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New years resolutions.
Tips to Help Protect Yourself from Unforeseen Holiday Hazards

While no one likes to think about injuries or accidents during the holiday season, proper insurance coverage can help prevent a financial liability.

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Holiday Gifts .
Protecting Valuable Holiday Gifts

Protect new holiday gifts, jewelry, engagement rings and electronics with scheduled personal property insurance. Understand your coverage and claim options.

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Snowmobiles.
6 Tips for Snowmobiling Safety

Snowmobiling for the first time? Check out some ways to help you stay safer this season.

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Dogs pulling a sled.
From Resolutions to Accomplishments: 3 Steps for Turning Goals into Actions

Why are New Year's resolutions so hard to keep? Learn why habits form and how to break them.

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Dogs pulling a sled.
Forget Ski Resorts: Where to Go for the Most Unique Winter Vacation

Innovative travel outfitters and cold-weather thrill seekers are pushing the limits for winter vacations. Discover six fun winter adventures!

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Maximizing the Impact of Charitable Donations

Maximize the impact of your charitable donations this holiday season with some tips to help make the most of your funds.

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Holiday Presents.
Holiday Safety Tips

There's a lot that goes into preparing your home for the holidays, but we have you covered. Check out our tips on how to make sure your home is ready for all your festivities!

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Shopping bag.
Black Friday & Cyber Monday Shopping Tips: Stay Safe and Still Snag the Best Deal

Planning to shop Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals this year? Reduce your risk for identity theft and pickpocketing with these helpful safety tips.

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Apple picking.
Don't Miss Autumn Activities: Your Fall Bucket List

With sunny days, crisp evenings and lovely colors, fall is the perfect time of year to get outside. Check out these fun fall ideas.

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Tools.
Home Maintenance Checklist: Keeping Your Home Healthy & Safe

From roof to basement, keeping your house's maintenance up-to-date means a healthier, safer home. This seasonal home maintenance checklist will help get you started!

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trampolines.
Trampolines & Insurance Coverage: Tips for Homeowners

Before purchasing a trampoline for your kids, be sure to speak with your insurance agent to ensure you are sufficiently protected. Learn about different coverage options available and steps to take to help your kids stay safe.

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Tools.
Bundled vs. Package Insurance: Is there a difference?

Could switching to a bundled or packaged insurance policy save you money? Possibly, but there's a lot to consider. Read on for some helpful tips.

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break in.
10 Home Burglary & Auto Theft Prevention Tips

Home burglaries and auto thefts cost Americans thousands of dollars each year. Learn how you can keep your home and car more secure.

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winterizing your home.
Winterizing Your Second Home and Watercrafts

Learn how to better protect summer homes and watercraft from adverse winter weather, deter thieves, and insure your property investments.

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windeshield damage.
Windshield Damage & Repair: What Does My Insurance Cover?

Repairing windshield damage promptly is important to continuing safe driving. Learn what to do if your windshield chips or cracks.

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A backyard grill.
Summer Grilling Safety Tips: Don't Let Your BBQ Go Up in Flames!

How do you know if your propane grill has a gas leak? Learn how to check with our Memorial Day safety tips.

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Wildfire.
Smart Home, Connected Home: The Latest Tech to Improve Your House

Is your home connected? The latest technology gadgets are designed to help make your home smarter, safer and better.

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Wildfire.
Are You Ready To Purchase A Second Home?

There are both pros and cons to owning a second home. To help you make the best decision before purchasing your second home, check out some helpful tips!

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Car engine.
Four Tips For Maintaining A Seldom Used Vehicle

Did you know that cars that are rarely driven can require even more maintenance than those driven regularly? Check out our tips to help keep your seldom used car in working order.

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Little girl on the phone.
Tips to Remember When Talking To Your Kids about Cyberbullying

Half of all teens are cyberbullied. Is your child at risk for being a victim? Parents, learn what you can do to help stop cyberbullying and keep your children safe.

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BBQ picnic.
Keeping Your Picnic or Summer BBQ Safe

Enjoy the summer weather with friends before it's gone, but make sure you're doing so safely! Review our helpful tips.

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Wildfire.
Going Green at Home

Want to green up your home? Going eco-friendly offers a number of environmental, health, and financial benefits to your family...here are some ways to get started.

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Thermometer.
Helpful Tips If You're In a Fender Bender

Have you just been in a fender bender? Here are some helpful steps you could take if you're involved in a minor car accident.

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Wildfire.
How to Protect Your Home Against Wildfire Damage

If a mandatory wildfire evacuation warning were issued today, would your family be prepared? Learn how to better protect your home, prepare for an evacuation, and plan for a safe return.

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Girl packing for college.
Getting Your Kids Ready for College: What Insurance Coverage Do They Need?

Learn how living on or off campus may affect your college student's insurance protection needs.

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Family.
Multigenerational Homes and Insurance: What Happens When My Kids or Parents Move Back Home?

Important considerations for updating your home and auto insurance policies in a multi-generational household. Is your family covered?

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Thermometer.
Tips for Preparing Your Home and Car for Hot Summer Weather

Is your A/C system as efficient as it could be? Follow these tips to prepare your home and car for hot summer weather.

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Rope.
Protecting Personal Property on a Boat

Help stop marine personal property theft before it starts: five tips to help keep your boat safe in the dock.

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Fireworks.
Firework Safety Tips for the Fourth of July

More than half of all non-fatal firework injuries could have prevented had better firework safety rules been followed. Follow these tips to stay safe.

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Map.
5 Travel Tips for the Perfect Summer Road Trip

Hitting the road for a summer vacation with the family? These 5 travel tips will help you stay safe and stress-free on your next summertime adventure!

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 Hurricane sign.
Getting Ready for Hurricane Season

Hurricanes can cause massive amounts of damage - are you ready if one hits? Check out some helpful resources to get started.

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Road damage due to earthquake.
Driving When an Earthquake Strikes

Earthquakes can occur at any time without warning, including on your commute home from work. Check out our helpful tips.

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Passport.
Protection While You Travel

Going on a business trip? A two week vacation with the family? See how auto and home insurance policies may be able to protect you while you are away.

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Golf club.
Helpful Tips to Increase the Lifespan of Your Golf Clubs

Five tips and tricks for protecting golf clubs from damage on the green and when traveling.

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A hand a counter.
Spring Cleaning

Spring has sprung, which means it's time to clean, maintain, and get your home in order. Tackle these jobs and see what a difference it makes.

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older couple.
Financial Planning for Empty Nesters

Graduation season is upon us, which means more parents are adjusting to life as empty nesters. Take this five-point financial check-up.

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Planting a tree.
Tree Damage

Trees are a beautiful addition to the yard, but have you ever thought about how they may bring damage to your personal possessions? Here are some things to keep in mind.

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Motorcycle.
Motorcycle Safety

Motorcycle culture has a long tradition in America. Sadly, so do motorcycle accidents. These tips will help keep you safe on the open road.

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Boat.
Boat Safety

Counting down the days until it's warm enough to take your boat back out on the water? Follow our springtime boating guide to safely enjoy your afternoon.

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mobile phone.
Mobile Apps

Home security apps, distracted driving apps - these are just a few of the ways tech is helping consumers stay better protected.

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An open padlock, credit card and a laptop.
Identity Stolen? Here are Some Helpful Tips

If your identity was stolen, would you know? Check out our helpful tips before you fall victim to identity fraud.

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Winter Storm Prep: Keeping Your Family and Home Warm

Blizzards and cold air bring power outages and frozen pipes with them. Are you prepared? Check out our helpful checklist before the storm hits.

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Winter Tires.
Why You Need Winter Tires

With winter comes snow, ice and bad driving conditions — is your car up to par? Check out why winter tires could help you ride a little safer this winter.

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How to Select the Right Data Storage for You

Deciding between cloud-based storage or an external hard drive? Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when shopping for data storage.

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Planting a plant in the ground.
Smartwatches: Should I buy one?

Before you decide to purchase a smartwatch, check out our post to help you make a decision that suits your needs.

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Planting a plant in the ground.
Tips for Closing Up Your Winter Home

Things to consider when shutting down your second home for the season to cleaning and unplugging the appliances.

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Planting a plant in the ground.
How to Prepare Your Garden for A Bountiful Spring

Are you ready for spring gardening? As winter draws to a close, these easy tips will help you to prepare your garden for a bountiful spring.

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Electrical socket going into plug.
Electrical Safety

When was the last time you checked your electrical systems? Before you get started, here are some tips to keep in mind.

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Keys in the front door.
Keep Your Home and Your Family Safe: Home Security Tips

Did you know that in the U.S., a house is broken into every 14 seconds? Protect your home, your possessions, and your family with these home security tips.

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Lightning strikes.
Severe Weather is on the Way: What Can I Do?

Severe weather is on the way… what do I do? These tips can help you, your family and your home stay safe and secure during the next big storm.

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teen driver.
Teen Driving Tips

Before your teen hops into the car for the first time without you, keep these tips in mind when talking to them about their new responsibilities.

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Tools in the shape of the home.
8 Smart Upgrades and Fixes to Boost Home Value

Learn which 8 affordable home upgrades don't cost a fortune and can help boost your home's re-sale value. Make these repairs today.

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An airplane taking off.
7 Easy Ways to Take the Headache Out of Airport Travel This Winter

Flight delayed or canceled? Learn the secrets to getting rebooked faster with these seven tips for winter airport travel.

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winter home.
Winterizing Your Home in a Few Simple Steps

By taking a few simple steps to winterize your home, you can mitigate the risks presented by cold, wet weather.

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check list.
New Year's Insurance Check: Is Your Coverage Up to Date?

Take the Encompass "New Year's Insurance Check Up" to find out if you have the right homeowner's insurance for your lifestyle.

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A winter road.
Don't Melt Down: 7 Tips for Safe Winter Driving

Winter driving presents a host of challenges and leads to thousands of auto-related injuries each year. These 7 winter driving tips help you arrive safely.

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A happy couple.
Make Life Simple With Encompass

Providing comprehensive coverage isn't all we do. That's why we've created our blog, Encompass Insights & Articles, featuring practical tips and more.

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Antique cars.
What Side Are You On? Classic Tale of Antique Rivalry.

Classic car versus antique automobile. There's a difference and even a rivalry between the two. If you're thinking of buying, read more to learn the how they differ.

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Selling a home during winter.
Benefits of Cold-Weather House-Hunting

Home buying can be stressful but shopping when prices are the lowest will alleviate some stress. Our article on off-season buying is an absolute must-read!

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A lady juggling while walking a tightrope.
Life and Work Balance: How to Set Quality Time Aside

Setting time aside for yourself and your loved ones can seem impossible at times. But with the following tips in mind, you'll find it's easier than you planned.

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Plugging in an electric car.
Top Five Luxury Hybrids

Cutting edge technology, eco-friendly and high end design cars: hybrid meets luxury. Read our list of the top 5 luxury hybrid vehicles.

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cleaning up after a flood.
Flood Cleanup

Protect your family by understanding what flood cleanup actions to take after a flood—and by knowing how to prepare for the possibility of a flood.

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Hanging up a painting.
The Proper Care of an Art Collection

Caring for an art collection requires a little bit of know how. Here are some tips on the proper care of an art collection.

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A tornado.
Tornado Safety Precautions

Tornadoes can unleash their fury with practically no warning, so it's critical to know what tornado safety precautions you can take to protect your family.

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Wine glasses.
Host a Winning Wine Tasting Event

Hosting a wine tasting event is a fun way to spend time with friends while learning something new about your favorite drink.

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A grand piano.
Striking the Right Key: Finding a Piano That's in Tune with Your Home

If you are considering buying a piano, it's key to be informed about how different types fit into homes and lifestyles. Find out what to consider before deciding.

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Locking up your computer.
Your Role In Cybersecurity

Creating and maintaining a safe and secure cyberspace is key to preventing your private information from landing in the hands of individuals who would use it for their benefit.

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Driving a connected car.
Connected Cars Driving the Future.

Auto safety remains top priority. Connected cars of the future are on the road to improving that, only better and with more ease than any vehicle before them.

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A fireplace.
Burning Issues: Fireplace and Chimney Safety

Woodstoves alone are the primary cause of more than 4,000 private residence fires annually. Ensure your chimney is in good working order.

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