GreatFlorida Insurance - Paul Thornton - Sebring Insurance

Renters Insurance Quotes in Sebring, FL

Paul Thornton, Agent

863-385-3639

203 US-27
Sebring, FL  33870
Fax : 863-385-8860

4.9 of 5 stars - ‎40 reviews
Now loading ...
GreatFlorida Insurance Homeowners Auto Agency in Sebring
Contact your local Agent
Call : 863-385-3639 or

Renters Insurance SebringRenter's Insurance

You do not have to own your property for it to be considered your home in Sebring. It is often your possessions that are more treasured than the house, especially when renting.

While the landlord may have home insurance covering the structure, your personal belongings are not covered unless you have a renter’s insurance policy in place.

GreatFlorida Insurance has budget friendly renter’s coverage to protect against damage or theft of your small appliances, electronics, computer and entertainment equipment, clothes, shoes, jewelry, furniture, bikes and just about anything else you own.

Renter’s insurance is not only created for your possessions but, can offer protection if someone is injured at your rental property as well as  provide living expenses if your rental is damaged and you need to find temporary housing.

GreatFlorida Insurance can cover your rental property whether you live in a condominium, apartment, townhouse or home in Sebring. Safeguard your personal effects with renter’s insurance today.

Protect What's Yours with Renter's Insurance

Whether you own or rent your home, the fact remains that you want to protect your belongings and your family from life's unfortunate events.

While most people have heard of homeowners insurance, many renters don't know that there are special policies just for them called renters insurance.

Contact a GreatFlorida Renter's Insurance Agent in Sebring to get more information on a renters insurance policies and to get your free renters insurance quote.

Call 863-385-3639 or take a few minutes to complete our online quote request form.

Why should I get a renters insurance policy?

Even though you may be living in a home that is protected by someone else's homeowners insurance policy, you want to be sure that your personal belongings and liabilities are covered.

If an accident, natural disaster or other unfortunate incident occurs, a renters insurance policy will make it easier to get back on your feet.

How do deductibles work with renters insurance?

Just like with other policies, a deductible is the amount that you agree to pay before your insurance policy begins to pay. However, it is important to note that this applies to personal property claims and not to liability claims.

Additionally, hurricane deductibles are applied differently since storms can cause damage multiple times in one year. Your GreatFlorida Insurance Agent in Sebring can provide you with additional information on how deductibles work.

What personal items does a renters policy cover?

Renters insurance policies are designed to keep your assets safe. Take a look around your home. You probably have more personal property in your home than you initially realize.

Do you have?

  • Kitchen appliances and supplies
  • Electronics
  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Jewelry
  • Purses
  • Furniture
  • Entertainment systems

Protect items such as these with a superb renters insurance policy from GreatFlorida Insurance. Get your quote by calling 863-385-3639.

How about protection against personal liability?

When someone is hurt at your home, it may be as much your liability as it is the landlord's liability.

Not having proper coverage in place can be a costly mistake. Renters insurance will give you the protection you need whether you need to cover attorneys' fees or pay for the medical bills of those injured on your property.

Protection at home and away from home.

Damages and personal liability can by incurred whether you're home or away from home. For instance, if you accidentally set something on fire because of a faulty appliance or lapse in judgment, a good renters insurance policy can help you recover from those damages.

On the other hand, if your home catches on fire, suffers from water damage as a result of an action of your neighbor or building management, or is broken into, a renters insurance policy will be your best asset.

In these instances your policy will cover damaged items as well as pay part of your living expenses should you be forced out of your home due to the damage.

Renters insurance covers your belongings from natural disasters.

Florida is the Sunshine State. Our tropical climate draws visitors from around the world. However, it also leaves us susceptible to severe storms, floods, hurricanes, tornados, etc.

When you rent your home, you are not responsible for damage to the structure, but guess who is responsible for your personal belongings. You are.

The destruction of your home and personal belongings can be devastating. Give yourself and your family the best chance for a second start with proper renters insurance coverage.

You'll also ensure that you'll have financial support to pay for living expenses if you are forced out of your home.

Payment plans available.

Renters insurance can fit most any budget. You have the option of paying for the entire year upfront or paying a deposit followed by quarterly payments. Get more information when you contact a GreatFlorida Insurance Agent.

Get started by making a list and checking it twice.

How can you get started? Before calling GreatFlorida Insurance take inventory of your belongings. From furniture to appliances to electronics to clothes to shoes to clothing to jewelry, these costs can really add up.

Once you have an idea of the total value of your belongings, a GreatFlorida Insurance Agent in Sebring will be able to put together the best possible renters insurance quote for you.

Get a Quote Online
Call 863-385-3639
Florida Renters  Insurance Blog
by GreatFlorida Insurance
12/4/2018

The Florida Department of Health recently issued a health advisory to inform the public of an increase in Hepatitis A cases across Florida,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent health insurance agency.

Since January 2018, 385 cases of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection have been reported in Florida. This is more than three times the previous five-year average of 126 cases. Florida’s cases are beginning to mirror national trends.

The increase in hepatitis A cases to date is predominantly in the Tampa Bay and Orlando metropolitan areas. Unlike previous outbreaks, most of the latest cases do not involve international travel exposures.

Although infections have occurred across all demographic groups, approximately 68 percent of the recent cases are among males. The median age of cases is 37 years and the highest rates of disease are among persons 30-49 years.

The Mayo Clinic explains, “Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. The virus in one of several types of hepatitis viruses that cause inflammation and affect your liver’s ability to function.”

HAV is usually transmitted through person-to-person contact. The virus can also be transmitted from contaminated food, water or an object that’s infected. While mild cases do not require hospitalization, 77 percent of recent cases in Florida have required hospitalization. However, most people who are infected recover completely with no permanent liver damage.

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable illness. Most health insurance companies cover the cost of a hepatitis A immunization. Check with your doctor, pharmacy or walk-in-clinic.

“Hepatitis A vaccines are provided free to all Florida children 18 and under,” reminds Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent health insurance agency.

The Florida Department of Health says the best way to prevent the virus is through vaccination. Additionally, practicing good hygiene- including thoroughly washing hands after the bathroom, changing diapers and before eating and preparing food can prevent the spread of hepatitis A.

Symptoms of HAV include:

sudden nausea and vomiting

abdominal pain or discomfort

clay colored bowel movements

dark urine

loss of appetite

low grade fever

joint pain

jaundice

intense itching

Get your health insurance through a dependable company you know you can trust. GreatFlorida Insurance offers health insurance coverage through Florida Blue. Contact us today.

 

The post Hepatitis A Health Advisory Issued appeared first on The GreatFlorida Insurance Blog.

by GreatFlorida Insurance
11/28/2018

Floridians can finally enjoy the arrival of dry season. With it brings relief from oppressive heat and humidity along with cold fronts and cooler temperatures.

However, the Florida Forest Service also reminds us, drier days increase the chance for forest fires. So far in this year, 93,000 acres have burned across the state.

“Following fire-safe practices can protect your family and home,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency.

To keep you and your home safe during these drier days, below are some tips.

Clear out dry vegetation-get ride of pine needles, dry leaves, dead palm fronds, dead sticks and twigs in your yard.

Don’t forget the roof-remove dry vegetation from the roof and clear out your gutters. Eliminate any overhang from trees as well. Cut any tree branches within 10 feet of your roof.

Mowing-cut dry weeds and grass before noon when temperatures are cooler.

Pick-up-keep woodpiles, propane tanks and combustible materials away from your home, garage or shed.

Water!

“To take your home protection a step further, the Florida Forest Service recommends creating a defensible space around your home,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of, GreatFlorida Insurance Florida’s top independent homeowners insurance agency.

A defensible space, is Fire Wise landscaping. It increases the likelihood that your home will survive a wildfire even in the absence of firefighters. The U.S. Forest Service explains, Fire Wise landscaping is designed to minimize the spreading of a forest fire.

Your yard is split in four zones. Each zone represents a certain amount of space that extends from your home.

Zone 1, 0-30 ft. “defensible space”-plant nothing flammable against your home.

Zone 2, 30-60 ft. “fuel reduction”-use raised beds, stone walkways and patios.

Zone 3, 60-100 ft. “transition zone”-driveways within this zone provide a break.

Zone 4, 100 ft. + “perimeter zone”-even at a distance, it is important to maintain vegetation.

GreatFlorida Insurance offers homeowners insurance to fit your budget and your needs. Give us a call or go online for a quote today.

The post Preparing for Dry Season appeared first on The GreatFlorida Insurance Blog.

by GreatFlorida Insurance
11/20/2018

Tuesday, November 27, marks the seventh year of #Giving Tuesday. #Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. It is a day to celebrate and encourage donations and volunteer activities that support charities and non-profit organizations.

“Getting involved with a charity in your community is a valuable investment,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency.

The #Giving Tuesday website provides a directory to help you find charities and events in your community participating. Actually, thousands of organizations across Florida are participating. They are championing a variety of causes such as caring for seniors, displaced people, children, animals, charities trying to eradicate disease and abuses, those fighting for environmental issues and much more.

Ways to Participate:

  • Donate to your favorite charity or non-profit.
  • Volunteer your time at a local organization.
  • Start your own fundraiser on Facebook. The #Giving Tuesday website walks you through instructions.
  • Do something kind- pay an elderly relative a visit, bake cookies for a neighbor or offer to sweep sick friend’s driveway.
  • Document your activity on social media and spread the good cheer!

The entire family can participate. Teaching children the importance of generosity benefits them. They become less self-focused, while connecting with the world and the needs of others.

Giving enhances the life of the receiver as well as the giver, making our world a more compassionate place.

“Thanksgiving is an ideal time to express my gratitude to our phenomenal independent agents and their staff for all their hard work to make GreatFlorida Insurance a success. Also, a big thanks to all our customers. It is our honor and pleasure to serve you and your families,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance.

GreatFlorida Insurance is ready to protect your house and family with reliable homeowners insurance. Give us a call for a free quote today.

The post Get into the Holiday Spirit With #Giving Tuesday appeared first on The GreatFlorida Insurance Blog.

by GreatFlorida Insurance
11/13/2018

Holiday Spending Forecast

Holiday sales are likely to surpass the trillion dollar mark this year for the first time ever, according to eMarketer, a market research company. They anticipate a 5.8 percent increase compared to last year, marking the strongest growth in holiday spending since 2011. The surge in spending is attributed to low unemployment and strong income growth, translating into greater consumer confidence.

“With retailers anticipating more spending, shoppers can find plenty of deals,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency.

Thanksgiving Store Closures

So, can shoppers enjoy Thanksgiving Day, without feeling like they are missing out on a bargain? This year nearly 100 popular national and regional retailers will not be open on Thanksgiving Day. Website, bestblackfriday.com, has a comprehensive list of store closings, including, Costco, Publix, TJX Group (T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods) and Home Depot.

In a survey conducted this year, the website found 24 percent of Americans favor Thanksgiving openings, while over 47 percent dislike Thanksgiving openings. Bestblackfriday.com discovered the common theme of “family-time” cited as the reason most retailers remain closed on the holiday.

When to Purchase

However, closing one day still leaves plenty of days for shopping. “Planning ahead seems the best way to get the most for your money,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s leading independent homeowners insurance agency.

While many retailers are already offering great bargains, the biggest deals will most likely be found on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. However, will you still be able to find what are looking for if you wait until then? Adobe Analytics tracks online shopping and has come out with their annual holiday forecast. Their recommendations, if you have a specific item you want to purchase, buy it before Thanksgiving.

Adobe Analytics’ findings include:

Best Days for Deals

11/22, Thanksgiving-sports goods

11/23, Black Friday-electronics (including tablets), TV’s and computers

11/25, Sunday-apparel, appliances, jewelry

11/26, Cyber Monday-toys

11/27, Giving Tuesday-furniture and bedding

 

The post Strategic Holiday Shopping appeared first on The GreatFlorida Insurance Blog.

by GreatFlorida Insurance
11/7/2018

Feds shut-down sham health insurance company

“Unfortunately,  health insurance is being used to deceive many Floridians out of thousands of dollars,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent health insurance company.

In fact, last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) shut down a network of Florida companies that used aggressive and deceptive tactics to sell worthless health insurance products. Allegedly, the company collected more than $100 million by preying on people in search of health insurance, leaving tens of thousands of people uninsured. Many of the consumers have incurred substantial medical expenses and are stuck with thousands of dollars in unpaid medical bills.

A complaint was filed in federal court against Simple Health Plans LLC, and the company’s owner, Steven J. Dorfman as well as five other companies including, Health Benefits One LLC, Health Center Management LLC, Innovative Customer Care LLC, Simple Insurance Leads LLC, and Senior Benefits One LLC.

The FTC alleges the defendants misled people into thinking they were buying comprehensive health insurance that would cover pre-existing medical conditions, prescription drugs, primary and specialty care treatment, inpatient and emergency hospital care, surgical procedures and medical and laboratory testing.

Customers enrolled reported paying up to $500 a month for what ended up being a medical discount program or extremely limited benefit program that left consumers uninsured.

Florida Blue warns customers about scam

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, also known as Florida Blue, wants customers to know it is not affiliated with phone calls claiming to offer plans from well-known insurers, including Blue Cross. The company has made it clear, they are aware of the calls and they are not from Florida Blue nor anyone representing the company.

In a letter written by Florida Blue to address to situation, they state, “When we call you, to comply with privacy laws we’ll always confirm we are speaking to the correct individual, first by asking for some personal information. However, we will never require you to give us financial or banking information, or ask for full social security numbers, over the phone.”

“Floridians receive a ridiculous number of robocalls pitching health insurance scams every year,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent health insurance company.

It pays to get your health insurance through a reputable company you know you can trust. GreatFlorida Insurance offers legitimate health insurance coverage through Florida Blue. Contact us today.

GreatFlorida Insurance is a authorized vendor of health insurance for Blue Cross & Blue Shield.

GreatFlorida Insurance is a authorized vendor of health insurance for Blue Cross & Blue Shield.

 

The post Is Your Health Insurance Legit? appeared first on The GreatFlorida Insurance Blog.

by GreatFlorida Insurance
10/31/2018

For some drivers, vehicle longevity is paramount in selecting a car. Determined to capitalize on their investment, they will drive their cars into the ground.

“With regular maintenance, most cars last up to 100,000 miles,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent car insurance agency.  Also, Consumer Reports says, the typical age of cars on the road is 11 years. On average, 1.2 percent of cars built every year makes it past 200,000 miles.

However, some cars far surpass the 100,000-mile mark and keep going. Researchers with the automotive website, iSeeCars.com, have complied a list of vehicles that are most likely to continue running well past 200,000 miles.

The data is based on analysis of over 13.5 million cars on the road, sold during 2017, from model years 1981 through 2017 with over 200,000 miles logged. The list is mostly comprised of larger vehicles, seven out of 10 vehicles most likely to pass 200,000 miles are SUV’s.

10. Honda Odyssey

9. Toyota Avalon

8. Toyota Tacoma

7. GMC Yukon

6. Chevrolet Tahoe

5. GMC Yukon XL

4. Toyota 4Runner

3. Chevrolet Suburban

2. Ford Expedition

1. Toyota Sequoia

“Most of the vehicles on the list are constructed with real durability, which must be a factor,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent car insurance agency.

Perhaps more triumphant than hitting the 200,000-mile mark are the vehicles iSeeCars.com, expects are likely to reach 300,000 miles. They include, Toyota 4Runner, Chevrolet Suburban, Toyota Sequoia, Ford Expedition and the Toyota Tacoma.

Noticeably absent from the list are luxury cars. “Typically, luxury models have fewer cars that achieve the 200,000-mile milestone because these cars are often leased with contracts requiring lessees to keep the miles down,” says iSeeCars.com, CEO Phong Ly.

The longest-lasting luxury vehicles to meet or exceed 200,000 miles include, Cadillac Escalade ESV, Cadillac Escalade, Acura MDX and Volvo XC 90.

If you are looking for dependable and affordable car insurance, give GreatFlorida Insurance a call today.

The post Vehicles that run for over 200,000 miles appeared first on The GreatFlorida Insurance Blog.

by GreatFlorida Insurance
10/17/2018

Hurricane Michael was the 3rd most powerful storm to hit the U.S. The storm quickly escalated to a category 4 hurricane, making it the worst in almost a century. National Geographic reports, Michael had the three most critical characteristics for a hurricane to gain strength and make a big impact. Those include, warm waters, low wind shear (a change in wind speed or direction in a short distance) and a tight core, keeping the storm intact.

“In a span of 48 hours we watched the tropical storm grow to a worst-case scenario,” recounts Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance company.

While it has been a week since Michael made landfall, the impact was so devastating, crews are still searching for survivors in the hardest hit areas. Hundreds remain in shelters and over 100,000 are still without power. Many are dependent on food and water being air dropped to their areas. Bay county schools are closed indefinitely for over 26,000 students. Cell phone service is spotty, and it is difficult to fill a gas tank. To support victims, Verizon announced it would give a three-month credit to every Verizon customer in Bay and Gulf counties.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management has established a website, floridadisaster.org, for storm victims, as an information hub. The website includes a list of open shelters, instructions on how to apply for disaster assistance, emergency supply distribution locations, updated curfews for each county, family reunification, boil water notices, debris reporting, insurance resources, available gas stations, power outage details, school closures, traffic, weather, a list of open camping areas, rumor control and more.

“At GreatFlorida Insurance, we are making every effort to provide our customers with a quick response so they can piece their lives back together,” says Ellsworth Buck Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent homeowners insurance company.

Gov. Rick Scott, issued an emergency order that ensures additional protections to Florida insurance policy holders. According to the Insurance Journal, the order requires that insurers perform the following.

  • Freeze any rate hikes for 90 days.
  • Provide an additional 90 days to policyholders to supply required information to their insurance company.
  • Rescind for 90 days, all non-renewals or cancellations issued to policyholders in the days leading up to Hurricane Michael. This gives policyholders 90 days to either renew their insurance policy or find a new insurance policy.

For those interested in helping financially, Charity Navigator has highly rated the following charities. They will help by providing food, shelter, medical care and other necessities to victims of the storm.

Team Rubicon, https://teamrubiconusa.org

Samaritan’s Purse, https://www.samaritanspurse.org

All Hands and Hearts- Smart Response, https://www.allhandsandhearts.org/programs/hurricane-michael-relief/

Direct Relief, https://www.directrelief.org/emergency/hurricane-michael/

Many good Samaritans have packed up trucks with food and supplies to come and aid storm victims utilizing their own resources.

The post Hurricane Michael- What is being done? appeared first on The GreatFlorida Insurance Blog.