Sprucing Up Your Home For Summer

With summer in full swing, it is the best time to make sure you home matches the warm summer weather. It is time to get rid of all the dark and heavy colors of winter, and lighten up your home. Following these simple tips to spruce up your home will brighten you house and make it more comfortable this summer.

  • Change your bedding and blankets. Swap out the dark and heavy winter blankets on all the beds in your home and replace them with light and bright linens. Simply changing out your sheets can create a whole new look in the bedroom. It is also the perfect time to put hypoallergenic bedding materials on to help those who suffer from summer allergies.
  • Throw on new throws. Throw pillows in bright colors can help brighten a room, and your mood. Mix and match different colors to create a fun focal point in the room and give all your summer guests a comfortable place to sit and relax.
  • Get rid of drab drapes. Replace you heavy, dark, winter drapes with light and flowing summer curtains to let some of the bright summer sun in.
  • Add some new paint. Painting a single accent wall, or a whole room can make your home seem brand new. Pick lighter colors to brighten up the whole house.
  • Update you’re appliances. Replace all of your standard lighting fixtures and door handles with new, more stylish options.
  • Bring the outdoors in. Putting small houseplants in different rooms of your home can help to add a little greenery and help to purify the air throughout your house.

Summer is also a good time to check your homeowners insurance policy to make sure you are properly covered. Contact All Nevada Insurance for all of your insurance needs. We can make sure that you have the right insurance policies to fit all of your needs.

Is Your Backyard Wedding Covered?

Hosting you wedding at your own home is a great way to save money and make the whole day a little more personalized. Planning a wedding at your home could get a little tricky though. It is important to make sure that you have the proper insurance coverage in case something goes wrong at the wedding. Make sure to invest in the following insurance policies before saying “I Do.”

Homeowners insurance and liability

  • Your already existing homeowners insurance will cover the wedding ceremony that is held on the property. It is important to make sure you have enough liability coverage, especially if you are planning on serving alcohol. Investing in an umbrella policy is also a good way to make sure you are covered. If alcohol is being served, there is more of a chance for accidents.

Liquor liability

  • This will provide coverage if you are found liable for an accident that occurs after a guest who had been drinking leaves the wedding. It is also important to remind your guests to stay safe and not drink and drive to help prevent any unfortunate accidents. If you are hiring a professional bartender, make sure to ask about their liquor liability coverage.

Special event insurance

  • Special event insurance can help close any gaps that your other insurance policies create. It will ensure that you are not held liable for any unfortunate accidents that happen at your wedding. This is especially important if you are preparing and serving the food for the event. If the food causes some or all of the guests to get food poisoning, special event insurance will provide coverage.

When it comes time to insure you big day, contact All Nevada Insurance. We can provide the right amount of coverage for all of your needs to ensure that your wedding is as perfect as you planned.

Driving Safety Tips

Driving next to a big rig on the highway may seem a little daunting to some drivers. In fact, there are more that 250,000 accidents a year between passenger vehicles and semi trucks, with 70 percent of crashes being the fault of the smaller car. Make sure to keep these tips in mind when driving next to trucks to help keep the road a safer place.

  • Size of the rig. Since semi trucks are larger than normal cars, they have larger blind spots, need more time to maneuver, and require more time to stop.
  • Passing a truck. Make sure to pass on the left side to maximize you visibility and pass at the fastest speed possible while still making sure to obey all traffic laws.
  • Getting passed by a truck. Slightly reduce your speed to allow the truck to pass as easily as possible.
  • When a truck is backing up. Never pass a truck that is backing up. You may enter a blind spot of the driver, increasing your risk of getting hit.
  • When a truck is turning right. Many trucks have to swing left before they can make a right turn. This does not allow them to see cars directly beside them. Never try and pass a wide turning truck on the right.
  • Avoid bright lights. When driving next to a truck, avoid turning on your bright lights. The large side mirrors reflect more light than passenger vehicles, which can impair the driver’s vision.

Knowing how to safely drive next to semi tucks can help ease any worries you have while on the road. When it comes to choosing the best auto insurance policy to make sure you are protected in the unfortunate case of any accident, contact the insurance professionals at All Nevada Insurance.

Staying Safe This Fourth of July

The 4th of July holiday is the perfect time to spend with family and enjoy the summer weather. With all the fun activities that go on during this time, it is easy to not pay attention to potential safety issues. Keeping these Fourth of July safety tips in mind can help make sure that you and your family stay safe during the holiday.

  • Keep all pets inside during the hottest part of the day to prevent any heat related illnesses. Also make sure to keep them inside during any firework shows to stop them from funning away.
  • Make sure to keep hot food hot and cold food cold. With people arriving at different times to your 4th of July party, it is easy to get any types of food born illness if the food is not kept at the right temperature.
  • Drink responsibility. You are more at risk of getting injured if you are intoxicated and handling fireworks. Make sure to have sober adults to handle the fireworks.
  • Douse grilling coals when you are done. Leaving coals smoldering can lead to a fire starting. Make sure the fire is completely extinguished before leaving the grill unattended.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Fireworks and grills can both start sudden fires. Make sure to protect your property by keeping a fire extinguisher handy at all times.
  • Keep fireworks away from children. Children should never be allowed to light fireworks and should always stand at a safe distance when they are being lit.
  • Review fireworks laws. Many cities do not allow fireworks to be lit, which may include sparklers. Make sure to research your city’s fireworks law to make sure you are not breaking any laws.

When it comes to making sure your home is protected from any possible accident this 4th of July, contact the insurance experts at All Nevada Insurance to get the most comprehensive homeowners insurance policy.

Is Your Backyard Properly Insured?

Having a pool or trampoline in your backyard may lead to many fun backyard activities. Pools and trampolines can cause some issues when it comes time to find the best homeowners insurance policy. Although it is not impossible to find companies that will insure homes with pools and trampolines, there may be a few roadblocks. Making sure you have the proper backyard coverage can help save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in the unfortunate event of an accident.

Typical homeowners insurance policies cover personal liability, such as if a person gets injured while enjoying your pool, but it does not usually provide coverage if any damage is done to your pool. Most damage to in-ground pools consists of cracking of the concrete due to any movements in the ground, which are not covered by standard homeowners insurance policies. Typical personal liability insurance will cover any medical costs that are associated with an injury sustained at your pool. It will also cover the cost of defense if you are sued following an injury. Most insurance companies have special rules and guidelines about insuring a home with a pool; such as there must be a fence surrounding the pool. Make sure to check with your insurance company to make sure you have the proper pool coverage for your needs.

From the perspective of an insurance company, trampolines are an “attractive nuisance,” meaning that people always want to use them, even if they know the dangers. That is why many insurance companies have trampoline exclusions. Many homeowners insurance agency will not insure a home if it includes a trampoline. Make sure to check with your insurance companies before buying a home with a trampoline.

To find the most comprehensive homeowners insurance policy, contact the insurance professionals at All Nevada Insurance.

Car Maintenance Tips for the Summer

Summer is there perfect time to take a vacation with the family and drive somewhere to enjoy the warm summer weather. It is important to make sure that your car is running its best before heading out on the road though. Following these 5 car summer maintenance tips will ensure that you and your car make it to your destination safely.

  1. Check your tires. Tires are one of the most overlooked parts of a vehicle, but also one of the most important since they are the only part of the car that touches the road. Make sure your tires are inflated to the proper pressure to reduce any pressure on the sidewalls of your tires, which could cause a blowout in the hot summer weather.
  2. Change the oil and oil filter. It is recommended that your change your oil every 3,000 miles or three months. Having clean oil will help prevent your car from overheating while driving.
  3. Check hoses and belts. Make sure that belts and hoses do not have any cracks, and that the hoses are well connected and do not have any holes. Keeping everything connected and running smoothly will help reduce the chances of your car overheating.
  4. Maintain your air conditioning. Getting stuck on the road in hot weather with no air conditioning is not something to look forward to. Make sure to take your car to a certified auto body shop before heading out on the road if your air conditioning is not able to stay at a steady cool temperature.
  5. Replace your windshield wipers. The summer months are prone to sudden thunderstorms. Make sure you have wiper blades that do not leave streaks and effectively clean your window to ensure you are ready for any sudden weather changes.

Most importantly, make sure you have the most comprehensive auto insurance policy to protect you and your vehicle from any unfortunate incidents. Contact the insurance professionals at All Nevada Insurance to get a quote on an auto insurance policy today.

What about the Survivor

If you are a two income family, or more importantly, a one income family, what happens to your household income when you are gone?  The obvious answer is it decreases, or if you don’t bring in any money, then it remains level.  Either way, the expenses don’t change much, however the responsibilities of the survivor do increase without a partner to share daily tasks.  Therefore, even when income remains level, the survivor may find maintaining a household a difficult task.

Some spouses may have to return to school to obtain training.  Others may luck out and find a job right away, but even then, it often takes two to three years for the spouse to get the household income back to where it was prior to the loss.  These are important factors to consider when thinking about your financial security.  Investments are a wonderful thing, but a strong insurance policy can really make a big difference.  It is all about protecting your standards of living and your family’s financial well-being.

Funeral Costs

If you check around you will easily find the cost of the average burial.  You may be surprised what it costs these days to have even a simple funeral.  In our own personal experience, it has been about $10,000.  Some numbers claim as high as $15,000, while others say as low as $5000.  Either way, the cost is quite absorbent.  There are two strong ways to defer these costs.  Pre-arrange and pre-pay the bulk of you funeral (many funeral homes offer payment plans), or take out life insurance to cover these burial costs.

Keeping the Road Safe for All

Driving next to a semi truck on the highway may seem intimidating for some people who are driving smaller vehicles. It can also be daunting for those who are driving the semi. It is important to remember these road safety tips to make sure everyone stays safe while on the road.

  • Keep the truck driver in mind. Driving a semi truck is not an easy way to make a living. They have to think much more far in advance when they need to make a lane change or slow down. They are also required in many states to move over if there are emergency vehicles with their lights flashing on the shoulder. Make sure you give them enough room to make any moves that they need to.
  • Move on by. Avoid driving right next to a semi truck. Either speed up to pass them or slow down to stay behind them. The side of the truck is a large blind spot for truck drivers. Keep in mind that if you cannot see the truck driver’s eyes, they cannot see you.
  • Accelerate or brake. If you are passing a truck, do it fast. They may need to change lanes to do to a problem in the road ahead that you cannot see, and if you take your time passing, it will not allow them to get over. If you notice a truck with its turn signal on, stay behind it until it changes lanes.

Keeping these safety tips in mind while on the highway can lead to the road being a safer place for everyone. When it comes time to find the most comprehensive auto insurance policy to make sure you are protected in any unfortunate accident, contact the insurance professionals at All Nevada Insurance. They will help you find the perfect policy to fit all of your needs.