Is Agritourism Risk A Real Thing?

MP900176513Agritourism is any activity that allows members of the general public on your winery, farm property for recreational, entertainment, or educational purposes. Agritourism activities include everything from a bed and breakfast, a corn maze, an educational field trip, a store or wine tasting, to “pick your own” and roadside farm stands. It is important to understand your increased liability, by having visitors on your property.

Here are three issues to remember:

Almost 30 million children visit farms and ranches each year according to the US government.

Most visitors are unfamiliar with the agricultural environment. Owners need to ensure the safety and health of all guests visiting their operations.

Here are a few safety tips for you to consider as part of your Agritourism activities:

  • Develop emergency plans just in case the worst happens. Have procedures in place for major injuries, heart attacks, pet bites, and more.
  • If you serve food make sure you follow all the state food handling policies.
  • Make sure you have traffic control procedures and extra staff if needed.
  • Address the safety issues with all ponds, machinery, and chemicals.
  • Do you use outside vendors? If so, make sure you obtain certificates of insurance.
  • If you have rides of any kind you should require a waiver of liability.
  • Have safety equipment such as fire extinguishers and first aid kits throughout the farm.
  • Use signs to post rules and vehicle speeds.
  • Train your employees on all safety measures.

Implementation of these guidelines is not intended to absolve the farm owner of all liability. They are, however, intended to reduce the risk of a guest being injured and to demonstrate a “good faith” effort to protect guests.

 

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.

 

 

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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.

 

Online Insurance Can’t Answer These Questions

4fr44bfWhether you are a new homeowner or have owned your home for a longer period, there’s no doubt you have any questions about homeowner’s insurance. You want to protect your home, your possessions, and your family. Below are five of the most frequently asked questions about home owner insurance.

  1. As a home owner, am I required to have insurance? Yes, if you have a lender. It’s also wise to look into insurance if you are in the process of constructing a home or renting your home to someone else.
  2. What types of coverage does homeowner insurance provide? Property insurance, which covers the home and contents and liability insurance, which insures your liability for bodily injury to a third party.
  3. Will the replacement cost be the same as the sale price of my home? No. The replacement cost will cover the amount needed to replace the same structure and/or contents. Replacement cost is usually calculated based on the individual home’s characteristics. We recommend you take photographs of your home and contents.
  4. Will homeowner insurance cover damage or theft outside of my home? Generally, yes but policies differ. Be sure to ask about your specific coverage.
  5. Are home-based businesses covered under homeowner insurance? No, unless you qualify for an endorsement to your current homeowner insurance policy. Generally, you need a business owners insurance policy. You can void coverage on certain structures as well if they are used in your business.

Of course, homeowners will have more questions about homeowner insurance particular to their own situations (including protection against the elements, possessions that are no longer in the home, contents of vehicles, etc.). When searching for a homeowner insurance policy, be sure to ask about coverage relevant and beneficial to your own situation.

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.

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.

 

 

Does An Agent Really Make A Difference?

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Personal And Business Insurance

The modern day customer is looking for value, ease of services, and quick responses.  In an era of impersonal internet companies, slick advertising, and “branding,” it can be hard for consumers to determine where to find the best insurance program for their needs.  To provide the best possible combination of coverage, services, and pricing, you need to look no further than your local independent agent.

Our Approach To Insurance Is Different

The best way to get the insurance that is right for you is to develop a relationship with your insurance agent.  The good news is that this process is not complicated or time consuming.

  • We respond quickly.
  • Insurance protects what is important to you, and we understand that.
  • We gain an understanding of your individual needs.
  • We educate rather than sell.
  • Finding the right insurance coverage is an important purchase, because everyone’s needs are unique.
  • Our professional team is trained and licensed.
  • Insurance is too important to be ordered online like a book.
  • Don’t wait for an un-insured claim to happen before you look for the right agent and coverage.

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.

Why Insure My Home When No One Is There?

old-house-54569_1280A North Bay Home Insurance Update

Under most insurance policies, when a property has been vacant for more than 60 consecutive days before a loss or damage occurs, there is NO COVERAGE for vandalism and other losses. Our agency offers options that can help protect your property whether you own a vacant home, condo or other eligible residential property.

Criminals watch your home and know when your home is vacant or when you are on vacation. Vacant homes also create a liability risk if children play in or around your home and you are not there to provide proper maintenance.

If you leave your home vacant, there are some insurance issues to consider:

  1. Most homeowner’s policies exclude vacant property.
  2. Call us today to arrange proper coverage for your vacant home.
  3. Consider adding security and additional lighting to make it look like someone is living in the home.
  4. Make arrangements to have the lawn and the outside of your home maintained while you are away.

Your policy may exclude losses for vacant property if you don’t endorse coverage. Call our office if you are thinking of leaving your home vacant for any long period of time to determine what you need to do to ensure you are protected in the event of a burglary or unexpected incident.

North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc. is your trusted solution for homeowner’s 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.