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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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Universal Home Insurance

Universal Property Insurance

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

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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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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"At Risk" Gap (What you need vs. What you have):

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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

 

 

I had a Car Accident – What Do I Do?

Having an accident is no joke. There are many accidents each year and sadly many die  because they were in a collision.  It is important for all drivers to understand just what they need to do if they have been involved in an accident large or small.

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The first thing to do is remain at the scene of the accident. Call the police as they will need to make a report of what happened. If you have a camera phone on you and you’re okay then consider taking some pictures. The police will do this as well so it is important to have enough evidence for your auto insurance claim.  Exchange insurance info and ask everyone involved in the accident for their information such as license plate number, driver’s license number, name, address and telephone number.

The second step is to get checked out by an EMT to make sure you’re okay. Many accident victims even those with minor injuries refuse to get medical treatment only to find out they have issues later.  You could be okay one minute and then drop dead the next. Your medical bills could be an issue if it isn’t documented as an accident related injury.

The third step is to go home and call your car insurance agent or  company. A claims representative is usually available 24 hours a day to talk to drivers and begin the claims process. Make sure to have your policy information readily available to help speed up the process.

The fourth step is to make a list of everything that happened. It is important to make notes while everything is fresh in your memory.  Once this is done, you can provide an accurate and clear statement for the insurance adjuster handling your claim.

The fifth step is to give an official statement to your adjuster. Do this as soon as you can to begin the claims process. It’s best to report an accident sooner than later if possible as stories can change.  Don’t just take the drivers word that they were at fault and will make it right.

The sixth step is to wait for the claims adjuster to begin to evaluate the claim. It usually takes about a week for a claims adjuster to get back to a driver about a claim. Be patient, especially if the car accident was serious. The adjuster will need to determine who was at fault and that can take a while in some situations. They generally try to recover your deductible if you were not at fault. Once the claim has been completed, a driver will receive their compensation check if the insurer feels that they are entitled to one. Once the check is cashed and no appeal is requested the claim is closed.

Always keep your auto insurance cab cards in your vehicle and up to date.

Contact Heninger Garrison Davis for auto accident injury claims in Birmingham or go to HornsbyWatson.com.

Related: Workers Compensation Lawyers Near Me.

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!

Auto Insurance Comparison through an Independent Agent: Getting the Best Value

The standard way of shopping for anything is deciding what you want and then comparing the prices offered by different stores, companies or providers before making a purchase. And in the auto insurance industry too, a meticulously research, shopping around and rate comparison can help you to save loads of money. In fact, to get the best deal car insurance, the rule is to determine the coverage amount you need, get coverage recommendations and quotes from as many providers as possible, and conducting scrupulous like-for-like policy comparisons, before making your choice. Making a thorough auto insurance comparison will allow you to identify and choose a policy that will give you the biggest savings.

Auto Insurance Compare: Steps of Making Your Cost Comparisons

The auto insurance market has become increasingly competitive, compelling providers to offer amazing deals to their clients. Therefore, if you shop around smartly for your car insurance policy, you are likely to make huge savings. The first auto insurance compare step is asking for quotes from as many reputable providers as possible. As a rule, you should never compare quotes from less than three car insurance companies. And once you receive the quotes, assess them line by line in order to be sure that you are comparing apples with apples. The second auto insurance compare step is comparing the limits of liability coverage provided by every policy. The best policy should have the lowest cost but the highest liability coverage in order to meet the costs of accident-related damages. Higher limits will increase your insurance score too. The third step in the comparison is to check for the size of the deductible, your eligibility for discounts and how you will be covered if you involve in an accident with an uninsured driver. While this process is good it can be time consuming and there could be some traps like giving your info to who knows who and having it sold?

Getting the Best Auto Insurance: Why You Should Use an Independent Insurance Agent?

An easier way and safer way…Apart from saving money on the cost of insurance through policy comparisons, you can benefit greatly from the help and advice of a local independent auto insurance agent. Independent insurance agents represent several car insurance firms and can quote a broad range of insurance products. The agents are professionals in the field and usually have the opportunity to study different insurance carriers in order to match the needs of their clients with the most relevant coverage. In fact, if a policy is only competitive and attractive in the first year and is costly in subsequent years, an independent agent will notice the anomaly and advice you accordingly, helping you to get the most comprehensive coverage at the best possible price.

Independent agents are licensed professionals with strong community and customer ties. They represent multiple companies – not just one.  Because they compare quotes everyday they’ll know which companies have the best prices and services in your area – therefore help their clients to determine insurance needs, access broader policy options, get low-cost coverage, make claims, and make periodic coverage reviews according to changing insurance needs. Besides, independent car insurance agents are value hunters who not only care about their clients’ pocketbooks and always look for the best combination of coverage, price and service for their clients. They also make certain there are no coverage gaps or surprises at claim time wiping out any savings and adding headaches. The agents understand the market; know who to call, how and when to make claims, and where to get solutions for the specific needs of their clients. Furthermore, their services are affordable and they help eliminate the risks of sharing personal information online when looking for the best auto insurance deals. Are you looking for the best deal car insurance coverage? You can achieve your desire by comparing policy prices and quality through an independent agent. It’s the easiest, fastest and safest way to shop. Take the real short cut. Call 612.460.7796 or click to start comparing.  Get Quotes

Should You Purchase GAP Insurance Coverage?

GAP InsuranceChance are good that are when you purchased your new vehicle, the dealership offered you, along with extended warranties, sealants and other extras, gap insurance or “guaranteed asset protection” to protect you from your cars value depreciating lower than your vehicle’s loan balance. GAP insurance may be good idea to purchase it if you don’t make a big down payment and the thought of making payments on a vehicle that was totaled would make you cringe.

It is not uncommon for a vehicle to depreciate by 40% the first two years of ownership and most of that is in the first months of ownership. If your vehicle cost you $50,000 and a few months later you have an accident and it is totaled. For ease of illustration – let’s say your vehicle fair market value is now 40,000 and you owe $48,000. You will be on the hook for $8,000. The loan company will want their money. It’s the old paying for a dead horse scenario.

If you leased a vehicle it was most likely required or factored into the lease. It was added in to protect their asset.

Here are the big tips: If you don’t put down a large down payment and/or you don’t want to take the risk of losing the difference between loan value and market value – you should purchase it.

If you decide GAP insurance is a good idea – get it from your current auto insurance agent. It will most likely be significantly less.  Do it right away as it may not be possible to do it later.  Some companies only allow it at the time of purchase or for a limited time after.

The dealership’s finance person will most likely put the hard sell on you and tell you want it you must purchase right then and there or not at all. They don’t want you contacting your agent, getting advice, and comparing.

If you are a sharp shopper you should tell the finance person thanks, but no thanks. Your insurance agent can add it to your policy – probably for less than half – and if you want to drop it after two or three years you can take it off your policy. It’ll be easier It would be best to call your agent before hand just to make sure your company offers it. There are, although not many, a few companies that do not offer it.

Many people have been purchasing GAP insurance from the dealer at the time of purchase. It can be an emotional and exciting time. Hey – you’re getting a new vehicle and it’s a happy fun time. However, it is easy to get caught into buying the insurance and paying double to protect your new asset. People will buy more when they are excited and in the buying mode. Call your agent and see what it would cost. Use the money saved for extra payments or some new accessories.

This article was written to inform and save you some money. Stay aware.  Take a few minutes and do the math. You will be quite surprised how much you will save. It will probably be around two vehicle payments.

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