Monday, July 29, 2019

The Cost of Small Business Insurance

Small business insurance can cost between $150 to $1,000 per person per month depending on the type of insurance and the amount of coverage for each individual. Find out about the additional costs of liability and worker's compensation insurance with information from a financial adviser and insurance broker in this free video on business insurance.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Avoiding Insurance Mistakes: Five Tips

Five big mistakes to avoid when making decisions about your insurance. I.I.I. offers tips on how to save money and still properly protect yourself.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Summer Insurance Tips

As a responsible home and vehicle owner, you know that taking care of your car insurance and home insurance is a top priority. Individuals that choose to "save money" by failing to purchase home insurance or worse, illegally driving without car insurance, are quick to find the cost of insurance is far less than the cost of replacing a vehicle or dwelling when misfortune strikes. Although months and even years (for the lucky ones) may pass without incident, living without insurance means living under a constant cloud of worry and fear.
If you are among the millions that have made the responsible choice to purchase insurance, congratulations. You are on the right track. Having insurance gives you peace of mind during your day to day activities. However, what about when you are away from your home for an extended period of time or if you are using your vehicle for a road-trip? A few simple steps are all that is required to help reduce the risk of loss or claim while you are away on vacation.
  • Plan for someone trustworthy to check your house and yard every day and to pick up your mail and flyers. (For extended trips, suspend your paper delivery.) Have this person walk through your home periodically to check for sign of weather damage, attempted entry and water leaks.

  • If all possible, turn off the water to your dishwasher & washing machine to avoid any unnecessary water damage. Prior to your vacation, have an inspection done on your water heater if it is over ten years old.

  • For protection from power surge damage unplug major appliances, TV's, computers, microwaves, etc.

  • If you are taking your vehicle on vacation with you, check your auto insurance policy to ensure you are up to date and aware of your coverage and deductibles. Take your vehicle in for a spring tune-up. Check the tire wear, electrical, proper functioning of horns, lights and other safety features. The last thing you want is to have vehicle trouble while on a road trip. Not only does tuning up your car before a trip greatly reduce the chances of having an incident, but it will also extend the overall life and durability of your vehicle.

  • Bringing out your trailer and hitting the open road in the summer is exciting. Does your auto insurance extend to your trailer? Make sure you have the proper coverage for your trailer. Give your trailer a good walk over to note any areas of concern and ensure you do not forget to have your bearings and electrical checked annually by a professional.

  • Do not leave your vacation trailer or motor home parked on your property for days prior to leaving. The savvy intruder will notice when it is not parked out front, signaling an opportune time for entry into your empty home. Go a step further in discouraging thieves by having your lights and radio set on an automatic timer so it appears that you are home. Closing all window coverings on all the floors of your home keeps them guessing if the home is inhabited or not, which is a major deterrent for the burglar.

  • If your vacation leaves a vehicle at home, purchase a safety device to lock the steering wheel, while you are away.
Thanks to your many affordable insurance options, you can go about your daily duties and your summer vacations without the dread of accidents or break-ins. While these unfortunate things do happen from time to time, taking precautions, like the ones listed above, and making sure your car insurance and home insurance covers your needs and remains up to date is all it takes to enjoy the priceless feeling of having daily peace of mind.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Contractors Insurance Protects Your Business

General contractors call the shots in most construction projects, taking the lead in all important operations including coordinating subcontractors, supervising job sites, and many other responsibilities to ensure projects stay on time and within budget. The many risks involved with leading these projects make contractors insurance essential to protect the business against losses that may result from a lawsuit.
One of the common misconceptions of contractors insurance is that it only applies to general contractors. But subcontractors such as carpenters, roofers, landscapers, masons, electricians, plumbers, and other trades are all liable as well. Since they are often involved in complex business relationships, contractors need to be able to rely on an insurance company that has their best interests in mind.
Most contractors understand the common risks of construction projects, such as injury to subcontractors, not being paid on time, not adhering to timeframe agreements, and other risks that should be considered when drafting the general construction agreement. A contractor's insurance policy may include provisions for issues such as negligence and workplace safety.
Speaking of contracts, all contractors should carefully read every contract and even ask their attorney to review the agreement before they sign on the dotted line. Depending on the size and length of the project, certain clauses can hold hidden fees and liabilities for which the contractor is unclear. This oversight can ultimately result in a situation that isn't covered by contractors insurance and therefore becomes out-of-pocket costs that can seriously damage a business.
Whether you're a contractor or subcontractor researching business insurance, coverage typically involves general liability, commercial automobiles, workers compensation, builder's risk, tools and equipment, bonds commercial umbrella, and employee benefits.
Remember to keep the following risks in mind when you speak with your contractor's insurance company:
• Defective products: As a general contractor, you're responsible for all of the work performed by your subcontractors. So, what if, for example, your electrical subcontractor installs a kitchen light that catches fire and burns part of the ceiling? The manufacturer is ultimately responsible, but both you and the electrician will also likely be included in a costly lawsuit.
• Construction contracts: Everyone enters into a contract with the best intentions. But when things go wrong, fingers start pointing. As a contractor, you should make sure that the contract is reviewed by a lawyer to make sure your business has the right insurance for each and every job.
• Litigation costs: Whether you're a sole proprietor performing general remodeling, a specialty tradesman or anyone in between, you need to protect yourself from litigation by having a policy with an insurance company that has your best interests in mind.

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

The i's on Insurance: The Claim Game: Homeowners

As a homeowner, you know to expect the unexpected to happen. And when it does, knowing what to do when you file a homeowners insurance claim will help you get the best value from your coverage.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Agriculture & Insurance

#Insurance provides farmers with the tools they need to protect their business and assets. In 2019, devastating #floods in the Midwest and parts of the South have crippled many #farmers during the important planting season. Some are facing tough decisions. Others are comforted knowing the value insurance has on their livelihood. Watch this video to learn more about #cropinsurance and #farminsurance

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

What is Community Risk Reduction?

NFPA's Karen Berard-Reed answers the common question, what is community risk reduction, or CRR?