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Placerville, California 95667
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When These Life Events Occur, You Need an Insurance Checkup

Personal Insurance Update

We often get asked the question, “When should I have my personal insurance reviewed?”  Remember, if you bought your personal insurance online, you do not get a review, you are on your own.  Most of us know that major life events can make it necessary to update our insurance coverage.  However, did you know that even subtle changes could have an impact on your financial needs and plans?  Call our office today, and we can help you find the right combination of coverage and price.

Many life events might trigger a call to your personal insurance agent.  It does not matter if you own or rent, these life situations require a change or update to your personal insurance.

  • Have you bought or sold a car?
  • Has your marital status changed?
  • Is a parent now living with you?
  • Do you work from home?
  • Did you buy a boat, RV, or ATV?
  • Did you change your address?
  • Always let your insurance agent know if you install a pool or trampoline.
  • Have you welcomed a new baby into the family?
  • Did you acquire a dog that may be on the insurers watch list?
  • Have you remodeled your home in a way that may increase your home value?
  • Have you received a major inheritance?
  • Do you have a new teen driver in the family?

At Vaught Wright & Bond, our Personal Insurance specialists work with you to tailor an insurance program to protect your family, home, auto, and other valuable possessions at the most reasonable costs our carriers can provide.

 

Flood Insurance, Do You Really Need It & Is It Worth It?

Flood Insurance

Many homeowners decide to go without flood insurance. Some people figure the odds are low that anything will happen, while other people think that a flood is covered under their current policy. Let us correct you; unless you have added flood insurance coverage, it is excluded. We agree that the probability is low, nonetheless, it does exist. Now is the time to consider California flood insurance especially if you live on the side of a hill or mountain, or close to water. The average flood claim for U.S. homeowners is about $30,000, according to the National Flood Insurance Program.

Flood Defined

According to FEMA, a flood is defined as an overflow of tidal waters, rapid accumulation or runoff of waters from any source, mudflow, or collapse of land as a result of erosion caused by waves of water. You do not have to live close to water to have a flood loss.

Flood Insurance & Your Homeowners Insurance

All homeowner’s policies exclude flood. You need a separate policy to cover a flood loss. If you live on a hill you are still exposed to a possible flood loss from water run off above your property. We recommend that homeowners. Even those who do not live in designated flood plains need to weigh the dangers and consider buying flood insurance.

If you rent your home or live in a condo, you can buy flood insurance for just your possessions.

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) offers coverage and we can help you secure affordable coverage.  We will review your property and location and review the NFIP and other private markets with whom we have relationships with. We bring our expertise to provide you with the best possible combination of coverage, price and service.

 

Have You Reviewed Your Insurance Policy Lately?

A Home Insurance Review

Have you ever stopped to think about all the things that could cause damage to your home and personal property? Probably not, but we think about your personal insurance coverage every day. Your homeowner’s insurance is designed to protect you from claims that can come from many different events. We can design a homeowner’s insurance product that fits your individual needs. Here are a few of the kinds of events that can be covered under your roof.

Damage To Your Home Can Include

  • Fire and smoke damage
  • Lightning strikes
  • Falling objects
  • Explosion
  • Vandalism and malicious mischief
  • Theft
  • Windstorms and hail
  • The weight of ice, snow or sleet
  • Water damage
  • Damage from an aircraft, car or vehicle

What is Not Covered Under Your Roof

A standard homeowner’s insurance policy will not cover; earthquake, flood, wear and tear, damage from animals, mold, acts of war, government actions, tenant damage, defective work, plus others.

Personal Property

Your homeowner’s insurance can also cover your personal belonging. This might include; cloths, furniture, and other items.

Do You Have A Leak In Your Roof?

Do you have coverage for additional living expenses if you are required to move out of your home while it is being repaired? If you own guns, art, or other collections, you may need additional coverage. Is your expensive jewelry cover while away from your home? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, call us today.

No two situations are exactly alike, so in order to be protected, coverage needs to vary case by case. We have the markets for homeowner’s insurance, auto insurance, umbrella insurance, and policies for your RV and ATV, fine arts, or motorcycles. We also offer wedding insurance for your special event. We offer the best coverage, including Allied Insurance, Travelers, Hartford, Grange, CIG, Met Life, and many others.

At Vaught Wright & Bond, our Personal Insurance specialists work with you to tailor an insurance program to protect your family, home, auto, and other valuable possessions at the most reasonable costs our carriers can provide.

Is Landscaping Covered Under My Homeowners Insurance Policy?

A Personal Insurance Update

Spring has arrived, and many people are gearing up for yard work.  Your yard is an essential part of the appeal of your home, and requires some care and expense to maintain it.  Many people install landscape lighting to enhance their yard’s look and safety.  You may be concerned about how your homeowner’s insurance will respond to damage to your landscaping, including trees, shrubs, lighting, fencing, and walkways.

Most standard homeowner’s insurance policies provide some limited coverage for landscaping under certain conditions.  This information is intended to be general in nature, and if you want specific information regarding your individual homeowner’s insurance, please call our office.

A “standard” homeowner’s insurance policy generally provides some coverage for landscaping if fire, explosion, lightning, vandalism, theft, or a vehicle (someone else’s) causes the damage.

If weather causes damage to your landscaping, it may not be covered.  Damage caused by disease or insects is also excluded under a standard homeowner’s insurance policy.

If your fence is damaged by high winds, that could be covered as it is considered property not landscaping.  If a tree falls on your home, the damage to your home may be covered, as well as the removal of the tree.

Each policy usually has sub-limits for landscaping.  You may also consider purchasing additional insurance to increase your landscaping coverage limits.  With some policies, landscaping coverage may be limited to a percentage of the total protection provided for the dwelling structure.

When was the last time you reviewed your personal insurance coverage? The New Year is a great time to review your personal insurance. Most of us know that major life events can make it necessary to update our insurance coverage. But did you know that even subtle changes can have an impact on your financial needs and plans?  Call our office today, and we can help you find the right combination of personal insurance coverage and price.

At Vaught Wright & Bond, our Personal Insurance specialists work with you to tailor an insurance program to protect your family, home, auto, and other valuable possessions at the most reasonable costs our carriers can provide.

 

 

 

Are You Considering A Video Surveillance System?

Today’s technology has made setting up security precautions such as security cameras a cinch! You no longer need to be a millionaire to set up one. You could even install one yourself! Security cameras provide a means for its owner to watch over his or her property from the safety and convenience of any area he chooses. This type of system is a great deterrent to thievery and unwanted entry. Most organizations that have sensitive items or are off limits to the general public employ these cameras to help keep their places safe.

Before purchasing a system, you will want to consider the following factors.

Study your needs. The type of security measures installed will depend on your specific security needs. For example how large is the area you would like covered? How many cameras will it take to monitor this area? You must make sure the security camera system you will purchase can accommodate enough slots for expansion.

Do you need audio too? Some camera systems have audio recording equipment as well so you can not only see what happens but hear it as well. This is important in cases when you would like everything documented. However, this may be costly. Many establishments only require video records of their security.

Also, you must ascertain whether you need to have your security cameras record in color or black and white. Color cameras are, of course, more sophisticated and show a clearer picture. However, they tend to be pricey. Color cameras might also not work in low-light situations.

Consider the location of the cameras. Will the site be hard to set up? In that case, you may want to consider wireless security camera systems. However, these cameras must be in a place that is conducive to high-quality broadcast. There must be no interference. They can be moved around the area. They are a bit more flexible than their fixed-wire cousins.

Will the camera system be for outdoor purposes? Cameras that monitor outdoor locations need special weatherproof housings and may not be recommended for extreme temperatures and various elements. Also, those that may be vandalized must be protected against such.

Also, you must take into consideration the lighting for an area. If your camera cannot record a scene due to bad lighting, you will end up with muddy images that won’t help in your surveillance activities. Choose a security camera that has excellent sensitivity to light. Also, try to illuminate such areas with external lighting.

You must consider where the power sources will be located. Make sure they are well protected from the elements and tampering.

 

Consider the available methods for recording the images. You may use a variety of backup media. And with the advent of computer storage media, even the use of hard disks, compact discs, and DVDs can prove to be an inexpensive way to store your data.

 

When was the last time you reviewed your personal insurance coverage? The New Year is a great time to review your personal insurance. Most of us know that major life events can make it necessary to update our insurance coverage. But did you know that even subtle changes can have an impact on your financial needs and plans?  Call our office today, and we can help you find the right combination of personal insurance coverage and price.

At Vaught Wright & Bond, our Personal Insurance specialists work with you to tailor an insurance program to protect your family, home, auto, and other valuable possessions at the most reasonable costs our carriers can provide.

 

What’s Wrong With Insurance?

There are many insurance myths floating around, and most of them have been around for years.  We want to respond to some of these myths with clear information, so that you can make educated decisions about your insurance purchases.

Commercial Insurance Myths

“Having two agents is better than one, because they keep each other competitive.”

Having two agents duplicates effort and can create coverage gaps and/or duplications.  For example, there is certain coverage that can be included under a liability policy as well as under an auto policy.  If you have two agents, who coordinates coverage? One agent is better able to manage your entire insurance program.

“I am covered under workers’ compensation; therefore I do not need medical insurance.”

Workers’ compensation only covers on-the-job injuries.  It does not cover off-duty accidents, illness, or other things like cancer.

“Umbrella insurance is for only large firms.”

Every business should consider an umbrella policy. Claims can come from employees, clients, and other third parties.  Defense costs range from $250 to $750 per hour on more complicated claims.

“My claim was an act of God; therefore my deductible does not apply.”

All losses are subject to your policy terms including the stated deductible.

“Earthquakes are covered under my commercial insurance.”

Earthquakes and floods are specifically excluded under commercial insurance unless you have added it.

“I can’t control my commercial insurance costs.”

There are a number of actions you can take to control your insurance costs:

  • Increase your deductible
  • Follow all loss control recommendations
  • Only report larger claims
  • Develop a safety program

 

We believe our greatest asset is the relationships we build with our clients and we are dedicated to being the right choice for all of your insurance and financial needs. We take pride in our ability to tailor a comprehensive insurance package that maximizes your insurance protection while minimizing money out of your pocket.

We maintain relationships with underwriters who are specialists in the commercial property insurance arena, and we consistently monitor the marketplace for new and innovative underwriters. We will evaluate your specific business needs and make personalized recommendations for your business.

At Vaught Wright & Bond our Commercial Lines specialists not only tailor a policy to fit your business’ needs, but also work diligently with you to avoid unnecessary costs and exposures.

 

Do Auto Deductibles Ever Change?

An Auto Insurance Update

We are all looking for ways to save money.  Insurance works hard to offer the best combination of pricing and coverage to all our clients. We recommend that you review your insurance program annually to make sure your insurance is meeting your changing needs.  Considering changes in deductibles should be part of this process. Increasing deductibles can reduce your premiums and may save you money in the long run.

Pro:

Increasing your deductible will reduce your premiums. For example, let’s say you pay $225 per month for your auto insurance with a $50 comprehensive and $100 collision deductible. By increasing your deductible to $250 comprehensive and $1,000 collision you might save $75 per month. That is a $900 annual savings. Assuming you don’t have regular accidents, the savings would almost pay for itself in a year. (This is an example only. Actual savings will be based on individual factors)

Con:

If you raise your collision deductible to $1,000 and have an accident the next day, you must pay the $1,000. Are you prepared to manage that? Keep in mind these deductibles will apply even if your car is stolen or a tree falls on it; it does not have to be your fault.

Your deductible and limits are a personal decision and your financial situation plays a part in the deductibles and coverage you choose. We can review your insurance and provide deductible saving options, so please call us today.

Final Thought – When should you remove your deductible?

There does come a time when it is not cost effective to maintain any comp/collision insurance. As vehicles age, the depreciated value continues to get lower. At some point you must consider the cost of insurance vs. what you might get in return.

At Vaught Wright & Bond, our Personal Insurance specialists work with you to tailor an insurance program to protect your family, home, auto, and other valuable possessions at the most reasonable costs our carriers can provide.

 

A 2018 Personal Insurance Guide

When was the last time you reviewed your personal insurance coverage? The New Year is a great time to review your personal insurance. Most of us know that major life events can make it necessary to update our insurance coverage. But did you know that even subtle changes can have an impact on your financial needs and plans?  Call our office today, and we can help you find the right combination of personal insurance coverage and price.

Personal Insurance

  • Review my insurance to make sure I have the right coverage
  • Take the time to read my insurance policies
  • Does my independent agent have all my correct information, including new phone number, address, and newly purchased property?
  • Make sure I have identity theft insurance
  • Do I have enough life insurance?
  • Do I need life insurance for my spouse?

Other Items To Consider (you may need insurance for some of these)

  • Bought a new car or sold a car
  • Changed your marital status
  • Bought a boat, RV or ATV
  • Change of address
  • Welcomed a new baby into the family
  • Major inheritance
  • Have a new teen driver in the family
  • Child headed off to college
  • Purchased second home
  • Plan foreign travel
  • Started a home based business
  • I now drive my personal car for work

At Vaught Wright & Bond, our Personal Insurance specialists work with you to tailor an insurance program to protect your family, home, auto, and other valuable possessions at the most reasonable costs our carriers can provide.

How To Have A Safe Holiday Party

December is filled with many wonderful office events including the company Holiday party. However, without the appropriate precautionary measures, legal consequences can quickly dampen the festive nature of these company-sponsored events. With the growth of social media, that last thing you want is a picture of yourself dancing on the table posted on YouTube, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Also, almost 40 percent of all holiday traffic fatalities involve alcohol. Here are a few thoughts as you start planning for your company event.

Business Insurance And The Company Party

Most commercial insurance policies will cover any liability as long as the claim is covered under the commercial policy. If you offer alcohol and charge for it, you may want to consider a liquor liability policy.

Holiday Party Safety Tips

  1. Remind your employees about the company’s harassment policy.
  2. Limit alcohol to two or three drinks per person.
  3. Offer free rides home for those who may need it
  4. Serve wine and beer rather than hard alcohol. A 12 oz. can of beer has roughly the same amount of alcohol as a 6 oz. glass of wine and a 1.5 oz. shot of whiskey.
  5. Do not make your party mandatory.
  6. Leave out the mistletoe. This particular decoration can lead to inappropriate contact between employees.
  7. Make it clear that no drug use will be tolerated.
  8. Have a good selection of food and non-alcohol drinks.
  9. Don’t allow the party to go late into the night.
  10. Don’t allow people to mix drinks on their own.

We represent the best insurance companies; these include Hartford, Allied Insurance, Travelers, CIG, State Fund, Safeco, and many others. Without proper guidance, commercial insurance for your business can be a nightmare. No two businesses are alike. At Vaught Wright & Bond our Commercial Lines specialists not only tailor a policy to fit your business’ needs, but also work diligently with you to avoid unnecessary costs and exposures.

The Holiday Season Brings Risk Too

A Personal Insurance Update

November is here and that means the holiday season has started.  Over the next number of weeks, holiday activities will consume much of our time.  This is also the season when homeowners have insurance claims for fire, burglary, theft from vehicles, and even auto accidents.

Now may be the best time to have us review your personal insurance in order to make sure you have the individual coverage you need.

Shopping Safety Tips

  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Put your shopping bags in your trunk.
  • NEVER leave car doors unlocked or windows open.
  • ALWAYS park in lighted areas. Do NOT park in remote areas.
  • Shop with a friend.
  • Keep receipts in your wallet or purse.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • As you return to your car, make sure to keep your car key in your hand.
  • If you make expensive purchases, like jewelry or guns, call our office, as we may need to add these to your policy.

Christmas Tree Safety (provided by the NFPA)

  • Make sure the tree is at least four feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking any exit or door.
  • Add water to the tree stand daily.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Only used approved lights.
  • Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs
  • Replace any string of lights that has worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.

Home Safety Tips

If you are planning a vacation during the holiday, here are few ideas to consider:

  • Get a security system.
  • Trim landscaping that is too close to your house.
  • Don’t advertise your vacation on social media.
  • Cancel mail and other deliveries.
  • Leave lights on when gone.
  • Have a neighbor check on your home.
  • Always lock your garden sheds and garages.
  • Use a variable light timer to activate lights inside your home.
  • Lock all doors and windows.
  • While you are gone, arrange for your lawn to be mowed.
  • Have adequate exterior lighting.

At Vaught Wright & Bond, our Personal Insurance specialists work with you to tailor an insurance program to protect your family, home, auto, and other valuable possessions at the most reasonable costs our carriers can provide.