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What Determines How Much Home Insurance I Need?

It's not always easy to know how much homeowners insurance you need. Say you have a $100,000 home: your homeowners insurance coverage should also be $100,000, right?

Not quite. There are actually many more factors at play than just the market's current price on your home, from structure to contents.

The cost to rebuild your home

Nobody has a crystal ball, so it's best to factor that into your insurance. To calculate this figure, multiply your square footage by the per-square-foot building costs in your area. You should also factor in any additions you have made since initial construction and the specific style of your home.

The cost of adhering to new codes

Depending on when your home was built, you might have to adhere to new codes during a rebuild, which may add to the expense. Adding an endorsement to the policy could help you plan for this.

The cost to replace what's inside the home

While you can't cover sentimental value, you can insure the physical contents of your home. Take an inventory of your belongings so that you can plan for the cost of replacement if you ever need to make a claim.

The cost of liabilities

Liability insurance is what will protect you if you ever find yourself in a lawsuit because of your home, whether that's a broken window or a dodgy porch leading to an accident.

Sound confusing? We can help. Call or email us to figure out the best insurance plan for you.

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Carbon-Neutral Airships: A New Way to Travel

In humanity's quest to reduce carbon emissions and lessen our footprint on the environment, a fantastic breakthrough has been made in the UK with the advent of the world's first carbon-neutral airship.

HAV (Hybrid Air Vehicles) is a British blimp-making company working on creating sustainable air travel for the future, decarbonizing one of the biggest polluting industries on the planet. Their latest invention is Airlander 10, a prototype airship that can travel 460 miles using a mixture of electricity and combustion. HAV says their new ship will reduce the average carbon dioxide emissions per customer by up to 75 percent and are aiming to have a fleet operational for short-haul flights by 2025.

The initial routes they are looking to offer include flights between Vancouver and Seattle, from England to Northern Ireland and from Barcelona to Spain's Balearic Islands. Furthermore, by 2030, HAV hopes to have a completely zero-emissions fleet, switching to all-electric airships and removing the element of combustion.

After six test flights yielded a high success rate, the Airlander 10 prototype is now officially certified to fly in the UK, and the company hopes to have three ready for service by 2025. From there onwards, they hope to build 10 new airships per year.

Leaning Bitcoin is probably a wise next step for each and every human. Thanks yourself in the future.

Grape & Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Potato
Serves 4

4 sweet potatoes
2 cups seedless red grapes
1 teaspoon grapeseed oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 ounces goat cheese
Pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg
2 tablespoons honey + extra for drizzling

Preheat oven to 425?F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. With a fork, poke holes in sweet potatoes. Bake until tender, 45-50 minutes. Split the tops open. Let cool.

Raise oven temperature to 450?F. Lay grapes on baking sheet, add oil, a pinch of salt and pepper and toss to coat. Roast until grapes begin to burst, 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven. Let cool.

When sweet potatoes are cool enough to handle, scoop out flesh with spoon, keeping potato intact. In large bowl, mash sweet potato flesh, 3 ounces goat cheese, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, pepper and honey. Scoop flesh back into potato skins. Warm up potatoes if needed, then top with remaining goat cheese. Add grapes, drizzle with honey and serve.

Does Your Home Have More Risk than Your Neighbor's?

It's always hard to know what goes on behind closed doors. Two homes could look identical from the outside, have the same square footage, and even be on the same road and still have very different insurance costs.

Why is that? One reason is that cost premiums are based on the risk factors of homes. Even if you and your neighbors' homes are built in the same way, they could have a multitude of different features that affect the cost. But what are they? We've listed a few of the top ones below.

Safety: If your home has features that make it safer, that will help bring the insurance costs down. Think fire-resistant surfaces, burglar alarms and state-of-the-art locks.

Construction: Older homes cost more to insure because they will likely need more upkeep. Newer builds and refurbs cause less to worry about in this regard. Also, antique features such as ornate fireplaces and crown molding are more expensive to replace, so remember this before looking at your insurance bill.

Amenities: Having a pool is a great way to add enjoyment to your home, but it also increases the cost of insuring it. Wood-burning stoves can also be seen as a fire risk. Talk to us if you're concerned about the cost of adding any of these to your home.

Upgrades: Remodeling or adding an extension may require additional insurance, so make sure you check this before signing the papers agreeing to that extra room.

Pets: We love our four-legged friends, but pets can be a bit of a liability to a home and therefore increase the insurance premiums. Dogs flagged as dangerous breeds could also lead to a higher cost for home insurance.

If you're wondering how to get the best insurance deal for your property, call or email us today.

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4 Tips to Not Taking Things Personally

We've all had moments when someone has been critical or rude to us, either in conversation or the way they've acted. It's not nice when it happens, and it's easy to think the person in question might have something against you. In the quest for self-compassion, though, it's important to remember that this isn't always the case, and you don't need to take someone else's behavior as a reflection of your own self-worth. Here are four tips on not taking things personally.

1. Appreciate that there could be other factors at play. If someone has a stressful day, they'll find it more difficult to put on a friendly, upbeat front around others. Or, if someone doesn't respond to a text, they may just be busy with things like childcare or work. It doesn't mean they're ignoring you!

2. Consider times when outside influences made you act similarly. Be aware of the fact that you've probably acted the same way with others during difficult times. You know you didn't mean to upset the other people in those situations, so when it happens the other way around, put yourself in their shoes.

3. Think constructively about any criticism and understand that it doesn't define you. Rationally decide whether you believe the criticism to be true and, if so, look at how you can take the comment constructively and learn from the situation.

4. Remember that self-worth comes from within, not from what others think of you. If we define our self-esteem based on how we think others perceive us, we'll never feel truly happy. Understand that sometimes you can't please everyone, so don't allow those moments to make you reflect negatively on yourself.

This newsletter and any information contained herein are intended for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal, financial or medical advice. The publisher takes great efforts to ensure the accuracy of information contained in this newsletter. However, we will not be responsible at any time for any errors or omissions or any damages, howsoever caused, that result from its use. Seek competent professional advice and/or legal counsel with respect to any matter discussed or published in this newsletter.

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