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  • Going on Vacation? 10 Ways to Protect Your Home
    There's nothing better than going on vacation and if you're planning to squeeze in some time away before summer's end, it's important to take the necessary steps to protect your home while you're on holiday.
  • Three Reasons Why Students Need Tenant Insurance
    With a new school year fast approaching, many students will be leaving home and moving into on-campus housing or their first apartment. There's a lot to pack like books, laptops, clothes, furniture, and entertainment systems to name just a few of the essentials. But, what about property insurance? See why your student may need tenant insurance.
  • Quiz: When a Storm Hits, Are You Covered?
    When the weather is wild and causes damage, are you covered? Take the Kanetix.ca quiz to find out how weatherproof your coverage is, or can be, with the right policy.
  • Safety Tips for Setting off Fireworks
    Like many Canadians, fireworks and sparklers may be lighting up your night this Canada Day. If you're hosting your own home fireworks display, minimize the chance of injury or property damage this Canada Day with these firework safety tips.
  • When It's More than Just a Shower: Storm Damage and Your Insurance
    Severe thunderstorms-damaging wind gusts, hail and torrential rain-seem to be increasingly common, and when they cause damage to your home or auto will you be covered?
  • Nearly Half of Homeowners Plan to Renovate Their Home
    If you're thinking about renovating your home this year, hopefully you've locked in your contractor as they'll likely be busy in the coming months. According to CIBC's annual home renovation poll, 45 per cent of Canadian homeowners say they expect to undertake some sort of home renovation this season
  • Almost 50 Per Cent of Tenants Are Without Renter's Insurance
    Of the more than 14 million households in Canada, approximately 4.5 million are rented by tenants, according to the 2016 Census. A recent Kanetix.ca survey suggests that potentially 2 million of these households don't have the protection that comes with purchasing a tenant insurance policy. The survey found that 48.5 per cent of Canadian tenants don't have a policy to call their own.
  • Spring Forward: Daylight Saving Time Home and Auto Safety Checklist
    The weekend most Canadians spring forward one hour is also the ideal time to tackle seasonal safety projects. A lot of the routine maintenance on your home and car should be done twice a year, so what better time to start checking items off your "to-do" list?
  • (Buying a) Home for the Holidays?
    House hunting isn't typically associated with the holiday season, but if you're in the market to buy a home there's no need to give up the hunt just because it's the off-season. In fact, there are those who would argue that house hunting in the off-season offers buyers unique opportunities that don't exist during the traditional home buying season.
  • 13 Halloween Safety Tips at Home and in the Car
    As much as children love to go trick-or-treating and the resulting stash of candy, Halloween can be ghoulish if precautions by homeowners and drivers aren't taken. We here at Kanetix.ca have scared up 13 Halloween safety tips for around the home and in the car to help banish the ghouls to the netherworld.
  • Home Insurance Myths Busted
    Home insurance can be confusing. The following are some of the most common misconceptions about home insurance in Canada to help you weed through what's fact and what's fiction.
  • Could Fido Void Your Home Insurance?
    In April, Quebec tabled legislation to ban certain dogs in the province. Once the Quebec legislation comes into force, Quebec and Ontario will be the only two provinces in Canada with a province-wide ban on certain breeds of dogs. Could the type of dog you own affect your home insurance coverage?
  • The Reality of the Millennial Homeownership Dream
    If you're a millennial in Canada, or the parent of one, a recent HSBC survey suggests that the dream of homeownership isn't dead, it just requires some help-and work-to bring the dream of buying a home to life.
  • First Time Home Buyer, Eight First Time Home Expenses
    You did it! You survived the years of saving for a down payment, the open houses, the paperwork, the outrageous bidding wars and the stress of it all, to finally buy a new home. As a first time homeowner, the next year will be exciting, but it will also likely be expensive.
  • CMHC to Increase Mortgage Insurance Premiums
    The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is increasing its mortgage loan insurance premiums. The new mortgage loan insurance premium increase will come into effect on St. Patrick's Day, March 17th, 2017. Will you be affected?
  • Fire Safety Tips to Protect Your Home
    Winter is the worst season for fires in Canada and National Home Fire Safety Week starts Nov. 24th. Protecting yourself and your home from fire hazards means testing smoke alarms, reviewing a fire escape plan with the family, and keeping a fire extinguisher handy. But it doesn't end there. Follow these fire safety tips around the home so you can roast your chestnuts without a hitch as we head into the holiday season.
  • Wildfires, Ice Storms, Tornadoes, and Hail: Canada's 10 Costliest Disasters
    The Fort McMurray wildfires that forced almost 90,000 residents out of their homes have been devastating. The damage caused, vast. In fact, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) estimates that the insured property damage caused by the wildfires to be almost $3.6 billion.
  • 10 Times When Your Home Insurance May Not Pay Out
    You may think that your property insurance will cover anything and everything that happens in your home, but, this isn't entirely true. Here are some reasons why your insurance provider may not completely pay out your claim, or worse may reject your claim or cancel your coverage all together...
  • What Impacts Your Home Insurance [Infographic]
    From the roof to the basement to the garage, there are many things that go into your home insurance rate. But what specifically affects your home insurance rate? As you make your house your home, we've identified 21 things that may influence the rate you pay for your home insurance coverage, and illustrated a few of them in this Kanetix.ca infographic.
  • Home Insurance Savings Guide: 21 Things That Impact Your Rate
    Your home is probably your biggest investment and the best protection for that investment is home insurance. But what specifically affects your home insurance rate? As you make your house your home, we break down some of the things that may influence the rate you pay for your home insurance coverage.
  • Popular Steals: What's at Risk in Your Home
    Approximately every three minutes, a residential burglary happens in Canada. You may think it's most necessary to protect your TV and stereo system. However, thieves nowadays target items that are not just high in value, but also lightweight and portable which make them a fast easy steal and ideal for a quick cash sale.
  • 14 Per Cent of Homeowners Rent out a Portion of Their House
    A recent survey suggests that about 14 per cent of Canadian homeowners rent out a portion of their home. See how If you rent out your basement, or a room, it could affect your home insurance.
  • How the Toronto Flood Affected Home Insurance Coverage
    It's been two years since flooding in Toronto caused $850 million in insured damages. Combined with the damage from Alberta's floods, insurers have been forced to react. Now a handful of companies are offering something they've never offered before: overland flood insurance.
  • Buying a New Home? 9 Things to Consider When It Comes Your Home Insurance
    If you're planning your weekends by all the open house notices, consider how your choice of new home may affect the ease of getting home insurance and how much you will pay for coverage.
  • First Time Home Buyers Guide: Getting Ready for the Big Buy
    Taking that first step on the property ladder is one of life's biggest decisions. Sounds ominous, doesn't it? It doesn't have to be; you'll have plenty of help along the way and the Kanetix.ca first time home buyer's guide will help you break it all down into easy bite-sized pieces.
  • Tenants Insurance 101
    If you're renting, tenants-or renters-insurance should be a no brainer. Not only will it help you get back on your feet after a fire or theft, for example, but it has numerous other benefits too. Here's our guide to how much tenant insurance you need-and when you need it.
  • 300,000 Reasons Why You Should Worry About Title Fraud
    It's been estimated that the average amount stolen in title fraud is in the range of $300,000. How can you shield yourself from falling victim to title fraud?
  • Insurance Tips to Help You Save When Buying a House
    Buying a house is an exciting adventure, as well as an expensive endeavour. So let's look at tips that will help you save on the home insurance you'll need to protect your new purchase.
  • Title Fraud in Canada: Keeping The Roof Over Your Head, Yours
    Real estate fraud in Canada is a booming business, and while the vast majority is perpetrated against financial institutions in the form of mortgage fraud, it's title fraud that hits home and strikes fear in homeowners. Learn how it happens and how to protect yourself.
  • Three Reasons Why Students Need Tenant Insurance
    With a new school year fast approaching, many students will be leaving home and moving into on-campus housing or their first apartment. There's a lot to pack—books, laptops, clothes, furniture, and entertainment systems to name just a few of the essentials. But, what about property insurance? See why your student may need tenant insurance.

  • (Buying a ) Home for the Holidays?
    House hunting isn't typically associated with the holiday season, but if you're in the market to buy a home there's no need to give up the hunt just because it's the off-season. In fact, there are those who would argue that house hunting in the off-season offers buyers unique opportunities that don't exist during the traditional home buying season.

  • What Impacts Your Home Insurance [Infographic]
    From the roof to the basement to the garage, there are many things that go into your home insurance rate. But what specifically affects your home insurance rate? As you make your house your home, we've identified 21 things that may influence the rate you pay for your home insurance coverage, and illustrated a few of them in this Kanetix.ca infographic.

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