- Flooding is excluded from most homeowner’s insurance policies. If your home is damaged in an event defined as a flood your regular homeowner’s insurance policy is likely to deny your claim. Here’s the official definition used by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). A flood is “A general and temporary condition of partial or complete inundation of two or more acres of normally dry land area or of two or more properties (at least one of which is your property)”
- Flood Insurance Premiums are on the decrease. With inflation on the rise it may surprise you to find out that the cost of flood insurance is decreasing. The NFIP has been opening up the doors to private insurance companies which is driving the cost of flood insurance down.
- There’s a 30 Day Waiting Period to purchase Flood Insurance. Unless you are engaging in a financial transaction that requires you to have new flood insurance you will have a 30 day waiting period before the policy goes into effect. So don’t wait until the storm in on the radar to purchase flood protection.
- You don’t have to live in a flood zone to purchase Flood Insurance. People that have a mortgage and who live in a designated flood are normally required to have flood insurance but anyone can purchase a flood insurance policy to protect their property. They myth that you cannot purchase flood insurance because you don’t live in a flood zone is untrue.
- Damages cause by floods can be extensive. Large debris and floodwaters can cause structural damage to homes, barns and your other structures. If flood waters enter your home they can destroy everything in its path including your personal property.
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How Pet Insurance Works
Pet health insurance coverage is actually really simple. After your purchase a Pet Health Insurance Policy from Bragg Insurance Agency you can take your pet for a covered treatment, pay the vet bill, then submit a claim for reimbursement.
When you purchase your pet insurance policy you will be able to:
- Select an annual coverage limit of $2,500, $5,000, $10,000 or unlimited.
- Select a deductible of $100, $250 or $500.
- Select a reimbursement percentage of 70%, 80% or 90%.
Policies have a 12-month term deductible, so once the deductible is met you won’t have to satisfy it again until the policy renews. After the annual deductible is met, the reimbursement amount will be 70%, 80% or 90% of the covered invoice, based on the reimbursement percentage selected when the policy was purchased.
A package covering preventive care (with no deductible) is also available
Coverage can be purchased for multiple pets; each will have their own separate policy and premium, and each additional pet policy qualifies for a 10% discount.
Reimbursements can be deposited directly into your bank account or sent via check.
This insurance is applicable for treatments at any licensed veterinary clinic in the U.S. or Canada, including treatment from licensed specialists and emergency facilities.
The 10 Year Milestone
Tomorrow, January 1st, 2021 is the 10 year anniversary for Bragg Insurance Agency.
When I started this journey 10 years ago I had no idea how much a local insurance agent touches so many lives. Through selling and servicing insurance policies I have developed new friendships and got to know some old friends again.
Through our great insurance carriers we have impacted our community with over $5,000,000 in paid claims and contributions. This is a significant number but even more significant is the impact you have had on my life.
There are many people to thank for the past 10 years and I’m sure I will miss some people but I do want to mention some people that have had real impact.
- My wife Kelly Bragg – I’ve had some pretty crazy ideas over the years and without fail you have always supported me. Thank you!
- Dick and Marie Mosbaugh – I will never forget Dick walking into my office in 2011 asking to switch his and Marie’s insurance over to Bragg. It was the first confirmation that I may be able to survive in this business. Thank you Dick and Marie, you made a difference in my life.
- The community of Sheridan Indiana – This little town of Sheridan Indiana means the world to me and your kindness and acceptance of me and my family means more than I can express. It is your open armed acceptance of Bragg Insurance agency that has made the difference. Thank You!
- Jenna Romens – Jenna was my first district sales manager and mentor from Erie Insurance. She took the time to educate me on both the insurance business and on the ins and outs of Erie. Thank you Jenna! I haven’t forgotten your investment in me.
- Tony DaBreo – Tony took a chance on me 10 years ago by granting me an Erie Insurance contract. Thank you Tony, you changed my life.
- I also want to thank my children, Garen, Kelsey, Catey and Courtney. We had some lien years there at first but I never heard a single complaint. Thank you kids!
- Thank you to my parents Dennis and Carolyn and other family members that have supported Bragg Insurance Agency for these past 10 years.
But Most of all, I want to thank God for continuing to use my life. He walks beside me each day and holds me up when I’m ready to fall.
Now the questions is what’s next….I’m happy to report that we are currently planning to add more insurance related products sometime next year. We are also doing some long term planning for 10 and even 20 years into the future.
Thank you for your loyalty and friendship! Bragg Insurance Agency, your friends in the insurance business.
Your Neighbor’s Dead Tree
Dustin from Tipton recently asked me a great question. He asks,
“If my neighbor has a tree that is dead and could possibly hit my house if it falls. How do I go about making sure that if their stuff falls on my house that I don’t have to pay for it?”
Yes, it’s true. If your neighbor’s tree falls on your property and causes damages, you are responsible for the damages to your own property. Meaning if there is enough damage for an insurance claim, it would hit your policy.
However there could be an exception to that rule if you have noticed the dead tree and asked your neighbor to cut down the tree or remove the hazard. The key is to give your neighbor proper notice of your concern, establish a paper trail, and ask him to remove the hazard.
Here are some suggested steps that you can take
- Verbally tell your neighbor of your concern and ask if he will remove the hazard. Most of the time this is the only step you will need to take as most people want to be good neighbors. It could even be a project you and your neighbor could work on together.
- If your neighbor will not comply, the next step would be to send him something in writing. An email or certified letter would be ideal. At this point you are looking to establish a paper trail of notices and requests. I would try this step several times before moving on to step 3.
- If significant time has passed and your neighbor is either ignoring your requests or does not indicate he will comply with your request you may want to get a third party involved. You could ask your homeowners association, local town board, or an attorney to send a letter to the neighbor on your behalf.
Remember, this is still America and your neighbor has rights, and in most instances, there is actually nothing you can do to make him remove the hazard. You are simply establishing a paper trail that you may need at some point in the future. You want to be able to show an insurance adjuster that you gave your neighbor plenty of warnings and requests of your concern.
If there is ever an event that involves that hazard, your insurance adjuster may be able to take the paper trail that you provide him and hold your neighbor accountable for your financial loss. In most cases the insurance company would first take care of your damages, and then pursue other actions to get the money back from the neighbor.
Private Flood Insurance Gets Boost
If you live in a designated flood area, and have a mortgage, you are required by FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to have flood insurance. Until recently that coverage had to be purchased through NFIP. However recent changes have opened up the door for private insurance companies to start competing with NFIP. While these changes are still developing some mortgage companies are now accepting private flood insurance plans as well as the NFIP.
With competition come better pricing and better coverage options. If you are now required to have flood insurance, contact your lender to find out if they will accept flood insurance from a private insurance carrier.
Referring Partner Rewards Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bragg Insurance Agency Announces
Referring Partner Rewards Program
Bragg Insurance Agency (BIA) will be rewarding our clients and members of our community for referring their friends and family to our agency. Each qualified referral will earn the referring partner a $10 gift card (no purchase necessary). The referring partner’s name will then be entered into a drawing at the end of that month for an additional $50 gift card. In addition the referring partner’s name will be entered into another drawing to take place twice per year for a $100 gift card.
There is no limit to the number of gift cards that can be earned Purchase is not necessary to enter and win! A referring partner could potentially earn up to $160 for a single referral!
A qualified referral is a person or business that has a verifiable need for an insurance product that BIA offers; is not a current customer of BIA; has not been a customer of BIA within the past 90 days; and hasn’t applied for insurance with BIA within the past 90 days.
Call Brian Bragg at 317-758-5828 for all of the details and to learn how you can become a BIA referring partner!
Does Homeowner’s Insurance Cover My ATV?
If you own a John Deere Gator, Polaris 4-Wheeler, Golf Cart or any other type of all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) that can be driven on or off your property there are some things you should know about how your homeowner’s insurance policy may or may not cover your liability and your property.
Don’t assume that your homeowner’s insurance has you covered.
Depending upon your insurance company and type of homeowner’s policy that you have, your homeowner’s policy may have you covered while the ATV is on your premises. Don’t assume that you are covered; make a quick phone call to your local insurance agent and check your coverage. ATV’s are expensive and your liability is unlimited so a quick check in with your agent is well worth it.
In all likelihood you will be driving the ATV off premises, at least occasionally. This is where things could get ugly. Homeowner’s insurance companies rate you policy with the risk factors at your home in mind. When you drive your ATV off or your property there are many other risk factors that come into play. Because of this, most homeowner’s insurance policies exclude liability and property coverage to ATV’s driven off premises.
The good news is the endorsement is inexpensive.
To cover your ATV and your liability when you drive it off of your property is normally a pretty easy and inexpensive fix. Depending upon your insurance company, you may be able to add an endorsement to your policy that covers both your ATV and your liability. I recently did this type of endorsement and it cost the homeowners $22 for the year. But, if this policy went unendorsed there would be no coverage if an accident occurred.
If your homeowner’s policy does not offer such an endorsement there are also inexpensive policies that you can purchase. Depending upon the circumstances these policies can range in price from $30 to $225 per year. This is a whole lot less expensive than the cost of replacing your ATV or covering the medical costs of someone who may be injured as a result of an accident caused by the ATV.
The Key is Communication
The relationship that you have with your insurance agent should be a good one. Their contact information should be easy for you to locate and you should feel comfortable calling or emailing them to find out how your coverage works. Your insurance agent should also be relatively quick with their response (within 24 hours). Regardless of who your insurance agent is, you must communicate these types of changes. It’s always a mistake to assume that you are covered. Simply make the phone call or email to assure yourself that you have the coverage that you think you have.
Preparing for a Life Insurance Exam
Getting the best possible rate for your life insurance policy may mean that you have to undergo a medical exam. Preparing for this exam is important. The better your overall physical health, the lower your life insurance premium will be.
With this in mind, preparing for and being at your best at the time of the medical exam could mean the difference in getting “preferred rate” or getting a “standard rate”.
Here are some things that we at Bragg Insurance Agency advise our clients to do in preparation of the life insurance exam.
- Some things that can negatively affect your medical exam and life insurance rates are your height to weight ratio (obesity), and drug and/or alcohol use. If you are slightly overweight try to lose a few pounds before the exam
- Try to abstain from using alcohol and caffeine at least 3 days prior to the exam. Also let the examiner know about any prescription drugs that may be in your system.
- Stay away from fatty foods such as shellfish and poppy seeds for at least 3 days prior to the exam. Shellfish can increase your cholesterol and poppy seeds can cause you to test positive for opium. (Insert Seinfeld Joke Here)
- If you are a smoker, the best thing that you can do for the exam and for your longevity is to stop smoking as soon as possible. Smoking and tobacco use cuts about 10 years off of your life expectancy. While you have to disclose your lifetime tobacco use, kicking the habit makes life insurance underwriting go much smoother.
- Schedule your exam for first thing in the morning and before you have breakfast. The exam will come out in your favor if you fast the day before. Scheduling the exam for early the next morning makes this a little easier.
- Get plenty of rest. Since you will be fasting anyway, go to bed early the night before the exam and try to relax.
- The exam could take as long as 30 minutes. Allow yourself some extra time and relax. Your exam results could be negatively affected if you are in a rush, inpatient, or edgy. Relaxation will help your heart rate and your blood work.
- Have your photo ID ready and expect some questions from the examiner. They are going to ask you about smoking, drinking, drug use, and any dangerous activities. These are normal questions that are asked of everyone so don’t be offended or surprise, just be ready to give accurate answers.
- During the medical exam the nurse will check your height, weight, pulse, and your blood pressure. They will also likely ask for a urine sample and draw blood. In some cases they may even administer and EKG. Again this is all normal, so try to stay relaxed.
Once your exam is completed the insurance company will start the process of determining your rating tier. Depending on the application and the results from the exam this could go quickly, or they may ask your doctor for a statement in regards to an underwriting question.
If they ask your doctor for a physician’s statement it may take some time for your doctor to respond. On average it takes about 30 to 45 days for an insurance company to obtain a physicians statement from most doctors. Your doctor may be quicker to respond or slower.
For more information on life insurance exams and life insurance in general, contact Bragg Insurance Agency at 317-758-5828, or by email at email@example.com
Your Families Greatest Asset
What is your family’s greatest asset? Is it your home, your cars, your boat, or your bank account? Actually your family’s greatest asset is your paycheck.
If your income stopped today how would your family afford the roof over their head, the cars that get them around or the boat that they enjoy on the weekend? And let’s be honest, the money in the bank probably won’t go too far.
As an insurance agent working with Bragg Insurance Agency, I talk to people everyday that are eager for us to insure their family’s home, cars, and boat. But many people don’t seem interested in insuring their family’s greatest asset, their paycheck. It’s the paycheck that actually makes these other items possible. Insure your paycheck first, and then insure your home, cars, and boat.
You and your spouse should ask yourself the following 2 questions:
- If something were to happen to me and my paycheck, could my family continue to function as it normally does?
- Would my family be able to pay the mortgage payment if I died and my paychecks suddenly disappeared?
If you answered “No” to either one of these questions your family is just one heartbeat away from a financial disaster. We have an affordable solution to this serious problem. Please call Bragg Insurance Agency at 317-758-5828 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Insurance Video Library Now Open!
Bragg Insurance Agency is excited to announce the opening of our video information Library! This new tool developed for Bragg Insurance Agency clients will help to answer many of your questions about how your insurance coverages work.
To visit the Insurance Video Library you can click on the following link. http://myinsurancevideos.com/all-videos/braggins/
We are hopeful that these 36 videos will help our community to make great decisions about their insurance coverages!