Monthly Archives: May 2013

Disaster Insurance 101

Disaster Insurance 1The recent devastation caused by tornadoes in Oklahoma may have you thinking about what you should do to protect your belongings. In terms of insurance, the experts say that the most important thing you can do is accurately and thoroughly document your possessions, and the best way to do this is through taking photos and keeping receipts. An article on the Equifax Finance blog, “

Natural Disaster Insurance Claims: What To Do When A Natural Disaster Strikes” provides some helpful tips for how to prepare now for if you were to ever fall victim to a natural disaster.

  • Where you live will dictate the types of insurance you might need. Here’s a rundown:
    • Homeowner’s Insurance – required by lenders, it usually protects against wind and fire, but not against flooding
    • Commercial property insurance – protects your business or office space if it is damaged in a man-made or natural disaster
    • Flood insurance – flood zones change over the years, so you may believe that your home is not at risk, but it may be
    • Earthquake insurance – if you live in an area that is very near a fault line, this may be worth buying
  • Take an inventory of your home and belongings with photos and videos. Take photos of anything of value and then do sweeping video shots of your rooms, being sure to include furniture, artwork, etc.
  • Keep receipts of major purchases (like furniture, artwork, appliances, electronics, etc.). Keep receipts in a waterproof filing cabinet or even better, scan receipts into your computer and save them on a portable storage device.
  • Keep a list of your insurance policy numbers and contact information for your insurance company. Keep this list in a locked box near an exit in your home, in case you need to evacuate in a rush, you can grab it quickly and go.
  • Make your home as watertight as possible with storm-proofed roof, gutters, doors, window and basement.
  • Keep a first-aid kit easily accessible in your home.

Check out the Equifax Finance blog for more tips on insurance, credit reports, taxes,

identity theft information and more.

Developer Randy Allen Celebrates a 40-year Career in Real Estate

North Carolina developer

Randy Allen, a developer located in Charlotte, has had a long and successful career in Carolina real estate, as well as up and down the East coast. His company, Randy Allen North Carolina Developer, has achieved success due to his hard work, professionalism and leadership.

Randy Allen entered the real estate world in 1972, immediately after college. He started out by designing and overseeing the development of single family homes, starting with tiny neighborhoods. Now, through is company, he oversees teams of contractors to develop communities with more than 1,000 homes. The communities Randy Allen has worked on often include planned developments with parks and other features, as well as locations with waterfront lots on manmade lakes and marinas.

Randy’s experience and professionalism grew over time, which led to him taking on even larger projects. In 2009, his company received an award from the American Council of Engineering Companies for a large-scale waste water treatment plant they built.

When asked about the secret to his success, Randy Allen attributed it to enjoying his work and having plenty of help, including that of quality contractors who have helped them build communities that they could be proud of. Randy’s colleagues have also praised his professionalism, creativity and ability to work well with his contractors.

For more information on Randy Allen North Carolina Developer, visit their website.