cheer better than creating a festive environment at home,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance provider.

Whether you are hanging your favorite decorations on the tree, or preparing for an inflatable Santa Clause takeover in your front yard, GreatFlorida Insurance has tips for keeping your holiday decorating safe while spreading joy.

Christmas Trees

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Christmas trees are responsible for $16.2 million in direct property damage annually.  NFPA makes some recommendations to keep your Christmas tree safe and enjoyable.

When purchasing an artificial tree look for the “fire resistant” label. While fire risks are lowered with an artificial tree, chemicals and dust on the tree can still pose a fire hazard.

Pick a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Before placing the tree in a stand, cut off 2 inches from the base of the trunk for better water absorption.

Be sure to add water daily and keep your tree hydrated.

Keep your Christmas tree a minimum of 3 feet from any heat source including, the fireplace, radiator, heat vent or candles.

Holiday Décor/ Lights

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFi), found more than 86 percent of Americans decorate their homes during the winter holidays.  Over 1,000 fires are attributed to Christmas trees and holiday decorations every year. Don’t let your home be a casualty.

Inspect your lights and discard any that are damaged or frayed and worn out.

Turn off lights and decorations when you are going to bed or leaving the house for an extended length of time. Using a timer helps.

Make sure cords are not pinched in doors, windows or under heavy furniture, which could damage the cord’s insulation.

Secure inflatable décor properly.

Use lights approved by a nationally recognized testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratory (UL). You will find a holographic sticker marked “UL” on the tag.

“A red UL sticker indicates indoor/outdoor use. A green UL sticker signifies indoor use only,” reminds Buck with GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent homeowners insurance provider.

Avoid hammering tacks or nails into the electrical cord when hanging lights, use clips instead to safely attach lights to the house.

Don’t overload extension cords by using no more than three sets of standard lights per cord.

Plug outdoor lights and décor into circuits protected by ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to prevent shock.

Shut-off fan blowers on inflatables when it is windy.

Periodically check lights and decorations during the holiday season to make sure they are functioning properly and safely.

Falls

Using ladders, stools and other furniture to hang lights, ornaments and other decorations increase their risk of injuries and falls during the holiday season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Recognize the possibility that you could fall.

Use safe ladder practices such as making sure the ladder is secure and level.

Make sure the ladder extends at least three feet over the roof line or work area.

Try using a step stool instead of furniture when hanging decorations.

Place cords in low-traffic areas to prevent tripping.

 

 

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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
11/15/2017

Most consumers plan to spend their money online over the holidays. In their, “2017 Annual Holiday Survey,” independent research company, Deloitte, reveals 51 percent of people surveyed will opt for shopping online over shopping in-store this holiday season. This is the first-time holiday spending online will exceed brick and mortar store spending.

“It’s hard to beat the convenience of online shopping,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency.

By shopping online, consumers can avoid the chaos of malls and crowded stores. The frustration of parking and they are not restricted by store hours. Also, shopping online offers loads of great deals, unique finds and plenty of inventory.

With the increase of online spending comes a higher risk of becoming a cybercrime victim. So, here are some ways to avoid online threats this holiday season.

Use a secure internet connection when making a purchase. Avoid making purchases on a public wi-fi connection.

Make sure the website is secure. Look for the little padlock icon in the address bar or a URL that starts with “https” instead of “http,” the “s” stands for secure.

Check for well-known security labels such as DigiCert, VeriSign and other seals.

Create strong passwords. USA Today explains, “Many opt for a passphrase instead of a password, which is typically a long sequence of strung-together words, but perhaps with a number and symbol in there too. For example, the sentence “My dog Eddie has a birthday May 15!” could be used to create a passphrase like “Md3habM15!

Make sure to change your password on a regular basis or after a data breach with an online retailer.

Shop using a credit card. Credit card companies offer consumer protection policies making it easier to dispute fraudulent charges.

“If you are making a lot of purchases, it is good to regularly review your bank and credit card account statements for discrepancies,” says Buck with GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s leading independent homeowners insurance company.

Use common sense and avoid a deal “too good to be true.”

Buy from trusted sources, shop from brands and sources you are familiar with using.

Be a savvy shopper and read the fine print for return policies.

Beware of phishing scams. A popular one this time of year is an email claiming to be from a package delivery service including links to tracking information. Clinking on the links can put you at risk for malware or identity theft.

“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
11/1/2017

The wintertime tradition of setting our clocks back before bed on Saturday is coming. Sunday, November 5 at 2 a.m., Daylight Saving Time (DST) will come to an end and we welcome Standard Time.

“Whether you like Standard Time or DST, the disruption seems to be what annoys people the most,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency.

We “fall-back” and do not have Daylight Saving Time until Sunday, March 11, 2018.  About a week before spring begins.

Energy Savings?

Daylight Saving Time was originally invented to reduce energy consumption. However, a 2008 U.S. Department of Energy study reported Daylight Saving Time reduces annual energy use by about 0.03 percent.

After Indiana adopted Daylight Saving Time in 2006, The National Bureau of Economic Research examined power usage statistics. They found that electricity consumption rose 1 percent overall, with a 2– 4 percent increase during the fall. The additional power usage cost Indiana power users $9 million a year and increased pollution.

Better for our Health?

Some health experts feel our bodies never adjust to DST. They believe the body’s internal clock, (circadian rhythm) follows the sun and adjusts naturally. Despite social changes, you cannot fool your biological clock.

Researchers at the Brookings Institute found public safety can benefit from Daylight Saving Time. When DST begins in the spring, theft drops for the day on an average of 7 percent. We experience a 27 percent reduction in robberies during the evening hour that added extra sunlight.

“Being able to walk out to your car from work while it is still light outside definitely makes you feel safer,” notes Buck with GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s leading independent car insurance agency.

Brookings Institute also reports, the DST time shift reduces our response time and cognition adding extra stress on our bodies. There is an increase in the number of traffic accidents, workplace injuries and heart attacks in the days following the time change as our internal clocks are thrown off. They feel most of these costs are due to the transition between Standard Time and Daylight Saving Time, not the sunset time itself. By moving to a year-round DST and permanently shifting that hour of daylight to evening, their research suggests we would be safer.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
10/25/2017

Werewolves howl. Phantoms prowl. Halloween’s upon us now.” Richelle E. Goodrich

If you enjoy being spooked, dressing up and sweets, Halloween is your night. Of course, all the activity, fun and mischief can result in calamities. GreatFlorida Insurance wants to make sure you enjoy an amusing and safe Halloween this year by checking out the following tips.

Drivers

“Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year,” reports The National Safety Council.

  • If you plan to leave your home, try parking so you do not have to back out of a parking space.
  • Check around your vehicle for little ones before you leave.
  • Be prepared to stop at crosswalks and intersections.
  • Stay off your cell phone.

“Drive especially slow that night,” suggests Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent car insurance agency.

Trick-or-Treating Trail

Set ground rules before your kids head out. Halloween is a night of pranks. Teach your children the difference between a prank and vandalism to keep them safe and out of trouble.

  • Children under 12 years of age should have adult supervision.
  • If you are with your kids, ditch the phone. Parents need to be in the moment and pay attention.
  • Make sure to stay on sidewalks and cross the street at corners and crosswalks and always look both ways before you cross.
  • Tell your kids to never go into a stranger’s home.
  • Set a time limit for your older kids to be out and be familiar with their route.
  • Encourage kids to avoid short-cuts through alleys and backyards.

At Home

  • Create a clear path to your door. Pick up leaves, debris and garden hoses, toys and bikes so trick-or-treaters do not trip.
  • Provide good visibility. Turn on your outdoor lights and make sure to replace burned out bulbs.

“A homeowner is not liable if someone falls or trips on their property, unless the homeowner was negligent. Do your best to keep pathways repaired and potential obstacles put away,” warns Buck with GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s leading independent homeowners insurance agency.

Pets

  • Do not leave your pets in the yard, they can frighten children and entice pranksters.
  • Keep your animals confined and away from the door during trick-or-treating hours recommends The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, ASPCA.
  • Halloween candy is not for pets, chocolate, especially dark chocolate can be toxic to dogs and cats.
  • Pet costumes can prompt laughs, but cause stress for your animal. If you dress them up, try a test run first. Make sure their mobility, sight and ability to breath is not limited.

Costumes

  • Make sure the costume fits properly to prevent trips and falls.
  • Try using non-toxic face paint and make-up instead of masks to make sure vision is not restricted. If you use a mask, make sure the eyes and nose holes are large enough.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or a flash light so they can be seen. Using reflective tape on a costume or candy bag is also helpful.
  • Do not allow your kids to carry sharp or dangerous accessories with their costume.
  • If you or your kids are using decorative contact lenses as part of a costume, make sure to get them from a reputable eye center and try them out first.

 

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
9/29/2017

Gone are the days of hearing chainsaws as the soundtrack to our lives. Debris clean-up is complete. And schools and most businesses across the State are reopen. “Florida residents are anxious about getting their lives back to normal after Hurricane Irma,” says Ellsworth Buck with GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency.

While the return to ordinary life is welcome, many across the state are dealing with some kind of damage. Expectedly, Hurricane Irma property insurance claims continue to add up across the state. The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, reported as of September 26, over $3.8 billion in losses so far. A total of 605,520 claims have been filed. These numbers represent residential as well as commercial claims. Dade county has the highest number of claims across the state.

In an effort to help property owners recover, the State’s insurance commissioner, David Altmaier has frozen insurance rate increases. He issued an emergency order temporarily suspending policy cancellations and rate increases by insurance companies. Insurance companies are prohibited from raising property insurance rates until December 3 of this year. They also cannot cancel or refuse to renew polices between September 4 through October 15.

Additionally, the order prevents the cancellation or nonrenewal of policies covering residential properties damaged by the hurricane until at least 90 days after the properties are repaired. Any cancellations or nonrenewals issued or mailed between August 25 and September 2 shall be withdrawn and reissued no earlier than October 15.

Aside from residential losses, Florida’s top industries are experiencing setbacks. “Hurricane Irma really hit the tourism and agricultural industries,” reports Buck from GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent homeowners insurance agency.

This Sunday, the first cruise ship returned to the Florida Keys. An encouraging sign for tourism. Some areas in the Keys will officially welcome tourist October 1, while other locations are still dealing with clean-up. Many hotels in the region will not re-open until early October. Most golf courses throughout the state and big theme parks are already back in business.

However, the Palm Beach Post reports, widespread destruction of Florida’s agricultural industry. This fall we will experience, low inventory and high prices in grocery stores. Most damage happened in Southwest Florida. Citrus groves took the brunt of the storm. Nevertheless, sugar cane fields and  rice crops suffered much damage along with tomatoes and avocados. Vegetables including eggplants, bell peppers and lettuce were also hard hit.

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