Here’s What You Need to Know About Service Line Coverage

Here’s What You Need to Know About Service Line Coverage

We’ve been receiving many questions regarding service line coverage. Maybe you’ve been wondering about it too?  That is why we, at The Insurance Specialists Team, will provide you with some valuable information to help you understand what you need to know about service line coverage.

What Service Line Coverage Is

Service line coverage is insurance that protects you from the costly expenses of repairing or replacing damaged service lines that you are responsible for within your property. As damages can occur quite unexpectedly this will help you cover the cost for repairs and replacements.

The Insurance Specialists Team has options for you if you feel you need the coverage for better coverage than offered from others at an affordable cost.

Should you consider getting a Service Line Coverage?

Many are unaware that basic homeowner insurance policies do not cover the costs for repair and replacements, so it is best to consider getting a service line coverage. And did you know that as a homeowner, damages of service lines in your property are not your provider’s responsibility but yours? 

When something goes wrong with your service line, repairs and replacements can cost you thousands of dollars. For example, the average cost for replacing a broken water service line is $3,000 and more depending on other factors.

By adding the right service line coverage, usually just an endorsement on your policy, you can protect yourself and your family from these unexpected and very costly expenses. 

A glance at a typical homeowner’s service line responsibility:

Here’s what is usually covered 

As a homeowner, you may have coverage for the following types of service lines within your residential property:

  • Water 
  • Waste Disposal
  • Drainage
  • Heating
  • Electrical Power and Communications
  • Compressed Air

These are for damages caused by:

  • Wear and tear 
  • Rust and corrosion
  • Mechanical breakdown 
  • Freezing or frost heave
  • Tree or other root invasions

There may be exclusions

It is also important to note that there are specific exclusions to the policies you’re going to avail- so it is best that you discuss the specifics of the coverage first. Septic tanks, on-site wells, service lines that extend beyond the homeowner’s point of connections to the main service, and any shared utility lines that provide service to multiple properties are often not covered.

How much will service line coverage cost

The Insurance Specialist Team represents many insurance companies like Safeco that offer better service line coverage for as low as $35. The coverage provides a limit of up to $12,000  for common causes of service line failure with a  $500 deductible applied. 

Many insurance companies don’t provide service line coverage. However, we represent many home insurers that do offer coverage. It’s generally better coverage and you can get it for less. We will make it easier for you to find affordable coverage options you can avail for a few dollars per month that will save you thousands of unexpected repair and replacement costs.

If you have questions or need more information feel free to contact IST for a no-obligation quote. We know you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

MN home owners are paying too much for their home insurance.

Read This Immediately Because It Directly Affects You!

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MN home owners are paying too much for their home insurance.

If you’ve received your renewal notice – you may already know home insurance has gone up the last few years – through the roof. Most people don’t just have time to review their insurance.  So, they don’t and overpay. Public records show your home insurance may be coming up for renewal in the next 60 days. Take advantage of this easy opportunity to save money on your insurance – without sacrificing coverage or time.  You’ll love how easy it is here.

Compare the quotes below to see how much you can save!

Coverages                                   Option A           Option B           Option C

Dwelling                                        $200,000           $300,000           $400,000

Other Structures                           $20,000              $30,000              $40,000

Personal property                         $150,000           $187,000           $300,000

Loss of Use                                     $40,000              $60,000              $80,000

Personal Liability                         $300,000           $300,000           $300,000

Medical Expense                           $5000                 $5000                 $5000

Deductible                                     $1000                 $1000                 $1000

Annual premium                       $635               $857               $1079

You can get quotes from many companies – easily from one local agency.  We have one carrier offering great rates in this neighborhood right now. Get control of your insurance prices.  Call now while this is on your mind.

www.minneapolisinsuranceteam.com  or  612.460.7796

P.S. Changing is easy.  We will contact your bank and current agent for you!  This is not a binder or contract for coverage.  Several price discounts are included in this sample, your rates may vary.

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Why it’s a good idea to use Insurance Brokers

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Use Insurance Brokers for better coverage, bigger savings, and best service

One of the benefits of shopping for insurance using an independent agent or insurance broker is they generally represent many companies – not just one.

So, you don’t have to spend a lot of time going online and filling out forms or locating a number. You don’t need to deal with all kinds of agents, insurance companies, quotes, and trying to figure everything out by yourself. Like which is the best deal as far as coverage and price. Leverage an independent agent or broker

Using an “indendent agent” or “insurance broker” (these terms are often used interchangeable and generally mean the same thing.) However, an insurance broker in some areas just finds good quotes and doesn’t offer advice or service after the sale. Where as an independent agent is like a captive agent who represents just one company – independent agents represent many insurance companies. They also offer advice and service after you purchase a policy. An independent agent offers more choices of carriers and options.

A good insurance professional, whatever they are called or how many companies they represent, will most often have a designation like “AAI” Accredited Advisor in Insurance, “CPCU” Charted Property Casualty Underwriter, or “CIC” Certified Insurance Counselor. There are other designations too. The main thing this signals is that you are dealing with an experienced and knowledgeable insurance professional. They don’t cost anymore to use. Why not have the best?

Many times it makes more sense to shop for a good agent verses shopping for quotes.

There are many insurance professionals at The Insurance Specialists Team. They not only have designations and experience, they specialize in areas like auto and home insurance, commercial insurance, health insurance, life insurance, workers’ compensation. So, if you have many needs you can find good agents and quotes all in one place. Call 612.460.7796 speak with a specialist today and save easy and fast with a local insurance professional.

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Umbrella Policy

What Does Umbrella Insurance Cover?

If you have a serious car accident involving huge medical bills or an incident on your property, you can quickly find yourself responsible for damages that exceed the limits on your auto, boat, motorcycle or homeowners policies. 

An Umbrella Insurance Can Provide:

  • An extra $1 million to $10 million of liability coverage, which can help protect assets such as your car, boat, rental properties and home.
  • Coverage for claims like libel, slander, defamation of character and invasion of privacy. 
  • An Umbrella also helps cover defense costs, attorney fees and other charges associated with lawsuits. 
  • This coverage also extends to international occurrences.

An umbrella policy is a valuable addition to any auto, homeowners or other policy for extended personal liability protection.

In today’s world, anyone can get hit with a lawsuit. That’s why it’s more important than ever to consider an added layer of protection for your assets – and your peace of mind.

An umbrella policy protects you when your liability limits are exhausted.

If you have assets that are not protected you could get sued for more than the limits of your regular auto or home poliies.

If you have assets like multiple rental properties or other assets you could be a prime target for a lawsuit.

The main thing to do is to make sure you’re propery insured with the same limits as you don’t know where a loss could occur- just raising your current limits may be all you need.  Liability insurance is one of the few real bargains in insurance.  

However, if you have assets and need coverage, the Minneapolis Insurance Specialists Team represents many top rated insurance companies like Travelers and can provide advise and quotes.  Most people are surprised umbrella policies are affordable.

 

 


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What Could Happen If I Don’t Have Rideshare Insurance?

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Driving for Lyft or Uber can be a great way to monetize your commute. One can earn eatra money or have a job with great flexibility.

However, if you drive for a rideshare company you need to check your insurance policy to see if you are covered.

There are gaps in coverage when driving for rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber.

Lyft and Uber also have large deductibles when you are covered.  Lyft has a $2500 deductible and Uber has a $1000 deductible.

This can really sting if you can’t afford to get your vehicle fixed or you’re not covered – especially if driving is all your income or a big portion of it.  No vehicle – no way to earn!

If you need help reviewing your policy or would like to get quotes contact 612.460.7796.

The Insurance Specialists Team represents many companies that offer rideshare insurance.  Often they can get you a policy for less than you’re currently paying. 612.460.7796

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Homeowner’s Policy Designed for dwellings occupied by the owner

Dwelling Coverage Protection against covered perils such as wind, hail, lightning, or fire

Renter’s Policy Designed to cover contents in a rented dwelling

Condominium policy designed to provide coverage for owner occupied or tenant occupied condominiums

Do you really need rideshare insurance?

What could happen if you don’t have rideshare insurance?

 

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Upset Lyft driver After Traffic Accident

 

It may seem like an okay idea to put off looking into rideshare insurance.  Maybe you’re a good driver and besides Uber and Lyft have insurance don’t they? Why would you want to pay more money for a rideshare endorsement or take the chance of getting canceled if your insurance company doesn’t offer rideshare insurance? Another driver on youtube said we didn’t need it. What’s the truth?

It’s an okay idea until you have an accident and have to think about it again. Ever thought about who is liable for Uber accidents in Atlanta? Well, it might be too late. The Uber driver on youtube giving free insurance advice isn’t an insurance professional. It’s probably not a good idea to trust his advice…

It’s estimated that over 60% of rideshare drivers don’t have rideshare insurance.

Without a rideshare insurance policy or a rideshare endorsement, you’ll have coverage Gaps…

The entire time your app is on, your personal auto policy is suspended. Your TNC Lyft, Uber, etc., does provide coverage, but only for the period of time between accepting the passenger and dropping off the passenger (before accepting a passenger, some TNCs may provide limited liability coverage only). When you don’t have a passenger – you have no coverage for your vehicle and any damages or injuries you may sustain.

RideSharing Coverage steps in to cover you between passengers, effectively closing the gap.

Some things to consider…

Huge deductibles – Lyft has a $2500 deductible.  Uber has a $1000 deductible.  Some rideshare policies will cover the deductible gaps as well.  If for example, you have a $500 deductible on your policy that’s what you’d have with the rideshare endorsement – not $2500 or whatever.  You’ll want to ask your agent as some insurers will cover this gap and some insurers won’t cover it. A rideshare endorsement covering this gap could seem like a real bargain at claim time.

Loss of use… Let’s say you have an accident while heading to your hotspot and your vehicle is damaged. It needs extensive repair and it could take weeks to get it back on the road. You’re likely going to be out of pocket for deductibles you also won’t be able to drive or earn if that’s your only vehicle.

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MN state law requires rideshare drivers to carry a minimum of 50/100/30 liability limits.  If you are carrying the state minimum of 30/60/10 you won’t be compliant.

Per vehicle/per occurrence/property damage

Check your auto insurance policy

Even though you have an auto insurance policy, it might not provide coverage while you are working for a TNC – Lyft, Uber, etc., Look at the exclusions in your policy.  Most personal auto insurance policies have exclusions for when a vehicle is used “in connection with a transportation network company,” “as a public or livery conveyance,” or “to carry persons or property for a charge.” Many applications specifically ask “Are any vehicles used for rideshare?”

Also, look at the terms and conditions of the policy. Using your car for business purposes may be in violation and cause your policy to be canceled.

Do you really need rideshare insurance?  Yes!

Is it possible to pay lower rates with a rideshare endorsement than you’re currently paying? Yes! A driver just recently cut his insurance bill in half and has better coverage.

There are tips and tricks to get better rates like…

  • Bundling all your insurance to get the multi-policy discounts
  • Some companies have lower rates than others in certain areas – so check other companies
  • Carrying higher liability limits could get you a better quote – people looking to save on insurance typically carry lower limits of liability and it actually costs them more.
  • Get an advance quote or early bird quote at least two weeks in advance of your current policy expiration.  Most companies will give you a discount.
  • Use an independent agent or agency that represents more than one company and understands rideshare insurance.  It will save you time.
  • Want more tips?  Call 612.460.7796 or go online here…

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30/60/10 Do You Know What These Numbers Mean?

What do those numbers mean?  

They are liability insurance numbers.  

MN Auto Insurance Requirements Are 30/60/10

  1. The first number 30 or $30,000 is the bodily injury liability maximum coverage for one individual who’s injured in an auto accident.
  2. The second number 60 or $60,000 is the maximum amount of bodily injury liability coverage per accident.
  3. The third number 10 or $10,000 represents the maximum amount of property damage liability, and it’s per vehicle.

Did you know what they mean?

One of the most common mistakes made when purchasing insurance is choosing the lowest liability limits.

Here’s why…

Average day in MN 2015

  • 205 crashes
  • 1 Death and 82 Injuries
  • Average daily cost in MN $4,858,135
  • Per accident average cost $23,698

22% of the time driver distraction is contributing factor in teen driving crashes

 

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Cost of Motor Vehicle Crashes in 2015

  • 411 Deaths @$1,512,000/Death
  • 1,127 Severe Injuries @ $88,500/Crash
  • 7,251 Moderate Injuries @ $25,600/Crash
  • 21,603 Minor Injuries @ $21,000/Crash
  • 98,276 PDO Crashes @ $4,200/Crash

Driving your vehicle represents the largest possible source of a lawsuit and it’s always best to consider these things before an accident.

So, are your limits high enough?

People falsely assume having the state minimum liability limits of 30/60/10 is the least expensive or is all they can afford….Believe it or not many times it’s less expensive to carry higher limits – not only because of the obvious of having enough coverage if you are in an accident but, having higher limits can give you better rates by being placed in a better rating tier. It could cost less to have better insurance!

How much should you have?

You will want to consider your current earnings, your future earnings,  your wealth.

Your limits should be the same level. Your liability limits should be the same for each insurance policy.  If you are insuring a million dollar net worth and have 30/60/10 for your autos or a boat trying to predict where a loss is likely to occur is foolish. However, people make this mistake all the time.

The thing is having higher auto and home insurance liability limits not only protests you it could lead to better rates too!  One of the rating factors underwriters use for quoting is your current liability limits. Carrying the higher limits will generally get you better quotes.

If responsible for an accident, you may have to pay for…

  • Car Damage
  • Loss of Use
  • Towing
  • Car Rental
  • Damage to Personal Property
  • Damage to Business Property
  • Environmental Cleanup

  • Modification to a Home
  • Pain & Suffering
  • Towing
  • Loss of Essentials Services
  • Attorney Fees
  • Loss of Wages
  • Medical Bills

Call your agents and have them run some quotes for you with having higher prior limits and without.  Find out how much you need and what the cost is to protect yourself.  Higher liability limits are one of the few bargains available in insurance.  You’ll be surprised how affordable it can be to raise your limits. Plus, rest easier knowing your covered well.

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Tim Peddycoart  with Insurance Specialists Team in Minneapolis explains how an independent insurance agent can help you meet personal and business goals. You can reach Tim at (612) 460-7796 and his website is https://minneapolisinsuranceteam.com/
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Independent agents represent many companies and provide choices and options.

A business or a person’s insurance needs can be unique. An independent agent can help tailor a policy that not only covers you.  It makes it easier to get you or your business the best prices.

Why Choose an Independent Insurance Agent?

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Choice it’s something we take for granted.  The ability to determine what’s best for us, our needs, our life.

So many households settle for the insurer that their family used or the ones with the best commercials and don’t consider the options.  Many times they end up paying more for less. It’s not just about price either.  Choosing an experience insurance agent doesn’t cost you more and usually costs less as they know how to properly insure and negotiate the best prices.

Most business and families – if they ever do compare or shop their insurance do so on price alone and limit their chooses and the possibilities of lower prices now and in the future. It may seem logical – but, the best thing to do is shop for the best agent not price.

The best agents will know how to get the best price.  They’ll make sure you have the correct coverage.  They’ll likely have the best relationships with insurance companies and underwriters.  This allows them more options and opportunities to get you the best deal as the underwriters know they can trust an experienced agent. Experienced agents have access to companies and products most other less experienced agents and agencies won’t have. Don’t surrender your choice and shop on price alone. It’s the wrong road and the one most often traveled.

Use an independent insurance agent.  They represent may companies – not just one.  There are many reasons for choosing to use an independent insurance agent.  Contact the Minneapolis Insurance Team and see the difference today.

 

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