Businesses are a bit like snowflakes: No two are exactly alike. This means there is no quick and easy formula for assessing potential business insurance risk. A commercial insurance underwriter’s job is to assess the risk of providing insurance to a business owner based on that owner’s type of business, business activities, and claims history. It’s a tedious analytic process, and many business owners don’t understand what underwriters are looking at when their businesses are subject to review.
Life Insurance: A Selfless Gift to Those Left Behind
Life can be complicated. The older we get, the more complex it can become: more assets, more dependents, more decisions to be made in the event our own lives are unexpectedly cut short. If you were suddenly gone tomorrow, would your family be financially secure without your income? The answer may depend on two simple words: life insurance.
A Happy, Claim-Free Holiday Starts with Home Safety and Security
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or so the song goes. It promises “parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting, and caroling out in the snow.” But in the midst of such seasonal jubilation, don’t fall victim to hidden household dangers that lurk beyond the twinkling lights and perfectly wrapped packages. Filing insurance claims due to preventable property damage or theft is sure to put a damper on holiday cheer. Instead, be aware of common seasonal hazards and take proper measures to keep your home safe and your celebration merry, bright, and insurance-claim-free!
Don’t Leave Homeowners Insurance Behind on Life’s Journey
Homes often mirror changes in homeowners’ lives. As families grow or careers takes new paths, homeowners adapt their spaces to accommodate such life events. When they need more space, they make additions or finish basements. And when homeowners found home-based businesses, their homes double as offices.
Avoid Potential Home Dehumidifier Risks
Dehumidifiers can mitigate moist conditions that cause condensation on windows as well as musty smells, mold, and mildew. Mold flourishes in areas above 65% humidity and can cause breathing problems, skin conditions, and other illnesses. Over time, humidity can also wreak havoc on furniture, appliances, fixtures, and structures. Thus, maintaining proper humidity levels is important for healthy, comfortable living — and a dehumidifier is often the go-to small appliance for handling it.
Get Ahead of the Storm: Simple Steps to Winterize Your Home
As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season approaches, it’s easy to get caught up in party planning, shopping, gift wrapping, and home decorating … while forgetting about home winterization. But skipping some simple winter prep steps can lead to high utility bills, costly home repairs, insurance claims, and more. Get your home ready now so you can spend your time and money on the more enjoyable things winter brings.
Maintain Your Sump Pump Today to Avoid Water Damage Tomorrow
Images of Florida, Houston, Puerto Rico, and other hurricane-riddled areas serve as powerful reminders that flooding can wreak devastating havoc on property. While water damage from historic weather events like hurricanes may be impossible to prevent, there are proactive measures homeowners can take to protect their homes from isolated water damage that typical seasonal rainfall or snowmelt can cause. And proper insurance coverage can add an additional layer of protection.
Understand What “Risk” Means to Auto Insurers
— and Which Behaviors They Reward Just as there are many types of vehicles on the roadways, there also are a variety of drivers behind wheels. And how insurers perceive drivers plays a major role in determining what those drivers pay for auto insurance.
3 Essential Steps to Protecting Your Business from Extreme Weather
In June, severe weather cost the U.S. economy over $3 billion. Insurance companies covered at least $2 billion of that damage. To help compensate for the costs of increasingly extreme weather, many insurance providers have begun raising their premiums and deductibles, making it more difficult for business owners in areas prone to harsh weather conditions to obtain the severe weather coverage they need. In fact, 40% of businesses never reopen after sustaining severe damage from a natural disaster.
Renter’s Insurance Could Save You from Potential Disaster
Imagine the horror of coming home to find your belongings destroyed or stolen. Then you find out your landlord’s insurance won’t cover your losses. Most people know the legal requirements relating to car, health, and homeowner’s insurance but often do not consider optional coverage, such as renter’s insurance.
My Premium Is Increasing Again? Understand Rising Auto Insurance Rates
If you own a vehicle and insure it, you know auto insurance rates are rising. Even if you have a clean driving record, you’ve likely seen your rates inch higher over the past few years. The average premium has risen by 16% since 2011. The reasons for this are manifold.
Weather the Summer with the Right Insurance
It’s hard to imagine anything could be as damaging to your home as winter storms, but the truth is spring and summer — with their inclement weather and sudden, severe storms — can be even more dangerous than winter. Once a storm hits, there isn’t much you can do but weather it. Therefore, it’s important to prepare yourself and your home in advance. But those aren’t the only things you need to protect. Homeowners and drivers can take steps to prepare their property against weather damage in the months ahead.
Summer Fun and Safety Go Hand in Hand
With summer nearly here, it’s time to whip out the barbecue and pull the boat out of the shed. However, be sure to keep in mind summer is also “trauma season” for hospitals. Children are more likely to be injured in summer. Follow summer safety tips and insure yourself and your family to keep accidents — and related costs — from derailing your summer and to keep everyone happy and healthy all season long.
4 Tips to Prevent Teen Distracted Driving
There has been a dramatic increase in distracted driving related accidents in the United States because of phone and other electronic device usage — particularly among teenage drivers. This epidemic has drastically increased automobile accident rates and, unfortunately, the number of vehicular injuries and deaths.
Cover Your Online Business Presence with Cyber Liability Insurance
It’s impossible to turn on the news these days and not hear something about hackers accessing secure email servers, performing large-scale credit card hacks resulting in data breaches, and much more. Owners of businesses large and small have been cyberattack and breach victims, paving way for the new cyber liability insurance sector.
How Can You Avoid Senior Citizen Identity Theft?
Identity theft is a real concern for everyone. Even children as young as five months old are vulnerable, which represents a problem that will likely continue to grow. College students have a risk three times higher than others of being fraud victims. But identity theft may be an even bigger concern for seniors: Identity theft increased 25% among seniors between 2012 and 2014. While seniors may have a lower risk of identity theft than other age groups, they tend to be more vulnerable.
Protect Your Dream Investments
Does the impending arrival of spring and associated traveling bring a vacation home to mind? A vacation home is an ideal goal for many and can even be a solid investment strategy to aspire to. Part of that investment should include insurance coverage.
What Should You Consider When Purchasing Franchise Insurance Coverage?
Running a business can come with an extensive list of day-to-day concerns from making sales and creating marketing and branding campaigns to keeping employee morale high and a hundred items in between. It can be easy to get buried in business aspects that demand your attention every day, but it’s imperative you not forget about the rare but devastating occurrences that could sink your business if you’re unprepared. One of your top priorities should be protecting your business, property, employees, and yourself from unforeseen events through restaurant or franchise insurance.
Reduce Insurance Costs Without Reducing Coverage
Owning a franchise restaurant or any other small business is a costly endeavor. You have your building, staff, supply costs, and more to think about. Savvy business owners are always looking for ways to streamline processes, become more efficient, and ultimately cut costs, but one place many owners fail to look at is insurance costs.
4 Things You Need to Know About Life Insurance
Life insurance is a term most people have heard but not something everyone takes as seriously as they should. Life insurance protects beneficiaries upon insured individuals’ deaths. Without a life insurance policy, your family members and loved ones could be left with wage losses, debts, funeral expenses, as well as other financial burdens and costs associated with your death. These added — and sometimes unexpected — costs add to emotional burdens when we lose loved ones.
Keep Your Home and Business Safe this Holiday Season
As children write lists and Santa checks them twice this time of year, don’t forget the important items on your own list: your home and business! As many as 98 million people travel this time of year, so as you make Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s travel plans, be sure to take the proper steps to protect your properties while you’re away.