Posts Tagged ‘homeowners’

Last Saturday, Allen Norwood wrote a great column in The Charlotte Observer about insuring vacant houses.  I’d done the same awhile ago, and of course the article caught my eye.  It’s the kind of thing that’s coming up more and more, and people might get further hurt because they have a claim denied because they didn’t tell their insurance company that the house is vacant. 

Part of the story referred to a very useful web site put up by the NC Department of Insurance- http://www.ncdoi.com/.  There you can find lots of information about all kinds of insurance, including homeowner insurance, that you may have missed in talking to your insurance provider.  You can download their Consumers’ Guide to Homeowner’s Insurance among many others.

WordPress’ links are not working right, so here are a few related to his post:

Allen Norwood’s article: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/11/12/1830767/vacant-homes-expensive-to-insure.html

Consumer’s Guide to Homeowners’ Insurance: http://www.ncdoi.com/consumer/consumer_publications/homeowners%20insurance/consumer%20guide%20to%20homeowners%20insurance.pdf

My post on vacant house insurance: http://stansuther.com/2010/05/10/insuring-a-vacant-hous/

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Charlotte television station WCNC recently did an investigation of a strange phenomenon of melting vinyl siding.  The only time I’ve seen this is when a homeowner fired up the grill a bit too close to the house (yes, I’ve seen it more than once).  In this case, they interview multiple homeowners who’ve found melted vinyl on the sides of their homes.  You’ll never guess what’s the cause.  I asked the reporter, Stuart Watson, if he would allow me to post their video.  He was happy to say yes, and asked me to pass along their email address, iteam@wcnc.com, so that if anyone else sees this, the homeowner can contact WCNC for additional information about getting it resolved.

HERE is a link to their article and video of the news report.  There are other useful links there on this subject.

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