Universal Home Insurance

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The Insurance Specialists Team is proud to announce we now represent Universal Property and Casualty Insurance!

For A Universal Home Insurance Quote call 612.460.7796 or Online

Minneapolis Universal Insurance

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 Need a Personal Umbrella?

Are you really protected?  In today’s litigious society – you probably don’t have enough liability insurance coverage.

Aren’t personal umbrellas just for the super rich or wealthy?  Ummm No.

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Whether it’s a serious at-fault auto accident, boating accident or an incident on your property, you can quickly find yourself responsible for damages that exceed the limits on your auto, homeowners, renters ,boat, motorcycle or snowmobile policy.

If it’s an expensive judgment it’s is the last thing you want to worry about – especially if you’re just starting to get ahead after years of hard work. Accidents happen and it could all be gone. And when you find out how inexpensive an umbrella policy is – it will be even worse.

Fill out the form below and do some quick calculations.  Check easy quick and see if you think you should consider an umbrella. If you prefer call or chat with a specialist.

 

 

 

We offer limits ranging from $1 million to $10 million for customers meeting eligibility criteria. And, when you require legal defense for a covered claim, the policy helps cover defense costs such as attorney’s fees and other expenses.

Judgment amount $2,000,000 – $30,000 auto liability limit = ruined… everything ruined. 🙁

The good news…Use the calculator below and then call and speak to a specialists.  It’s highly possible to not only get better coverage – you’ll save money too.  🙂

 

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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

 

 

The Truth about Water Damage

Most policies don’t come with backup of sewer and drains coverage.  It’s true.  Do you have this coverage?  How much do you have?

According to the Insurance Information Institute – most homeowner and business insurance policies do not cover sewer backup unless specific sewer backup coverage is added to the policy.

Tim Peddycoart – home insurance specialist for the Insurance Specialists Team says to “Check and find out if you have this important coverage on you policy and how much insurance coverage you have available. It’s inexpensive coverage and always seems like a bargain after a loss”

If you have a backup and water damage in your condo or home it can be a big and an expensive mess. It’s a common loss and most policies don’t include coverage for it or don’t provide not enough coverage. You can usually add more coverage to better address your need with an endorsement.  Some basements and lower levels are fully finished and/or store valuables. The cost to replace or restore is often not considered – until it’s too late.

This coverage is needed on condos and townhomes too.  The shared pipes can backup and damage connected units and dwellings below. The master policy likely does not cover this peril.

The cost to add backup of sewer and drain coverage is approximately $20 to $50 a year.  Thomas McAlpine from 24 restore reports “The average loss from water damage is $10,000.”

Check the video below for the truth about water damage. What can be saved?  What should you do first?  What is the minimum amount of coverage one should include? What does it cost?

 

For more information on home insurance call the Minneapolis home Insurance Specialists Team 612.460.7796 get an online quote or start up an online chat.

What to do if you Experience a Sewer Backup

A sewer backup can lead to disease, destruction of your valuables, damage to your house or business, and can even result in electrical malfunctions. Prompt cleanup of the affected property can help minimize the inconvenience and prevent mold and further damage. In the event of sewer backup, turn the water off and immediately arrange for the cleanup of your property. This should include:

•Wet-vacuuming or removing spillage
•Mopping floors and wiping walls with soap and disinfectant
•Flushing out and disinfecting plumbing fixtures
•Steam cleaning or removing wet carpets or drapes
•Repairing or removing damaged wallboard or wall covering
•Cleanup of ductwork

Homeowners and business insurance do not cover flood damage: Only flood insurance will cover your losses in the event of a flood.

If you have water damage… Call 24 restore Office (612) 255-9578 | Toll Free (888) 804-2785  The quicker the damage is mitigated the lower the cost and damage.  Call your agent or 24 restore right away.

Does Having A Home Security System Lower Homeowner’s Insurance?

 

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Yes, it generally will get you a discount.  Many of the home security systems available have come down in price and makes sense to have in your home.

In the process of delivering the best quote for home insurance, home insurance specialists ask about smoke detectors and security systems in your home. Most insurance companies offer some sort of discount for those homeowners who have security systems. Here are few of the different kinds of security systems that can help reduce your home insurance costs.

1.    Outside lights- Set these up on timers so they come on even when you are gone. Also, motion detecting lights are an excellent deterrent and can be     installed at a low cost.
2.    Cameras are also a good deterrent.  Place cameras around outside doors and your yard. Many home improvement stores offer cost-effective products.
3.    Alarms are always a good idea. Alarm systems that are connected to a central station will yield the best discount.

4.    Controlled access to building.

 

Other Home Insurance Credits

Most insurance companies offer many types of discounts for homeowners. We are committed to keeping up on all these discounts to make sure you are getting the best coverage and price. Some of these discounts can include:

1.    Secured entry and over 55 communities
2.    Community security
3.    Updates in wiring and/or plumbing
4.    New roof
5.    No claims
6.    Non smokers – The No. 1 cause of home fire fatalities in the United States is smoking.   Smoking caused 16,000 residential fires in 2012, killing               over 500 people and causing $376 million in residential property loss. Source- U.S. Fire Administration
7.    Senior citizen discounts- If you are over 55 and retired you may have discounts waiting for you.
8.    Sprinklers- Many new home building codes require sprinklers. These can be expensive but will provide home insurance discounts.

9. Credit and insurance score has a large impact on rates.

10. Longevity credits

We have connections to the best security system suppliers. Credit repair people, the best mortgage professionals and contractors we insure and trust. Check our trusted resource page for recommendations and possible discounts for our customers.

The Minneapolis Insurance Specialists Team, Minneapolis, MN will work hard to find you the best possible combination of coverage, price and service. Please call us today at 612.460.7796 or fill out the easy online form or chat for a free quote!

Condo Insurance and FAQ 612.460.7796

CondoInsuranceMPLSCondos are popping up all over Minneapolis, all of them are different. The associations and condo insurance policies can be vastly different too.

Minneapolis was the fastest growing city in Minnesota in 2014 this was the first time in around 100 years and 2015 looks to repeat.  Minneapolis is the largest city in Minnesota and growing again.

Much of the growth has been downtown and condos. There are over 35,000 residents living just downtown. If you are thinking about moving into a condo or have recently moved into a condo, you probably have a lot of questions about the complex that you have gotten into and about things such as affordable and the right condo insurance coverage. Though not all of these questions can be answered because each condo will vary, the basics of learning some of the rules of your condo complex is actually not that difficult to do.

 

You’ll want to look at or better yet – have your insurance agent look over the condo associations master policy.  Are just the contents and liability covered?  These policies vary and you’ll need to know things like what is covered and what the associations deductibles are and how much loss assessment coverage you’ll need on you HO6 policy “condo and town home policy”

You’ll also want to read the bylaws they are all different too. If you want to determine the answers to questions like whether or not pets are allowed?  Are rentals allowed? Are there are designated parking spaces in your condo complex?

Learn the Rules Before You Buy

Condos are like snowflakes, all of them are different. Of course, this is not to the same degree, but it can be said about the rules that are found in each individual condo complex and they can impact your condo living experience.  Condo insurance policies vary too and even though they are generally less expensive than home insurance policies they are often the most improperly insured.  Don’t just assume the associations bylaws and insurance policies are the same.

Consider all Your Insurance Options

You can receive a discount on your premiums if you package your car and condo policies together same insurer.  You will likely be offered condominium insurance coverage through the company that insures the whole building. While this may be useful to make sure all gaps are covered as they know the policies – you’ll still want to make sure your contents and liability limits are adequate.

The buildings insurer may be more expensive and their autos may be more expensive.  So, it’s best to have a local independent agent look over the hazzard insurance policies and run some quotes.  Most condos and town home master policies are written by captive agents who represent only one company.

There are ways to get your insurance lower by paying a higher deductible will lower premiums, as will allowing your provider to deduct your payments from your checking account. New safety and security devices in your unit can make you safer in your home while lowering your rates.

For more info on the available and various condos in Minneapolis

For a condo insurance quote or questions call 61.460.7796 and speak with a downtown condo insurance specialists.

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Insurance in Minneapolis

The best way to get insurance in Minneapolis – Great Rates for All Drivers and Homes

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Minneapolis Insurance Specialists represent many companies – not just one. It makes getting affordable rates easier.

Great Auto Insurance and Homeowners in all Minneapolis and Minnesota

Call 612.460.7796 for Insurance in Minneapolis. Auto or Home Insurance for people living in Minneapolis and all of Minnesota. We professionally select rates from some of the best companies licensed in Minnesota including AAA, ASI, Allied, Encompass, Dairyland, Foremost, Integrity, Safeco,Travelers, West Bend and Progressive. We offer the best coverage at the lowest price – not cheap policies for a good price. We know how to get all the discounts and get insured.

We write auto insurance for all drivers. We have companies that offer many discounts that are specially designed to get best bottom prices for the preferred driver. We offer have programs for the driver that is inexperienced or has not had recent insurance or has tickets or accidents or is required to prove insurance to the State with a SR22 certificate. We offer non-owners or named operators insurance for the driver required to carry insurance but does not own a vehicle. We have companies that offer ATV, Boat, Cycle,RV and Classic car Insurance. For Home or Residence Insurance we have companies that will do builders risk, secondary homes and cabins. We guarantee the best Condo, Townhome and Renters Insurance coverage and prices.

Don’t settle for those companies that spend a ton on advertising and only represent one company. Don’t pay high insurance prices for those Super Bowl Commercials. Get choices and options. CALL 612.460.7796 for your Insurance in Minneapolis.

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How to Save Money on Car Insurance Using a Progressive Agent…

When it comes to car insurance, there are a number of ways – good ways and not so good ways to reduce your premium. And in today’s tough economic times, a little here and there can add up.


Choosing a local independent Progressive agent can mean big savings with the least amount of hassle. Progressive agents recommends asking these five questions:

Can I save by shopping around?  Yes, most likely you can save by shopping.  It will take a lot of time, you’ll have to give your personal info to all kinds of people and place, you’ll have to figure out if you have the right insurance and hope you don’t make any mistakes – like not including full glass coverage or not taking advantage of all the discounts, etc. Car insurance rates can vary by hundreds of dollars between insurance companies,  it does pay to check  the rates to make sure you’re getting the best deal.  It’s just a lot easier to let a good Progressive agent do it for you.  They have insurance knowledge and know how and where to get the best deal.  They work with insurance everyday.  Why mess around and try to do it yourself?  You don’t get a discount for doing it yourself.  Only a fool represents themselves in a court of law and insurance.  You become your own agent when you purchase on your own.

Last year, people who switched to Progressive and saved reported saving an average of $550 on their annual premiums. And because an independent agent represents several companies, he or she can quickly and easily compare rates for you.

Am I carrying the right amount of coverage? Owners of older or inexpensive cars could consider dropping Comprehensive and Collision coverages. Doing that can save hundreds of dollars each year. A common cut off many choose is  $2500.  If it is worth less than $2500 than consider liability only.  If you really need to save money raise your deductibles not lower your liability limits.  You’ll save more and reduce your risk.

Is my policy up to date? If you’ve moved, gotten married, or bought a home, check with your agent – you may be eligible for lower rates. Some companies will allow residents of the same household to be on the same policy and receive multi=policy discounts.

Should I raise my deductible? Maybe – it all depends on your risk tolerance and the vehicles worth. According to the Insurance Information Institute, raising your deductibles to $500 could reduce your Collision and Comprehensive costs by 15 to 30 percent.

Do I qualify for any discounts? Your Progressive agent will know and should ask you questions like..Does your car have anti-lock brakes? an Alarm? Would you like to try Snapshot to see if you could save up to 30% more?  You might also be eligible for discounts if you pay in full, own a home, are a loyal customer, have no recent tickets or accidents, sign up for paperless billing, list another car on your policy, and more.

Does Progressive offer truck insurance in MN? Yes, Progressive offers commercial insurance. It’s best to speak with a local agency that is knowledgeable in trucking. Find info on Truck Insurance MN here !

To learn more, talk to your local Minneapolis area independent Progressive agent or broker. 612.460.7796


Do I Need a Personal Umbrella Policy?

Most people – whether they need one or not – are unsure what a personal umbrella policy is or what it covers. We will  offer a brief explanation of a personal umbrella policy and how it may benefit and protect you financially.

Umbrella insurance Minneapolis

When you’re outside and there is a light rain or breeze you generally don’t need or want an umbrella. However, if it is pouring heavy rain with severe winds, you definitely take your umbrella or wish you had taken it. An umbrella insurance policy works much the same way.
Personal umbrella insurance provides extra protection or limits above the liability insurance you currently have. Just as an umbrella protects you from heavy rain, an umbrella insurance policy protects you from losing the entirety of your wealth and assets in the event of a claim. Umbrella insurance can provide limits above your personal auto and home policies.

Most insurers will require a minimum of 250/500 or 300 combined single limit or a $500,000 single limit.  The umbrella will be cover above those limits.  Most often if you can purchase from your current insurer an umbrella is very affordable

Here is an example: Jane Doe – Smith falls asleep while driving and hits a van with a family inside. The accident results in $600,000 of medical bills, but Jane Doe – Smith’s auto policy has a $500,000 limit. Fortunately, She also has a $500,000 umbrella policy, and the additional $100,000 would be covered under the umbrella policy
It’s true that a personal umbrella may not be for everyone, but if you’re building financial resources for your future, are a professional, own your home, boat or recreation vehicle, you should consider an umbrella insurance policy. Having assets to lose makes you a target for attorneys and lawsuits – unfortunately.  The added protection of an umbrella insurance policy is coverage no one should go without.

You should review your insurance periodically to ensure there are no gaps and that you are properly protected if something should happen.  It doesn’t make sense to work hard all your life to have it taken away by some unfortunate circumstance.  A solid financial plan should begin with an insurance review.
Umbrella insurance is generally very affordable – probably around $100-300 a year avg.

Please call the Minneapolis Insurance Team and allow us to give you a quote! 612.460.7796

Minneapolis Home Owners Paying Too Much For Home Insurance?

Do Not Pay Your Next home Insurance Bill Until You Read This…

Are you being scammed by your current home insurer? New policies are indicating that for the last few years many Minneapolis Home owners have likely been overpaying for their home insurance coverage.

The weather patterns and high losses in MN have led to higher prices. This is true. However, this is the one simple truth your home insurance company doesn’t want you to know – not all insurers have suffered the same amount of losses and have raised prices only because their competition has had increases. Some carriers are new to MN and haven’t experienced many losses and have been very profitable. They generally have much lower prices.

Some insurers have raised prices only because they can. The market has higher prices. Some insurers know most home owners are too busy to shop and compare or just don’t like change. So, they never shop. Insurers know some are a low risk of ever leaving or shopping – so, they raise prices – because they can!

Many people believe if they never make a claim and stick with the same carrier that they’ll get the lowest prices – not necessarily true…

If you are currently insured, have new updates, good credit, and no or few losses – you could actually pay less by switching. Your new carrier that may already have lower rates than your current carrier will also give you discounts.

Do you think your insurance company will tell you this stuff? Fat chance.

When Patty called her local independent agent friend she got the surprise rise of her life. She found out her former insurance company – the one she was with for seventeen years was ripping her off, and she could get auto and home insurance much cheaper.

“We managed to reduce our insurance costs by 50%! I only wish we had discovered this sooner.” Patty exclaimed.

What Patty did was call and let her local independent agent at the Minneapolis Insurance Team run her some quotes. She didn’t have to shop all around and give her info to who knows who over the internet. She let him shop and do the work and saved $3500 a year on all her families insurance!

Does this mean Patty was being scammed by her former insurance company – the one her employer recommended? She would not say one way or the other, but the truth is most people just don’t take the time or know enough to get the best deals. A local independent agent compares policies and coverage all day everyday.  They know how and where to get the deals.

Her former big insurance company agent was never going to call and say “Did you know that we could get you a better deal? they only represent one company. They also weren’t likely to call and tell her insurance rates have dropped?

Using a local independent agent is the easiest and safest way to lower your rates. Period.

So, how much are you overpaying?  Find out here…Minneapolis InsuranceSee if you are okay or being ripped off.

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