The Costs Just keep Going Up!

Do It YourselferFive Spring Home Remodeling Insurance Tips

Many People in the North Bay are planning a home remodeling project for the spring or summer.  These projects may include a new backyard, kitchen or an addition for the expanding family. Whatever your personal project, you will need to protect yourself from the financial risks and hazards associated with a home remodel project.

North Bay Insurance Brokers is your trusted solution for homeowners insurance. We offer coverage options that are both flexible and affordable, and will work with you on an individual basis to find a policy that best suits your needs. Our team is dedicated to providing the assurance that your family and your possessions are secure.

If you are thinking or planning on hiring a contractor to help or construction company to help you with your project, keep these tips in mind. Following these guidelines will help reduce your risk and increase your chances for a successful, and hopefully stress-free, project. Always ask for insurance from the contractor or company.

  1. Before you hire a contractor, it is good to ask for references. The Better Business Bureau is an excellent place to start.
  2. Know what you want and have a specific list of products, including the brands. For example, if you want an Air Conditioner, be specific about the type and brand. There are many brands; some good and some not so good.
  3. Always have a written contract with a competition date.
  4. Go visit other homes on which the contractor has worked.
  5. Some contractors may ask for 100% of the payment upfront. Never do this. A small (10% to 15% upfront is normal)

At North Bay Insurance Brokers, we know how hard you’ve worked to turn your house into a home. Since your home is one of the most important financial investments of your lifetime, you’ll need proper coverage in order to keep your investment protected and provide your family with the guarantee that they’ll always be safe and sound.

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Stop The Maddens, Get off Your Phone

car-933269_1920According to leading industry experts, distracted driving accounts for 1/3rd of all commercial auto accidents and is causing business insurance rates to rise for the 5th straight year. This is an important topic that employers need to understand and respond to.

North Bay Insurance Brokers understands the value of your commercial vehicles and the employees who drive them. From trips across the country to local deliveries and promotions, your mobile business fleet takes on the open road to keep operations running smoothly – but accidents do happen.

What Are The Types of Distracted Driving

  • Visual: taking your eyes off the road;
  • Manual: taking your hands off the wheel; and
  • Cognitive: taking your mind off of driving

Risk Factors

  • Drivers under the age of 23 have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.
  • Commercial drivers that drive long hours without breaks.

Prevention Tips

  • Create a formal, written policy stating your organization’s position on mobile device use while driving.
  • Educate drivers about the risks and potential consequences of driving while distracted.
  • Make this part of your monthly safety meetings.
  • Enforce the rules.
  • Reward safe drivers.

Our professionals work diligently to understand our client’s risks, goals, culture & vision in order to develop with you a risk management program to support your mission. Every industry has specific needs when it comes to insurance. Industry-specific risks make it impossible for insurance companies to lump together one insurance plan for every business. At North Bay Insurance Brokers, we understand that being unique is what makes your business successful across the board. That’s why we provide industry-specific insurance options for businesses of all types.

 

Let’s Learn To Respect Each Other

Two Women Talking In Living Room And SmilingNorth Bay Insurance Brokers provides insurance to businesses in Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, American Canyon, and surrounding areas.

At North Bay Insurance Brokers, we’re committed to keeping your business protected – so you can focus on your day-to-day operations. And with the right insurance plan, your business will be covered from top to bottom.

The EEOC just released the latest numbers relating to employment claims, and they remind us of the need for employment practices liability insurance.

  • Retaliation was the most frequently filed charge with the EEOC in 2018, followed by race and disability.
  • Sexual harassment charges with the EEOC increased by 13.6%, based on preliminary 2018 results.
  • Monetary awards recovered for victims of sexual harassment increased by 47.4%.
  • The #MeToo movement and resulting publicity have caused visits to the EEOC sexual harassment website page to more than double over last year.

We can offer a very comprehensive and affordable Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) products available in the industry today.  Coverage can include protection against allegations of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and retaliation. Coverage can be further enhanced to include Wage and Hour and Third Party Wrongful Acts.  Get a quick quote and share with your client today.

No matter what business you’re in, each workday is dedicated to doing your job well and providing your customers with the best service possible. North Bay Insurance Brokers would like to return the favor by giving you the coverage you need to ensure the security of your business.

 

Who Is On Your Side?

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A North Bay Insurance Update

Everyone has seen insurance advertisements that feature a lizard, a man who creates trouble, and a wacky woman in white trying to sell you insurance.  These ads may be entertaining, but how in the world can you really tell these companies apart?  What are the differences?  Is one company really better than any other?  Will the coverage, price, and service meet my needs?

There are two distinct kinds of agents in the United States; Independent agents/brokers, and direct writers.  Let’s define these for you.

Independent Agents

An independent agency is a business that is owned and operated by local business professionals.  Some larger agencies may have a board of directors and many partners, but usually the ownership is local and independent.  These agents offer many different insurance products through many different insurance companies.  Independent agents sell the products that most appropriately meet the needs of their clients. Independent agents typically are very well trained and knowledgeable of the complexities of the insurance market and insurance law.

Most independent agents have multiple companies from which to shop your insurance needs.  This makes it more likely that they will find the exact fit for your specific situation. It also allows for greater competition, which benefits their clients.

The goal of the independent agent is to provide their clients with the best possible combination of coverage, price, and service.  For example, independent agents have experience in understanding what services insurance companies provide and are able to match unique services with client needs. Not all insurance companies are alike.

Direct Writers

A direct writer is an agent who distributes policies for only one insurance company.  Direct writers are agents paid by the insurance company and cannot utilize the entire insurance market.

If your roof needed replacement would you go to just one roofer for a quote?  Would you hire a roofer because their ads are funny?  Wouldn’t it make good financial sense to go to more than one roofer to get options and pricing comparisons?

The True Value of Your Agent

The value of the insurance you buy truly is established when, and if, you have a claim.  Independent agents advise and help clients through the claim process. Our job is to find you the best possible combination of coverage, price, and insurance.  Independent agents/brokers work for the customer, direct writers work for the company.  Enough said!

At North Bay Insurance Brokers, we understand that being unique is what makes your business successful across the board. That’s why we provide industry-specific insurance options for businesses of all types.

 

Are You A Smart Insurance Buyer?

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A North Bay  Business Insurance Update

Even the best run businesses may have a loss now and then. It is important that every business owner and manager have a comprehensive business insurance program. A well-designed business insurance program will help the business get through a loss. Here are few ideas to help you make sure you have the best possible coverage your business needs.

  1. Make sure you combine your business policies into one “package” You will receive premium discounts for doing this.
  2. Every business should have a commercial umbrella policy with at least $1,000,00 of coverage.
  3. Review your property insurance deductibles, by increasing your deductible you may be able to lower your premium.
  4. Consider the flowing kinds of coverage; cyber liability, employment practices liability, and director and officer’s liability.
  5. Have your agent search the market for the best possible combination of coverage, price, and service.

Our professionals work diligently to understand our client’s risks, goals, culture & vision in order to develop with you a risk management program to support your mission. Every industry has specific needs when it comes to insurance. Industry-specific risks make it impossible for insurance companies to lump together one insurance plan for every business. At North Bay Insurance Brokers, we understand that being unique is what makes your business successful across the board. That’s why we provide industry-specific insurance options for businesses of all types.

 

Businesses In North Bay May Be In Trouble

bigstock-Risky-Word-Written-On-Cube-Sha-244520626.jpgEvery business has risks, we understand that. But as a business owner or manager, it is your job to manage risk so that your business can continue operating and grow. We can help you identify, treat and manage all your business risks because we know and understand your business. Here are some of the risk issues we have identified.

  1. Natural Disasters – These issues are always a concern for small and medium business. We can offer flood, earthquake and wind insurance as your needs arise.
  2. Cyber Liability- Cyber liability and data theft is one of the hottest topics for businesses, risk managers and insurance 2018 had some of the biggest data thefts that we have seen. But even more interesting, is that small businesses are exposed more than large businesses. In fact, 25% of data breaches affect businesses with less than 50 employees. A small business has a greater chance of having a cyber breach than it does of having a fire.
  3. Government mandates and regulations – There continues to be increased oversight from government in healthcare and financial reporting that creates new risk and liability for businesses.
  4. Political and Civil Issues – As seen in 2018, political and civil issues have a direct impact on many small businesses. Having the right kind of business insurance is important to protect your business in the event of civil riots.
  5. Business Interruption – If your business has a loss and you are unable to operate for a period of time, you will need financial resources in order to get back in operation. You may even need to continue payroll for a period of time. Business interruption insurance can provide these resources.

Our professionals work diligently to understand our client’s risks, goals, culture & vision in order to develop with you a risk management program to support your mission. Every industry has specific needs when it comes to insurance. Industry-specific risks make it impossible for insurance companies to lump together one insurance plan for every business. At North Bay Insurance Brokers, we understand that being unique is what makes your business successful across the board. That’s why we provide industry-specific insurance options for businesses of all types.

 

 

Is Your Business Insurance Broken?

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It Is Good To Review Your Business Insurance Program Every Year

Every North Bay business, like a car, needs checkup from time to time.  As your business grows or changes, your business insurance should respond accordingly.  If your business changes, there could be the possibility that you may not have the right business insurance coverage, and that can lead to an uninsured claim.

What A Business Insurance Check-Up Looks Like

We will review your policies and compare them to your operations to make sure that you have the coverage that matches your risk.  We will also review the following questions:

  • Have you added any new locations?
  • Do you now design, sell, or manufacture any new products?
  • Did you update or remodel your facility?
  • Did you make any investments in your business?
  • Have you added transport or delivery services?
  • Have you sold any personal property or equipment?
  • Are you expanding your services and/or your client base?
  • Have there been any changes in ownership?

At North Bay Insurance Brokers Insurance Agency, we know you’ve invested a lot of time and money in your personal property and keepsakes. A flood insurance policy will cover the cost of replacing your valuables from any flood-related damage.