Do you have an office?

Yes I do, one at home and one in a nice space in Wappingers Falls.  Do I need an office? That is debatable.  Do you need me to have an office? Not really.  How often have you gone to your insurance company or agent’s office?  My guess is not often since there is no need to go.

This is not me advocating for the Internet just me trying to make a point.  The Internet is a wonderful thing, meeting people in person is even more wonderful.  Does the meeting have to take place in an office?  NO!

If the weather people are right…

You may want to read this.

So supposedly a Nor’Easter is making it’s way up the east coast bringing 3 inches of rain and maybe some snow.  So in the event it gets here and you or a friend has some problems that may mean an insurance claim here are some tips:

1. It is your job to try and limit the loss once it occurs.  Do the best you can to tarp over any damaged parts of your home.

2. The coverage you have is for your house and other buildings and structures.  If trees and branches fall in your yard you will likely not have coverage for the clean up.

Get a consistent insurance rate IGNORE advertising

Maybe it’s just me but my mailbox, inbox, tweet-stream, radio-stations and T.V. are not flooded with companies pitching a savings on my oil bill, electric bill, health insurance, lawn care and even my mortgage is not overrun with advertisements about lowering my bill.  Yet we review these annually if not sooner to make sure our rate is consistent.

Now compare that to the amount of insurance advertising you hear about “saving” money. The problem is none of it actually tells you how to consistently save.  The hope is you will call and provide your personal information and they will hope you fit into the rate structure they have available.  The odds of you getting some actually useful information about your coverage and adjustments you can make to customize your policy is pretty slim.  That’s a shame.

Why are you asking so many

questions?  To put it simply if you want a quote you do not need that many questions.  If however you want a policy that actually does something the more questions you are asked the better.  Most people prefer a plan that is customized to their situation as opposed to buying what everyone else has.  Every company has at least a dozen separate endorsements you can add to your policy.  Each household has something that makes them unique, why shouldn’t there policies also be unique to them?

How many insurance policies do you have?

Let’ start with the typical two person household; You own vehicles so you have (1) auto insurance , whether you have a mortgage or not you are smart enough to own insurance for your residence (2)renters/home/condo/mobile home ,  you have also decided to by some extra liability insurance so you have an (3) umbrella policy.  Now you also have other interests so you have insurance plans for your (4)boat, (5) atv (6) motorcycle (7) motorhome and (8) classic car .