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.

 

 

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Hey! I Need A Ride!

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An Auto Insurance Update

Being a rideshare driver is a great way to make extra income. With the growth of Uber and Lyft, many people are using their own vehicles assuming their personal auto insurance will provide coverage.

Unfortunately, your personal auto insurance will not cover any use for commercial purposes. There is an exclusion for any commercial use of your vehicle. There is a specific exclusion for “public or Livery conveyance” that is part of your policy.  This makes it very clear that the liability coverage for your vehicle doesn’t apply when it is being used as a public conveyance.

In addition, your personal auto insurance excludes Medical Payments, and Physical Damage Coverage for your vehicle is used for commercial purposes. With a few exceptions, your personal automobile policy doesn’t cover you or your automobile when you are using it for this purpose.

What Are Your Options?

  • Another option is to purchase a commercial automobile policy that is designed to cover the exposures that go along with operating a public conveyance.
  • Consider the coverage offered by the rideshare company you are working for

Call, our office and we, can work hard to provide you with the best possible combination of coverage, price, and service.

If you use your vehicle for delivery or landscaping you might need to consider a commercial auto policy, especially if the vehicle is used 100% for business use.

We are ready to help you with all your auto, home, RV, and motorcycle needs. Call us today. We can combine your insurance under one program and save you hundreds of dollars.

Stop Thief… That’s Mine

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The holiday season is filled with fun, parties, food, gift, overeating and unfortunately some risk. One of the fasted growing risks for many people is stolen packages by porch pirates. According to proopertycasualtiy360, over 26 million packages are stolen during the holiday season. Need more bad news?

Your homeowners or renter’s insurance generally may not cover this loss as it tends to be under your deductible. There could be coverage if you have personal property off premises insurance. Also for theft coverage to apply generally, you need proof of loss by a broker indoor, etc.

Call our office for a review of your homeowner’s insurance, as each policy is unique to your circumstances.

Things To Do

  • Delivery confirmation is a good way to prove the package was delivered.
  • Thieves will follow delivery trucks, waiting for the perfect target.
  • These thieves commonly strike during working hours as many homes are empty at that time.
  • You can insure your packages.
  • Consider having a person there when the delivery is scheduled.
  • Install a security camera.

High Tech Solutions

There are a few high tech solutions to consider.

  • Landport or BoxLock provides a delivery box on your porch that has an electronic lock.
  • Amazon Key, which has a fairly simple premise: When a delivery arrives at your house, and you’re not home, the courier scans a barcode that sends a request to Amazon’s cloud. If it’s approved Amazon remotely unlocks your door and starts recording video through the online retailer’s Cloud Cam.
  • Install a front door camera. Many shippers will not replace the item with this kind of device.

What To Do If A Package Is Stolen

  • Track your package. Check the delivery confirmation and tracking number.
  • Make sure a neighbor did not pick it up for you.
  • Contact the seller. Different retailers have different policies and processes for handling stolen items, but usually, you are entitled to a refund or a replacement item.
  • File a claim with the shipping company.
  • Check your Credit Cards for Purchase Protection.

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.

 

Honey What Are Those Red Lights?

car-1531273_640Getting pulled over by a police officer can be a stressful and uncomfortable experience, especially if you have never been pulled over before. The primary reason for being pulled over is for your safety and the safety of others. Do not panic, the police are here to help and protect us.

Auto Insurance

It will be important to have your auto insurance ID card and vehicle registration handy. Not having auto insurance can be a serious issue.

There are a few things you can do to help the process go smoothly for you, the officer, and your passengers:

  1. If you see police vehicle lights in your mirror, slow down and pull over to the side of the road as soon as possible. Make sure you are far enough off the road for the officer to safely walk next to your car.
  2. Stay calm. Turn off your engine and radio. Keep your seat belt fastened and have your driver’s license and insurance information out and ready. Stay off your cell phone!
  3. At night, turn on your inside light to allow the officer to view the inside of your vehicle; doing this allows the officer to be assured that there is no danger to him or her.
  4. Do not argue with the officer.
  5. Do not get out of the car, unless requested to do so by the officer.
  6. If you have any passengers in your vehicle, request that they remain silent at all times with their hands in plain sight.
  7. Don’t make any admissions; if the officer asks if you know why you were pulled over say no. Another question they may use to trap you is by asking, “Do you know how fast you were going?” A simple reply is best such as; “I am always a safe driver and believe that I was going with the flow of traffic.”
  8. What if the officer wants to search your vehicle? The United States Constitution protects all individuals from unreasonable search and seizure. The exceptions to this are if you agree to a search, or if the officer believes there is illegal activity going on.

At North Bay Insurance Brokers we combine premium auto Insurance with personalized service to give you the best coverage possible. Our insurance specialists will work with you one-on-one to find a policy that keeps you and your drivers protected at all costs – for peace-of-mind driving assurance.

 

 

 

 

Recent Wild Fires Means More Flooding

bigstock-Nature-burning-27273791We have been witness to record-setting wildfires in over the past few year and experts are now telling us that the results will mean more flooding. We have learned that a combination of record heat has created a massive growth of undergrowth that acts as fuel for wildfires, thus creating more damage to that land. This ground bloom dries out and creates more heat for wildfires.

Winter weather changes also have created more rain than snow, causing more erosion and overflowing dams. All of these conditions have created a perfect storm for flooding.

That means that the next six to eight months will be prime time for flooding.  If you live near water or in a flood zone, we recommend that you have flood insurance.  However, did you know that even if you do not live in a flood zone, you might need flood insurance?  According to Flood Smart, 20% of flood claims come from low-risk areas.

Why Get A Flood Insurance Quote?

  • Homes with mortgages from federally regulated banks or insured lenders in high-risk flood areas are required to have flood insurance.
  • Your standard homeowner’s insurance excludes floods.
  • If you decide you want flood insurance, you will need to secure coverage as soon as possible. There is a 30-day waiting period before policies can be bound.
  • There are flood policies for condominiums and apartments as well.

So, if the weather forecast announces a flood alert for your area and you go to purchase coverage, it’s already too late. You will not be insured if you buy a policy a few days before a flood. 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.

Call our professional staff today for more information. Don’t wait until you’re knee deep in water!

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.

 

 

I Drive My Car For Company Business… Now What?

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There are many situations and reasons why employees drive his or her personal auto to perform business related tasks including: travel between work sites, client visits, and transportation of colleagues.  It is important to consider the risk you assume when you drive your car on company business.

There are two different kinds of risks and we will address each. The first risk is what we might call incidental use. The second risk is when a person drives his/her own car every day as part of their job, like a salesperson. This person’s job description actually includes using their own car as part of the day to day job functions.

Situation One – Incidental Use

Generally, in these situations, you would be covered under your personal auto policy. If you find you are driving more than 30-40% of the time on company business, it would be best to contact our office for a review of your coverage. Examples of incidental use would be:

  • Going to a company event
  • Taking the mail to the post office
  • Picking up supplies at the store
  • Going to see a client – occasionally

Situation Two – Drive as Part of the Job

Many personal auto policies have drive-for-business exclusions, requiring individuals to inform their agents that they drive for work and to acquire an endorsement. Without the endorsement, insurers may refuse to cover a claim. Here are some examples of work related situations where you might need to make adjustments to your auto insurance:

  • Outside sales professionals
  • Real-estate agents
  • Driving more than 50% of the time for the company
  • You receive an auto allowance
  • You take a tax deduction for work related driving

If you use your vehicle for delivery or landscaping you might need to consider a commercial auto policy, especially if the vehicle is used 100% for business use.

We are ready to help you with all your auto, home, RV, and motorcycle needs. Call us today. We can combine your insurance under one program and save you hundreds of dollars.

How To Make This Fall A Treat Not A Trick!

pumpkin-1014971_640We are gearing up for the holiday season and that means a new set of concerns for homeowners. First, there are weather-related concerns and then comes Halloween.

Did you know that the insurance industry can tell you what the most common claims are for each month? Insurance companies keep very accurate and detailed records of when claims occur and what kinds of claims occur in what season.

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.

Common Claims That Occur In The Fall

  • Rear-end collisions. These occur more in the fall due to changing weather and increased rain. If you’re following a car, leave at least four seconds of time between you and the car in front of you if going 45 mph.
  • Water damage. Damage as a result of rain or freezing pipes, occurs more often between October and December than in any of the other months.
  • Fires from candles, cooking, and fireplaces caused over 45% of the home fires in the fall months.According to gov, more than 2,500 people lose their lives in house fires each year, and another 12,600 are injured.
  • Theft from vehicles. From October through December, more cars are broken into at shopping malls, due to increased holiday shopping. Always place your packages out of light in the trunk when going back and forth from your car to the stores.
  • Snow, ice and rain accidents. Winter weather, even in warmer parts of the country, creates increased hazards and accidents. 37% of all skidding and snow claims occur between October and December.
  • Home burglaries increase about 33% during the fall. Keep your doors locked, use motion detectors, and turn on your home alarm.

In the next few days, we will be watching children scramble from house to house in search of the elusive Halloween treat.  However, keeping our kids safe as they are out Halloween night is always a concern.

Safety Tips For Kids

  • Never, ever, go into a house.
  • Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling
  • An adult or an older responsible child should always accompany young children. Even older children should go trick-or-treating with an adult, or with friends.  Never go out alone.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on.
  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective.
  • Do not eat homemade food.
  • Examine all candy.  If it has been opened, toss it out.
  • Use a flashlight.

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.