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5 Things Your Homeowners Insurance May Not Cover

5 Things Your Homeowners Insurance May Not Cover

Your homeowners insurance usually won’t pay for wear and tear to your home. For example, worn roofs, leaky windows, and overgrown or dead trees are not covered by your policy. The best way to avoid costly damage is to prevent it by maintaining your home and fixing any...

Don’t Fall for These Common Insurance Scams

Don’t Fall for These Common Insurance Scams

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Know Your Coverage: Service Line Coverage

Know Your Coverage: Service Line Coverage

Service line coverage is a specialized type of coverage in residential property insurance. It covers the cost of repairing or replacing utility lines, excavation, and landscape restoration in the event of a loss. This coverage is not usually offered in the base...

OPIC’s 2021 Achievements

OPIC’s 2021 Achievements

OPIC worked hard for consumers this past year, analyzing over 1,100 rules, rates, and policy forms. We are a small, 10-person agency, but we did big things in 2021. We saved Texas consumers over $11.4 million last year alone, so for every $1 OPIC received from the...

10 Ways to Keep Your Home Protected While Traveling for the Holidays

10 Ways to Keep Your Home Protected While Traveling for the Holidays

Are you traveling for the holidays and leaving your home unattended? Follow these tips to maintain your home, help prevent damage or theft, and help avoid insurance coverage issues:[dsm_text_divider header="Maintain Home" text_alignment="left" divider_style="dotted"...

Preventing Damage from Water Heaters

Preventing Damage from Water Heaters

Water damage from a broken or leaky water heater can be expensive and may not be covered by your insurance. Regular maintenance may help prevent a broken or leaky water heater. You may be able to do it yourself, or you can hire a plumber. For info on hiring a plumber,...

Decoding Residential Property Deductibles

Decoding Residential Property Deductibles

What is a deductible? A deductible is an amount the insurance company subtracts from your payment for damages caused by a covered loss. It is the amount you will be expected to pay if you repair or replace damaged property. You can find your deductible amounts on your...

Cheap Ways to Save Big on Claims

Cheap Ways to Save Big on Claims

Damage from storms can be expensive — the average Hurricane Harvey residential property insurance claim was $13,000 and average flood insurance claim was $121,000 (TDI). However, it doesn’t have to cost much to help protect your home against storm damage. The better...

How to Prepare for Spring Storms

How to Prepare for Spring Storms

Spring weather in Texas is unpredictable and Texans are likely to experience extreme weather events, including tornadoes, hailstorms, hurricanes, and wildfires. Here are some important tips to help you protect yourself, your family, and your property from injury or...

Recovering from Winter Weather

Recovering from Winter Weather

This is a difficult time for many Texans and the last thing you probably want to deal with is filing an insurance claim for your home or car. We hope this information makes the claim filing process a little easier. Once you and your loved ones are safe, here are some...