Category Archives: Home Insurance

What is a Restoration Company?

Elliott Insurance Services    February 27, 2018
Restoration Companies

If you have an insurance claim on your home or have property damage in urgent need of clean up and repair, you will most likely be looking for a local restoration company. Restoration companies work in all sorts of conditions from fire damage to water damage, or mold and asbestos removal. Insurance companies rely on restoration companies’ expertise and fast… Read more »

Insuring a High Valued Home

Elliott Insurance Services    February 12, 2018
Modern High Valued Home

If you are trying to insure a home with a high rebuild value, you may find out there is more to it than your normal everyday home. Most insurance companies have caps or limits set on the value of homes that they are willing to insure and that forces high valued homes into a very specific insurance market. Having educated… Read more »

Special Limits: Limits on Your Home Insurance Contents

Elliott Insurance Services    September 11, 2017
A woman reading her special limits on her policy.

“Special limits” is a fancy term to indicate that there are limits or caps put on certain contents in your home insurance policy in the event of an insurance claim. Not knowing which limits could affect you could be devastating to your way of life if you ever experience a claim on your home, tenants, or condo insurance policy. Unfortunately,… Read more »

Should I Tell My Broker?

Elliott Insurance Services    July 26, 2017
Meeting with Insurance Broker

Knowing what information will affect your insurance policy is important to not only keeping your insurance policy in good standing, but to also have a chance at lowering your premium. Everyone knows the basic things you should keep your broker up to date on such as possible claims, auto tickets, address changes, bank changes, etc. It is possible that you… Read more »

How to Insure a Heritage Home With a Plaque

Elliott Insurance Services    June 21, 2017
Historical House Insurance

Older homes need special care not only physically, but in terms of insurance as well. If your house has a plaque or is over a century old, you may have a hard time finding insurance. The insurance industry doesn’t dislike older homes, but the municipalities will have special bylaw restrictions on repairing or rebuilding the home with a plaque that… Read more »

Fire Marque – An Interview with Alec Harmer – HTM Insurance President

Elliott Insurance Services    May 17, 2017
Home Insurance - Fire Department Charges

Getting a bill in the mail for a fire department call may be a bit unsettling, but that is exactly what is happening to homeowners all over Canada. At first there is a shock of getting a bill in the first place, and then there is a serious concern when you realize it is not from your municipality or local… Read more »

Aluminum Wire and Home Insurance

Elliott Insurance Services    February 7, 2017
Aluminum Wire and Home Insurance

  Perhaps you have found your dream home; you made an offer and hired a building inspector.  When your building inspector tells you that your dream home has aluminum wiring, you now start a long process to make sure your new home can be insured and is safe.  In this article, we will dive into the world of aluminum building… Read more »

Why Choose an Insurance Broker?

Elliott Insurance Services    September 16, 2016
Young couple with Insurance Broker

There has never been a more convenient and easy time to buy insurance as there is today.  There are insurance brokers, agents, direct writers and online only companies.  With so many choices out there, what are the benefits to having an insurance broker in today’s world? We are obviously a little bias when it comes to this topic, but if… Read more »

How to Save Money on Your Home Insurance

Elliott Insurance Services    September 2, 2016
Save money on home insurance

Let’s face it, everything is more expensive now, and that includes your house insurance. Even your brokers and agents feel the pressure of higher insurance premiums. When making your budgets this year, consider these money saving tips on your policies. Multi-Policy/Combined Discounts Soft Credit Check Higher Deductibles Home Updates Discounts (alarm, backup generator, non-smoker, etc) Correct 911 Address Home Details… Read more »

What’s With This Water Stuff?

Elliott Insurance Services    May 4, 2016

Home insurance was first introduced in order to protect homeowners against fire. In fact, the beginning of fire insurance can be traced to London, England in 1666 when a fire broke out, destroying nearly the entire city. Over time, policies have evolved to include additional coverages for things such as wind damage, theft, etc. We are now on the verge… Read more »