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Should I Purchase an Insurance Policy for My Scooter or Moped?

Riding a scooter or moped isn’t only fun, but you look great riding one. The benefits of using a scooter to get around aren’t only limited to fun, fuel economy and ease of parking. Insurance is cheap too! There are many...

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Be a Responsible Dog Owner – 7 Tips to Follow to Avoid a Liability Claim

There are few furry companions in this world who can bring joy to your life as much as a dog. For dog lovers, your pets are as much a part of the family as any other member of the family! Along with the incredible fun...

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Common Questions About ATV Insurance

Four-wheelers, ATVs, UTVs, side-by-sides and more are so much fun! Some are used for work purposes such as around the farm or hunting, but many are used purely as a recreational vehicle for weekend fun! Regardless of...

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Boat Insurance Options For The 5 Most Common Claims

Ah, boating. Whether you enjoy taking your boat out for a ride, waterskiing or fishing, boats bring joy and relaxation. Like any vehicle, there comes risks with operating a boat and understanding your insurance...

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How to Determine If You Need Comprehensive or Collision Coverage On Your Auto Policy

Whether you are searching for car insurance, shopping for a lower car insurance rate or just need a new plan, you’ve come to the right insurance agency. Our agents will shop to find the best insurance rate &...

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Sharing your ride? We've got you covered.

As a ride-share driver you want to be protected at all times you're driving your vehicle. If something happens on the road and you have incomplete coverage, it can be devastating. We don't want that to happen! That's...

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How to Shop Smart Online & Lower Your Risk for Identity Theft

Check if the website it secure. A simple way to check is to look for the lock symbol in the left corner of the search browser. Any website where you are putting in your credit card information or personal information...

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How Can I Lower My Car Insurance Cost?

When it comes to insurance, most people think of how they can save money first. We get it, insurance can be expensive! You want good coverage, but at an affordable cost. Being a local insurance agency, we provide many...

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Looking at a new piece of jewelry? Make sure to look at your insurance, too

Whether it’s a gift from someone special or a gift to yourself, a new piece of jewelry can bring some sparkle to your life. However, many people who find themselves victimized by burglars-or a fire or some other...

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My Child Is Delivering Food With Their Car. Do We Need to Share This With Our Insurance Agent?

It is great that your child has a job and is earning their own money. The modern world of convenience is offering us many new ways to get food and almost instant retail deliveries, but what you should know is that your...

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5 Telltale Signs It May Be Time For New Tires

When it comes to vehicle safety, few things are as important as your tires and you should regularly inspect them to ensure they’re in good shape before taking your car out on the road. Tire safety is much more than just...

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We're Hiring a Personal Lines Account Manager

C. Don Filer Agency, Inc., one of Washington’s leading local independent agencies, is looking for an experienced, licensed Personal Lines Account Manager for its office located at 4201 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle WA...

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What Exactly Is Full Coverage Auto Insurance?

Full coverage has different meanings to different people. When most people refer to full coverage they’re referring to a mix of insurance coverages to protect their vehicle. That being said, there is no such thing as “...

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20 Driving Tips for a Happy Holiday Ride

Pop quiz: Do you know more about driving than Indy race car driver Johnny Unser of the Unser Racing Family? It’s a safe bet that most drivers don’t have Unser’s knowledge or skill but still drive in ways he wouldn’t...

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Keep Pets Happy and Safe on Vacation

You’re not just imagining it-a lot of people are traveling with their pets these days. According to a TripAdvisor survey of more than 1,000 travelers, 53% of those responding said they take their pets on vacation, and...

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9 Ways to Minimize Holiday Fire Risks

The winter holidays are beloved for the warmth and light they bring to a cold, dark season. But this wondrous time of year isn’t free from danger. According to the American Red Cross, almost 47,000 fires occur during...

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Should I Have an Umbrella Insurance Policy?

Anyone who wishes to protect themselves from major claims or lawsuits, or would like to protect their assets or earnings would benefit from an umbrella insurance policy. Insuring your future is what an umbrella...

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Three Things to Keep In Mind If Hosting a Holiday Party

There are many factors that go into hosting a great holiday party. Whether it’s prepping your family’s homemade, traditional recipes, cleaning your home for guests or decorating for the perfect holiday festivity,...

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I Got Hit By Someone Who Doesn’t Have Insurance – Now What?

According to a recent study by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, approximately one out of every 8 drivers in the United States are uninsured. That’s a staggering figure when you think about your...

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Five Things To Do For Fall Maintenance For Your Home

With winter season approaching, now is the time to do a few simple tasks around your home. Not only can this prevent damage from occurring, but it can help keep your home exterior clean. Instead of giving you a long...

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Five Ways to Protect Your Personal Electronic Data

Online data breaches are just an unfortunate fact of life now-as the New York Times put it, you might as well assume that your personal information has been taken, because cyberattacks happen all the time. That’s why...

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September Represents National Preparedness Month

Are you prepared for a disaster? Recent articles online, in the newspaper and commercials on televisions remind us that disasters are just a moment away. It is easy to think that’s a good reminder, yet fail to act on...

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Heavy Rain? Be on the Lookout for Heavy Damage

Your home protects you from the elements, but heavy rains can weaken that protection. With a little maintenance and a lot of vigilance, it’s not hard to stay safe and dry. Fall rainstorms are a fact of life in many...

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I’m Considered a High Risk Driver – What Can I do to Change That?

If you’re searching for a new auto insurance policy and the company or agent tells you you’re “high risk” what exactly does that mean and what can you do to improve that? While there is no real definition of what a...

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6 Tips for Getting to Work on Two Wheels

Did you know that hundreds of thousands of people in the United States commute to work by bicycle, according to the U.S. Census Bureau? That’s a lot of cars off the road each day, a lot of gasoline saved and a ton of...

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A Rodent Made a Nest In My Car and Caused Damage – Is it Covered?

As cooler weather approaches at night or you park your car outside during the winter months, chances are that sooner or later a rodent will find its way inside of your warm vehicle. Rodents like rats, mice and even...

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Rental Car Insurance, Do I Need It?

When you are on vacation renting a car, you will most likely be asked if you want to purchase insurance for the car. Sometimes purchasing that insurance policy is needed, but other times you may already be covered with...

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15 Items to Pack On Your Road Trip

Summer time is a great time to go on a road trip! Whether you are exploring a National Park, traveling through a state or going across the country, being on the road is memorable. Road trips are fun, but you want to be...

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6 Benefits of Working with a Local Insurance Agency

A local insurance agent listens to your needs then finds a customized insurance policy that fits those needs. When looking for insurance, consider your local, independent insurance agents in Seattle, WA. We do more...

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Essential Safety Tips for Nighttime Boating

If you own a boat (or better yet, as the joke goes, you know someone with a boat), you’ve probably thought about spending some evenings on the water - especially in the summertime. It’s a great thought, of course. But,...

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Swimming Pool Liability

Having a swimming pool on your property is a luxury and takes a lot of maintenance, but oh is it worth it on a hot summer day! If you have kids, the swimming pool seems to be their favorite hangout place with their...

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How to Prep Your Camper Trailer Yourself for Summer Use

With summer around the corner, avid campers are ready to get out and enjoy what nature has to offer. If you own a camper or trailer, it’s time to complete a quick tune up to ensure your vehicle is ready for summer use....

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What You Need To Know About Life Insurance

- What You Need to Know About Life Insurance - Having the right life insurance is pivotal in planning for the future of you and your loved ones. Life insurance can help you fulfill promises you’ve made your family...

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How To Limit Access and Protect Your Credit Information

- In the wake of recent large-scale security breaches, people are seeking protection for their personal financial information. You should know: - There are steps you can take to limit your exposure to potential...

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5 Driving Habits to Master Every Time You Get Behind The Wheel

According the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, 391,000 individuals were injured & 3,477 were killed from distracted driving in 2015. Insurance premiums have skyrocketed because of distracted driving and...

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Is Your Classic Car Insurance Policy Customized To Your Needs?

Many of us collect classic cars and for good reason – they’re valuable assets and they’re fun! Regardless of what you collect or why you collect it, we all share a passion for these vehicles of the past. For those of us...

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Protecting Your Home: Understanding Your Home Insurance Policy

As a homeowner, one of the most important aspects of your home isn’t something you use daily. And it isn’t something flashy you show off to friends. It’s your homeowners insurance policy, and it protects you in more...

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Do My Roommate and I need a Separate Renters Insurance Policy?

As a local insurance agency, we are here to help with all your insurance questions. When it comes to renters insurance, many people assume that since they are renting an apartment, home or condo, they are fully covered...

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Do I Need to Tell My Insurance Company If My Dog Bites Someone?

You probably don’t think your dog would ever bite someone, let alone cause a serious injury. But dog bites are more common than you might realize-4.5 million occur every year in the U.S., according to the Centers for...

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Six Things to Do If You Get Into a Car Accident

Being in an accident can be a very frightening event. Being prepared to know how to handle the situation when it occurs will help you deal with the shock of it, as well as ensure you are covered for the loss when it...

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Overwhelmed with Spring Cleaning Your Home? Try These Easy Tips.

Cleaning a home deeply should be done once a year and spring is a great time to dig in and actually do it! Instead of focusing on a long list of things to accomplish, we’d thought we’d share five things to keep in mind...

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8 Ways to Protect Your Home While on Vacation

Whether you are a snow bird who flocks to warm weather in the winter or you’re taking a vacation just to get away, you should always protect your home while traveling. The last thing you want to hear while vacationing...

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Protect yourself from Carbon Monoxide at Home and at Work

Every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hundreds of people in the U.S. die from carbon-monoxide (CO) poisoning-and the invisible, odorless gas sickens thousands more. The numbers seem...

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Should I do an actual cash value or replacement cost value policy for my home insurance?

Insurance policies are full of language and terms that may not be clear right off the bat. Many terms are specific to the industry and to the specific type of insurance that is being purchased. Having a local insurance...

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Insuring Jewelry: How to Know if Your Coverage is Enough

A ring from a loved one. A bracelet handed down through generations. A watch or necklace marking a special occasion. Every reason you treasure a piece of fine jewelry is a reason it should be insured. However, calling...

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How to Determine If You Need Gap Insurance

While buying a home tends to appreciate in value overtime, buying a vehicle is the opposite. Especially if you are buying a brand new vehicle, the moment you drive off the car dealership’s lot, your vehicle has already...

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An Insurance Checklist for the New Year

The start of a New Year always energizes us to start off on the right foot. Whether it’s committing to spend more time with family, exercising more or saving money, New Year’s resolutions are common for everyone. But,...

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Tips for Buying a Safe Car

You’ve heard all the talk about driverless cars - but unfortunately, we’re still years away from living in a world where you just tell your car where to go, kick back and relax with a book (or, more likely, your phone)....

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Six Places to Check for Water Leak Damage In Your Home

The unfortunate reality of home or condo ownership is that over time you will most likely develop a leak that could cause major damage if it goes unchecked. If you own a home or condo, regularly check these places for...

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Protect Yourself From Holiday Package Theft At Your Seattle Home With These Tips

The holiday season is a joyous time, but unfortunately, it is also top season for theft. If you walk around your neighborhood, it isn’t hard to see all the holiday deliveries left on porches of unsuspecting homeowners....

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Why Today’s Homes Burn Faster

From building materials to furnishings, many of the things in your home likely aren’t as flame-resistant as those from yesteryear. A fire in a modern home is a “perfect storm,” according to safety consulting and...

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This One Quick Tip Can Get You Your Stolen Bicycle Back

According to the National Bike Registry, 1.5 million bicycles are stolen each year. With college campuses being the biggest source of bicycle theft, it would be great if there was a way to protect your investment that...

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What Insurance Coverage Do I Need for My Drone or UAV?

It seems like everywhere we go we have a chance to hear the sound of a UAV, also known as a drone, commonly sounding like a disturbed hornets’ nest. Drones are fun to fly for both kids and adults. They are seemingly...

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Six Steps To Follow To Keep The Interior Of Your Car in Great Condition

Protecting and cleaning the interior of your car will improve resale as well as improve your overall enjoyment of your vehicle. With these easy to follow steps, you’ll have the interior of your vehicle in tip-top shape....

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Do You Need Umbrella Insurance?

One of the most certain things in life is uncertainty. Your dog could bite the neighbor’s kid. Your teen driver could hit a cyclist. A guest could fall down your stairs. A rainy morning commute on worn-out tires could...

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Items to Consider If You Want To Own a Vacation Home

Owning a secondary home or vacation property can be a rewarding experience and allow you to build so many memories! While owning a vacation home can have countless advantages, it does bring some unique responsibility...

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Insuring Your Seattle Home From Floods

According to FEMA, flood claims occurred in every state in our country in 2016 with the average claim cost in excess of $31,000. Just because your property doesn’t sit next to a stream, river or other body of water...

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Home Security Options on a Shoestring Budget

Monthly bills can be daunting and for many, the choice of having food and shelter is more important than keeping burglars or robbers away from your home. However, when times are tough, the last thing you want to do is...

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Choosing Your Insurance Soley By Price May Not Be the Best Plan

We’re flooded daily with insurance commercials claiming that shopping with them will get you the lowest insurance premiums of any company out there. Saving money on your insurance is important, but the lowest insurance...

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Join Our Team in Arlington - We are looking for a Personal Lines Account Manager

C. Don Filer Agency, Inc., one of Washington’s leading local independent agencies, is looking for an experienced, licensed Personal Lines Account Manager for its office located at 518 North Olympic Avenue, Arlington WA...

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Easy to Forget Cleaning Projects

As a busy homeowner, it's easy to fall into the trap of pushing off tasks that maintain the long-term value of your home in favor of more pressing problems. That’s OK, to a point, as certain house-cleaning projects...

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Educating Your Child About Insurance Before They Leave For College

Attending college is an exciting time for your child. Whether it’s deciding where to go, what to major in or figuring the finances, there are a lot of decisions to think about. Before your child leaves the nest, here...

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We are hiring at our Seattle location - Health Insurance Account Manager

C. Don Filer Agency, Inc., an established and respected independent insurance agency, is looking for an experienced, licensed Health Insurance Account Manager for its University District office located at 4201...

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Understanding How to Avoid Foodborne Illness at Home

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 48 million Americans get sick from foodborne illness every year. A foodborne illness occurs when you consume contaminated food or beverages. It’s...

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Open Position at our Seattle Location - Commercial Lines Account Executive

C. Don Filer Agency, Inc., an established and respected independent insurance agency, is looking for an experienced, licensed Commercial Lines Account Manager for its University District office located at 4201...

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Do You Know When to Add a Teen Driver to Your Insurance Policy

For your teen, learning how to drive is one of the most exciting times of their lives. Finally, a means to freedom so they think. We all remember the excitement of getting our driver’s permit, then our driver’s license....

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Five Ideas for Throwing a Fun BBQ Party

Summertime is one of the most popular seasons to BBQ with friends and family. Whether it’s grilling at your local park or in your backyard, gathering with friends and family on a sunny day always is a memorable event....

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Should I buy insurance when I rent a car?

You’ve probably been at the rental-car counter, listening to the representative ask if you want to purchase the company’s insurance. And the thoughts start racing through your head. “Is this a rip-off? Doesn’t my...

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Do You Know What Determines Your Car Insurance Rates in Washington State?

We bet you’ve wondered how car insurance premiums are calculated. Do you ever have discussions with friends of similar age and driving history and find you’re all paying very different premiums for what would appear to...

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Want a Safer Home? Consider these Inexpensive Fixes

Home improvement: It’s a never-ending process for many people, and for those of us who aren’t necessarily handy, it can be a hassle, too.But there are plenty of simple maintenance tasks and other improvements you can...

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Hosting a Special Event This Summer in Washington? Consider a Special Event Insurance Policy.

Planning a wedding or a special event can seem like a full-time job. Between determining your guest list, vendors, food choices and the small details, there is so much to consider to make your dream wedding or event...

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Planning a Road Trip or Vacation to a National Park This Year? Here Are The Top Five!

The United States is known world-wide for having amazing National Parks. There are 59 National Parks scattered throughout our beautiful country, with fourteen being considered UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS). Whether...

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Help Your Dog Love Apartment Living

Apartment living can have many advantages: low maintenance, close to work and entertainment, and ease of changing residence. But, if you’re a dog owner, apartment living can present some difficulties. You probably won’t...

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Understanding Auto Insurance Premium Increases in Washington

Many of you may have noticed that the auto insurance industry seems to be continually increasing premiums. While Filer Insurance represents many of the top insurance companies in the country and we can quote you with...

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Love Bites – Get Umbrella Coverage

In today’s economy, everyone is pinching pennies. So why worry about umbrella coverage? Shouldn’t a home and auto policy leave you adequately covered?Unfortunately, we live in a world of lawsuits. Large damages can be...

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5 Simple Tips to Avoid Having Your Vehicle Stolen in Seattle

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a vehicle is stolen every 44 seconds in the United States. Having your vehicle stolen is not only a huge inconvenience, but it is also frightening and...

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Follow these Tips to Prevent Mail Theft in Seattle, WA

Mail theft is an unfortunate reality in most of the country. Thieves drive around during the mid-day and night time looking for mail that has not yet been picked up. What are they looking for? Gift cards, credit card...

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Keep an Eye on your Little Ones - You're Liable for Their Actions

Our children quickly become the most important parts of our lives and our dreams suddenly become the dreams of our children. As we look at our own childhoods, we see the seemingly endless shenanigans we caused and while...

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Teen Driving Safety

Talking to Your Teen About Safe DrivingWhen teens begin to drive, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Safety Council, the sobering statistics start to pile up:Car...

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Keep These Items in your Home Safe

If you don’t own a home safe, it might be time to make the purchase. Not only can they help with theft of valuables or family heirlooms, but they can also protect special documents. A home safe is priceless when the...

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Yes, you can Insure that Engagement Ring!

Getting engaged is an exciting time and brings happiness to not only the couple, but their family and friends. While the new couples should cherish this special moment, they should also find an insurance policy to...

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Car Shopping With Safety in Mind

You’ve heard all the talk about driverless cars. Yet we’re still years away from living in a world where you can just tell your car where to go and then kick back and relax with a book or your phone.Even still,...

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Your 6 Steps Away from Getting a Better Sale Price of your Home!

Preparing to sell your home can be a large undertaking. Often, people put off repairs on their home that don’t bother them, but would certainly deter prospective buyers or set off an alarm to a home inspector of other...

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Understanding The Benefits of Renters Insurance

If you’re one of the millions of Americans that rents a home, condo or apartment, chances are you’ve either had renters insurance in the past, or currently do have a policy. If you don’t have a policy, you’ll want to...

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7 Driving Habits That Are Bad for Your Car

No matter how safe you are behind the wheel, you’ve probably done things like: Shift into drive while the car is still rolling backward. Ride the brakes on steep hills. Roll into the gas station on empty. Guilty? If so,...

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Home Insurance Can Give You More than Just Coverage for Your Home

We typically purchase homeowners insurance to protect our largest investment – our home. But homeowners, and often condo and renters insurance too, includes many other items besides your home. Let’s take a look at just...

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Do You Know How to Dispose of Hazardous Household Items?

Whether you’re purchasing a new home or have lived in the same house for years, chances are there is old paint and other household items that require special disposal in your crawlspace or garage. Batteries: The average...

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Burglary Prevention: Should You Leave the Lights On?

It seems like a no-brainer to leave the lights on outside your home to deter burglars while you’re away (or even while you’re asleep). But does that really work? Or is it just a waste of electricity — particularly this...

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Life Changes - So Should Your Insurance Policy

Imagine if we could buy just one insurance policy and be set for life. That’s a nice thought, isn’t it? Like the good things that happen in life, your insurance policy should change and adapt to your situations. The...

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Tired of Receiving Junk Mail? Follow These Steps

If you’re like most people, you really don’t like getting junk mail delivered to your home. Not only is it wasteful to you, but the companies paying for the marketing don’t want the wasted funds for print and...

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Our Seattle Office is Hiring !!

Title: Receptionist/Insurance Office Support Location: Seattle Office in the University District Type: Full-time Description: We are seeking to fill a full-time position at our independent insurance agency office in...

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Which Home Alarms Do You Need?

Technology has made home alarms of all kinds — from security to smoke, radon to radiation — more accessible than ever. Many of them can be configured to work together, and some even alert you to trouble through your...

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How to Avoid a Spooky Halloween Insurance Claim

Halloween can be some people’s favorite holiday. Whether it’s fun sized candy, making your own costume, setting up spooky decorations inside or outside your home or carving pumpkins, Halloween brings many of us joy....

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Kim Jackson Celebrates 10 Years Volunteering With Girl Scouts

At Filer Insurance, we’re passionate about helping our communities, and we love to highlight how our employees are contributing to theirs! In this post, Kim Jackson, Personal Lines Account Executive at our Roosevelt...

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Do I Need to Keep My Insurance During The Off-Season in Washington?

It’s now time to enjoy some amazing fall camping excursions, calm boating on the lake or a motorcycle road trip. Each year we’re asked by many of our customers about the possibility to cancel your insurance policies on...

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Filer Insurance Announces Rewards Received by Safeco

At Filer Insurance, we always work to provide our clients with the right insurance for their needs. We’re proud to announce that Safeco Insurance recently recognized our agents’ skill and experience with two awards!...

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Device Insurance: Cover Your Personal Electronics With the Policy You Already Have

It seems everyone these days has a smartphone. Or a smart TV, a tablet, or an ebook reader. Or all of the above – and more.When you add it all up, you may find you have thousands and thousands of dollars tied up in...

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Understanding the Difference Between Named Perils and Open Perils for your Home Insurance

There are many coverage options to select from when shopping for your homeowner’s insurance. You need to decide on your level of coverage, whether you want a larger monthly payment and smaller deductible or vice versa....

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Know What to do If Involved in a Hit & Run Accident

Being in a hit and run accident can be a very frightening event. Being prepared to know how to handle the situation when it occurs will help you deal with the shock of it, as well as ensure you are covered for the loss...

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How to Deal With Road Rage

Have you ever noticed that, with roadway anger, it’s always the other guy’s fault? And, it very well could be. The thing is, you can’t control how other people drive. But, you can control how you respond to situations...

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Join Our Team And Walk For A Cause

Summer is beginning to wind down, and at Filer Insurance we’re preparing to continue an autumn tradition: walking for a good cause! In the past, we’ve participated in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, and...

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Are you a Delivery Driver Using Your Personal Vehicle? Be Warned!

Do you use your personal vehicle to deliver papers, pizzas, sandwiches, flowers or other deliverables in exchange for money? Do you, from time to time, help your son or daughter with delivering their newspaper route? If...

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Don't Be Caught Without an Umbrella Policy in These 8 Situations

There are many scenarios that would warrant the need for an umbrella insurance policy. We outline a few of them here. Example #1: Your teenage daughter is babysitting the neighbor kids and leaves the house for a moment...

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Support Your Local Community By Visiting A Farmers Market

Farmers market season is in full swing, with fresh fruits and veggies, handmade foods, and crafts galore! With numerous markets across Seattle and the surrounding area, there’s an opportunity to visit a farmer’s market...

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Wildfire Prevention Tips for your Home or Property

Wildfires occur every year and summer season is also known as fire season. Each year millions of acres across the country are scorched by both nature as well as human caused fire. By knowing how to minimize losses,...

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5 Ways to Increase the Longevity of Your Car

Purchasing a car is a big investment. Some people keep cars for 10+ years, while others trade them in only after a few years of driving. Either way, taking pride in your vehicle and keeping it properly maintained is...

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Safety Tips for Summer Thrill Seekers

The family summer vacation is a time-honored tradition, and it often includes a trip to one of our country’s incredible amusement parks.But, while the rides and other attractions at these parks are typically safe, it...

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Firework Safety for Your 4th of July Celebrations

Many of us celebrate Independence Day by getting together with family and friends or barbecuing hot dogs and hamburgers. Others like to celebrate with fireworks. While fireworks can be exciting and provide great...

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Helping To Achieve Dreams With Housing Hope

Home is where the heart is. As a homeowner’s insurance agency, Filer Insurance works to ensure our clients’ homes are protected. However, not every family in the community has a house to call home. We’re working with...

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Safety Tips Every Motorcycle Rider Should Know

The key to staying safe riding your motorcycle is to be prepared and understand how to avoid risks. Motorcyclists are at a higher risk being on the road compared to a vehicle. Keep these things in mind to dramatically...

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What Should Go in Your Home Safe (or Safe-Deposit Box)?

Spring has arrived, which means it’s time to clean the cobwebs out of the corners, organize the closets and so forth. While you’re at it, don’t forget to revisit the important documents and other items you have in your...

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Paddle For Parkinson's Event - Thursday, June 2nd

Summer is just around the corner, and it’s a great time to visit Seattle’s lakes, as well as the Puget Sound. At Filer Insurance, we enjoy our aquatic activities from boating to paddling, and coming soon is an...

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Seven Areas to Check Before Buying a Used Camper

Spring is a great season to start looking for good used campers. Whether you’re looking at a dealership or from a person off of Craigslist, it’s important to know how to look for possible damage or wear.Look for these...

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6 Spots to Check Your Seattle Roof for Damages to Prevent Major Repair

We all know that owning a home is an expensive investment. Unfortunately, you can’t just move in and let it set. Homes require constant maintenance to ensure you don’t get costly damage. We suggest doing a yearly home...

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The Type of Fire Extinguisher Every Home Should Have

A fire is a fire, and a fire extinguisher is a fire extinguisher, right? Well, not quite. There are actually different types of fires and different types of extinguishers that respond best to each one. So, which is...

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Join Us For Our Healthy Challenge In May

May flowers have started to bloom, which means it’s time for another Healthy Challenge! Whether you’re looking to get a fresh start on a lapsed New Year’s Resolution, readying yourself for summer activities, or looking...

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Key Things to Consider to Lower Your Energy Bill in Washington

Everyone loves to save money especially if it’s done with a few easy steps. Electricity bills can add up quickly in your home, but by making a few small changes can lower those bills and save money for other things in...

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Getting Your Boat Out of Storage and Into the Water

Spring is here, and you’re ready to get out on the water. But is your boat ready? Even if you’ve kept it properly stored for the winter and protected from the elements, there are still a number of things you need to...

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Navigate Rainy Roadways With Care

It’s just rain — how much impact can it really have on your driving? The answer: a lot. You’re likely to experience lower visibility, reduced traction and increased difficulty in handling your car both during and after...

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Your Spring Home Garden Checklist

Spring season can bring so much joy to garden lovers. Growing your own garden saves money on groceries each week, plus can give you the personal satisfaction of growing your own food. It’s fun when you can involve your...

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5 Tips to Consider Before Switching Around your Insurance

Switching your insurance policy can save you hundreds of dollars a year. But, make sure you consider these things before you make the switch. Tip #1: Compare Apples to Apples - You’ve seen the commercials – “average...

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Our Seattle office is Hiring!!!

Title: Receptionist/Insurance Office Support Location: Seattle Office in the University District Type: Full-time Description: We are seeking to fill a full-time position at our independent insurance agency office in...

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Identity Protection Tips for Tax Season

What’s the most important number for you this tax season? The amount of your refund? The amount you owe? The number of hours spent poring over all the other numbers? All of those are pretty important, but none of them...

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Who Is Responsible if Your Tree Falls on Your Neighbor's House?

Neighbors are great! You can count on them to keep an eye on your place while you’re away, let out a furry friend or even borrow some last minute ingredients! Shoot, some of your neighbors are probably some of your...

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Ever Wonder What Some of the More Unusual Insurance Policies Are?

Filer Insurance Agency talks about unique situations where insurance was purchased. Insurance can provide more than just the standard coverage you’ve learned and expected. - When it comes to the insurance world, you...

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Our Monroe office is Hiring!!!

Title: Receptionist/Insurance Office Support Location: Monroe, WA Type: Part time Description: We are seeking to fill a part-time position at our independent insurance agency office in Monroe, Washington. The position...

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What to Do After a Car Accident in Winter

Freezing temperatures, gusts of wind, patches of ice – winter can be a horrible time to be on the road, especially if you’re on vacation and aren’t used to driving in winter conditions. And, it’s an even worse time to...

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Be Prepared for a Power Outage in Your Home With These Tips!

Weather isn't’ the only reason the power goes out in Washington. Being prepared in the event your home loses power can make a difference in safety and sanityWhen nasty weather hits it can be easy to say, “it won’t...

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The Better Question - What can I do to make this world a better place?

When the year begins you are often asked, “Do you have a New Year’s Resolution?” You may ask, “What workout routine can I start, or what diet should I embrace?” This year, take care of yourself of course, and also...

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Filer Insurance Explains Some Winter Driving Safety!

The Best Strategies to Drive Safe in the Snow & On IceIt’s important for every driver to know how to drive in winter weather conditions. It can be challenging to drive in these conditions, but with the knowledge of...

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Keeping a Home Inventory Checklist is Important - Read Why

For most of us, we won’t have to experience a disastrous home loss such as a flood, fire, earthquake or other disaster. That doesn’t mean any of us should be less prepared for such an event should one occur. Preparing a...

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How to Avoid Animal-Vehicle Collisions

About 2 million times every year, animals and cars collide on U.S. roadways — often causing serious and even fatal injuries to drivers and passengers, along with about $1 billion in damage, according to the U.S....

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Flood Insurance and Sewer Backup Insurance – Not the same thing.

Floods are the most devastating natural disaster in the United States each year causing billions in losses and displacing thousands. While flooding is a common concern for those near rivers and streams, all homes in the...

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Thrifty Security: Burglar-Proof Your Home for the Holidays

It's not unusual, when you set out on that holiday trip, to look back at the house a little nervously. Sure, you remembered to lock the doors, but just how secure are things? What might happen while you're away?One way...

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Exercise Diligence When Leaving an Online Review

Everyone today is connected in some way to social media. It can be by Facebook, Yelp, email or other internet outlets. When you write something, you leave your fingerprint for everyone to see. If you go to a restaurant,...

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Driving Emergencies - Do You Know What to Do?

- Would You Know What To Do In the Event You Have a Driving Emergency - Driving hazards present themselves daily and can occur year-round in every state. But, would you know what to do in the event a driving hazard...

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Safe, Secure Shopping: Tips for Black Friday

It's become almost as much a part of Thanksgiving as turkey and football: Black Friday, the morning-after (or in some cases evening-after) shopping spree. It's the biggest shopping day of the year, an event in its own...

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Seattle: Understand The Importance of Renters Insurance

Renters Insurance Policies Help Protect More Than Just Your Personal Items If you’re like 2 out of every 3 renters who rent a home, apartment or other dwelling, you don’t carry a renters insurance policy. The reason for...

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Your Home Maintenance Checklist for Fall

Fall brings more than just changing leaves and shorter days. In many areas, it also comes with a shift in weather conditions that can have a serious impact on your home. And, don’t forget, winter is right around the...

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C. Don Filer Agency is Hiring in Seattle

C. Don Filer Agency, Inc., an established and respected independent insurance agency, is looking for an experienced, licensed Commercial Lines Account Manager for its University District office located at 4201 Roosevelt...

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4 Ways to Help All Children Have a Great School Year

It's back-to-school time, and, if you have school-age children, your household is likely bustling with activity and filling up with books and backpacks. There are other households and school districts in your community,...

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Keep Cool While Keeping Your Energy Costs Down

Two thirds of households in America have air conditioners, according to the U.S. Department of Energy — and they spend a total of $11 billion each year running them. Our guess is that most of those households (which...

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Tips for a Safe Fourth of July — From Food to Fireworks

Memorial Day might be the unofficial start of summer, but Independence Day is when the season truly kicks into high gear. July 4 is a holiday that has something for everyone, whether you like to host (or attend)...

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Commuting by Bike: How to Get to the Office on Two Wheels

There are plenty of great reasons to bike to work: Commuters who ride save money on gas and car insurance, stay fit and help the environment (they don’t get stuck in traffic, either). And they even have fun — as long...

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C. Don Filer Agency, earns Safeco Insurance® President’s Award for top performance

Safeco Insurance® President's Award - 2015 C. Don Filer Agency, earns Safeco Insurance® President's Award for top performance At C. Don Filer Agency we want every customer to feel like we've served as your trusted...

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Spring Into Home Maintenance Mode in Washington

Spring is a time for rejuvenation, and, as the weather gets warmer here in Seattle, Washington, and the days grow longer, there's a positive energy in the air. Many people decide it's the perfect time for reorganizing...

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One year after the Oso mudslide our agent shares her story

Today Safeco Insurance posted a video to its employees and agents reflecting back on the tragic Oso mudslide. Safeco interviewed our own Brenda Olsen, an agent in our Arlington office, to produce this video which...

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How to Create Your First Garden This Spring

From genetically modified crops to the environmental and health effects of pesticides, more and more Washington residents are questioning whether they should grow what they eat. Wherever you stand on the issues...

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Helping Seniors Have a Wonderful Winter

Slippery sidewalks. Freezing temperatures. Power outages. Winter isn't always a wonderland. If you regularly lend a hand to a senior friend or family member here in Washington, it may be a good time of the year to...

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The Right Tires for Winter Driving

It's easy to forget about your tires when it comes to vehicle safety. But with winter weather already in many parts of the country, tires are an important aspect you should keep in mind. Your tires can be the...

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Holiday Safety Tips for Your Four-Legged Friends

As a nation, our pets are like family, so let's make sure they enjoy the holidays with us while staying safe. As a general rule of thumb, always keep pets on a regular routine, even during the holiday season. Don't let...

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Make Home Safety a Priority While You’re Away for the Holidays

The holidays can be a great time to get out of town to visit family you rarely get to see, hit the slopes or flee to the beach. Regardless of how you spend your time away, you need to ensure your house stays safe while...

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Essential Safety Tips for Nighttime Boating

If you own a boat (or better yet, as the joke goes, you know someone who does), you've probably thought about spending some evenings on the water - especially in the summertime. It's a great thought, of course. But,...

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Night Driving Dangers

A little extra caution can go a long way while driving at night - Now that summer has ended, and while fall and winter have their own pleasures - including skiing and other fun on the mountain passes - longer nights...

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Home Efficiency Check

Is your home as efficient as it could be? - Drafty windows. Leaky faucets. Dirty air filters. All are common issues and they're not only annoying - they also cost you money in decreased energy efficiency and higher...

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A Few Tips for the College-Bound

College is expensive enough without the added cost of unexpected accidents or theft, not covered by your insurance policy. If you have a student heading away to school, below are a few tips to help you get the most out...

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We're Supporting Knit for Life

® This month we are proud to be supporting another amazing organization with a laudable and heartwarming goal. Knit for Life helps support cancer patients and their caregivers by giving them the gift of knitting. Knit...

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Create Great Fishing Memories

We know some of our customers are itching to get out on the water and get their own catch... or at least come up with a good story. Summer is just another reason to spend on the water in the boat with rod in hand. One...

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Make Recycling and Reducing Routine

"Reduce, reuse, recycle." Most likely, you've heard that catchy phrase connected with information about saving natural resources and even saving your family money. But how many of us really make reducing, reusing and...

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Paddle for Parkinson's

This is an event that C. Don Filer Agency has been supporting since its inception. For the first two years, it started out smaller but was still wonderful in supporting Parkinson Disease research. Now, in its new and...

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Summers Mean Backyard Grilling - Safely

Just like hamburgers and hot dogs, a sizzling grill is a symbol of summer and grilling isn't just about great food. Backyard barbecues often create treasured memories with friends and family. Because the most popular...

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Keeping Your Lawn and Yourself Safe and Healthy

For many of our neighbors in the Pacific Northwest, summer means more than sunshine and vacations. It also means working in the yard - often with tools that can be dangerous if not used properly. Each year about 400,000...

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Fireworks Safety - For Your Pets, Too!

For most of us, the Fourth of July is a time to enjoy the pyrotechnics that mark the holiday. But for our pets, fireworks are another story. Many pets can be traumatized by the noisy rockets and firecrackers so many of...

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Hit the Road with the Right RV Coverage

RV insurance can protect your motorhome, travel trailer, camper and even your horse trailer. Here at Filer Insurance we can help you select the right coverage for your RV needs and get a great price at the same time....

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Wildfires Hit Washington State

As summer approaches, the early wildfire season has made its appearance in Washington State. The recent wildfires in eastern Washington over the past weeks have reminded us of the scary and very real dangers of...

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Protect Your Most Cherished Possessions

If you're like most people, there are certain items you own that you can't imagine ever losing - possessions you deeply cherish or those that would be impossible to replace due to the cost of re-purchasing them or...

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Join Us In Supporting The NOAH Center

We are extremely proud to announce that we are supporting The NOAH Center in Stanwood, WA. At C. Don Filer Agency, we deeply care about our animals. Whether it's preparing for Bring Your Pet to Work Day (June 20th!) or...

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C. Don Filer Agency earns Safeco Insurance® President’s Award for top performance

At C. Don Filer Agency, we want every customer to feel like we've provided superior advice, service and coverage options for your insurance needs. Our goal is to be the best. That's why we're proud to announce that we...

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Taking on the May Healthy Challenge

We all know that the most common New Years' Resolutions are health and/or weight loss related. By this time in the year, it is safe to say that a good portion of the population has dismissed or simply forgotten about...

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Keep Water from Going Where it Shouldn't

One of the most disheartening experiences is to find flooding or extreme water damage to your treasured home. At Filer Insurance, we know you want to protect what's important. That's why we're offering these tips to...

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Seattle Opening Day of Boating is Almost Here

With Opening Day hitting Seattle this weekend, we want to make sure that you know how to stay safe and keep your friends and family protected. Washington state boating regulations and insurance knowledge is necessary...

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A Little Extra Caution Can Go a Long Way While Driving at Night

While fall and winter have their own pleasures, longer nights mean increased danger on the roads. You might think you drive just as well at night, but consider this: Even though nighttime driving accounts for just 23%...

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Home Security Tips

Everyone wants to keep their home safe from burglars or intruders, but not everyone wants to have an alarm system installed. There are plenty of people who prefer the do-it-yourself route, whether it's home improvement...

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Five Sure-Fire Ways to Get Your Car Stolen

Most people would say their car is one of the most valuable assets they own – if not the most valuable. Despite that, however, some people make it downright easy for thieves to drive off in their pride and joy. At Filer...

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Protect Your Family From the "Silent Killer"

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, invisible gas that results when certain fuels do not burn completely. And it can be deadly. That's why it's important to know how to prevent it, detect it, and protect yourself...

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Make Sure Your Pets Travel Well for the Holidays

The holiday season is here - time to eat good food and join together with loved ones. For many who have families far away, this is also is the time to pack up and get out of Washington. If you are gearing up to travel...

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Make Football Season Fun and Safe

Finally, we're welcoming fall, that eagerly anticipated season when we get to enjoy cooler temps, colorful leaves and, of course, football season in Washington. Football brings with it a whole host of seasonal...

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A Different Season Means Different Dangers For Motorcyclists

Fall is a wonderful time to be outside on your bike, thanks to the crisp, cool weather and changing colors of the landscape. Staying safe on the road in autumn requires some special precautions, however. Because we at...

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Back to School Safety Reminders

The end of summer in Washington means many things, such as cooler weather, shorter days and ... the start of football! But most important, it means kids are headed back to school. And that means we all should be extra...

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Flood Insurance - What You Should Know

You've probably heard this horror story before - someone loses a home due to a flood and learns after the fact that standard homeowners insurance doesn't cover flood damage. At Filer Insurance we want you to be educated...

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When Things go BOOM in the Night - Fireworks Safety

For most of us, the Fourth of July is a time to enjoy the company of family and friends, having fun and creating memories - whether at home or away But for some families, the holiday is a nightmare. Each year, homes in...

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Do You Own a Classic Car of the Future?

There's nothing quite like driving a speedy, shiny classic car that turns heads and starts conversations. In fact, the beauty and elegance of old collectibles - like the 1964 Aston Martin DB5, the 1963 Corvette Sting...

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A Time to Celebrate Mothers

As the second Sunday of May nears, it's time to think of ways to celebrate mothers - although, of course, that's a worthy pursuit at any time of year! At Filer Insurance, we thought it would be fun to give you a little...

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It's Time for Spring Cleaning!

Spring is a time of new beginnings in Seattle - and now is a great time to take on some cleaning and organization tasks around your home. If you're anything like many of us here at Filer Insurance, some of these tasks...

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Get Ready to Safely 'Spring Forward'

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 10, 2013, for most places in the United States, so don't forget to set your clock forward one hour. We here at Filer Insurance want to remind you it's also a great time to...

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Be the Pinnacle of Health & Wellness This Winter

It goes without saying that keeping yourself and your family healthy through the winter months in Seattle can be a challenge. When you combine chillier temps, housebound days - not to mention kids passing around colds...

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C. Don Filer Agency's 50th anniversary representing PEMCO Insurance

January 11th, marks a huge milestone for the C. Don Filer Agency and PEMCO Insurance. This Friday is the C. Don Filer Agency's 50th anniversary representing PEMCO Insurance!! The Filer agency has grown over the years...

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Protect Your Motorhome and RV From the Cold

If you're a snowbird and you're headed away from the cold this winter to a sunnier and warmer spot, you can move on to the next article. Just know that we here at Filer Insurance wish you a safe journey - and that we're...

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Make Sure Your Holidays Stay Happy … and Safe

You'll no doubt hear the phrase "Happy Holidays!" about a thousand times over the next month. Here at Filer Insurance, we'd like to change that a little bit: "Happy - and Safe - Holidays!" While the holidays certainly...

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Tips for Preparing for Your Holiday Driving Trip

Millions of Americans will do some traveling this holiday season - the majority of it by car. Of course, winter weather creates a unique set of challenges on the roadways, whether you're simply driving around in Seattle...

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Halloween Safety: Be Ready When the Little Goblins Come Out

It's a night full of treats for both kids and adults in Seattle. But a number of factors - including lots of people walking in the dark, the threat of wet and stormy weather, strangers coming to your door - mean that...

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When the Kids Head for College, Put “Insurance 101" on Your Class List

It's an exciting time when your child heads off to college. Whether they're attending school in Washington or have moved all the way across the country, there were a ton of things to get done last month, but did you...

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Get the Most Out of Your RV This Summer

There's nothing quite like taking a road trip in an RV. Whether you're headed to somewhere nearby or somewhere farther away this summer, C. Don Filer Agency wants you to get the most out of your travels. General travel...

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Make Your Vacation a Great One

Whether you're planning a trip to a local attraction in Washington this summer, or headed all the way across the country, you want your vacation to be relaxing. It's a getaway from work, not to mention your day-to-day...

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C. Don Filer Agency is Hiring!

Experienced, licensed Personal Lines Agent/CSR needed immediately for a University District branch of a large Insurance Agency. Employee Type - Full-time Education - High School Experience - At least 1 year...

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A Home Inventory Will Help You Know What You Own

Why should I have a home inventory? - Your furniture and appliances, clothing, sports or hobby equipment, and electronic goods are all regarded as personal property. Like many people in Washington, you may own much more...

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Safety Tips for Your Boat Trailer

When purchasing a trailer in Washington or elsewhere, stay within recommended capacity guidelines. When determining capacity, remember to include the weight of fuel and accessories in addition to the weight of the craft....

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Spring is Coming!

With the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer, we're starting to think about spring. (Or at least hoping that springtime is coming, anyway.) And whether spring arrives on time, we've got you covered with...

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Prepare for Driving In Bad Weather Before You Hit the Road

Rain, fog, sleet, snow, ice and wind... bad weather is the enemy of every driver in Washington. Filer Insurance wants you and your employees to be safe. Even if you are satisfied that your vehicle and all of its...

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Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a Car

Buying a new car is an exciting time - but it can also be stressful. After all, you're trying to get the best deal on price, while also deciding on the make, model and features you need. We can't really help you become...

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Make Sure Your Home is Ready for Winter

Summer has ended, but there's no need to fret: Fall brings with it crisp, cool days, wonderful colors - and football season! It also brings with it a few maintenance tasks that Filer Insurance recommends to help ensure...

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Understanding Identity Theft

Your identity belongs to you. Here are some suggestions from Filer Insurance to help you protect it. One smart and effective way to protect yourself against identity theft is to prevent it. If your identity is stolen,...

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Disaster Preparedness, FEMA and More

If the unthinkable happens, Filer Insurance understands that your most valuable assets are more than just items on a balance sheet. That information is critical during a time of catastrophe. Sites to Check Out The...

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More Than a Tarp to Keep Your Boat Covered

Whether you own a Jet Ski, a small ski boat, fishing boat, or a 26 foot cruiser, knowing that you're covered by the right insurance should give you the peace of mind to relax and enjoy every minute on the water. What We...

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Fireworks Safety

Fireworks during the Fourth of July are as American as apple-pie, but, did you know that more fires are reported on that day than on any other day of the year in the United States? Nearly half of these Fires are caused...

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Summer Means More Teens in the Workplace

Business news often reports that it's difficult for teenagers to find work here in Washington but nonetheless, as summer approaches thousands of teenagers will enter the workforce, many for the first time. This is an...

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Living on Shaky Ground in Washington

Believe it or not, every state in the U.S. has some degree of risk from earthquakes, including Washington. If you live in an area susceptible to earthquakes, make sure you speak with us in order to determine whether you...

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Emergency Management Programs

An Integral Part of Your Overall Business Plan A comprehensive emergency management program is a necessary part of any business, and C. Don Filer Agency wants all businesses in Washington to be prepared. According to...

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