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Don’t Skip These Summer Safety Steps Around Your Home

The summer months in California are beautiful. From clear skies to radiant sunshine, there’s nothing better than spending a day poolside with friends and family in Vista, CA. Whether you’re hosting people at your home, or just spending time with the kids, summer safety should be a priority.

Accidents can happen at any time. It’s important for homeowners to ensure their property is safe and comfortable for everyone. Alta Vista Insurance Agency provides you with this guide on important safety steps to take at your home. 

Summer Safety Steps Around Your Home

Monitor Pool Activity

Swimming pools are a popular pastime but they can also be dangerous. In addition to rules for everyone to follow, you should monitor activity happening in and around your pool 24/7. It only takes a moment for disasters to occur.

Consider Fire Hazards

Summer is the height of grilling season, fireworks displays, and bonfires. Open flames can travel quickly and spread. You should never leave grills unattended or use them close to the home . Improper use of fireworks or risky behaviors around a bonfire can also lead to fire-related injuries. To put fires out quickly and reduce the chances of spread, keep a fire extinguisher close by.

Bug & Pesticide Safety

From bees to mosquitos, it’s important to protect yourself from stings and harm caused by bites. Wear loose clothing, don’t hang around areas with sitting water, and use protection on our skin. With any pesticides and chemicals, be vigilant about their use and storage to avoid improper exposure.

At Alta Vista Insurance Agency in Vista, CA, we understand that having a fun and relaxing summer is the goal for most households. Gain peace of mind knowing you’re protected at all times. Contact our team to discuss your coverage needs and get more information. 

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Community Service Day At San Diego Food Bank With Liberty Mutual

Fun serving our local community with San Diego Food Bank volunteers from left to right: Kahtija Popovic (Liberty Mutual) Seth Arruda, Beth Walls, Morgan Hege, Mark Lamb (Alta Vista) and Nancy Trejo (Safeco)

Giving Back Overview | LMG (libertymutualgroup.com) We had fun serving with our friends from Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance for their annual Giving Back to the local community event!

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What to do after an auto accident

Being involved in an accident is scary and stressful, but you’ll want to remain calm and focused to ensure that you, your loved ones, and any other involved parties are safe. If you are involved in an accident, remember to breathe and then follow these important steps. And remember, Alta Vista Insurance Agency in Vista, CA is here to help.

What to do after an auto accident

1. Focus on Safety

If the accident is minor and your vehicle is drivable, move it from traffic and to the side of the road or highway. Turn on your hazards and utilize cones or warning triangles if you have any to alert other vehicles to the accident. Once done, check for injuries on yourself before moving to any passengers in your vehicle and finally, other vehicles that are involved in the accident. If you have even the slightest doubt that someone is injured, err on the side of caution and call 9-1-1.

2. Information Gathering

It is always best to contact the police and ask that an officer be sent to the scene to produce a police report that is invaluable in the insurance claim process to determine who is at fault. If the police are not called or unavailable for a significant time, you should gather key information yourself to include the following for all parties involved:

  • Names and contact information
  • Vehicle descriptions
  • Driver’s license numbers
  • Insurance companies and policy numbers
  • Names and contact information for any eyewitnesses

3. File a Claim

You should contact your insurance company as soon as possible after an accident to start the claims process. Many insurance providers will let you start a claim from their mobile app to save time and hassle.

If you are shopping for car insurance, Alta Vista Insurance Agency in Vista, CA is here to help. Give us a call today to schedule a no-obligation consultation to learn more about our insurance products. 

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No Worries Podcast #4 Home Appliance Repair With Pacific Coast Appliance

Homeowners you don’t want to miss this episode. I sat down with Ryan DeHart, owner of Pacific Coast Appliance to talk the basics of home appliance repair. Ryan shares his story about how he started in the appliance repair business and the challenges of starting a business during the pandemic. When one door closes another door opens and Pacific Coast Appliance flourished since most homeowners were, well…home.

I also learned some great tips homeowners can learn to help them properly maintain their appliances and things to look for if appliances need repair. Ryan is very knowledgeable about appliance repair. He takes the time to explain things in detail so you understand what goes wrong and how it can be fixed properly. This was a great conversation with a business owner that is passionate about his craft and helping people solve problems.

If you live in the San Diego area I highly recommend call Pacific Coast Appliance.

For service visit their website. Go to: https://www.pcarepair.com/

Ryan DeHart 619-333-0946 Email info@pcarepair.com

Looking for better homeowners insurance? Contact Alta Vista Insurance.

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What every new parent needs to know about life insurance

If you are a new parent in the Vista, CA area, you can turn to Alta Vista Insurance Agency for all of your insurance needs. We are here to answer all of your questions and help you find the insurance that will give your family the protection it needs.

Life insurance information for new parents

Welcoming a new child into the family is a very exciting event! Of course, there is also a feeling of responsibility with all of the excitement. Part of caring for one’s family is providing the protection and security they need. Life insurance is one way to plan for the future effectively. When you choose a life insurance policy to protect your family, you are helping to provide them with security, no matter what the future may hold.

Choosing the right type of insurance policy and the appropriate coverage level can seem confusing and challenging. It does not have to be a stressful experience, especially when you work with an experienced local agent. Now is a perfect time to learn more about your options.

Find out more today!

Rely on Alta Vista Insurance Agency for all of your Vista, CA area insurance needs. We understand that starting a family is an exciting time of life and one that can be filled with worry. Let us help you find the peace of mind that comes with knowing your family is protected. Give our office a call today to schedule a consultation to learn more about the available life insurance options in our area.

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What New Homeowners Need to Know About Insurance

Buying a home is an exciting life milestone. To make the most of homeownership, you will need to have proper homeownership in place. At Alta Vista Insurance Agency, we make it our job to provide our clients with solid insurance information so that they can make the best insurance decision. Keep reading to see how we can help you in Vista, CA and the surrounding areas. 

Why Is Home Insurance Important?

If you have a mortgage on your home, your mortgage company will usually require that you have home insurance in place. Even if your mortgage company does not require this, it is always a good idea to have insurance in place. You have made a huge investment in your home. In addition to this, your home provides a huge part of your family’s security. If something happens to your home, you will be held financially responsible for repairs or replacement, and if your home is unlivable you will have nowhere to live. Home insurance removes these risks. 

What Does Home Insurance Cover?

A home insurance policy can be customized to suit your particular needs. However, most home insurance will cover the following general areas.

  • Property damage: If your home is damaged or lost, the insurance will pay for repairs or replacement of your home. This can cover damage from fire, natural disasters and burglary. 
  • Liability- If someone is injured at your home or on your property, you could be held liable for any medical bills or legal fees that resulted from the incident. This type of coverage will protect you from the financial vulnerability that could result from such an event. 

If you would like to learn more about home insurance or any of our other insurance products, please contact us at Alta Vista Insurance Agency, serving Vista, CA and the surrounding areas. 

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What Is Business Interruption Insurance and Do You Need It?

If you own a business, there might be a point at which you won’t be able to operate. When this occurs, it’s in your best interest to get business interruption insurance coverage. In fact, it may be ideal to have it in place depending on your type of company and risk factors associated with it. An Alta Vista Insurance Agency expert can help you determine if getting this coverage is a good idea in your situation. 

What Is Business Interruption Insurance? 

Business interruption insurance protects income that you may lose and helps you move to another location to allow you to open your doors up again quickly. You can use it in the event that there’s been an accident or some type of disaster. It typically is limited to your business’ net profits or projected gross income. 

Be Certain You Have Adequate Insurance for Your Business

You might find that you’re under-insured if you don’t have business interruption coverage included in your contract. You can add this to a commercial property policy, a Business Owners Policy, or another type that’s offered by your provider. 

What Business Interruption Insurance Tends to Cover 

You can’t get business interruption insurance coverage by itself. All businesses need to bundle this endorsement with some other commercial insurance policy. Be aware that your policy only covers certain aspects of your business. 

Loss of Income/Profit

When you have to close your business for any period of time due to an accident or disaster, you’ll be able to have coverage up to a specific amount that’s stated in your policy. A business owner who lives in a hurricane zone would greatly benefit from having this in place. 

Relocation 

If you need to move to a different location to operate your business after a windstorm, fire, or some other type of disaster, the business interruption insurance covers the costs associated with that move. 

Operating Expenses 

You likely have regular bills you need to pay for your business. Since you’ll probably need to continue paying them at the time you close your business, the coverage you get from business interruption insurance is ideal. Rent, lease payments, and employee wages are examples of what’s included under operating expenses. 

Paying Taxes

If you are paying property taxes for a location you have no access to while closed, or you already owe taxes, use business interruption insurance to help. 

Business interruption insurance is made easier with the help of professionals. Reach out to Alta Vista Insurance Agency, serving the greater Vista, CA area. We’re happy to help you make a decision about your insurance needs. 

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Vista Boys & Girls Club – Alta Vista Insurance Toy Drive December 2021

It was fun for everyone to support a local vista family in need for Christmas this year! For the past several years it’s been our pleasure to support a local family through the Vista Boy’s and Girls Club. We hope our our clients, friends and family enjoy this Christmas season. God Bless Us Everyone! ~ Morgan

Good morning! Boys and Girls Club Vista thanks you all for supporting a local family in need this Christmas!!! Here’s a couple of pictures of all of the presents you purchased in preparation for delivery at the office, and then as they were delivered to BGCV Although we aren’t able to see the family, I’m sure they will be ‘all smiles’ on Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone!!!!
at the Vista Boys and Girls club. I am so happy to work with you all on these fun projects. My 2022 resolution is to try to get together quarterly as a group like we did at Caio’s and to do a service project together with all of you like this next year. It doesn’t always have to be money. Hopefully we can volunteer time at the food bank, solutions for change, womens resource center, Vista Boys and Girls Club, or some of the other excellent community service organizations we are blessed to have here in San Diego that need our support.
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Home Inventory Lists: What You Need to Know

Homeowner’s insurance offers a level of protection for all of your personal belongings, including your home. Although it may seem like a huge and unnecessary task, creating an inventory list of your assets can ensure you receive full compensation in the event a file needs to be claimed. Alta Vista Insurance Agency wants to share with Vista, CA homeowners a little bit about home inventory lists.

What Is a Home Inventory List Exactly?

A home inventory is just a list of your personal belongings. This list needs to be as detailed as possible. For instance, you should include make and model, date of purchase, amount paid, serial numbers, etc. If possible, include a purchase receipt, as this makes it easier to identify the value of your losses in the event of a monsoon or fire.

When Should You Make a Home Inventory List?

If you have yet to create a home inventory list, now is the perfect time to do so. You never know when something unexpected could occur, so having a home inventory list created and ready to go will help speed up the claims process. Ideally, you should update this list at least once annually. The best approach, though, is to simply remove and add items as you sell them and buy them.

Where Should You Keep Your Home Inventory List?

You have to keep in mind that an event that could potentially damage your personal belongings could also damage your home inventory list. While there is nothing wrong with keeping a copy of the list at home and/or with you, it is a good idea to keep a copy of the list in the cloud and/or in a safe deposit box.

Whether you have recently purchased a home or have been living in your Vista, CA home for some time, let Alta Vista Insurance Agency ensure you have sufficient homeowner’s insurance coverage for your needs.

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Do home-based businesses need commercial insurance?

Home-based businesses are growing in popularity. Half of all businesses in the US are home-based and if you count businesses that don’t have employees, it goes over 60%. This brings with it many new challenges for businesses and it is more important than ever that you understand how commercial insurance can protect your business and how inadequate non-commercial insurance is. At Alta Vista Insurance Agency in Vista, CA, we understand business risk and how it can be mitigated with commercial insurance. 

Property insurance

If your business is located in your home, you may think your home insurance offers you the coverage you need. It will supply some very basic coverage but not for anything that is particular to your business. While it might cover a computer, desk, and copier, it won’t cover any specialized tools or machinery relating to your specialized business. You also won’t have the coverage for the inventory and raw materials your business requires.

Commercial liability insurance

If you are meeting with clients or customers in your home and they are injured, your home insurance won’t cover them. If vendors come to your home, you also won’t be covered for any injury they sustain. Home liability insurance won’t cover any people who visit for business reasons, only personal reasons. An injury can lead to a legal suit and a judgment against you and it could be enough to torpedo your business for good without the right insurance. 

Commercial auto insurance

If you are using your personal vehicle for business, you will not be covered if you have an accident where you are at fault. It is important to get commercial auto insurance for any vehicle you use for business purposes. 

 Contact Alta Vista Insurance Agency in Vista, CA when you are ready to discuss your commercial insurance needs. 

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