GreatFlorida Homeowners Insurance - Palm Coast, FL - James Cimorelli
Homeowners Insurance in Palm Coast, Florida
Homeowners Insurance Agency in Palm Coast, Florida

Homeowners Insurance Agency - Palm Coast, FL

James Cimorelli

386-446-0317

James Cimorelli - GreatFlorida Insurance - Palm Coast, FL.

160 Cypress Point Pkwy
C-102

Palm Coast, FL. 32164
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Palm Coast, FL Homeowners Insurance

Homeowners Insurance | Palm Coast, FL

GreatFlorida Insurance agents can easily explain the circumstances distinct to Palm Coast, FL homeowners, along with mortgage requirements and the difference between dwelling, personal property, liability, medical payments and loss of use coverage as well as available discounts. Check out our online request form and a knowledgeable GreatFlorida Insurnance agent will find the best options for you to choose from.

Whether you currently own a home or are a prospective buyer, James Cimorelli at GreatFlorida Insurance Palm Coast, FL can help you find the right Homeowners Insurance policy at the right price. more...

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 Palm Coast, 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.

James Cimorelli at GreatFlorida Insurance Palm Coast, 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.

Our knowledgeable agents in Palm Coast will explain the details and variety of home insurance coverage available to you.

We are familiar with the unique circumstances and needs that Palm Coast homeowners face such as flood and hurricane damage.

GreatFlorida Insurance works for you to find the most secure and affordable way to protect your possessions and family.

Simply call 386-446-0317 or complete our online quote request form.

James Cimorelli at GreatFlorida Insurance Palm Coast, FL will help you find affordable Palm Coast Homeowners Insurance to protect one of your most valuable assets.

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Homeowners Policy Coverages

Palm Coast Homeowners 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 386-446-0317 to speak to a local agent.

Discounts and Special Programs

There are many discounts are available on Palm Coast Homeowners 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 Palm Coast.

Payment Options

In many instances your Palm Coast Homeowners Insurance policy can be escrowed in with your mortgage.  However, if you need to pay separately, many carriers now offer several convenient payment options.

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 Palm Coast Homeowners Insurance policies pay 10% to 20% of the amount of your Dwelling coverage.

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.

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 Palm Coast Homeowners Insurance premiums?

Home Features and Characteristics — The age of your home, type of structure, wiring, roof, garage, etc., can affect your Palm Coast Homeowners 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 Palm Coast Homeowners 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 Palm Coast Homeowners Insurance premium.

Personal Factors — What you do can affect your Palm Coast Homeowners 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 Palm Coast Homeowners Insurance policy, you may pay a higher premium.

Simply call 386-446-0317 or complete our online quote request form. A GreatFlorida Home Insurance Agent will help you find the best deal for you.

by GreatFlorida Insurance
8/24/2015

Summer may be coming to an end, but September to November is often the best time to go camping in Florida. Towing an RV, boat or cargo trailer may seem simple but it is more than getting a trailer and hitch. Improper towing can lead to tipping or unattached cargo and cause serious damage to suspension and braking systems as well as strain to your engine and transmission. Make sure to avoid common towing mistakes before hitting the road. FLorida-boat-insurance

Ratings/Weight

You will find yourself dealing with a host of problems that can turn dangerous if you overload your trailer or vehicle. Towing specifications can be found in your vehicle’s owner manual and the inside of the driver’s side door. Your trailer’s unloaded weight and weight ratings can be found on its Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) plate.

Some numbers to look up are your vehicle’s gross combined weight rating (GCWR) this is the total amount of weight allowed including the vehicle, loaded trailer, passengers, fuel and everything being carried.  The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is the max weight limit for your vehicle.

According to Popular Mechanics, another number to keep in mind is the tongue weight. This figure will tell you how much of the trailer’s weight can rest on the hitch. They recommend the number be about 10 percent of the trailer’s weight to prevent swaying and difficulty in steering.

Unbalanced Cargo

An off-balance trailer can be difficult to control.  Try to place heavier objects toward the front for greater support.  Load cargo evenly from front to back as well as from side to side for equal weight distribution. Secure all items to prevent them from shifting during the trip.

Braking

Towing adds more weight causing your rig greater momentum which means it will take longer for your vehicle to reduce speed. Give yourself plenty of time and space to slow down. It is best to apply light, gradual pressure. Florida requires all trailers to have their own brake system if the load and trailer exceeds 3,000 pounds.

Get Connected

In Florida, any vehicle towing a trailer with a trailer hitch attached to the rear of the vehicle must have the proper connections.  Safety chains or cables connecting from the trailer to the vehicle must be strong enough to maintain connection in the event that a trailer is separated from the hitch.  Crossing the chains in the shape of an X will offer the greatest support.

Tire Pressure

Truck Trend Magazine advises to check your vehicle and trailer’s tire pressure before your trip. Tires that sit unused for a season are vulnerable to degrading faster than if they were on the road.

“Before you head out, make sure your auto insurance has you covered,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance. “Not all car insurance policies offer the same protection, so it is best to read through your policy or get clarification from your insurance agent on exactly what is covered.”

The liability portion of your car insurance should cover the trailer if it causes damage to someone’s car or property in a car crash. You might discover you have no coverage for the trailer or cargo if it is damaged during your trip. Homeowner’s insurance does offer some coverage for trailers and boats but specific insurance such as RV insurance or boat insurance is recommended for full protection and compensation.

Contact GreatFlorida Insurance today to get a quote for homeowner’s insurance, boat insurance, RV insurance or auto insurance. Our offices are located throughout Florida for your convenience.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
8/20/2015

By August most Floridians are longing for cooler temperatures -we know that will be months away. The late summer temperatures can bring along a higher utility bill, but is it possible to reduce your summer utility bill while staying comfortable?

The US Department of Energy (DOE) estimates a typical US family spends at least $2,200 a year on home utility bills. They believe in taking a whole house approach to maximize yearly savings.

Investing

“Making an investment will pay off in the long run,” say Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance. “Energy saving home improvements can qualify you for tax breaks and possible incentives from some homeowner’s insurance policies.”

Installing rooftop solar panels, a programmable thermostat, replacing windows purchasing energy efficient appliances, adding insulation or planting trees and bushes on your property are all effective methods for lowering your energy usage.

Simple Tips

There are a variety of methods for lowering your utility bills whether you are looking to make a long term investment or want to make more efficient use of how you utilize energy in your home.

Lighting

Change out light bulbs. The DOE reports if you change out your five most frequently used light bulbs with ENERGY STAR bulbs you can save $75 a year. Do not let sticker shock deter you, they use much less energy and last far longer.

Windows

Install white backed shades and curtains to reflect the sun. Awnings over the outside of south and west facing windows provide shade, greatly reducing the heat from the sun.

Electronics/Home Office

Unplug electronics such as computers, video game consoles and television sets when not in use. If that sounds inconvenient, think about using a power strip and turning off the power strip or placing items on a light timer.

There is an old myth is that computers last longer if they do not get turned off. This is simply outdated information that relates to mainframe computers. At least put your computer on automatic sleep mode if you do not want to turn it off.

Air

Check to make sure all your vents are opened-closing vents does not reduce energy consumption.

Replace air filters monthly, you can buy them in bulk at a hardware store.

Use fans, while they do not cool the air, they do circulate it helping you to maintain a consistent temperature in your home.

Water

Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees F.

Install a low flow shower head.

Wash clothes in cold water. Heating the water for your washing machine accounts for 90 percent of the energy the washing machine uses, according to energystar.gov.

While thoroughly rinsing your dishes before they go into the dishwasher is good, that uses water. How you load them is more important. Utensils should be loaded in their designated carriage, handles facing down because they need less water than to other end. Plates on the bottom facing the center, cups and bowls on the top row with bowls slanted to reduce trapping water inside of them. Avoid placing large items such as serving platters facing the door of the dishwasher; they can prevent the detergent door from fully opening.

Turn off the heated dryer on your dishwasher and let dishes dry on their own.

Some Florida utility companies offer off-peak discounts between the hours of 7am and 7 pm. Try running the dishwasher and doing laundry in the evening.

GreatFlorida Insurance has offices located throughout Florida to provide dependable and affordable homeowner’s insurance and renter’s insurance. Our experienced agents will work to present you with options to choose from so you know you are getting the ideal insurance policy for you and your family.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
7/28/2015

Florida Home ImprovementsRenovations can take your dwelling from cramped and outdated, to spacious and modern. Renovations in 2014 continued to rebound in Florida, according to Renovation Magazine’s annual, “Cost vs. Value Report.” An escalation in remodeling means a surge in home property values.

“Home renovations will most likely boost a home’s value. If that happens your newly renovated home could be inadequately insured, says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance.

Homeowner’s insurance offers compensation for damage, loss or injury to individuals, your property, home and belongings.  The amount of homeowner’s insurance required is determined in part on the value of your home.

Let’s say you upgrade your kitchen and replace your laminate countertops with quartz and install custom cabinets. Your existing home insurance might not be sufficient to replace your new items if they are damaged.

Most likely your home insurance premiums will increase as you upgrade or create more livable space in your home. Remodeling doesn’t always mean an increase. Some renovations such as window and door replacements, roof replacement, the addition of a security system or upgrades in plumbing or electrical can make you eligible for lower premiums or discounts depending on your coverage.

Call your insurance agent before construction begins. This will this give you an opportunity to discuss potential changes in your home insurance policy, allow you to protect your investment throughout the process and extend liability while work is done on your home, further protecting you.

Before work starts, a contractor should provide you with a Certificate of Insurance to prove they have adequate worker’s compensation coverage and liability insurance should an accident or burglary occur during the job. Check all subcontractor’s such as electricians, painters and plumbers as well and verify that their coverage is current.

All renovations should pass the proper inspections and meet local codes.

Popular home renovations that will change your home insurance include, but are not limited to the following.

Pool/ Hot tub– many residents in Florida have a pool or spa in their yard. Home insurance liability will increase to cover medical expenses if someone is injured while swimming and legal expenses if you are sued. Your insurance company might require you to place a fence around your pool for safety.

Home office– if your new business plan requires the use of machinery, keeping an inventory, or generates visitors, an additional business policy or policy amendment might need to be added to your home insurance.

Room additionhomeowner’s insurance factors in livable square footage to the price. Also, basements can be flood prone and might require additional water coverage. If you take on tenants, landlord coverage could be required.

Your home is more than an investment- it is where your life happens.  GreatFlorida Insurance offers home insurance to protect your dwelling, belongings and family. Call us today for a free quote.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
7/9/2015

staycation-image-wideA staycation or a stay-at-home vacation found popularity during the economic downturn a few years ago.  A staycation’s benefits have kept it trending in the U.S.  It is a great way to cut back on discretionary spending and save money. Let’s face it, traveling is not stress free. Long lines at airport security and gridlocked traffic will not put you in a “Zen” state of mind. Comprehensive planning and packing can make you feel like you need a vacation from your vacation.

“Home can lose its sense of adventure, said Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance. “After being some place for a while, it is easy to dismiss local sites or think you will visit there one day.”

They key to enjoying a successful staycation is to relax. Consumer Reports urges you to discipline yourself to avoid activities that will have you focusing on work such as checking work emails and calling the office. Other suggestions include, taking a break from your daily routine and placing a hold on household projects.

If you are a little stumped on what to do while you are enjoying a staycation, the list below is sure to help.

According to Wikipedia, most Floridians live an average of 25 miles or less from the water.  Check out a beach, lake, spring, river, splash park, water park or pool.

Florida has 11 national parks and 174 state parks as well as many more municipal parks to explore, hike or bike.

  • Zoo
  • Golf or mini golf
  • Aquarium
  • Museum-art or historical, botanical gardens
  • Local theater
  • Dinner theater
  • Skating rink
  • Indoor trampoline
  • Stop by a local winery or craft brewery
  • Summer concerts
  • Twilight movies in the park
  • Theme park
  • Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral

To help you achieve a greater peace-of-mind, whether you are traveling or taking in the local sites this summer, GreatFlorida Insurance provides quality and affordable auto insurance and homeowners insurance. Our knowledgeable agents will find the right auto insurance and homeowners insurance to fit your specific needs. Contact us today.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
7/6/2015

This year’s Florida legislative session was filled with hostility and drama. The standard 60-day session ended three days early due to contention between the House and Senate on Medicaid Expansion. Without a state budget passed, a Special Session was called June 1 -20. An early end to the session, along with a stalemate, doomed many bills. This year there were many proposal casualties.

PASSED – NEW LAWS

  • Ticket quotas cannot be used to generate revenue for police departments.
  • States, counties and cities can only buy American made flags- a patriotic move
  • Attention craft beer lovers, 64 ounces of beer, known as “growlers” can finally be sold in Florida.
  • Drones cannot take pictures on private property; violators will not be arrested but can be sued.
  • Gay people can adopt children.
  • Florida school districts can start the school year as early as August 10.
  • Scale back testing in public schools
  • Tax cuts-about $400 million in tax cuts with sales tax holidays and a tax cut to cable, TV and cellphone services.

CASUALTIES
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  • Comprehensive state water policy
  • Medicaid Expansion
  • Prison Reform
  • Texting while driving considered a primary offense
  • Abolishment of the death penalty
  • Equal pay for women on state contracts
  • Education– school choice, eliminating sales tax on student textbooks, mandatory uniforms for K-8, a minimum $50,000 salary for new teachers, concealed weapons to be carried by designated employees on school property in K-12 schools, ban on concealed weapons on college campuses
  • Undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license.
  • Tupelo honey designated as the official state honey
  • Expansion of gambling- a victory for Disney and other’s wanting to maintain a family friendly state environment
  • Legalization of medical marijuana

GreatFlorida Insurance has been serving Florida since 1991. Dedicated to helping Floridians make informed decisions about their insurance, we offer professional service and affordable insurance. GreatFlorida Insurance specializes in:  auto insurance, homeowner’s insurance, boat insurance, motorcycle insurance, commercial insurance, renters insurance, health insurance and umbrella insurance.

Our knowledgeable agents have 115 offices located throughout Florida. Reliability is a must for our customers. We provide 24-hour service, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The right insurance coverage can give your clients peace of mind, knowing their investment is protected.

Call 888-478-7801 to talk to a local agent or go online to www.greatflorida.com for a free quote.


 

Sources: http://politics.heraldtribune.com/2015/05/06/legislature-sets-special-session/
http://www.forbes.com/sites/instituteforjustice/2015/05/18/florida-finally-legalizes-64-ounce-growlers/
http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/what-passed-what-failed-in-floridas-2015-legislative-session/2234411

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