The Insurance Family Blog

Do You Have the Right Insurance for Your Auto Repair Business?

Posted by Susie Scherff on November 7, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Garage operations have hybrid coverage needs:  there’s a blur and overlap between the general liability for the operations and the automobile liability exposures. A general liability policy does not provide enough coverage and a commercial auto policy provides too much. Fortunately there is a way to properly handle this need.

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Topics: Business Liability Insurance, Business Owners Insurance, Business Personal Property, Building Ordinance or Law Coverage, Business Insurance, Building Insurance, Auto Insurance, auto service insurance, Auto Repair, Auto Shop

Hamilton City, California Business Loses Thousands In Stock After Burglary And Vandalism

Posted by Susie Scherff on September 15, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Have you considered the advantages of business property insurance?  Here’s why:  On July 29th in Hamilton City, California, a small business which combines a Shell gas station and a Subway Sandwich Shop was robbed and vandalized, costing thousands and thousands of dollars in stolen and damaged stock.  Because police were understaffed at the time the alarm went off at 2:38 a.m., they were unable to respond to the scene until after 3 a.m., allowing the criminals ample time to smash and grab.  Police found the glass front door shattered.  Items missing from the store included alcohol, food, tobacco products…and Tylenol  Unfortunately, the thieves and vandals weren’t the only ones suffering from a major headache the next day.  In the end, officials estimated the loss to be considerable.  At least $13,000.  

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Topics: Business Insurance, Building Insurance

Some Sobering Facts and Enlightening Advice About Home Values in California

Posted by Susie Scherff on August 22, 2011 at 1:12 PM

It’s a depressing prospect: the housing market still hasn’t recovered from the monumental setbacks we experienced a few years back.  Meanwhile, the recent slew of storms we experienced over the spring coupled with the prediction of very active hurricane season means insurance rates are on the rise.  In high-risk locations, some homeowners are paying as much as a 20% increase in their home insurance rates.

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Topics: Building Insurance, Home Insurance

An Insurance Break For California Earthquake Sufferers

Posted by Susie Scherff on August 16, 2011 at 11:06 AM

There have been some encouraging developments recently concerning the proliferation of earthquake insurance.   The California Earthquake Authority stated that they have taken a step toward diversifying their risk, therefore decreasing any concentrated liability on their part.   What this means for the average consumer is that there will be a greater availability of affordable policies.  In fact, the CEA said that it will reduce rates by 12% beginning January 1, 2012.  This is great news in our current economy, where too many families struggle with day-to-day financial uncertainties. 

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Topics: Building Insurance, Earthquake Insurance

Ensure Your Home Insurance Protects You First

Posted by Susie Scherff on August 5, 2011 at 8:39 AM

During the summer months, it is essential that you have a home insurance policy that protects your home from the risk of fire.

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Topics: Building Insurance, Home Insurance

Fire Insurance For California Homes – A Wise Bet

Posted by Susie Scherff on August 3, 2011 at 12:16 PM

In California, we take pride in our homes. Especially when it comes to protecting them, we want to do everything we can to insure our homes from as many risks as possible. Unfortunately, every year, California fires destroy property and even take lives. 

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Topics: Building Insurance, Fire Insurance, dwelling fire policy

Are your Employees Stealing from you? Are you sure?

Posted by Susie Scherff on July 28, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Did you know that one of the largest threats to small businesses is employee theft?

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Topics: Building Insurance, restaurant insurance

Mixing Business and Pleasure, What Kind of Auto Insurance Is Suitable

Posted by Susie Scherff on July 21, 2011 at 10:13 AM

In California, no matter what size the business, there tends to be a crossover between business use of a vehicle and personal use of a vehicle. It all depends on the time of day! While at work, a vehicle will be used for business. But what about after work or on the weekend? Californians love a road trip to the beach, and it is no secret that there will be a number of business vehicles at the local beach parking lot each weekend. A high proportion of vehicles are used for both business and pleasure. Ensuring that the vehicle and driver are covered for both types of use can be of concern, but with the right auto insurance company, staying protected is not a problem.

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Topics: Building Insurance, Auto Insurance, Car Insurance

Evaluating Commercial Auto Insurance Requirements for Business Owners

Posted by Susie Scherff on July 19, 2011 at 9:17 AM

This is a question we encounter every day from California Business Owners: “Just how much commercial auto coverage does my business need?”  It can be difficult for business owners to evaluate what type of commercial auto insurance is required, because every business is different. There are varying numbers of employees business to business, as are their varying usage types industry to industry.

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Topics: Building Insurance, Commercial Auto Insurance

California Homeowners Are At Risk Due To Unseasonable Rains, Commissioner Warns

Posted by Susie Scherff on July 15, 2011 at 11:44 AM

 This year in California, the rainy season went on longer than expected, and as a result, California homeowners are at risk, says the Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Because the extra rain encouraged increased brush growth and the severe weather loosened branches and falling trees, homeowners should expect an increase in foliage for fires to burn its way through various counties. This means that homeowners in California are more at risk than ever before when it comes to wildfires.

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Topics: Building Insurance, Home Insurance