Thinking of buying a home? You’ll probably first need to get approved for a mortgage. To improve your chances, there are a variety of things that you can do. Being prepared will help you show the lender that you are ready and able to take on a mortgage. Below are some tips to help you increase your chances of being approved for a mortgage.
Aviva’s Home Protect Bundle is a new product available to home and condo owners who have their insurance policy with Aviva Insurance Company of Canada. This cost saving value added package was created to help you decrease and prevent claims. It also offers a variety of assistance services from professionals in legal matters, health issues, and real estate.
With Fort McMurray residents on their way back to homes that haven't had power for an entire month now, it's inevitable that they will be returning to a fridge full of rotten food. It doesn't take a month to ruin your food AND your fridge though. Here's what you should do if you have been without power to your fridge or freezer for any extended period of time.
Your home insurance policy has two parts. Property and Liability. Liability coverage is generally meant to protect you incase someone is injured on your property and launches a lawsuit against you. Your property coverage is meant to provide replacement costs in the event that your home or your belongings inside the home are damaged or stolen. But, did you know that there are limits to amount that your belongings are covered for?
Between picking out tile and choosing paint colours, speaking with your home insurance broker doesn't usually come up when planning renovations to your home. Sure, you don't need to update your home insurance policy every time you change the hardware on your kitchen cabinets, but there are some projects where your broker is going to be your best friend.
Early this year Aviva Insurance announced an insurance first in Canada when they launched their Overland Water Coverage (Flood Insurance) for personal property insurance. There was some speculation about what this new endorsement protects Aviva customers from and whether or not it affects any existing coverages that Aviva clients had at the time of the announcement.
In anticipation of the June 1 launch, we attended an Aviva information session this week to answer some of these questions. Here is what you need to know about how this new endorsement affects current and future Aviva Insurance customers:
Life in Canada has its perks, but energy bills certainly isn't one of them. Every year Canadian residents pay through their teeth just to keep their homes warm, but high energy bills seem to just come with the territory when you live this far North. What if there was a way to reduce some of those costs without sacrificing comfort? These 6 simple tips can, over time, help to reduce your winter and year round energy costs.
We all know that getting struck by lightning is rare. In Canada, 150 people are injured by the over 2 million lightning strikes per year, but what you may not know is that it is far less rare to have your home struck by lightning. Often, there isn't much damage to the home, but if there is a considerable amount of damage... is a lightning strike covered by your home insurance?
A fire in Edmonton, Alberta in February that caused the death of one man was discovered to have started because of a space heater the man was using in his garage.
If you've been following the latest updates to home insurance in Alberta the past couple of months, you've heard mention of Backwater Valves and Backflow Prevention. There are a number of new and existing home insurance discounts that require you you have this device. Not to mention that it just might save your basement one day.
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