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You Make Changes - Keep Your Insurance Up To Date

For your insurance to protect you properly, it may be important to update your coverage.Businessman trying to catch the train

Here is a list of  common changes that may require updating your insurance policies.  If you answer yes to any of the following questions, but have not made sure your policy has been updated, be sure to call your insurance agent.

  • Have you changed your address recently?
  • Is your home vacant or rented to someone else?
  • Have there been any changes to the name on your deed? (Trusts, Estates)
  • Have you improved, added on to your home or finished the basement?
  • Could there be over $5,000 in damage if water or sewer backed up in your basement?
  • Do you have items of value over $250? Special items may need to be listed “scheduled” on your policy.
  • (jewelry, guns, camera, computer equipment, musical instruments, collectibles)
  • Do you own or rent property not listed on your policy?
  • Do you have a woodstove in your home?
  • Do you run a business or keep business property at your home?
  • Do you farm or sell produce/ livestock?
  • Are the liability limits on your policy adequate to protect all your assets?
  • Do you have vehicles or household residents not listed on your policy?
  • Do you have autos on your policy not titled to you?
  • Does your policy only list liability coverage, but you need coverage for damage to your vehicle?
  • (Comprehensive, Collision)
  • Does your healthcare policy pay before your auto policy in case of injury due to an accident?
  • Do you have a company car?
  • Do you use your vehicle for business?
  • Do you choose NOT to wear a helmet when riding your motorcycle? (additional medical coverage required)
  • Do you own other vehicles not listed on your policy?
  • (snowmobiles, golf carts, RV’s motorcycles, scooters, recreational vehicles, antique vehicles)
  • Is the amount of your life insurance less than double your annual salary?
  • Do you need life, health or disability coverage?

Contact the caring experts at Cobb-Hall Insurance for more details.

Best Home Video – Home Inventory

Best Home Video – Home Inventory

Imagine trying to list every possession you own along with each item’s worth after your home as beenhome video photo destroyed by fire or a natural disaster.  The task will feel overwhelming.  Having a detailed home inventory can make the difference between a paid and a disputed claim. Do not rely solely on your memory.

Consider these tips

  • Discuss your homeowner’s policy with your agent. Are you covered for the replacement value on your possessions or only the depreciated value? You may need special coverage if you have expensive collections or unique items like musical instruments, firearms, golf clubs, etc.
  • Take photos and/or videos.
  • Photograph the outside of your house from at least four angles. Be sure to photograph your home’s landscaping, outdoor furniture and decorations.
  • Make a room-by-room photographic inventory. Take as many pictures as needed to inventory every room in your house. Be sure to document items in closets, cupboards and drawers, noting when and where items were obtained and the cost. If possible scan receipts to keep with your home inventory. Clothes, shoes, purses and jewelry can add up. Take separate photos of items over $350 in value.
  • Electronics are major purchases. List and photograph model and serial numbers for electronics including televisions, stereos, computers and mobile devices.
  • Lay out a full set of your china, silverware or other valuables and photograph. Include a picture to show the brand and pattern. Then count and photograph where the items are stored to show the number of sets you own.
  • Take photos of things that cannot be replaced.(family photographs. mementos, heirlooms) Although these items are irreplaceable, make copies so you will have a record of the items. Remember to discuss rare or high end items with your agent and photograph separately.
  • Inventory the garage. Document bicycles, sports equipment, tools, lawn mowers and other items stored in your garage.
  • Remember to inform your agent of major updates. Include photos of window coverings, hardwood floors, finished basement, decks etc.

Store the home inventory off premises. E-mail a copy to yourself and use cloud storage to keep copies electronically or save on a flash drive and keep it in a safe deposit box. Don’t save the inventory only on a computer drive that could be destroyed.

Contact Cobb-Hall Insurance for solutions designed specifically to meet your needs.

 

 

 

 

Home Insurance-Clear Explanation

Confused about your Home Insurance? Here are some basics. Real Estate symbol

Most homeowner’s policies contain a variety of coverages Here is a brief explanation of just some of the coverages to help you when considering your choices in purchasing insurance for your home.

Home (Definition: The building structure)

Replacement Cost  Most homeowners’ policies will pay to rebuild your home if it was completely destroyed. In addition to the structure, coverage includes the wiring, plumbing, heating and air conditioning.  Policies are issued for the amount it would cost to rebuild your home.  Your agent can assist you with determining the correct insurance value as land and unattached buildings are not included in this amount.  It is important to note that there are claim payment penalties for homes that are greatly under insured.

Coverage Typically losses covered by a homeowner’s policy are for fire, windstorm, hail, lightning, theft or vandalism. Other damage may be covered, but generally these policies do NOT cover flood or earthquakes.

Deductible  You can choose from a variety of deductible amounts.  A deductible is an amount of money that you pay first for any loss.  Many people choose between $1,000 and $2,000, usually the higher your deductible, the lower your premium.

Personal Property  (Definition: Contents-Imagine shaking your house upside down, what falls out is considered contents.)

Replacement Cost   Covering your contents for replacement cost versus actual cash value is recommended.  Like it sounds, replacement cost is what you pay to replace an item; actual cash value is what the item is worth after depreciation.  For example: if your sofa is destroyed in a fire, replacement cost on contents coverage would allow the company to reimburse you the cost of a new sofa.  Actual cash value coverage limits the company payment to the amount your old sofa was worth if you were to sell it.

Liability (Definition- Cost for damage/injury to others  you are legally obligated to pay.)

Liability  Homeowners policies include coverage for injury or damage to others when you are sued or determined to be legally liable.  Examples include; injury if someone falls on your icy sidewalk, your dog bites a neighbor or damage if your child breaks a friend’s expensive Chinese vase. Consider your assets when deciding on a liability limit, For many people  $500,000 adequate, but other limits are available.

 Contact Cobb-Hall Insurance to help you determine the insurance protection that best fits your needs.