Thursday, December 4, 2014

Give the Perfect Gift of Life Insurance

Have you started your holiday shopping this year?  Before long, people will be lining up in stores and placing their orders online.  It’s an annual shopping frenzy.

But have you stopped to think about what your family really needs this season? 

For many of my clients, it’s Life Insurance. 

Life Insurance is what protects your family if something were to happen to you or your spouse.  Think about what you would want for your family in that situation.  Would you want your wife to be a stay at home mom?  Would you want your kid’s college education to be paid for?  Would you want your family to pay off the mortgage and be debt free? 

Life Insurance is about preparing for the unexpected and making sure your family is taken care of.  It’s not a fun thing to think about for a lot of people, but it’s very important.

Many people avoid buying life insurance because they think it’s expensive.  But that couldn’t be farther from the truth!  In fact, life insurance is extremely affordable, especially for a young healthy family.

So before you stand in line buying coffee pots and crock pots this Christmas, stop and think about what is truly important?  Purchase life insurance and insure that your children will be taken care of for years to come.

Call me at 888-565-2212 or visit me online today for a no-obligation Long Island life insurance quote from the Bryan Agency. Visit us online for a life insurance calculator & other tools.

Let us help you do your holiday shopping. At the Bryan Insurance Agency we are the leading agents in life insurance for the Hudson Valley, Long Island, and New York.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

How to Fix a Frozen Pipe

As I watch the weather on the news I am constantly seeing words like "Arctic Blast" and "Polar Vortex"  scrolling across the screen all with subzero temperatures in the flashing up in the negatives and the they flash the wind chill which is even colder. The weather guy looks about as excited as a kid on Christmas. While I think that playing the name game with every new storm,  closing major roadways in Long Island and the 24/7 coverage of the upcoming inch of snow and negative temps  is a little overkill, there is still a concern for the safety of people and pets. And yet, out of all of the news reports, what was disheartening was that I only saw one report talking about preventing frozen pipes.

What Can I Do To Prevent My Pipes From Freezing?

It is important to take the necessary precautions to prevent your property from becoming the next coolest ice sculpture, especially if you  have a home or business space which is not occupied during these frigid temps.

Why do pipes burst? When frozen water expands and pipes will cracks and can eventually burst. Whether you have copper or even the new plastic piping it doesn't matter, this can still happen. In these temperatures, you run the risk of your pipes cracking and having water leaking all over your property if you are not taking precautions and leave your heat at 65 degrees.  If you have sprinklers throughout the buildings of a business or an apartment complex it is even more imperative that you take precautions to keep the heat running during this time.  If you rent and know the apartment above you is empty, give your landlord a call to make sure the heat is on upstairs. Trust me, I have seen firsthand a huge mess when an upstairs apartment has a pipe bust. Your entire home or business will be ruined from water damage.  Another tip to prevent freezing is to keep the water running, even at just a trickle.

"I didn't listen to you & now my pipes are frozen - now what?"

When you have frozen pipes follow the first rule - DO NOT USE A BLOW TORCH OR OTHER OPEN FLAME! If you don't listen and thaw your pipes with a blow torch, you run the risk of the exterior or interior walls catching fire. Then you have a much bigger problem on your hands!

While monitoring it, you can use a small space heater  or a hair dryer - not unsupervised. You can also use warm water and run this around the pipes, or down the pipes. You can also use a device made for thawing pipes specifically.

If you want more information on how to protect you and your family this winter season, call us at 888-565-2212. We specialize in Long Island home insurance and New York Business insurance. Stay warm out there and try to stop watching all of the crazy weather updates.

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Basics of Long Island Homeowners Insurance

Accidents and natural disasters can take you by surprise at any time, and having a comprehensive homeowners insurance policy will keep you and your family protected. These policies are designed to cover the cost of repairs or replacements of your house and your possessions that result from an assortment of covered events, including fire, severe weather, theft and vandalism. Flood and earthquake insurance will likely need to be purchased separately, if desired.

Homeowners insurance covers these incidents up to policy limits, which can vary depending on the coverage you select and the premium you opt to pay. This means that your property or liability claims won’t be covered past the limit you select on your policy. This is plenty of coverage for many people, but other people who own expensive items may need more coverage. This could apply to you if you have expensive jewelry, electronic equipment, fine artwork, rare collections or any other items of high value. In such cases, you can purchase coverage with higher property limits or you can add riders to your policy to cover specific high-value items such as a collection of custom-built furniture.

The premiums you pay for this valuable coverage can vary widely between insurance companies, which makes it important to compare quotes. Your independent insurance agent can shop around for policies that meet your unique needs and discuss coverage options with you so you can make an informed decision on which policy is best for you and your family. Don’t forget to ask if you qualify for discounts such as a safe home discount.

Protect your house and everything inside that makes it a home. Call Bryan Insurance Agency at (888) 565-2212 for more information on Long Island home insurance.