What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

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We all know how to keep our home safe from fires, burglars and other major homeowner’s risks. Your homeowner’s insurance covers many different kinds of losses. Cooking, candles, and smoking are the biggest causes of house fires in the United States. However, there are a few hazards around the home that many of us don’t think about.

9volt Batteries

9volt batteries can create fire when exposed to many kinds of metal. Keep 9volt batteries stored in a plastic container.

Smoke Alarms That Are Not Working

A large percentage of homes fires go un-noticed because of smoke alarms that don’t work. A working smoke alarm can be your best defense to notify you of a fire.

Dryers

Over 20% of home fires start as a result of poorly vented or dust filled dryer vents. Check your dryer vent every time you use your dryer.

Candles

Candles left unattended are also a major cause of home fires. If you use candles, make sure they are kept away from flammable items and blow out before you leave the room.

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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What’s Under Your Roof?

cottage-768889_1920A North Bay Home Insurance Review

Have you ever stopped to think about all the things that could cause damage to your home and personal property? Probably not, but we think about your personal insurance coverage every day. Your homeowner’s insurance is designed to protect you from claims that can come from many different events. We can design a homeowner’s insurance product that fits your individual needs. Here are a few of the kinds of events that can be covered under your roof.

Damage To Your Home Can Include

  • Fire and smoke damage
  • Lightning strikes
  • Falling objects
  • Explosion
  • Vandalism and malicious mischief
  • Theft
  • Windstorms and hail
  • The weight of ice, snow or sleet
  • Water damage
  • Damage from an aircraft, car or vehicle

What is Not Covered Under Your Roof

A standard homeowner’s insurance policy will not cover; earthquake, flood, wear and tear, damage from animals, mold, acts of war, government actions, tenant damage, defective work, plus others.

Personal Property

Your homeowner’s insurance can also cover your personal belonging. This might include; cloths, furniture, and other items.

Do You Have A Leak In Your Roof?

Do you have coverage for additional living expenses if you are required to move out of your home while it is being repaired? If you own guns, art, or other collections, you may need additional coverage. Is your expensive jewelry cover while away from your home? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, call us today.

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.

 

 

 

Shake Rattle And Roll

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May 2018 saw a number of small earthquakes in California. Many experts are predicting a major quale on the west coast in the next 12 months. The only thing we have control over is how prepared we are when an earthquake hits our area.

“California sits at the border between two major tectonic plates—the Pacific plate, which is moving northwest, and the North American plate, which is sliding past it to the southeast. The two plates don’t just meet at a single line, and the state is crisscrossed with dozens of earthquake faults. The San Andreas is the most worrisome, because it generates the quakes that are really dangerous to California residents.”  Sarah Zielinski

What You Can Control

  1. Get earthquake insurance on your home. Earthquake insurance covers damage to your home and your possessions. Most earthquake policies also cover costs incurred to minimize further damage after an earthquake, plus costs for additional living expenses. Deductibles are generally 10-15% of the insured amount. Exterior structures such as pools, irrigation systems, driveways, and detached garages are generally not covered.
  2. Create a disaster plan.
    • Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
    • Put together a “go-bag” or disaster supply kit should you need to evacuate, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information.
    • If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to blocked roads.
    • Make a family emergency communication plan and review it regularly with members.
    • Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”
    • Disconnect electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.
    • If instructed, turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve. This helps prevent fires and explosions.

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.

 

 

 

Who Protects Your Home While You Are On Vacation?

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Having the right North Bay homeowners or renter’s insurance is a good way to protect your home and property while you are away having fun this summer. Personal insurance can offer replacement for loss or damage property.

Home Burglary facts (Source FBI, Harris Interactive Polls)

  • 25% of burglars get in through the back door.
  • Homes with security systems have a 30% less chance of being targets.
  • A majority of convicted burglars say they avoid homes with alarm systems.
  • 27% of homeowners say they leave their doors unlocked.
  • Burglars will use social media to select targets.
  • The average cost to replace stolen items is $4,200.

Vacation Safety Tips

  1. Stop the paper and garbage.
  2. Keep valuables in a locked safe.
  3. Lock up all guns.
  4. Tell neighbors about your trip. Have them watch for deliveries.
  5. Don’t take all your credits cards on vacation, only take the ones you may need.
  6. Use automatic lights to give the appearance of someone being at home.
  7. Pay all your bills so that key utilities don’t get turned off.
  8. Inform your credit card companies where you plan on traveling. This information will alert them to any fraud.
  9. Mow the lawn before you go to make it look like you are at home.
  10. Give you itinerary to a family member.
  11. Don’t post vacation pictures on social media sites until your return home.
  12. Have us complete a free home insurance review before you go.

 

It is important to note that not all homeowner’s policies are created equal, and what one company offers may not be the same as another company. Also keep in mind, if you bought your policy online, who really knows what coverage you have?

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.

Are You Really Covered?

Alion-2633705_1920 Personal Insurance Update

A personal umbrella policy can protect your family for less than a dollar a day.  An umbrella policy can provide added limits over your auto and home insurance.  Our team of professional agents can review your personal insurance program and recommend any updates or changes.

There are many reasons to consider a personal umbrella policy including an increase in personal litigation lawsuits, the need to protect your personal assets, and the peace of mind this coverage provides.  In the event your underlying policy limits are exhausted, your personal umbrella coverage can provide added limits.

  • A personal umbrella can add liability coverage over your home, auto, motorcycle, RV, and even rental properties.
  • Coverage can include legal fees.

If you have any assets including a good income, investments, equity in your home, or possible inheritance, you should consider the additional coverage.  A personal umbrella policy can give you and your family more security and peace of mind.

Additional Coverage For Peace-Of-Mind Living.

North Bay Insurance Brokers is committed to providing expert advice and quality insurance products that keep your future protected. From keeping your identity and confidential information secure to insuring your personal items under an umbrella policy, we have the solutions you’ve been looking for should theft, an accident or even a lawsuit ever occur

 

North Bay Home Rental Insurance Issues

pixa free dcdHow Our Sharing Economy Can Create Coverage Concerns

Many people are using VRBO, Airbnb, or other home renting sites. While this may be a great way to have additional income, it could pose issues if you rent out your primary home, condominium or apartment to others for a fee. It may be wise to read through this, and a related article, before you rent out your primary residence. If your home insurance is not recorded as a Landlord Policy, the insurer can deny the claim.

Five Reasons to Re-Think About Our Sharing Economy

  1. Your homeowner’s, renter’s or condominium insurance most likely will not provide coverage if you rent out your residence. So, if the renter damages your property or burns your home down, you will be uninsured under your homeowner’s policy.
  2. These sites say they offer some level of insurance, but it is usually secondary to your policy, and most likely will not respond.
  3. Read your lease or rental agreement; many of these prohibit sub-leasing.
  4. It may actually be illegal in your city to rent out your residence on a short term basis. Check the zoning laws in your community. If you live in an area with a community association, there may also be regulations to consider.
  5. By placing pictures of your primary home online you may open yourself up to loss of privacy and it could be a blueprint for criminals.

One final thought, you could also create increased liability if the renter somehow damages your neighbor’s property or injures a third party on your property.

The insurance industry will respond over time to the sharing economy, but in the meantime, there are limitations and restrictions in your current homeowner’s insurance policies of which you need to be aware.

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.

Don’t Let Your Home Remodel Project Turn Into An Episode Of Tool Time

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A North Bay Insurance Update

A home remodeling project can create an exciting new and improved home and even increase your home’s value. However, the process can be daunting and frustrating as your home can be the center of a “war zone” during the process. While you focus on color and design issues, do not forget to consider these items.

Homeowner’s Insurance

If you are increasing the value of your home, you will need to make adjustments in your homeowner’s insurance limits. Typically, your homeowner’s insurance will not cover the contractor or his work. If the contractor causes damage to another part of your home, you will want their insurance to provide restoration.

Review Your Contract or Agreement

Before you hire a contractor make sure you consider the following:

  1. Check references
  2. Go to Yelp or Angies List to check reviews
  3. Ask the contractor to provide you with a certificate of insurance
  4. Address how change orders will work
  5. Be specific with regard to brands and products you desire
  6. Never provide 100% payment upfront
  7. All contractors who work on your home should have the following minimum insurance
  • Workers’ Compensation to state minimum or statutory
  • Commercial General Liability $1,000,000 Combined Single Limit
  • Auto Liability $1,000,000 Limit
  • Builders Risk which covers the value of the new work
  1. Some changes or remodeling projects can actually help reduce your homeowner’s insurance; for example, upgrading electrical or plumbing. Replacing an older roof can also help your insurance costs.

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.