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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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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.

 

 

Does Your Computer Know What You Are Doing?

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Cyber Insurance Can Benefit Your Business

Cyber liability is the risk that every business faces today. You do not have to be a technology company to have a cyber liability risk.  According to the latest studies by insurance experts, firms with 50 or fewer employees are the most at risk of having a loss, due to lack of controls and security. In fact, your business has a greater chance of having a cyber loss than it does of having a fire.

Cyber Liability Risk Management

We recommend that every business consider cyber liability insurance. As businesses consider protecting themselves against cyber-attacks, it is important to understand what actions should be taken once a cyber breach occurs.

  1. Read your cyber liability policy, so you understand the coverage. It is important you understand the cyber risk coverage and how it works before the loss occurs.
  2. Select an independent agent like our agency, to help you design a product that fits your needs, including deductibles levels.
  3. Develop a cyber breach policy to help manage a data breach. Once a breach occurs, there should be a clear procedure for employees to follow. This would include notifying clients and vendors.
  4. Report the claim as soon as possible to your cyber liability insurer. It might also be a good idea to submit a claim to your other commercial liability insurers as well.
  5. Protect client’s information should be your first priory. Make sure you have the right coverage for notification and any legal fees as part of your cyber liability policy.
  6. Your cyber insurance should also cover breaches arising from mobile devices.
  7. Look for coverage that does not have contractual liability exclusions.

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.

We love It When A Plan Comes Together

Concept. Young Couple Dreaming Of New House, Child, Financial WeA North Bay Personal Insurance Update

As we move into 2019, it is important to take stock of your personal insurance program.  Many different life events can affect your personal insurance.  Having the right kind of personal insurance can make a big difference if, and when, you ever have a claim.  Please call our office for an insurance review.

What Should Be Part of Your 2019 Personal Insurance Planning?

  • Should I consider a personal umbrella policy?
  • Is my home valued correctly?
  • Do I need to add or remove any drivers?
  • Have my life insurance needs changed?

Things That Can Affect Your Insurance

  • Marital status.
  • Children in college.
  • Purchase of a new vehicle, ATV, motorcycle, or boat.
  • Planned foreign travel.
  • Purchased any items of value like art, guns, or jewelry.
  • Starting a home-based business.
  • Purchasing a vacation home.
  • Using your home as rental income.

If you call us, one of our team members will help you find the best possible combination of coverage, price, and service.  Our agents have access to more carriers, and that means that they have more options, including multiple policy discounts and preferred premium pricing.

Remember, knowledge is power.  Therefore, the more information your agent has the better pricing and coverage they will provide for you.  North Bay Insurance Brokers. 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.

 

Do I need To Insure My Valentines Gift?

jewellery-2043_640It 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.

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 renter’s 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

Our 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.

Remember, knowledge is power.  Therefore, the more information your agent has the better pricing and coverage they will provide for you.  North Bay Insurance Brokers. 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.

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

 

 

 

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.

Spend A Little Money… Save A Home

smart-home-2005993_1280Now Is The Time To Test Your Home Fire Safety Equipment

Now that summer is over and we have set our clocks back, it is time to check your home fire safety equipment.  Having working fire safety equipment can save lives. But electronic devices are not infallible; batteries die, and other parts of the smoke detector can wear out over time. Regular testing can help ensure that your family will be safe in the event of a fire in your home.

  • Smoke Alarms–Test each smoke alarm in your home to make sure it is in good working order, and replace the batteries. It is also recommended that every bedroom have a smoke detector. Hard wired detectors are the best, but you can purchase newer detectors that have a battery life of 10 years.  Make sure everyone in the home recognizes the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
  • Fire Extinguishers–Performing a monthly inspection of your fire extinguisher is easy. Check the label or user manual for the manufacturer’s maintenance suggestions, and then follow those steps for doing your own monthly check. Keep the extinguisher in an open and common area, check the pull pin to make sure it still works, and check the pressure gauge.
  • Carbon Monoxide Alarms—Refer to the manufactures instructions for testing your specific model. However, to test most carbon monoxide alarms, you simply locate the test button, press and hold the button for a few seconds, and listen for the sound of the alarm to insure it is working. Finally replace the batteries.

Remember, knowledge is power.  Therefore, the more information your agent has the better pricing and coverage they will provide for you.  North Bay Insurance Brokers. 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.