Nationwide offers one-time premium refund

Nationwide | April 13, 2020

Nationwide offers one-time premium refund
Nationwide has announced that, due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, it is offering a one-time premium refund of $50 per policy for personal auto policies. “As a mutual company devoted to protecting people, businesses and futures with extraordinary care, we are offering this rapid relief at a time when drivers are making the right choice to stay off the road and remain home to help flatten the curve,” said Nationwide CEO Kirt Walker. The refund is equivalent to an average saving of 15% for two months, according to Nationwide. It is on top of any existing discounts customers have already earned. The refund will arrive in the next 30 days, subject to individual state regulatory approval.

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For several years, Wolgast Restoration has relied on processes and systems to complete work, with great success. Developing and implementing a system or process to accomplish a specific task is the most efficient way to get something done. We have found that the same systems-driven, process mindset that we employ can also apply to the homeowner when dealing with a property insurance claim. Experiencing a home disaster is an extremely stressful situation, and planning for one is next to impossible. But preparing yourself with some basic knowledge of how to handle a disaster when it does occur can make the experience much less daunting. From identifying the extent of the damage to filing a claim, to making repairs, the whole ordeal can be systemized to speed up the claim process and reduce the amount of stress on the homeowner and their family members.

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