Replacement Cost Insurance

How Best To Insure Your Home

Many people look to save a few dollars on their home insurance premium by insuring their home for less than its replacement value. While this may save a few dollars now, it will cost you thousands later. Your homeowner’s insurance policy, if it is written correctly, can repair and or replace your current home with “new” like kind and quality materials. Amy Bach, executive director of the consumer advocacy group United Policyholders, says one 2019 study found that two-thirds of U.S. homes are underinsured. Why? For one thing, many homeowners buy only enough insurance to cover the amount of their mortgage. But the mortgage may be, at most, 80 or 90 percent of the value of the house, depending on the original down payment (less, if the home has appreciated in value).

Key Terms

Market Value is the amount you might sell your home for based on real-estate conditions in your area.

Appraised Value is the term that describes what the local government uses to determine your property taxes.

Replacement Value is the amount it would cost to rebuild your home with like kind and quality. The replacement cost, however, is based on the total cost of labor, activities, and materials to put the structure back to the way it was before the damage. This would include costs related to clearing and cleaning up the damage debris -activities that precede the actual build-out of the home.

Replacement Cost Considerations

There are a number of factors that go into determining your home’s replacement value, including:

Type of construction quality

Materials used in the construction

Size of your home

Location

Your lot configuration, (hillside or flat)

Are there any unique materials, like imported stone, marble, etc.?

The overall quality of construction—is your home average construction or high-end?

The average cost per square foot for new construction in your area.

We always recommend you insure your home to the full replacement values and have an inflation cost factor added annually.

How can Georgetown Insurance Agency best serve you? Call one of our friendly team members today at (512) 863-4388 or start a free insurance rate quote and let us demonstrate our dedication to delivering the highest quality insurance policies and best customer care.

The Best Ways To Insure Your Recreational Toys

Do you need insurance for your boat, RV, motorcycle, or ATV?

Regardless of whether you are relaxing on your boat at the lake, traveling through the Rocky Mountains, camping with friends and family, or enjoying the open road on the bike of your dreams; you need to take the proper steps to protect what you have worked so hard to enjoy.

All these activities need personal insurance to protect you against damage and other claims. Generally, we have found that we can get better coverage and pricing when we use our specialty carriers.  For example, watercraft insurance has pollution coverage for fuel spills, coverage for injured water-skiers, and on-water towing coverage that homeowner’s insurance won’t provide.

RV Insurance

RV insurance rates differ from company to company, so it really pays to have us shop your insurance. Some markets offer better rates for trucks, RV’s, and campers, while others can offer better rates for motorcycles. To properly insure your RV, you may need liability, collision, comprehensive, uninsured motorist, medical payment, and towing coverage.

Motorcycle Insurance

All motorcycles on the road are required by law to have motorcycle insurance. Motorcycle insurance protects a motorcycle and its owner in the event of a loss. You may need to consider special coverage.  Custom parts and equipment (ACPE)/Accessory coverage can be purchased for motorcycles less than 25 years old. You may spend thousands of dollars customizing your bike and that is why you need custom motorcycle insurance.

Boat/Watercraft Insurance

Your boat will need boat insurance for liability and damage to the hull and personal property. Boat insurance can include physical damage coverage, medical payments, liability, and trailer coverage.

ATV Insurance

ATV insurance is similar to motorcycle insurance. We can combine motorcycle coverage and ATV insurance into one policy for multi-vehicle discounts. We offer additional ATV coverage for damage to custom equipment that you’ve added to your ATV.

Why Work With Our Insurance Agency?

We know and understand your risks

We are a full service independent insurance agency

Our goal is to provide the best possible combination, of coverage, price and service.

How can Georgetown Insurance Agency best serve you? Call one of our friendly team members today at (512) 863-4388 or start a free insurance rate quote and let us demonstrate our dedication to delivering the highest quality insurance policies and best customer care.

COVID-19 And Your Business

Many people are stuck at home during the COVID-19 stay at home order. But there many people who still must go to work. Here are some things you can do to help maintain your business’s safety and financial health in the interim.

We recommend you check with your City, County, State, OSHA, Department of Health and other agencies that may have provided employer guidelines.

COVID-19 Employer Safety Tips

Do not leave any valuables clearly visible or accessible.

Have employees wash hands frequently.

Develop an Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan.

Restaurant who offer takeout services should remove tables and chairs.

Provide gloves when staff clean and check rooms and any areas people have access to.

Limit food sharing.

Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly.

Use video conferencing for meetings when possible.

When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces.

Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings

Provide gloves when staff clean and check rooms and any areas people have access to.

Limit large work-related gatherings (e.g., staff meetings, after-work functions).

Limit non-essential work travel (domestic and international).

Consider regular health checks (e.g., temperature and respiratory symptom screening) of staff and visitors entering buildings (if feasible).

Require workers who are ill to stay home.

Consider posting “NO TRESPASSING” signage.

Create a communications plan; Review your audiences’ needs. Who are the key stakeholders with a need for information from your organization? What information do they need, who needs it first and for what purpose?

Disable access to your public WiFi network.

Is Your Personal Insurance Impacted by COVID-19?

We hope you are safe and healthy. We are living in different times and having the right kind of insurance is more important than ever.

As our country continues to manage through the COVID-19 crises, we thought it might be useful to take some time to remind you of the importance of your personal insurance during this time.  The coronavirus pandemic won’t affect your auto or homeowner’s insurance too much, but there are a few coverages that could be impacted because of the temporary lifestyle change.

Do not cancel your auto insurance just because you are temporarily not driving.  Auto insurance is required by law.  If you are looking for ways to save money on your auto insurance, give us a call.

If you are working remotely via computer, there should be no issues with your homeowners or renter’s insurance.  However, this is true as long as there are no customers coming to your home.  If you are running a business from your home, you will need business insurance.  We are happy to help you with this.

If you have a claim, we are open, as are the insurers.  Give us a call, and we will be ready to help you. Your policy has toll-free claim numbers to help you get the process going.

Many insurance companies are offering relaxed payment terms.  We suggest you contact them directly if you feel you may miss a payment. Of course, you can always contact our office to assist you.

Be aware of credit card and cyber scams. Unfortunately, criminals have ramped up their efforts during this crisis.  The fraud ranges from false claims of cures and treatments for the coronavirus to fake charities attempting to soliciting money to help those suffering.

As we all have so much time at home, now is a good time to complete a home inventory of your personal property.  Creating and updating an inventory of your personal possessions is one of the best ways to make the most of your homeowners or renters insurance, and it makes filing a claim easier and more efficient.  If your home is damaged or totally lost due to a fire or other event, having a home inventory will help you recover all your personal property with the least amount of time and stress.

Tips for Working at Home

Does COVID-19 Have You Working From Home?

Due to the stay at home mandate, there are many people who are working remotely these days.  It appears this mandate will last at least another month.  Many people have thought that working remotely would be great, but working remotely is a double-edge sword.  Sure, you get to stay home, but studies show that it can be harder to focus on work.

Benefits of Working Remotely:

Remote employees tend to be more productive

Remote workers cost employers less

Remote employees tend to be happier and more satisfied

Remote workers have a better work/life balance

Remote Workers Need to Be Aware of These Challenges:

Lack of a work routine

Tendency to over-work

Lack of human interaction

Prioritizing a work project

Interruptions from family, pets, phone calls, and the doorbell

How to Make Working Remotely Work for You

Confine your workspace to a specific area in your home.

Set up your workspace like your office.

Set a schedule and create a routine.

When in doubt, go with over-communication; update your boss frequently on everything you are doing, and whether your schedule and deliverables are changing in any way.

After work, stay off electronic devices for some time to transition to “home time.”

Take regular breaks.

Get dressed every day.  Taking the time to get dressed and perform your usual self-care routine can prove a big psychological booster.

 

COVID-19 Statement

The global coronavirus outbreak is slowing commerce, and we are still assessing the full business impact on our agency. We are open for business and are here to help you should you require it. We are not taking in office visits but you can connect with your account manager via email or phone.

We continue to monitor the situation and are taking appropriate steps to safeguard our employees and visitors to our office.

We stand together with you through this tough time.

How To Improve Your Commercial Property Insurance

Business Insurance Coverage That You Might Be Missing

Insuring your —- building is one of the most important decisions you make as an owner. In the event of a loss, having the right kind of insurance will be critical in recovery and resuming your business operations. Over 40% of businesses that suffer a total loss never resume operations. If these businesses had purchased the right insurance they might have been able to resume operation.

No two businesses are alike. We can offer coverage options and tailor coverage specifically for your business’s unique needs. Companies frequently purchase commercial property insurance as a part of a Business Owner’s Policy.

We wanted to provide you with a few coverage options that you may not have considered.

Having enough business income and extra expense coverage. In the event of a covered loss, your commercial property insurance can provide funds for lost income, and extra expenses to help in the recovery. All too often, these are not reviewed on a regular basis.

Property managers need to make sure all tenants have provided proof of commercial insurance. Check these annually.

Increased cost of construction for building codes is often overlooked. If your commercial building is over five years old, you may have a risk due to new building codes that might increase the value of your building.

Requesting your property policy to have 100% agreed amount valuation. Having an agreed amount will eliminate any coinsurance.

We specialize in providing insurance for office building owners, apartment owners and commercial building properties. Our experienced staff understands the challenges and concerns that building owners face every day, and work with you to provide the best coverage at the best possible price with the best service.

 

Business Insurance For Which You Will Be Thankful For

A Business Insurance Update

One of the best things a business owner can do to protect his or her business is to have a business insurance program that covers your business in the best way possible.  Your business insurance program should include Employment Practice Liability, and Directors and Officers Liability insurance.  These coverages can often be bundled together through a management liability policy.

Employment Practices Liability (EPLI)

EPLI insurance provides coverage for claims involving employment harassment and discrimination in the employee/employer relationship.  Examples of these kinds of claims are wrongful dismissal/termination, sexual/racial/disability harassment, sexual/racial/disability/religious discrimination, employment-related libel, slander, defamation, and invasion of privacy, wrongful failure to employ or promote, and retaliation.

Directors and Officers Liability

Directors and Officers Liability insurance protects your business, owners, executives, and managers, if individuals, competitors, or third parties make a claim for damages.  If your business causes financial loss to a third party, your directors can be sued.  Directors and Officers insurance is an effective solution for the risks facing organizations.  Directors and Officers Liability Insurance will cover administrative, civil, and regulatory proceedings based on actual or alleged acts, errors, omissions, misstatements, neglect, or breach of duty committed by, or allegedly committed by, a director or officer while acting within the scope of their duties.

Is Your Business Ready For 2020?

The world is changing, and we understand the issues your business faces every day. There is constant competition for your customers, there are challenges in attracting and retaining top employees, and your cost of goods keeps going up. Part of your planning should include an annual commercial insurance review. Your business changes, and so do your exposures. Here are some of the major kinds of coverage found in most commercial insurance programs.

Commercial Insurance for Businesses

Liability Insurance– Covers your business against claims of negligence that resulted in loss or injury to a customer or visitor to your business.

Worker’s Compensation– Protects your business when an employee becomes injured on the job. It is required by law.

Commercial Auto– Covers against loss for your business vehicles and any liability your business incurs as a result of an accident.

Property– Insures against loss for your buildings and equipment.

Employment Liability– Covers your business and managers from claims of harassment, discrimination and other civil rights as afforded under state and federal laws.

Cyber Liability– Protects your liability interests when data or sensitive client information is stolen or accidentally lost by your business.

Professional Liability-Protects your business when a third party accuses your business of being negligent or making a mistake in providing professional services.

An Independent Agent Who Understands Commercial Insurance

When you purchase business insurance through an independent agent you are working with a licensed professional who specializes in the products and services you need. We have access to many insurance companies and know which ones are designed just for your business. Independent agents are local business owners who employee your neighbors to serve your needs.

 

Some Valentine’s Gifts Need To Be Insured

It is that time of year when many of us give that special person in our lives a gift that they will enjoy year round. Valentine’s gifts typically include watches, jewelry, art, cameras and other valuable items. Examples of items that will need special coverage

Guns

ATV’s

Boats

Jewelry

Art

Collections of stamps, books, or coins

Expensive wine

Antiques

Whatever you may do this year, if you purchase an expensive item for that special person, make sure you get it insured. Most homeowners or renter’s insurance policies restrict coverage for items like jewelry to $1,000 dollars.  In addition, most policies cover named perils for fire and theft, etc.; however, they may exclude coverage for the ring that gets flushed down the toilet; that is unless the expensive item is scheduled. To cover such circumstances that the insurance industry has dubbed “mysterious disappearance”, you will need a valuable articles personal property endorsement on your homeowners or renters policy.

Tips to keep valuables safe

Have your jewelry appraised by a qualified jewelry appraiser for insurance replacement purposes

Take pictures

Keep items in safe place

Take off while working outside

Homeowners and renters insurance can provide many benefits including:

Additional Living Expense -This coverage pays for the extra, above normal costs of expenses such as food and lodging incurred while the policyholder’s home is being repaired.

Extended Replacement Cost – Provides additional coverage up to 150% of the dwelling’s policy limits to rebuild your home in the event you suffer a covered loss.

Personal Liability Protection- Pays for bodily injury or property damage caused to others as a result of a covered incident.

Identity Theft Protection – Pays for expenses you incur as a result of criminal identity theft.

Call us today.  We can provide you will the right combination of coverage, and price, followed up with outstanding service.