Where your car is parked and where you live is a factor that determines the Price of Your Auto Insurance Policy
Where you live and where the car is parked can affect the cost of your insurance. Generally, due to higher rates of vandalism, theft and accidents, urban drivers pay a higher auto insurance price than those in small towns or rural areas.
Other factors that vary from one area or state to another are:
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Home insurance is not just to protect the home itself. In fact, liability protection may be the most important part of your home insurance plan. A new roof or garage door is something that you might be able to cover out of pocket, but the costs incurred in a personal injury case can bankrupt the average family.
In most cases of dog bites, your insurer will offer coverage. However, there are some nuances that you should understand going forward in order to make sure that you are protected should your dog bite someone on your property:
What we all hope for is that our dogs never bite anyone in the first place. Insurance may be able to help you cover the legal costs should this happen, but as always, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When introducing your dog to new people or animals, always take it slow and make sure that you're there to keep things from getting out of hand, especially when children are involved. Ensure that you have your dog properly trained, and that they get enough exercise so that they don't develop issues with anxiety.
No matter how safe and friendly your dog may be, you don't want to assume that it will never bite or harm anyone, as it may happen even by accident. And of course, whenever introducing new liability concerns to the home, you'll want to keep your insurer up to date and find out if there are any additional steps that they require you to take.
So, your honey popped the big question on Valentine’s Day. You couldn’t be more thrilled and the ring is to die for! But, what if it’s lost or stolen? While there is no way to insure the sentimental value of such a gift, having the right insurance coverage will provide financial protection.
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The word ‘insurance’ is not likely to be the first word on many lovers lips this Valentine’s Day. However, if an expensive gift of jewelry is lost or stolen it can certainly soothe the sting of losing a cherished gift. Your first step after receiving a valuable engagement ring—well, maybe your second after saying yes!—should be to call our insurance agency.
Jewelry losses are among the most frequent of all home insurance content-related insurance claims. Fortunately, there are four relatively simple steps everyone can take to ensure adequate protection for their new jewelry:
1) Contact your insurance professional immediately.
Find out how much coverage you already have and whether you will need additional insurance. Most standard homeowners and renters insurance policies include coverage for personal items such as jewelry; however, many policies limit the dollar amount for the theft of high-value personal possessions—such as jewelry—to $1,000 to $2,000. So, you would be covered if the item were destroyed by disasters listed in the policy such as a fire or hurricane, but if your expensive new present is lost or stolen you would need separate insurance to be covered.
To properly insure jewelry, consider purchasing additional coverage through a floater or an endorsement. In most cases, these add-ons to a homeowners or renters policy would also cover you for “mysterious disappearance.” This means that if your ring falls off your finger and is flushed down a drain, or is lost, you would be financially protected. Floaters and endorsements carry no deductibles, so there is no out-of-pocket expense to replace the item.
2) Obtain a copy of the store receipt.
Forward a copy of the receipt so that your insurance company knows the current retail value of the item. Keep a copy for your records and include it with your home inventory. If the item was purchased on sale, also get a copy of the appraised value of the item.
3) If you received an heirloom piece, have the item appraised.
Heirlooms and antique jewelry will need to be appraised for their dollar value. You can ask your insurer to recommend a reputable appraiser.
4) Add the item to your home inventory.
An up-to-date inventory of your personal possessions can help you purchase the correct amount of insurance and speed up the claims process if you have a loss, so remember to add your new jewelry to your inventory. And if you don’t yet have an inventory, celebrate your engagement by creating one with your fiancée. To make creating a home inventory as easy as possible, the I.I.I. offers free Web-based software and apps, available at Know Your Stuff® - Home Inventory.
Finally, if you don’t think you need renters insurance, think again. A recent poll found that 96 percent of homeowners had homeowners insurance but only 35 percent of renters had renters insurance. If you rent your home, renters insurance can provide important financial protection in the event your belongings are stolen or destroyed.
One of the best ways to bring your home insurance rates down is also one of the best ways to improve your home: Make all those small and medium-sized fixes you've been meaning to make.
Here are a few quick fixes that can help you pay lower premiums:
If you are a parent of a teenage driver, your child's safety is your first concern. Though you cannot always be by their side, there are things you can do to help keep them safe behind the wheel. Educating yourself and your new teen driver about the risks and insurance implications of unsafe driving can save lives and money.
While teen driving statistics are troubling, research suggests parents who set rules cut accident risk in half. Talk openly about your expectations for behind-the-wheel behavior.
Blood may be thicker than water, but it is thinner than insurance contracts. An adult son or daughter may think that, when a loss happens, coverage is available from mom or dad's homeowners or auto policy. It usually isn't and finding this out after a loss makes matters much worse. Policies are typically clear. A relative is covered, but only if the relative is a full-time resident of the named insured's household. Even if the nonresident child lives next door, a parents' policy is not going to spread its coverage to take care of an adult child's belongings.
Insurance contracts are meant to handle sources of loss that can be easily identified. Person A's cars or home is protected by Person A's auto or homeowner policy. Imagine if that weren't the case.
Example: The Rabbitfield's home and cars have been insured by Plausible Fire & Casualty for 20 years. In the last five years, the Rabbitfield's children have grown and started their own households. Per the Plausible home and auto policies, the insurance premiums and two policies that covered the original family's two cars and one home, now cover the original home and cars PLUS the following:
While it might be a bargain for insurance consumers if a single auto or homeowner policy could be stretched this far, it's not likely that the insurance industry could survive such flexibility.
Being Independently Insured
Understandably, insurance is not always a priority for adult children who are now on their own. In the beginning, there's often a phase where the kids commute between "home base" and their new apartment or home and their property is at both locations. The new grown-ups typically have few possessions, especially possessions of high value, and this adds to the likelihood that insurance is overlooked or seen as unnecessary. However, even when possessions are few, EVERYONE has a legal responsibility to handle the damage they accidentally cause to other people and/or other people's property. When a child reaches adulthood, they've also reached the point where they need to get their own insurance.
If an adult child asks you for insurance advice, give them the name of one of our insurance professionals you trust to help them get the exact protection they need.
Most homeowners understand the importance of homeowners insurance, but many have no idea that floods are not usually covered under their regular policy. Without separate flood insurance, you could lose everything if a flood destroys your home.
The National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 led to the creation of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which identifies areas of high flood hazard, establishes insurance rates, and helps provide insurance for structures and contents damaged in a flood.
As with all types of insurance, there are several different levels of protection. One option for many homeowners is the Preferred Risk Policy (PRP), which has a lower relative cost and is specifically for homeowners who reside in low to moderate flood risk areas. Even if you don't think that you are at a risk for flood damage, you might want to consider this type of policy. FEMA has estimated that ninety percent of all natural disasters in the United States involve flooding; and twenty-five to thirty percent of flood insurance claims are from areas that have been designated as "low risk."
Flood insurance is sold as a separate policy from your regular policy. If you don't think you have it - you probably don't. You should talk to your insurance agent or company about purchasing a policy to protect you against floods. Even if you don't live in a high-risk flood area, it is a practical decision to at least purchase the minimum coverage to protect you in case the unexpected happens.
When you purchase a policy, it is important to know exactly what it covers, how much it is worth, and the amount of the deductible. Many policies have a waiting period before it becomes active; make sure to find out for how long this waiting period, if any, lasts.
You may not think that a natural disaster such as a flood can happen to you, but no location is one hundred percent safe from a flood. The cost to replace your home or possessions is far too great for most people. Homeowners should remember the old age - it is better to have insurance and never need it than to not have insurance and need it!
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A special challenge facing these grandparents is that state and local governments, communities and schools may not formally recognize their role in raising their grandchildren. While acquiring legal custody and guardianship of a grandchild may be financially and emotionally burdensome, grandparents should be aware that many benefits, including healthcare, emergency care, financial assistance and social security benefits, require proof of a legal relationship before they will help. Proof typically includes court guardianship papers or adoption papers.
To help grandparents raising grandchildren better understand their insurance needs, our agency offers tips and considerations regarding auto, home, health and life insurance.
Home Insurance Considerations for Raising Grandchildren
Renters insurance provides financial protection against the loss or destruction of your possessions when you rent a house or apartment. While your landlord may be sympathetic to a burglary you have experienced or a fire caused by your iron, destruction or loss of your possessions is not usually covered by your landlord’s insurance. Because in most cases, renters insurance covers only the value of your belongings, not the physical building, the premium is relatively inexpensive.
By purchasing renters insurance, your possessions are covered against losses from fire or smoke, lightning, vandalism, theft, explosion, windstorm and water damage (not including floods). Like homeowners insurance, renters insurance also covers your responsibility to other people injured at your home or elsewhere by you, a family member or your pet and pays legal defense costs if you are taken to court.
Renters insurance covers your additional living expenses if you are unable to live in your apartment because of a fire or other covered peril. Most policies will reimburse you the difference between your additional living expenses and your normal living expenses but still may set limits as to the amount they will pay.
There are two types of renters insurance policies you may purchase: