Why you Should you Review your Commercial Insurance Policy Each Year.

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Why you should you review your commercial insurance policy each year.

Taking the time to review to your review your commercial insurance is something you think you don’t have time for, have no interest in doing and seem like a pain. However, if you just let it update automatically each year and don’t have a comprehensive review with your agent, you could be over paying, under insured, and place your business in a state of unforeseen financial risk that you may not be able to come back from.

Filing a claim is the worst time to find out you do not have enough coverage on your commercial insurance policy. So you need to know: WHEN YOUR BUSINESS CHANGES, SO DOES YOUR RISK.

There are many examples of how your commercial insurance policy grows as your company grows. Examples would be:

Increasing/Decreasing the number of employees you have.

Changes in staff means that’s your workers compensation insurance would need to be adjusted. If you are downsizing, you may be moving into a smaller space or growing and moving into a larger space you will need your commercial property insurance adjusted.

Purchasing new commercial vehicles.

When you first started you most likely had just one vehicle that doubled as a work truck and for personal use. But as your grow and hired more employees driving, new vehicles were purchased and those would need to be insured through commercial auto policies for the vehicles. You should of added those vehicles to your policy when purchased but if it’s been awhile and your drivers have good records you could be eligible for new discounts.

Business has grown at a good rate.

The more work you do, the more your risks increase. Increase your liability coverage so you don’t pay more out of pocket in the event of someone suing your company or an injury happens on your property.

Major changes in ownership.

If you are bringing in a new partner, a partner quits or passes away, or when ownership changes in any way there needs to be changes to the policy to remove/add names to have proper association on the policy so that no one is hit with unforeseen liability.

You have started using subcontractors.

It is important to be aware of your legal liabilities to them and in the case of any injury you could be at risk. Make sure that the subcontractors you use have their own insurance policy so that they are responsible for any injury and/or damage that may happen and your not responsible for the costs.

We know dealing with insurance can feel like a chore and something you never look forward to. But just know that doing at least a review of your commercial insurance policies annually can help you save money in the long run in the event of claims due to the added/adjusted protection it provides. Additionally, as your business changes, you may start qualifying for larger discounts and help your bottom line that way.

If you haven’t done a full review of your commercial insurance this year. Please give us a call at 614-863-0455 or email at info@arnoldinsuranceagency.com and our agents would be happy to set a time up to see where we can better protect your business.

Is water leakage and flood damage covered by homeowner’s insurance?

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Is water leakage and flood damage covered by homeowner’s insurance?

Water damage claims are the second largest home insurance claim only behind wind and hail damage. Water leakage and flooding, even if a little, can be devastating and cause problems both short-term and long-term. A good idea is to review your policies and learn if you are covered in the event of unwanted water.

Flooding and water damage can happen in many ways such as: 

  • Sudden or Accidental Discharge

  • Sewer backup or water backup

  • Overflow

  • Flood

  • Storm Related Water Damage

Now the real question is: If any of this happened, will your house be covered?

Sudden or Accidental Discharge

It covers damage to items due to water damage if the incoming water is from sudden or accidental leaks such as a pipe bursting.

It does not cover lack of maintenance. For example, if you have a leaking toilet or washing machine that you never get serviced and the water leaks into the floor or other areas causing damage.

Sewer backup or water backup

Typically, not covered and sewer backup insurance is not automatically included in most standard homeowner policies. You must add it to your policy by endorsement to make sure you're adequately protected. 

Overflow

If a toilet, tub, sink overflows or a dishwasher explodes. The damage to those items, as well as the water damage to home furnishings would be covered by the homeowner’s policy but only if the overflow is caused by sudden or accidental change.

Flood

Flood damage of any kind is not covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy. Separate flood insurance can be purchased and if you live in an area where that may be a concern you will want to talk to your agent about adding it.

Storm Related Water Damage

Homeowners insurance may help cover certain causes of storm damage, including wind, hail and lightning but homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage, whether it's caused by a rain storm or overflowing river. 

Water damage of any kind can be very confusing in terms of what is it isn’t covered by your insurance. Be sure to review your options with your agent on a regular basis so you aren’t caught off guard in the event of leaks and floods. If you are looking for home insurance or any water related insurance, give us a call! 614-863-0455 or email info@arnoldinsuranceagency.com

Insurance Purchasing Tips for Millennials

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Insurance Purchasing Tips for Millennials

You have hit the age where everything has started to pile up all at once. Student loans, rent, car payment, insurance, insurance, insurance. Don’t fret because if you plan smartly and understand the benefits of buying insurance. A good life insurance plan can provide you with protection for the inevitable and provide a long term financial security safety net.

The problem is that the current generation with buying power “millennials” are considered the least insured generation. (According to a survey from the Princeton Survey Research Associates International)

This is due to many factors but most of them lead back to “it’s too expensive.” “I’m healthy, I don’t need it or will ever use it.” Insurance generally costs a lot less than what you are thinking, and renter’s insurance costs alone get overestimated by millennials but more than five times the actual costs.

There are so many things insurance covers that you will never be expecting that it just makes too much sense not to have it. Break-ins, car accidents, etc. You can be prepared for what you can’t predict!

Need help on the best practices for buying insurance? Here are five tips that will start you on a path to long-term protection.

Smart shopping.  While shopping for insurance it is smart to make adequate coverage the top priority. Determine the type and amount of coverage you will need, and what your budget is. (We can always help and are just a phone call away at 614-863-0455) Keep in mind, buying the lowest priced insurance is not always the fiscally smart thing to do. Think of a car accident, you saved $100 per year on your insurance when you purchased it and opted for a $1000 deductible over a $500 one. You get into an accident, your at fault or fault can't be determined and you need to get your car repaired. Would you rather be paying $500 or $1000 to get you car fixed? You must think in terms of what you can afford now for coverage vs. what you can afford if an accident happens.

Discounts.  Once you narrow down what your budget is and how much coverage you need, you can look around for any discounts you may be eligible for. Carriers often offer discounts for paying your policy in full, having a history of safe driving, good grades in school, and bundling your policies together under one carrier. Always ask and start saving.

Fill in the gaps.  Most policies will cover all the basics and while buying online on your own can be quick, easy, and inexpensive, you may need extra coverage to meet your needs. If you have expensive items in your home that would be hard/impossible to replace in case of loss, you can add extra coverage to cover those items.

You aren’t too young to purchase life insurance.  Life insurance is essential for everyone despite how much you think your worth is. For a millennial, it’s cheap to get a good policy due to being younger and healthier. If you have kids and you, or your partner pass, a life insurance policy can help cover funeral arrangements in the short term as well as expensive long-term costs such as child care, and even help pay for your kids college expenses someday. Long-term disability coverage also should be considered in the case of becoming disabled and not being able to work.

Work with independent agents like us.  (See: What is an Independent Insurance Agent) Independent insurance agents are an amazing resource, especially for first time purchasers. We work with numerous carriers, so we can do the shopping for you with multiple companies to ensure you get the best price with the right amount of coverage and not miss any details on what you would need. We have the experience to be able to provide clear understanding to you about the coverage you need, the discounts you are eligible for, and any changes you should be aware of going forward when you need to add or remove coverage.

Insurance can be one of the toughest things to consider and when your young it hard to spend the money and there are many reasons you will tell yourself to not purchase it. Ditch the financial short-sighted benefits of opting against insurance and think about the long-term benefits and protection it provides and be thankful there are places (Like the Arnold Insurance Agency) here to help you navigate and work with you to start provided stability for your future. Lean more about personal insurance by visiting us at our website, facebook, twitter, or give us a call 614-863-0455.

Myths About Renters Insurance

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What is Renters Insurance?

Renters Insurance is a policy that covers property owned by the renter in the event of loss, theft, fire, and other damages. There are usually multiple levels of coverage you can chose from that provides the best protection. If for some reason the place you’re are renting becomes uninhabitable for a period, your policy may help pay for you to stay elsewhere temporarily.

Items that are covered will be listed in the policy’s text and may be up to the renter to provide photos or proof of ownership to the insurance provider. There may also be liability coverage included to a policy to protect renters in case someone gets injured or someone else’s property is damages while in your property.

Myths:

  • It’s Expensive

If you think of the difference in premium in owning vs. renting. Renters have a big advantage in terms of the amount you pay for insurance. The average premium for homeowner’s insurance is $1000 per year. The average price for a renter’s insurance policy is between $150-$200. That’s only about $15-$30 a month.

  • One tenants policy covers everybody’s stuff

While you items may be covered if you have a roommate with a renters insurance policy. It is usually not guaranteed and not likely. Insurance usually only covers the persons who name appears on the policy. Signing a joint policy is easy to do from your provider and sometimes can mean paying less per person per year.

  • Your possessions aren’t valuable enough to insure

Even if you don’t own a brand new TV, computer, or home gym, you will still have items that warrant insurance. If you add up all your items like kitchenware, clothes, etc. It adds up quickly and would be costly to replace by yourself without the help of renter’s insurance. Always consider the total value of ALL your items and how much it would be to replace, not just your most expensive.

  • Without risk of severe weather, a policy isn’t worth it.

Even if you don’t like in an area where earthquakes and tornado’s aren’t likely many insurance policies can provide coverage for more likely events such as vandalism, fire, water damage, and burglaries. There are separate policies that cover related events.

  • Landlord’s Insurance Covers Personal Property

The landlord will have his own insurance, but this will cover the building itself not the items in it. This means items that are stolen or damaged inside the property will not fall to the landlord or his coverage to replace. Most landlords will require their tenant to have renters insurance policy in place while renting.

  • If you live near water you can’t get insurance

It is true that some carriers won’t provide insurance to a tenant who lives in a coastal type area. This is due to wind damage and the possibility of flooding. Best course of action is to research which companies will provide coverage in those area and contact them to see what your options are.

Before buying renters insurance you should talk with your provider to ask any questions you may have and get clarification on what costs and coverage’s are available. Providers like the ones here at Arnold Insurance Agency have years of experience providing coverage for almost any situation and we guarantee we will do everything to get you the best policy for the best price and help you chose a plan that will give you piece of mind. As one of Ohio’s premier personal insurance agency, we work with dozens of the top insurance carriers in the state to shop around for the best policy you can get.

Call us at 614-863-0455 or email at info@arnoldinsuranceagency.com for a free quote today!