Chesterfield Virginia Home Insurance Information

Six Primary Coverages That Are Included in Your Home Policy

Chesterfield Virginia Home Insurance | The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield | (804) 638-9024Have you been searching for ”Chesterfield Virginia Home Insurance“ and you’re not quite sure what home insurance coverages are necessary to protect you, and one of your most valuable assets? Many of us have been in a situation where we need insurance and depend on our mortgage company or shop online, to find the least expensive home insurance coverage. Have you considered if something happens to your home, and whether your insurance policy will actually cover the damage?  Will it pay for ALL of it?  As a homeowner, there are many risks our agents can help you avoid.

For most people, insurance is confusing. Homeowners may not understand the liabilities that come with owning a home and the protection of having the right coverages in the insurance policy. Homeowners in Chesterfield Virginia should be aware that mortgage lenders require homeowners insurance.  This article, Chesterfield Virginia Home Insurance, will explain the primary insurance coverages that are included in your homeowners policy, what they mean, what is not covered, and additional coverages available to you.

FENTON MISSOURI HOME INSURANCE:  DEFINITION OF DWELLING

The word Dwelling in your home policy actually refers to your home itself.  It includes attached structures, such as an attached garage. The Amount of Insurance (Dwelling Limit) listing on your Declarations page indicates the maximum amount your insurance company will pay to replace your home if it’s destroyed by a covered claim. But,is it enough?

Don’t make the mistake, like many homeowners do, by thinking your homeowners insurance covers everything just because you have an insurance policy!  You must make sure your Dwelling Limit is enough to rebuild your home.

Contact The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield and one of our experienced agents can run a cost analysis that calculates the cost to rebuild your home.  Be sure to adjust the amount of insurance for your dwelling appropriately.  If you don’t, you may not have enough insurance to replace your home if disaster strikes.

Some policies include built-in protection above the stated Dwelling Limit – usually a percentage of the Dwelling – just in case the estimate is too low. We will make sure to discuss this with you as an additional protection feature.

FENTON MISSOURI HOME INSURANCE:  OTHER STRUCTURES

The most common “Other Structures” (structures not attached ot the dwelling) are sheds, stand-alone garages (known as “detached” garages in insurance terms), barns, pool houses, etc…  These structures are not directly attached to your home.  Other Structures have their own protection limit – the most your company will pay to rebuild them will be stated on your Declarations page.  This limit will be significantly less than the dwelling limit … typically 10% – 20% of the dwelling amount.  For most people that’s plenty of insurance for other structures.  But not for everyone.  You need to know what it would cost to rebuild or replace those structures if they’re destroyed.  Discuss it with the licensed professionals in our office. You can buy more protection for your other structures if you need it.

FENTON MISSOURI HOME INSURANCE:  PERSONAL PROPERTY

Your personal property includes all your personal items, such as furniture, clothing, electronics, appliances, etc. Similar to other structures, personal property has its own protection limit stated on your Declarations page.  And, again, this amount is the most the insurance company will pay to replace your personal property. You can also add a Ryder to your insurance policy that will cover jewelry; so long as you have the proper documentation like an appraisal from a qualified jeweler.  Your personal property limit is usually 70% – 75% of your dwelling limit.  However, you can adjust this upward if you need more protection,  Discuss your options with us. We’re here to help!Chesterfield Virginia Home Insurance | The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield | (804) 638-9024

Regardless of the protection limit for your personal property, there’s a very important question you must get answered.  How is your property protected?  It is determined by the “actual cash value” or “replacement cost”?  The difference is huge!  In very basic terms, if your property is protected on a replacement cost basis the insurance company will replace your old stuff with new stuff.  For example, if your 5-year old TV is destroyed in a covered claim, the company will pay for a brand new TV.  That’s a good deal for you.

But if your property is protected on actual cash value basis, an “allowance for depreciation” is applied to the cost of a new TV based on the age of your destroyed TV.  The result is you get a settlement amount less than the cost of a new TV.  To buy a new TV you’ll have to come up with the difference out of pocket.  Not as good of a deal for you.

Clearly, insuring your personal property on a replacement cost basis is a better advantage than actual cash value.  Sometimes it costs a bit more, but not always.  We can help you understand how how your policy works and can check the price both ways, to help you make the right decision.

FENTON MISSOURI HOME INSURANCE:  LIABILITY

Your liability coverage pays if someone sues you for their injuries due to a covered claim.  When we think of such accidents we most commonly think of injuries that occur on your property – someone slips and falls, a dog bite, etc….  However, the liability protection under your home policy extends beyond your property to your everyday life.  Liability Insurance helps protect you against the financial burden arising from injury (or property damage) that you or your family may cause to other people. It typically even covers injuries whether they happen on or away from your property.

Liability insurance is all about protecting your assets from someone who sues you.  So, you should have at least as much liability insurance as your financial worth.  However, more than that may be prudent, and you should discuss your needs and risks thoroughly with a licensed agent at The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield.  Your current liability limit will be stated on your Declarations page.

FENTON MISSOURI HOME INSURANCE:  MEDICAL PAYMENTS TO OTHERS

This coverage pays medical bills for a guest who is injured on your property or in another covered claim.  The idea is to do the right thing for someone – pay their medical bills – and then hope they don’t sue you.  This protection is inexpensive, but could save you major hassles by preventing a lawsuit.

FENTON MISSOURI HOME INSURANCE:  LOSS OF USE

Loss of use coverage provides monies for alternative living if your home is badly damaged and are you not able to live in it while it’s being fixed or replaced.  That means you may have to pay rent somewhere or staying in a hotel while you’re also paying your mortgage.  The Loss of Use coverage on your home policy pays those additional expenses for you.

Your Declarations page may state a dollar limit for this coverage, or it may state a time limit.  If there is a dollar limit, this is the most the insurance company will pay for these expenses.  If there’s a time limit, your insurance will pay all covered expenses regardless of the amount but only for the specified period.

Coverage Exceptions

Imagine your home is damaged by a vehicle crashing through the garage.  You call your insurance agent to report the claim, and then you hear the worst news possible, “I’m sorry that’s not covered by your policy.”  Chesterfield Virginia Home Insurance | The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield | (804) 638-9024Now, you have a real problem.

The unfortunate truth is no insurance policy covers you for everything that could possibly happen to you or your property.  However, with a little bit of understanding, you can make sure you have the protection you need, and you can rest easy knowing your claims get paid by the insurance company.

Just because you have an insurance policy, it does not mean everything and everyone in your home is covered.  Your home insurance policy does not cover you against every “cause of loss”. Examples of “cause of loss” include fire, high wind, and other “perils”.

A standard home policy excludes many causes of loss.  That is, it does NOT protect you from certain perils – like earthquake, flood, termite damage and many more.  That means if your home is damaged by one of these excluded perils your policy will not pay and you have no insurance against them.

You can purchase additional coverage to protect you from perils like earthquakes and floods.  However, some excluded perils are not insurable, such as insect damage.  Be sure to discuss your policy exclusions with an agent in our office and we’ll help you determine the best protection you need.  Don’t be caught by surprise after the damage is done.

FENTON MISSOURI HOME INSURANCE:  SPECIAL LIMITS ON PERSONAL PROPERTY

As if your home policy wasn’t complicated enough already!  There are also “special limits” of protection for some of your personal property.  A “special limit” reduces the protection specifically available for certain types of property. Property subject to a special limit typically includes property used for business, cash & coin collections, jewelry & furs, guns, silverware, valuable art and more.

Additionally, some of these special limits apply only if the property is lost or stolen – making things just a little more confusing.  For example, the standard home policy typically includes $1,000 of protection for stolen jewelry. If your $2,500 diamond engagement ring is stolen, you will receive $1,000 from the insurance company.  Ouch!  And, if the stone falls out of the ring and is lost, there may be NO coverage at all!

It is very important you fully discuss these conditions and special limits with our agents and buy the protection you need.  Otherwise, you could find yourself with a very nasty surprise … an unpaid claim!

FENTON MISSOURI HOME INSURANCE:  OTHER EXCLUSIONS AND OPTIONS

The standard home policy have exclusions for many reasons.  But then the insurance company gives you an opportunity to buy some of them back. So, you have the option of increasing protection where you personally need it.

There are literally dozens of optional coverages available in your home policy.  Here are some of the more common options available to you:

  • Identity Theft – many home insurers now offer protection for Identity Theft in their home policies.  This will help pay the expenses you incur to restore your identity if it’s stolen.
  • Water & Sewage Backup – the standard home policy excludes damage caused by a water or sewage system backup.  You can buy this protection if you want it.
  • Ordinance & Law – pays the increased costs of repairing or rebuilding your home that are required to be build in accordance to current building codes.
  • Packaged Endorsements – often times an insurance company will package the optional coverages people most commonly buy into a single endorsement for a lower price.

There are many more optional coverage and exclusion buy-backs our agents can explain to you. Its worth the time to spend with your The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield agent to understand the coverages available and make good decisions about your protection.


The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield has access to many insurance carriers and thousands of different products to choose from.  These insurance carriers allow us to tailor an insurance policy specifically to your needs, and help cover your risks.

The Virginia Home Insurance Guide is a great resource to help you understand Chesterfield Virginia Home Insurance requirements.  Read through this guide and contact an agent with The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield to schedule a free consultation. (804) 638-9024

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Home Insurance Arnold MO

5 Tips For Getting The Right Home Insurance

Home Insurance Arnold MO | The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield | (804) 638-9024You may think getting the right Home Insurance Arnold MO means just calling an agent, giving him your address, what year the home was built, and some details on the property is enough.  Does your agent come to your home and take photos?  Do you think about telling your agent you have a swimming pool – or do you know if you live in a flood zone?

What if you have an above ground swimming pool and it collapses, flooding your basement?  What if your neighbor’s tree falls on your home?   Do you have a record of the content in your home and how it is covered by your homeowners insurance?

It is imperative to inventory the contents in your home.  Our agents at The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield can help you identify items in your home that should be recorded as inventory and documented.

If you own your home, contents or personal property insurance will be part of your overall house insurance policy. If you rent, it’s still important to get contents insurance as your landlord’s building policy will not cover your belongings.  There are many options when it comes to insuring the contents of your home. Understanding the coverage you need and the pros and cons of the major insurers will help you get the best coverage for the best price.

Below are a few tips when you search for  “Home Insurance Arnold MO.”

1. Perform a proper valuation of your contents.

First, your The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield insurance agent will ask you to estimate the value of your belongings. If you combine contents insurance with a house policy, the contents portion is often valued at a percentage of the house value. If you do not establish a detailed valuation of your assets, it may leave you underinsured or paying premiums that are too high. You should list all your assets and give them a fair market value.

2. Understand the limitations of your coverage.

Regardless of the contents policy you choose, it will not cover every loss situation or every asset. Your The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield insurance agent will explain the “exclusions or limitations” of your homeowners insurance policy and make so that you have any addtional endorsement to ensure you are covered.  The most common mistakes homeowners make are thinking their home insurance policy covers everything and do no seek the services of a professional insurance agent.

3. Do not buy home insurance on price alone.

Beware of the commercials that advertise “home insurance for as little as $10 a month”.  These low-cost policies only cover the minimum, leaving you at great risk. Don’t settle for cheap insurance and lose the proper coverage, customer service or timely claims payments. Your home insurance is going to be in place for a long time, so choose a company with a good reputation and a policy that meets your coverage needs.  We combine years of experience and top-rated companies and products to provide exceptional service and value to our clients.  Our trained, professional staff will do the research, analysis, and shopping for you.

4.  Expensive artwork, jewerly, and other “collectables” may need to be insured separately.

If you’re a collector of antiques or vintage items such as sports cards or antique glass, your collection will most likely not be fully covered under a standard contents policy. You may be able to obtain a rider on your policy to cover the collection, or you may have to obtain separate insurance for it. This is also true for large art collections and expensive jewelry.  If the collection is worth several hundred dollars or irreplaceable, you should have the items appraised. The appraisal certificate will be required by the insurance company to verify the contents exist.  We recommend keeping all your paperwork in a safe location, so that they are accessible in the event of a loss.

5. Shop price but compare ratings.Home Insurance Arnold MO | The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield | (804) 638-9024

As we have explained in other blog posts, every insurance company is rated by independent rating agencies. There are five major rating agencies that cover insurance companies, including A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. Standard & Poor’s provides ratings for entities that offer different types of insurance products and services including life insurance, property and casualty insurance, annuities, health insurance, reinsurance, title insurance, mortgage and bond insurance. Another rating agency is J.D. Power Insurance, they are your guide to finding which vehicle, health, and home insurers ranked highest in J.D. Power consumer studies.

More information about home insurance for Arnold Virginia can be found at Virginia Department of Insurance.  During your search for  “Home Insurance Arnold MO,” call an agent with The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield, we will be happy to assess your risks, shop top rated companies, and find the coverages you need for the best value.

 

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For our clients’ convenience, our Insurance Agents are available in and out of the office and during non office hours.  Yes,  we give our clients our cell phone numbers. We also answer our office phone–no multi-layered prompts.  We are dedicated to providing the most exceptional and timely customer service in the industry.

 

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Home Insurance Quote in Arnold MO

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If you have been searching online for “ Home Insurance Quote in Arnold MO, ” your search is over!   Our agents serve as your full service insurance providers for auto, home, boat, RV, motorcycle, and power sports to include life and annuities.  We have you covered throughout all aspects of your life to protect what matters most.  Because we offer a full line of insurance services, we can save you money with multi-policy discounts.  You will not get that benefit when you purchase your insurance coverages through multiple agencies.

Getting a Home Insurance Quote in Arnold MO is simple.  Call one of our helpful staff members or agents. Have your home address, mortgage value and a good idea of the value of your personal belongings.  The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield will also provide you with a home inventory checklist so that you may take a complete inventory of your personal belongings and make certain all your valuables are covered in your home insurance policy.

There are main six levels of protection for your home.  Here is a list of the items you’ll find in your policy.  Complete details can be found on our homeowners page.

  1. Dwelling.  This is your home and attached structures, such as a garage.
  2. Other Structures.  These include structures not attached to the home, such as a storage shed.
  3. Personal Property.  This includes furniture, clothing, electronics, appliances, jewelry, etc.
  4. Loss of Use.  This coverage is important if you have damage to your home and you cannot live in it while it is being repaired.
  5. Liability Coverage.  This coverage pays if someone sues you for their injuries, on or off your property.
  6. Medical.  This coverage pays if a guest is injured on your property.

Be Careful when shopping for a Home Insurance Quote in Arnold MO.  Homeowners Insurance policies in Virginia can be very different and have very different cost.  With hundreds of home insurance carriers and many different protection options, it is best to ask your agent for help making the decisions to be certain your personal belongings are protected.  The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield agents have your interest in mind. The best homeowners insurance purchase decision is often made with the help of a professional insurance agent – and we are available Monday through Saturday.

The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield has the Best Value and Customer Service agents with a combined high level expertise and relationships with top-rated companies and products that provide exceptional value to our clients.  Our trained, professional staff will do the research, analysis, and shopping for you.  You save time and money and get the best Home Insurance Quote Arnold MO for your protection.

Home Insurance Agent Arnold MO

If you have you been searching the internet for a “ Home Insurance Agent Arnold MO ”  your search is over!  The agents of The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield provide homeowners insurance and services by the top-rated insurance carriers in the country.  We have the products to protect your home in cases of fire, theft, storms and more.

Whether you’re just starting out renting or buying a home, or you’ve built the home of your dreams, The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield offers home insurance options that are right for you. We are your Home Insurance Agent of Arnold MO and can help you choose the best coverages to meet your needs.  From standard coverage options that provide basic protection for your home and property, all the way up to deluxe options that better protect your home’s value and assets like jewelry. You can even get coverage that protects you in the event of law suits or identity theft.  We also insure condos.

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An The Insurance Advisor® Home Insurance Agent Arnold MO will get you the coverage you want with the savings you need. Our professional agents have access to a variety of insurance carriers that offer Homeowners Insurance, Renters Insurance, Landlord Insurance, Condo Insurance, Mobile Home Insurance, Catastrophe Insurance and more.

Since moving into your house, you’ve probably purchased a number of valuable items. At the very least, your house probably isn’t empty. Thankfully, your homeowners insurance covers some portion of your possessions after a loss, such as a fire or burglary. But how much does it cover, and is it enough to replace your most treasured assets?  How much have you thought about your insurance protection? If you have not taken a recent inventory and assessed the replacement value of your daily use items, it’s time for a review.  The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield agents have the tools and resources for you to take a proper inventory and make sure all the items are included.

Your basic homeowners insurance policy may not cover the replacement value of these items if they are destroyed or stolen. In this case, you may need to purchase a rider on your homeowners policy to cover these special items. Your local Home Insurance Agent Arnold MO can help to go over these items and the contents insurance needed to cover them.

The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield is committed to outstanding customer service.  We start by offering the best insurance products at a reasonable price. But it’s the The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield team that really set us apart from the competition. With combined experience of 60 years, our sales and support staff members can handle your transactions quickly and efficiently. We service each and every account using out team of insurance professionals and we’re always available to answer your questions.

Our “Home Insurance Agent Arnold MO” team is committed to professionalism.  Our dedication to superior client service comes from a culture of professionalism and respect. All of our associates at The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield have strong credentials and all of our policies are presented to you in a consistent and professional manner.

Home Insurance Agent Arnold MO | The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield (804) 638-9024You can depend on us to solve problems quickly.  The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield has unique industry relationships, allowing us to provide exclusive insurance solutions to our customers. Additionally, every staff member is trained to actively listen and provide helpful answers presented in a way in which our policy holders clearly understand.

Our agents have a strong work ethic and are committed to earning and maintaining your trust.  We believe trust is something earned by listening to our customers while providing helpful advice and support. Trust and consistent underwriting practices is what we expect from our carrier partners, and in return we owe the same level of service to you.

Your search for “Home Insurance Agent Arnold MO” is over.  Welcome to The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield.

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The Insurance Advisor is happy to announce the arrival of our very own Virginia Insurance Quotes Engine dedicated to our website.   Yes, that is correct!  Not just one quote–but multiple Insurance quotes for multiple carriers.

All you need to do is to click anywhere on the the Big Green Quote Machine, and in a few minutes you will see how much you may save with one or more of our many insurance companies.  The Big Green Quote Machine will shop many of the companies that we represent and select about 3 of the best quotes for you to compare.

NOTE:  Although the Big Green Quote Machine  Engine is designed to be as accurate as possible, it is always best to give us a call to review the quote for you.  There are many risks and rating factors that our experienced agents will use to make sure that you are getting the coverages that you need for the best price.

A few Companies we represent include:  Travelers, Safeco, Main Street, Metropolitan, Mercury, Lincoln Financial, Dairyland, Titan, Foremost, Arrowhead, Alfa Vision, CNA, Kemper, Augusta Mutual, Anthem, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Mutual of Omaha, and many more.

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Our Business offerings include insurance products and risk management services–we are your full service insurance solution–from commercial property and casualty to employee benefits–we have you covered.  There is no need to have multiple agencies to provide the coverages and services for your business.

Insurance For Your Personal Life

Our Personal Insurance and Financial Services offerings also include insurance products and risk management services–we are your full service insurance solution–from auto, home, boat, RV, motorcycle, and power sports to health, life, and fixed annuities–we have you covered.  There is no need to have multiple agencies to provide the insurance coverages and financial services for your personal needs.

The Best Value and Customer Service 

We combine years of experience and top-rated companies and products to provide exceptional service and value to our clients.  Our trained, professional staff will do the research, analysis, and shopping for you.  You save time and money and get the best value for the insurance and financial services you need.

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Chesterfield Virginia Homeowners Insurance Coverage

Double check your Chesterfield Virginia Homeowners Insurance policy to make sure you’re completely covered.

Most years, hurricanes threaten the U.S. East Coast while wildfires and floods often plague the west and tornadoes remain a concern throughout much of the Midwest.  It is prime season for homeowner’s claims too, as residences often bear the brunt of all this wild weather. It’s also a good time for you to talk with your The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield agent to double-check your Chesterfield Virginia Homeowners Insurance Coverage and make sure you have enough protection in place should the worst happen to your home.

Nearly 2/3 of U.S. homes are underinsured, leaving almost two out of every three American homeowners at risk of financial disaster in the event of a catastrophe; meaning someone whose house cost $200,000 to replace would find themselves short by $36,000. Millions of homeowners throughout the nation are at risk of major financial loss should a natural disaster hit their neighborhood.Chesterfield Virginia Homeowner Insurance Coverage | The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield (804) 638-9024

Homeowners are often content with “guaranteed-replacement” or “extended-replacement” policies, which sound like they’ll cover the rebuilding of a home regardless of the cost. But true guaranteed-replacement policies are almost extinct, and virtually all insurers cap their payouts at 100% to 150% of the amount for which the home is insured.  A helpful tool when calculating the value/replacement cost of your home is AccuCoverage. The calculator walks you through a questionnaire that usually takes 20 to 30 minutes to complete and provides an estimated replacement cost.

Here are some of the more common mistakes that homeowners make that put them at risk.

Remodeling.

Renovating a home can be rewarding, but a costly experience.  Although remodeling your home may increase the property value; many people forget to call and update their home’s value.  Certain property improvements might even trigger new types of coverage as well.  For example, if a homeowner installs a swimming pool, they may need to upgrade homeowners insurance coverages.

Just covering your mortgage.

In an ideal world, the amount we owe on our home should be less than the actual value of our home. The 2008 real estate crash pretty well laid that “rule” to rest, but the fact remains that too many people just think about their mortgage value when selecting their homeowners policy. So, in the event of a loss, these homeowners can pay off their mortgage but not necessarily rebuild their home.

Wait, they update building codes?

Construction standards have evolved greatly over the decades. As a result, a lot of the work that was done years ago on older homes may not pass muster with today’s more stringent building code standards. That means, in the event of a disaster, older homes will need to not only be rebuilt, but brought up to code as well.  This can get expensive, and needs to be taken into account when updating homeowners insurance policies.

If you or someone you know have made modifications to the home, contact The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield for a free evaluation of your Chesterfield Virginia Homeowners Insurance Coverage to make certain your valuables are protected, just in case of a loss.  It’s better to be safe than sorry.

 


Why Choose The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield?

We’re committed to outstanding customer service

We start by offering the best insurance products at a reasonable price. But it’s the The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield team that really set us apart from the competition. With combined experience of 60 years, our sales and support staff members can handle your transactions quickly and efficiently. We service each and every account using out team of insurance professionals and we’re always available to answer your questions.

We’re committed to professionalism

Our dedication to client service comes from a culture of professionalism and respect. All of our associates at The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield have strong credentials and all of our policies are presented to you in a consistent and professional manner.

We’re committed to solving problems quickly

The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield has unique industry relationships, allowing us to provide exclusive insurance solutions to our customers. Additionally, every staff member is trained to actively listen and provide helpful answers presented in a way in which our policy holders clearly understand.

We’re committed to earning and maintaining your trust

We believe trust is something earned by listening to our customers while providing helpful advice and support. Trust and consistent underwriting practices is what we expect from our carrier partners, and in return we owe the same level of service to you.

Does Home Insurance Cover Flood?

Many homeowners do not know they are at risk.

When buying a new home, typically the owners purchase insurance to cover the structure, personal items and medical in case someone is hurt on their property.  In most cases; however, the policies do not include flood damage. Standard policies do not cover damage caused by sewer backup or floods inside of your house, so you should buy a separate policy or endorsement to add the coverage to your home insurance policy.  The typical cost is approximately $40 to $50 per year.

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Unfortunately, we have seen new homeowners who have flood insurance with the bare minimum coverage, or their policy was limited. For example, Bob and Sue had a separate flood insurance policy in addition to their homeowners insurance. Although the area they lived in was not known for floods or near a water source (lake/ocean), they purchased the minimum coverage “just in case”.  Their policy was limited to $19,500 for damage to the house and $9,500 for the loss of its contents.  Like many people, Bob and Sue figured it was enough insurance, and didn’t see any reason to spend more than they had to on insurance coverage.

A few years later, the area that Bob and Sue lived was hit by a tropical storm and destroyed everything in the basement and garage. The water damaged all the walls, down to the wood studs.  The electrical system was destroyed along with the furnace, appliances, furniture, and stored items. The damage added up to $80,000.

Homeowners are at risk of losing all their valuables from a flood and not able to recover from a loss.  Its easy to protect yourself, and cost effective. You can buy flood coverage from The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield through the National Flood Insurance Program.  The maximum coverage is $250,000 for replacement value of the structure and up to $100,000 (actual cash value) for your personal possessions. The cost for flood insurance coverage in low-to-moderate-flood-risk areas may range between $414 to $1,958; averaging around $650/year.  Naturally, premiums run higher in high-risk coastal, riverside, and other areas.

If your home is subject to other perils not covered by your standard policy, including earthquakes, hurricanes, and hail, you should fill the gap with additional separate policies.  The agents at The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield will review your policy and ensure you are properly covered and completely protected.


Why Choose The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield?

We’re committed to outstanding customer service

We start by offering the best insurance products at a reasonable price. But it’s the The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield team that really set us apart from the competition. With combined experience of 60 years, our sales and support staff members can handle your transactions quickly and efficiently. We service each and every account using out team of insurance professionals and we’re always available to answer your questions.

We’re committed to professionalism

Our dedication to client service comes from a culture of professionalism and respect. All of our associates at The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield have strong credentials and all of our policies are presented to you in a consistent and professional manner.

We’re committed to solving problems quickly

The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield has unique industry relationships, allowing us to provide exclusive insurance solutions to our customers. Additionally, every staff member is trained to actively listen and provide helpful answers presented in a way in which our policy holders clearly understand.

We’re committed to earning and maintaining your trust

We believe trust is something earned by listening to our customers while providing helpful advice and support. Trust and consistent underwriting practices is what we expect from our carrier partners, and in return we owe the same level of service to you.

Tornado Preparation and Safety TIPs | Chesterfield Virginia

Tornadoes are Extremely DangerousTornado Preparation & Safety TIPS | The Insurance Advisor (804) 638-9024

Tornadoes are one of nature’s most violent storms that occur in Chesterfield Virginia. The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield would like to make certain you have the right coverages on your home insurance in case your home is damaged by a tornado. The following tornado preparation and safety TIPs will help to save lives and lessen injuries and property damage.

 Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood in seconds. A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 miles per hour. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long.

Every state is at some risk from this hazard. Some tornadoes are clearly visible, while rain or nearby low-hanging clouds obscure others. Occasionally, tornadoes develop so rapidly that little, if any, advance warning is possible. Before a tornado hits, the wind may die down and the air may become very still. A cloud of debris can mark the location of a tornado even if a funnel is not visible. Tornadoes generally occur near the trailing edge of a thunderstorm. It is not uncommon to see clear, sunlit skies behind a tornado.

Tornado Preparation & Safety TIPs: How to Prepare for a Tornado

This article has been prepared to provide information about Tornado Preparation & Safety TIPs in Chesterfield Virginia.  Below are important links from the www.ready.gov site.

  • Before  How to prepare for Tornado Safety in Chesterfield Virginia
  • During  What to do during  a Tornado in Chesterfield Virginia
  • After   What to do after  a Tornado in Chesterfield Virginia
  • More Information  about Tornado Safety in Chesterfield Virginia
  • Preparing a Safe Room

 Tornado Preparation & Safety TIPs: Before a Tornado Strikes

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
  • Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.
  • Look for the following danger signs:
    • Dark, often greenish sky
    • Large hail
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
    • Loud roar, similar to a freight train.
    • If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.

Tornado Preparation & Safety TIPs: Tornado Facts

Quick facts you should know about tornadoes:

  • They may strike quickly, with little or no warning.
  • They may appear nearly transparent until dust and debris are picked up or a cloud forms in the funnel.
  • The average tornado moves Southwest to Northeast, but tornadoes have been known to move in any direction.
  • The average forward speed of a tornado is 30 mph, but may vary from stationary to 70 mph.
  • Tornadoes can accompany tropical storms and hurricanes as they move onto land.
  • Waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water.
  • Tornadoes are most frequently reported east of the Rocky Mountains during spring and summer months.
  • Peak tornado season in the southern states is March through May; in the northern states, it is late spring through early summer.
  • Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3 pm and 9 pm, but can occur at any time.

Tornado Preparation & Safety TIPs: Know the Terms

Familiarize yourself with these terms to help identify a tornado hazard:

Tornado Watch – Tornadoes are possible. Remain alert for approaching storms. Watch the sky and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or television for information.

Tornado Warning – A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately.

Tornado Preparation & Safety TIPs:  During a Tornado

If you are under a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately!  Most injuries associated with high winds are from flying debris, so remember to protect your head.

IF YOU ARE IN:THEN:
A structure (e.g. residence, small building, school, nursing home, hospital, factory, shopping center, high-rise building)
  • Go to a pre-designated area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of a small interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
  • In a high-rise building, go to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.
  • Put on sturdy shoes.
  • Do not open windows.
A manufactured home or office
  • Get out immediately and go to a pre-identified location such as the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.
The outside with no shelterIf you are not in a sturdy building, there is no single research-based recommendation for what last-resort action to take because many factors can affect your decision. Possible actions include:

  • Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter. If your vehicle is hit by flying debris while you are driving, pull over and park.
  • Take cover in a stationary vehicle. Put the seat belt on and cover your head with your arms and a blanket, coat or other cushion if possible.
  • Lie in an area noticeably lower than the level of the roadway and cover your head with your arms and a blanket, coat or other cushion if possible.

In all situations:

  • Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
  • Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter.
  • Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.

Tornado Preparation & Safety TIPs: After a Tornado

Injury may result from the direct impact of a tornado or it may occur afterward when people walk among debris and enter damaged buildings. A study of injuries after a tornado in Marion, Illinois, showed that 50 percent of the tornado-related injuries were suffered during rescue attempts, cleanup and other post-tornado activities. Nearly a third of the injuries resulted from stepping on nails. Because tornadoes often damage power lines, gas lines or electrical systems, there is a risk of fire, electrocution or an explosion. Protecting yourself and your family requires promptly treating any injuries suffered during the storm and using extreme care to avoid further hazards.

Injuries

Check for injuries. Do not attempt to move seriously injured people unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. Get medical assistance immediately. If someone has stopped breathing, begin CPR if you are trained to do so. Stop a bleeding injury by applying direct pressure to the wound. Have any puncture wound evaluated by a physician. If you are trapped, try to attract attention to your location.

General Safety Precautions

Here are some safety precautions that could help you avoid injury after a tornado:

  • Continue to monitor your battery-powered radio or television for emergency information.
  • Be careful when entering any structure that has been damaged.
  • Wear sturdy shoes or boots, long sleeves and gloves when handling or walking on or near debris.
  • Be aware of hazards from exposed nails and broken glass.
  • Do not touch downed power lines or objects in contact with downed lines. Report electrical hazards to the police and the utility company.
  • Use battery-powered lanterns, if possible, rather than candles to light homes without electrical power. If you use candles, make sure they are in safe holders away from curtains, paper, wood or other flammable items. Never leave a candle burning when you are out of the room.
  • Never use generators, pressure washers, grills, camp stoves or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside your home, basement, garage or camper – or even outside near an open window, door or vent. Carbon monoxide (CO) – an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if you breathe it – from these sources can build up in your home, garage or camper and poison the people and animals inside. Seek prompt medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed or nauseated.
  • Hang up displaced telephone receivers that may have been knocked off by the tornado, but stay off the telephone, except to report an emergency.
  • Cooperate fully with public safety officials.
  • Respond to requests for volunteer assistance by police, fire fighters, emergency management and relief organizations, but do not go into damaged areas unless assistance has been requested. Your presence could hamper relief efforts and you could endanger yourself.

Inspecting the Damage

  • After a tornado, be aware of possible structural, electrical or gas-leak hazards in your home. Contact your local city or county building inspectors for information on structural safety codes and standards. They may also offer suggestions on finding a qualified contractor to do work for you.
  • In general, if you suspect any damage to your home, shut off electrical power, natural gas and propane tanks to avoid fire, electrocution or explosions.
  • If it is dark when you are inspecting your home, use a flashlight rather than a candle or torch to avoid the risk of fire or explosion in a damaged home.
  • If you see frayed wiring or sparks, or if there is an odor of something burning, you should immediately shut off the electrical system at the main circuit breaker if you have not done so already.
  • If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open all windows and leave the house immediately. Notify the gas company, the police or fire departments, or State Fire Marshal’s office and do not turn on the lights, light matches, smoke or do anything that could cause a spark. Do not return to your house until you are told it is safe to do so.

Safety during Clean-up

  • Wear sturdy shoes or boots, long sleeves and gloves.
  • Learn proper safety procedures and operating instructions before operating any gas-powered or electric-powered saws or tools.
  • Clean up spilled medicines, drugs, flammable liquids and other potentially hazardous materials.

FEMA Publications

If you require more information about any of these topics, the following resources may be helpful.

Related Websites

Find additional information on how to plan and prepare for a tornado and learn about available resources by visiting the following websites:

Listen to Local Officials

Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.

What You Should Know about how Home Insurance Works with Tornado Damage

You don’t have to be a resident of the south or the midwest, where recent tornadoes wreaked havoc on thousands of lives, to get the message being sent by Mother Nature. It seems that she, too, is a strong advocate of homeowner’s insurance. And occasionally, she flexes her abilities to remind everyone within her reach about its importance.

But even those who have home insurance have been having trouble getting compensated for their losses, through no fault of the insurance companies. The fact is, tornado insurance is great to have, but if you don’t understand how it works, it can be pretty useless to you.

One of the things most often forgotten, and something that insurance agents are currently seeing a lot of in the wake of the recent tornadoes, is a lack on the part of insurance holders to catalog their possessions. You don’t have to go through your home jotting down every single refrigerator magnet – but if you intend to have that priceless grandfather clock insured, you’d better have record of its existence, as well as its value.

The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield insurance agents strongly urge our customers to use a camera to catalog all expensive belongings, and to gather as much proof of ownership and proof of value as possible so that there are no problems filing a claim in the event of disaster.

Why Choose The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield?

We’re committed to outstanding customer service

We start by offering the best insurance products at a reasonable price. But it’s the The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield team that really set us apart from the competition. With combined experience of 60 years, our sales and support staff members can handle your transactions quickly and efficiently. We service each and every account using out team of insurance professionals and we’re always available to answer your questions.

We’re committed to professionalism

Our dedication to client service comes from a culture of professionalism and respect. All of our associates at The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield have strong credentials and all of our policies are presented to you in a consistent and professional manner.

We’re committed to solving problems quickly

The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield has unique industry relationships, allowing us to provide exclusive insurance solutions to our customers. Additionally, every staff member is trained to actively listen and provide helpful answers presented in a way in which our policy holders clearly understand.

We’re committed to earning and maintaining your trust

We believe trust is something earned by listening to our customers while providing helpful advice and support. Trust and consistent underwriting practices is what we expect from our carrier partners, and in return we owe the same level of service to you.

Protect Your Home from Turbulent Weather

Protect Your Home from Turbulent WeatherProtect your home

Structures built to meet or exceed current model building codes for high-wind regions have a much better chance of surviving violent windstorms. Learn how to protect your home from turbulent weather by understanding the The Standard Building Code, issued by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. The Standard Building Code is one source for guidance on fortifying your home against fierce winds.  Earlier this year, Office of the Governor for the state of Virginia declared May as the Building Safety Month. Although no home can withstand a direct hit from a severe tornado, solid construction will help your home survive if it’s to the side of the tornado’s path.

When inspecting your home, pay particular attention to the windows, doors, roof, gables and connections (roof-to-wall, wall-to-foundation). Residences in inland areas are typically not built to withstand high wind forces, and weaknesses in these elements of your home make it more vulnerable to significant damage.  If you’re handy with a hammer and saw, you can do much of the work yourself. Work involving your home’s structure may require a building contractor, however, or even a registered design professional such as an architect or engineer.

When working outside

  • Replace gravel/rock landscaping material with shredded bark.
  • Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed. Cut weak branches and trees that could fall on your house.

When building or remodeling

Windows: If you are replacing your existing windows, install impact-resistant window systems, which have a much better chance of surviving a major windstorm. These window systems are commonly available in hurricane-prone areas. If you are unable to find them locally, you can order them from manufacturers or home improvement stores in coastal areas.

Entry doors: Make certain your doors have at least three hinges and a dead-bolt security lock, with a bolt at least one inch long. Anchor door frames securely to wall framing.

Patio doors: Sliding glass doors are more vulnerable to wind damage than most other doors. If you are replacing your patio doors or building a new home, consider installing impact-resistant door systems made of laminated glass, plastic glazing or a combination of plastic and glass.

Garage doors: Because of their size and construction, garage doors are highly susceptible to wind damage. A qualified inspector can determine if both the door and the track system can resist high winds and, if necessary, replace them with a stronger system. Garage doors more than 8 feet wide are most vulnerable. Install permanent wood or metal stiffeners. Or contact the door manufacturer’s technical staff for recommendations about temporary center supports you can attach and remove easily when severe weather threatens.

Roofs: If you are replacing your roof, take steps to ensure that both the new roof covering and the sheathing will resist high winds. Your roofing contractor should:

  • Remove old coverings down to the bare wood sheathing.
  • Remove sheathing to confirm that rafters and trusses are securely connected to the walls.
  • Replace damaged sheathing.
  • Refasten existing sheathing according to the proper fastening schedule outlined in the current model building code for high-wind regions.
  • Install a roof covering designed to resist high winds.
  • Seal all roof sheathing joints with self-stick rubberized asphalt tape to provide a secondary moisture barrier.

If you want to give your roof sheathing added protection, but it’s not time to re-roof, glue the sheathing to the rafters and the trusses. Use an adhesive that conforms to Performance Specification AFG-01 developed by APA — The Engineered Wood Association, which you can find at any hardware store or home improvement center.

Gables: Brace the end wall of a gable roof properly to resist high winds. Check the current model building code for high-wind regions for appropriate guidance, or consult a qualified engineer or architect.

Connections: The points where the roof and the foundation meet the walls of your house are extremely important if your home is to resist high winds and the pressures they place on the entire structure.

  • Anchor the roof to the walls with metal clips and straps (most easily added when you replace your roof).
  • Make certain the walls are properly anchored to the foundation. A registered design professional can determine if these joints need retrofitting, and a qualified contractor can perform the work the design professional identifies.
  • If your house has more than one story, make certain the upper story wall framing is firmly connected to the lower framing. The best time to do this is when you remodel.

When you protect your home from turbulent weather, you will save yourself time and money.  With a combined experience of over 60 years in the insurance industry, The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield is a full service Independent Insurance Agency representing many of Virginia’s premier personal lines insurance carriers.  We assess risks and shop for companies to find the best coverage for the lowest price. 

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