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    Spring Is In Air- Let’s Clean-up and organize.

    Posted: April 16, 2019
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    Spring is considered a time for new beginnings. Spring is in the air and the warm weather is here. This is the time for cleaning and organizing around the house. 


    If you’re ready to tackle that monumental chore,
    read on for some helpful information.

    Take it one room at a time.
    Deciding to clean or organize your entire home can quickly get overwhelming. If you focus on just one area or room, then move to another only when you’re finished, you’ll likely work more efficiently.

    Follow the six-month rule.
    Generally, if you haven’t used something in six months (with the exception of seasonal items), it’s a good idea to consider throwing it away or donating it.

    Don’t forget the kitchen.
    Just like other rooms, your kitchen likely has things that haven’t been used in some time – and this includes food in the refrigerator or freezer. Give those appliances a thorough cleaning and get rid of anything you won’t be eating.

    Set yourself up for success.
    Paper clutter is something we all could probably cut back on pretty easily. Setting up a few recycling bins throughout the house gives you a convenient alternative to just setting that old magazine or paperwork down somewhere and watching the pile grow.

    Make some money! 
    Of course, the spring cleaning garage sale is a tradition for many homeowners, and can be a great way to bring in some extra income. Talk about a win-win situation – you get rid of stuff you don’t need, and someone pays you for it!

    Stay safe.
    When you’re cleaning or maintaining your home, be mindful of the physical risks involved. Lift with your leg muscles, not your back. Avoid prolonged repetitive motions. Use ladders, lawnmowers and other dangerous tools with caution.

    Make sure you have Homeowners Insurance to cover any accidents that may happen around the house. For further questions and assistance, please contact Kelly Burke Insurance at 708-444-0050 or kelly@kellyburkeinsurance.com

    HELP SAVE THE EARTH

    Did you know that April 22 is Earth Day.
    Find out what you do to help our environment.

    Celebrating Earth Day

    Posted: April 16, 2019



    What will YOU do to celebrate and participate this Earth Day


    People are thinking more and more about the environment — whether it’s something that affects the quality of life here in the Southwest Suburbs or global issues such as climate change, extreme weather and extinction.

    But more importantly, people aren’t content with simply thinking about these things any more. They’re focused on taking action. Earth Day, which is celebrated April 22, is the perfect time to take action, whether you are looking to take part in a community event or organize your own.

    This year’s theme is “Protect Our Species!” Currently, the world is facing the fastest rate of extinction since the loss of the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. Find out more about this years theme.

    Here are some tips to help you get involved — and think about our planet Earth all through the year.

    Find an event

    It’s easy to find Earth Day events, whether you live in Orland Park or any of our surrounding suburbs. City and town Facebook pages are a great place to start, along with the websites of local environmental organizations. Newspapers, radio and TV often publicize events as well.

    What can I do?

    There are all kinds of Earth Day activities, even some you can easily complete by yourself or with your family. Examples include:

    • Planting trees
    • Cleaning up litter from a natural area or park
    • Adopting a road for litter control
    • Talking about Earth Day and helping to educate others
    • Using alternate transportation, instead of taking your car
    • Holding a garage sale or clothing swap, rather than throwing out unwanted items
    • Learning more about actions you can take to reduce your environmental impact and help save the species

    Make it more than a day Of course, one of the best ways to have an impact is to make every day your own Earth Day. You can take part in earth-friendly activities at any time! So in addition to celebrating once a year, make this April 22 just the beginning of something special And whether you find an event or create your own, the important thing is getting involved.

    Q&A with Kelly-Homeowners and Rental Insurance

    Posted: March 15, 2019

    Insurance is difficult to understand, whether it’s the confusing descriptions, understanding coverage, or the different types of plans offered. Because of how complicated insurance can be, many people are reluctant to buy it, fearing they’ll make the wrong choice.  As an independent agent, I can help navigate you and your family through all of the confusing information presented in plans.


    Homeowner’s and Rental insurance policies, for instance,  can be difficult to understand. But have no fear, I have compiled some of the commonly asked questions and answers about Homeowners and Rental insurance.

    Homeowners Insurance Q&A

    Q: What are some practical things I can do to lower the cost of my home insurance?
    A: Look for any discounts that you may qualify for. For example, many insurers will offer a discount when you place both your car and homeowners insurance with them. Other times, insurers offer discounts if there are deadbolt exterior locks on all your doors, or if your home has a security system. I can also help you find out bout any discounts that you may qualify for.

    Another easy way to lower the cost of your homeowners insurance is to raise your deductible. Increasing your deductible from $250 to $500 will lower your premium, sometimes by as much as five or ten percent.

    Q: What does homeowners insurance cover?
    A
    : The typical homeowners policy has two main sections: Section I covers the property of the insured and Section II provides personal liability coverage for the insured. Usually, homeowners insurance is required by the lender to obtain a mortgage.

    Q: What is the difference between “actual cash value” and “replacement cost”? 
    A: Covered losses under a homeowners policy can be paid on either an actual cash value basis or on a replacement cost basis. When “actual cash value” is used, the policy owner is entitled to the depreciated value of the damaged property. Under the “replacement cost” coverage, the policy owner is reimbursed on an amount necessary to replace the article with one of similar type and quality at current prices.


    Q: What factors should I consider when purchasing homeowners insurance? 
    A: Determine the amount and type of insurance you will need. The coverage limit of your house should equal 100% of its replacement cost. If your policy limit is less than 80% of the replacement cost of your home, any payment from will be less than the full cost to replace your home – you’ll have to pay the rest out of your own pocket. Also, decide if the personal property and personal liability limits are adequate for your needs.

    Decide which, if any, additional endorsements you want to add to your policy. For example, do you want the personal property replacement cost endorsement, sump pump or sewer back up endorsement, or a jewelry endorsement?

    I will be able to help you determine if there are any gaps in coverage that you might not have been aware of, explain the details of the policy’s exclusions and limitations, as well as recommend an insurance company that will live up to your expectations.

    Q: What are the policy limits (i.e., coverage limits) in the standard homeowners policy.
    A: Note: this answer is based on the Insurance Services Office’s HO-3 policy. The home and other structures on the premises are protected on an “all risks” basis up to the policy limits. “All risks” means that unless the policy specifically excludes the manner in which your home is damaged or destroyed, there is coverage. The policy limit for the home is set by the policy owner at the time the insurance is purchased. The policy limit for the other structure is usually equal to 10% of the policy limit for the home.

    Losses to your personal property are covered on a “named perils” basis. “Named perils” means that you have coverage only when your property is damaged or destroyed in the manner specifically described in the policy. The policy limit on the coverage is equal to 50% of the policy limit on the home. Limits for the coverage of additional expenses that the policy owner may incur, when the residence cannot be used because of an insured loss, is equal to 20% of the policy limit on the home. Find out more about coverage options


    Q
    : Where and when is my personal property covered?  
    A
    : Personal property (except property that is specifically excluded) is covered anywhere in the world. For example, suppose that while traveling, you purchase a dresser and you want to ship it home. Your homeowners policy would provide coverage for the “named perils” while the dresser is in transit – even though the dresser has never been in your home before.

    Renters Insurance Q&A


    Q: Why would I want to buy renters insurance? 
    A: A standard renters insurance policy protects your personal property in many cases of theft or damage, and may pay for temporary living expenses if your rental is damaged. It can also shield you from personal liability. Anyone who leases a house or apartment should consider this type of coverage


    Q: How does a renters insurance policy protect my personal property?
    A: A renters insurance policy provides named perils coverage. This means that the policy only pays when your property is damaged or destroyed by any of the ways specifically described in the policy. These usually include:

    • Fire or lightning
    • Windstorm or hail
    • Explosions
    • Riots
    • Aircraft
    • Vehicles
    • Smoke
    • Vandalism or malicious mischief
    • Theft
    • Falling objects
    • Weight of ice, snow, or sleet
    • Accidental discharge or overflow of water or steam
    • Freezing
    • Sudden and accidental damage from artificially generated electrical current
    • Volcanic eruptions (but this doesn’t include earthquake or tremors)

    Renters insurance coverage applies to your personal property no matter where you are in the world. This means you’re covered when you are on vacation as well as at home. 


    Q: Why do some apartment complexes require tenants to have renters insurance?  
    A: Owners of apartment complexes buy insurance policies for their liability in order to cover their buildings and personal property. However, these policies do not cover any of the tenant’s property or liability. By requiring their tenants to have renters insurance, the apartment owner is assured that the tenants will not mistakenly believe the apartment complex owner’s policy will provide coverage for a tenant’s property or personal liability. Although this type of requirement benefits the apartment complex owner, there are benefits for the renter as well.


    Q: What if I share my apartment with a roommate? Do we both need to have renters insurance?
    A: Standard renter’s policies cover only you and relatives that live with you. If your roommate is not a relative, each of you will need your own renter’s insurance policy to cover your own property and to provide you liability coverage for your own actions.

    Have questions about Homeowners or Rental Insurance?
    Contact me at 708-444-0050 or click below.

    Protect the Ones You Love with Life Insurance

    Posted: February 17, 2019

    Looking for a new way to say “I love you” this Valentine’s Day?  It’s called “love insurance.” We buy it to protect the ones we love.  Sometimes the best gift can’t be seen. Show your love by giving something that is Meaningful, Memorable and Enduring

    You may ask what does Life Insurance have to do with love. They are closely linked to each other.  You buy life insurance when you truly love the person you bought it for?  You may not be around to see or experience the benefits your life insurance purchase has provided to your loved ones. It is the ultimate act of enduring love, lets loved ones know that you care so much that you’ve made plans to provide for their well-being even after you’re gone.

    Don’t wait until it is too late!  Life Insurance does not cost a lot and it is easy and fast to set up a policy. Aren’t your loved ones worth it?

    #InsureYourLove now. 

    Contact Kelly at 708-444-0050 or fill out sign up form to get a free consultation to see how you can protect the ones you love with Life Insurance.

    2019 Open Enrollment. Important Details You Need to Know.

    Posted: November 26, 2018

     

    During this time, individual policy holders can enroll in a health plan or make changes to their existing plan. *If you obtain health insurance from your employer, you are likely to have a different Open Enrollment period.*

     

    What to Expect in 2019

     

    • The penalty has been removed! This means you will no longer receive a penalty for not having coverage or for obtaining a plan that does not provide the 8 coverages required by the  Affordable Care Act.
    • Short term medical plans will now offer coverage for the full year. These plans do not provide coverage for pre-existing conditions, maternity, or wellness visits. However, these plans are a fraction of the cost of plans offered through the Marketplace and they all have a PPO network.
    • BCBS will continue to offer virtual visits for PPO plans only.  Policy holders can call or chat online with a nurse practitioner to obtain a diagnosis and prescription for medication.
    • Group plans are still an option for small employers. Blue Cross Blue Shield does offer relaxed guidelines during this time to allow for a 1-person group. The employer must have at least 2 full time employees that are not husband and wife.

    How to Avoid Rate Increases

     

    • Be prepared to discuss your household, estimated adjusted gross income for 2019.  This will be used to determine if you qualify for assistance.
    • Those without pre-existing conditions should consider a short term medical plan.  The premium is much lower and all plans offer a PPO network.  Wellness visits are not included with these plans.
    • If you are going to opt to self-insure, protect yourself with an accident or critical illness plan.  The plan works separate from health insurance and pays you based on a diagnosis of a critical illness (cancer, heart attack, or stroke) and in the event of an accident (slip, fall, and break an ankle) the plan will pay you a certain dollar amount.  The purpose is to use the funds to pay towards the unexpected hospital or urgent care visit.
    • Review ALL of your insurance policies. I specialize in personal lines insurance, which includes auto, home, and Medicare. As a broker, I have access to multiple carriers which allows me the opportunity to find the best plan based on your needs.  I’ve saved people thousands by reviewing rates with multiple carriers.

    NOTE:  This is an extremely busy time for me.  I suggest scheduling early as my schedule will fill up.  Call 708 444-0050 or email, kelly@kellyburkeinsurance.comfor an appointment.  Please include your availability (i.e. mornings, afternoons, or evenings) and the type of appointment you are requesting (face to face or conference call).

    Questions
    Questions

    Feel free to email or call me with any questions or comments about my services or if you have any insurance related inquires.

    Contact
    Contact

    Phone: 708.444.0050
    Email: kelly@kellyburkeinsurance.com

    Availability
    Availability

    Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm
    Evening and weekends
    available upon request