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17
Sep

Homeowner Tips to Reduce Fall and Winter Property Damage

Winter is coming and with it comes cooler temperatures and the potential for storms to wreak havoc. If you haven’t properly prepared your property for these cooler months, then now is the time to do so. Leaving your home unprepared could result in property damage and digging into your pockets to get back on your feet. Take a look at these tips on how to prepare your property and prevent damage during fall and winter.

Inspect the windows

If there are leaks in the windows, then you can expect a chillier home this winter. There are many seal repair kits available at local hardware stores that will stop breezes flowing through your windows. Do the same for doors – check if there are leaks and seal them up. If a window is improperly sized, cracked, or broken, it may need to be replaced. Doing this helps to keep the cool air out in winter and the warm air inside.

Test the smoke alarm

Every six months, replace batteries in all the detectors in your home. Test them to ensure they are in good working order. Remember that you should have an alarm on every level of the house. If you do not have a fire escape route planned out, now is the time to draft one up.

Tend to interior pipes

With fall comes cooler temperatures. One of the main vulnerabilities in cold weather is pipes. However, winterizing pipes is one of the easiest, most valuable ways to protect your property over winter. Fit insulation around pipes to prevent them from freezing. Give priority to the pipes that are closest to the outdoors and are exposed, such as those in the garage and underneath the sink. Now is the time to turn off the water to any area that won’t be used, and to check pipes for cracks that could grow into a significant leak.

Trim the trees and clean the gutters

Trees, believe it or not, can cause a great deal of damage come winter. Wind from winter storms and the weight of snow and ice combined with cold temperatures causing branches to break can crash into your home. To avoid this, trim dead and dying branches around your property. If you have tree limbs hanging over your home, now is the time to remove them before they crash down. It’s also important to keep water away from your home. Ensure the gutters are clear of debris and that downspouts are directed away from the home’s foundation.

Review the roof

A roof inspection may not be on the top of everyone’s fall maintenance checklist, but it should be. Your roof is the first line of defense against harsh winter weather, and you want to be sure it is up for the task. Take a look to see that the roof has no broken tiles or cracks. Any missing shingles should be replaced immediately, as the last thing you want in winter is rain coming in through the roof. Checking the roof also gets more dangerous the wetter and colder it gets, so it’s best to check it now before the weather turns.

Check your insurance policy

No one wants their home to be damaged by cold weather or to submit an insurance claim in winter, for that matter. But just in case you do face this situation, you will want to know exactly what your policy covers. Give your insurer a call to go over the specifics of your policy and make sure you ask about common winter damage. This could unearth some key coverage that you are missing but you thought you had. Fill in the gaps with riders or extra insurance to ensure you are covered.

How are you protecting your home from fall and winter damage this season? Let us know! Want another great way to protect your home? Secure reliable homeowners insurance that protects you through disasters. Call one of our trusted advisors at Abatelli Group, Inc. We are ready to get you the protection and peace of mind you need.

3
Sep

Do I Need Workers’ Compensation If I’m Self-Employed?

Workers’ compensation is often a daunting and downright confusing coverage for business owners. As a professional, you may already have enough to think about beyond this coverage and what it does. The question arises, what about those business owners who go it alone? Do the self-employed need workers’ compensation insurance? The answer is never a simple yes or no, so here is what you need to know.

Check local laws

Whether a self-employed person needs workers’ compensation will depend on your local and state laws. In New York, workers’ compensation insurance optional for most self-employed workers. If you are self-employed or a sole proprietor of a business in New York, you do not need workers’ compensation insurance if you do not have any employees. However, sole proprietors could still benefit from a workers’ comp policy through lost wages coverage after an on-the-job injury. Self-employed persons can choose to carry workers’ compensation coverage, providing additional insurance in case of a workplace injury or disability.

Coverage for sole proprietors

If you are a roofer or self-employed individual in other highly hazardous fields, you may need to obtain a workers’ compensation policy for your own injuries. What’s more, If you work as a general contractor or a subcontractor, you may have to buy workers’ comp insurance if the contract you signed requires it.

Securing coverage

If you qualify for workers’ compensation insurance as a self-employed individual, you will need to use a licensed insurer who has the proper authorization to develop workers’ compensation policies. It’s recommended that you research coverage and different insurance companies before making a decision. Many insurers will not sell workers’ compensation to a self-employed individual as they do not view it as a worthwhile investment. That is why it is so important to work with a trusted professional who has your best interest in mind.

Keep in mind that even if you do not qualify for workers’ compensation insurance, you may still require some forms of insurance as a self-employed person.

Benefits of workers’ compensation

Although it’s tempting to think of workers’ compensation as a hassle and a drain on your business budget, the insurance will act as a safety net if you do suffer an injury on the job. If you suffer a catastrophic injury in a fall or experience an illness as a result of the work you do, your insurance policy will provide the extended disability coverage you need to get back on your feet. The financial support gives you peace of mind that you’re covered if a serious injury happens on the job.

Securing the right workers’ compensation doesn’t have to be difficult. The right agents are here to help you. For the right workers’ compensation insurance policy, contact our expert team at Abatelli Group, Inc. today. We serve Whitestone, Flushing, Bayside, Little Neck, and surrounding cities of New York with reliable coverage. We are ready to assist you with all of your insurance needs.

20
Aug

How Does Coronavirus Impact Home Insurance?

There’s no doubt that coronavirus has impacted homeowners, businesses, communities, and the rest. While businesses are working out how to recover, as a homeowner, it’s also worth knowing how COVID-19 has impacted and will continue to impact your home insurance. Here is what you should know.

Home insurance inspections

If you need to purchase home insurance right now, whether you’ve just bought a new home or you’re shopping for a better policy, you might need to have a home inspection as a condition of the policy. However, a professional may not be able to visit your home during this time. As a result, you may be asked to record a video of the rooms around your home on your smartphone and send it to the insurer. If a professional is able to visit, you can expect them to maintain social distancing during the process.

Creating a claim

If the worst does happen, you may need to file a claim. If you do experience damage and an appraiser is unable to visit your property, many insurance companies offer virtual inspections to limit the people in your home and to speed up the processing. If there are repairs that need to be made, essential workers such as plumbers are able to help.

If you’re having trouble making payments…

If you’re a homeowner who has suffered from the pandemic financially, you may be having trouble paying your monthly home insurance. If this is the case, talk to your home insurance provider as soon as possible to work out how to handle manageable payments.

If you’re looking for home insurance during this time, call one of our trusted advisors at Abatelli Group, Inc. We are ready to get you the protection and peace of mind you need.

6
Aug

Does Auto Insurance Cover Legal Fees?

Auto insurance is there to help protect our pockets and vehicles when we need it the most. While many of us have this reliable coverage, not all of us understand what it does and does not cover. Lawsuits are a common part of getting into a car accident, with many drivers suing others for damages and injury. To understand if your auto insurance can help you with these fees, read on.

Most drivers have liability insurance. This coverage consists of two basic components, including:

  • Bodily injury liability coverage – This covers medical expenses, lost wages, and other expenses of anybody injured as a result of an at-fault driver’s actions. It can also help to cover legal fees if the injured party files a lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
  • Property damage liability coverage – This covers damages resulting from a covered accident in which you were at fault, including the other party’s vehicle repair or replacement costs or any other damage to someone else’s property.

In short, car insurance can help to cover some legal fees. If you are being sued, then your car insurance company should cover legal fees and be able to hire an attorney on your behalf. If you are suing someone, however, then you will need to find your own lawyer and pay your own associated legal expenses. However, if you win the lawsuit, then you may be able to collect these legal fees from the at-fault party.

For all of your auto insurance needs, visit Abatelli Group, Inc. We are ready to help you find reliable insurance today.

23
Jul

What You Should Know About Commercial Insurance Coverage Limits

Many business owners purchase insurance and hope that they never have to use it. They walk away from the transaction not fully understanding their coverage – or their coverage limits. In order to keep costs reasonable, your insurance company will set insurance limits of liability. Liability insurance covers the costs of damages you’re responsible for causing. It’s in your best interest to understand the basics about the liability limits so you know where your business stands.

 

Insurance rates are determined by assessing risk or the likelihood of a claim being filed, as well as the maximum amount that may be paid if such a claim were to be filed. In essence, if it’s likely that the insurer will pay out a significant settlement in the future, the premiums will be higher.

 

If a claim is so extensive that it maxes out your policy, your business can be held responsible for the difference. For example, if you are responsible for $2 million in damages but only carry $1 million in insurance, you may have to pay the remaining $1 million out of pocket.

 

Generally, carrying more coverage with higher liability limits helps to protect your business. However, you will want to ensure that the price of coverage still fits within your budget. If you operate in high-risk environments or industries, you are usually better suited to higher minimum liability insurance limits.

 

For the right commercial property insurance policy, contact our expert team at Abatelli Group, Inc. today. We serve Whitestone, Flushing, Bayside, Little Neck, and surrounding cities of New York with reliable coverage!

16
Jul

How Smart Business Owners Should Rebuild After COVID-19 and Civil Unrest

After a long period of COVID-19 disruption in our lives, as well as looting from recent protests, business owners are just about to get back on their feet. Recovering from a pandemic as well as civil unrest may not be easy for every business owner, but there are a few things that you can do to help make the transition smooth.

 

Take a look at your finances. If you haven’t already, take a look at your finances and work out how badly your business was hit from the coronavirus and riots. You may have had financial support from the government which tied you over for a couple of months, but now you need to work out how fast your business needs to recover. Whether you lost income or had to lose employees, ensure you understand your new financial picture.

 

Adapt your operations. Recognize that what worked pre-coronavirus may not work in our new normal. Assess whether you need to change operations to make your business more successful. For example, do you offer delivery so customers can order online from the safety of their homes? If you used to rely on foot traffic, now may be the time to rethink practices to ensure your products are reading people.

 

File a claim if needed. If recent protests meant that looters raided your store or vandalized your property, you may be able to claim on your insurance. Civil unrest is typically included in commercial insurance coverage, which means you can have help recovering from looters.

 

Smart business owners know that they need to have an active, hands-on approach to repair their business after the coronavirus and riots. To help, your insurance can repair and replace belongings that were damaged because of looking. For the right commercial property insurance policy, contact our expert team at Abatelli Group, Inc. today. We serve Whitestone, Flushing, Bayside, Little Neck, and surrounding cities of New York with reliable coverage!

18
Jun

How Having a Pet Can Help Your Mental Health

Animals are our heroes – not only do they provide us with love and comfort, but they truly are companions to the end. A growing body of studies confirms that pets aren’t just fun to have around the house – they can actually improve our mental health.

 

Take a look at just a few mental health benefits of having a pet in the house:

 

  • Pets stop you from feeling lonely

It’s not just that pets help you to build a wider social network – many people have pets as companions. They make you happy, give you a routine, and are great company. Having a friendly face at home can help stave off common mental health problems caused by being lonely.

 

  • Pets help you manage long-term mental health issues

Pets are very valuable to those that have long-term mental health issues because they offer support and provide a welcome distraction from symptoms or upsetting experiences. They also give you lots of encouragement and companionship, even when other relationships might be limited or strained.

 

  • Pets teach us skills

Having a pet helps to teach us valuable skills, such as empathy and recognizing emotions in animals. These skills can also be used to help us care for other animals and humans.

 

  • Pets help to build self-esteem

A lot of effort goes into keeping pets healthy and happy. With that comes a proud feeling that we get when we see our pets thriving. In turn, this helps us to boost our self-esteem.

 

Do you have a pet at home? Let us know how he or she brightens your day! If you’re looking for personal or commercial insurance during this time, call one of our trusted advisors at Abatelli Group, Inc. We are ready to get you the protection and peace of mind you need.

11
Jun

How to Create a Self-Care Sanctuary in Your Home

We’re all spending a bit more time at home lately. Between working from home and cooking every meal, it’s important to find a bit of peace of quiet in our homes. Self-care is a term often thrown around, but it is really just about creating a space that makes you feel comfortable at ease. So, why not create a self-care sanctuary at home that allows you to relax and unwind?

 

Choose the right spot. The first step in setting up your self-care sanctuary is to designate a spot in your home where the good vibes will take place. The bathroom and bedroom are ideal spaces for resting. A comfortable chair will also do or perhaps you feel most joyful when in the great outdoors.

 

Declutter the space. It’s difficult to concentrate and relax in a messy room. Start by organizing your self-care space, removing unwanted items, and organizing surfaces so that there are more clean and clear areas.

 

Tone down the tech. Even if you want to unwind to your favorite TV show, it’s best to remove as much technology from your self-care space as possible. Unplug for a bit to truly reap the benefits.

 

Wash the windows. Get rid of dust and grime from inside and outside of the windows to let that restorative natural light flow into the room.

 

Add in living plants. Happy greenery evokes the calm of nature, looks lovely, and purifies the air. Get started by adding in a spider plant or two, or a nice palm that brightens up the space.

 

How are you creating a self-care sanctuary in the home? Let us know! If you’re looking for personal or commercial insurance during this time, call one of our trusted advisors at Abatelli Group, Inc. We are ready to get you the protection and peace of mind you need.

14
May

Fresh Spring Recipe: Tomato Risotto with Grilled Greens

Enjoy this fresh and rich risotto for springtime dining.

 

Risotto is one of those dishes everyone should have under their belt. They are easy to make and can be adapted for a cold winter night or a fresh and bright spring day. If you’re looking for a quick, cheap, and delicious meal that will please your family, try out this tomato risotto with grilled greens. Ideal for spring, this fresh dish is a great choice.

 

Ingredients

Risotto

  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup risotto rice (such as arborio)
  • 6 tomatoes

Green Vegetables

  • Broccoli
  • Zucchini
  • Peas
  • Green Beans
  • Spinach

 

Instructions

  1. Heat the vegetable stock in a saucepan and keep just below a simmer. Blend 4 of the tomatoes in a blender until purified, then add to the vegetable stock.
  2. Heat a large, deep skillet with 1 tbsp olive oil on a medium heat and add the onion and saute for 2-3 minutes until translucent. Add the garlic and saute for a further 1 minute.
  3. Add the rice to the pan and stir with the onion and garlic, cook for 1 minute so the rice is coated. Then add the wine and stir cooking until the wine is completely absorbed.
  4. Begin to add the stock and tomato mixture into the rice dish, stirring each time and making sure each ladle is absorbed before adding the next. Keep going until all the stock is used up, this should take between 35-45 minutes.
  5. Dice the other two tomatoes and add in at the end to warm through.
  6. Grill your green vegetables until they are cooked but still have some bite. Serve immediately.

 

We hope that you enjoy this delicious recipe. For all of your personal and commercial insurance needs, contact the team at Abatelli Group, Inc. today.

7
May

Mental Health Tips for Coronavirus and Social Distancing

Looking after your mental health through the pandemic.

 

The outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may be stressful for everyone. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions to rise to the surface. The whole concept of social distancing may be wearing thin for you, and you may be eager to interact with others and get back to your routine. Even when you – and the world – are healthy, not having social interactions can hurt both your physical and mental wellbeing. To help you cope during this time, here are a few mental health tips.

 

Limit news consumption

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the news and media about the virus. It’s even easier to feel overwhelmed and depressed about the situation. To help protect your mental health, limit your exposure to the news and consider only checking social media once or twice a day. Remember to only follow trusted sources such as the CDC or WHO.

 

Keep in touch

To boost oxytocin, it’s important to stay in touch with your support system. Communicate more openly and regularly FaceTime, call, or text your friends and family. While we may be feeling isolated, our loved ones may be feeling even lower. We need each other now more than ever.

 

Think healthy

Simple things like physical fitness, good food, hydration, and connecting with others help to maintain a positive mindset. While you’re at home, don’t wallow. Try to eat plenty of healthy food (fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds), stay active by taking online classes, and spend time in the sunshine.

 

Use psychological strategies to manage stress and stay positive

Try not to worry too much about the future – focus on what you can do and accept the things you cannot change. One way to do this is to keep a daily gratitude journal. You may also choose to download smartphone applications that deliver mindfulness and relaxation exercises.

 

With these tips, you can start to feel better during this time of uncertainty. If you’re looking for personal or commercial insurance during this time, call one of our trusted advisors at Abatelli Group, Inc. We are ready to get you the protection and peace of mind you need.

COVID-19 Update

Our office remains open and our staff is working remotely to continue to service our clients. You can reach us at (718) 352-6000 Letter to Policyholders