5 Tips on Getting the Best Deal on Your Bakersfield Home and Auto Insurance

Bakersfield has changed quite a bit since Crosby and Crosby first started writing insurance in 1963. Insurance has changed just as drastically. In the old days, we used a rate wheel to manually provide an insurance premium. Today, we can instantly compare our many different companies and compare side by side coverage and deductible options. To help our clients chose the right coverage options at the absolutely best value, we recommend these 5 Tips on getting the best deal for your insurance.

 

- Combine, Combine, Combine

We have all heard that combining your home and auto can help you to save money on your insurance. The discounts don’t stop there. Have you considered combining other policies such as boat, motorcycle, umbrella and even life insurance? By combining all of your policies, you can save even more through additional multi-policy discounts.

- Compare company specific discounts

Did you know that some companies provide a discount for living in a gated community? Companies have many different discounts available. An independent agent can help you to make sure the applicable discounts are being applied.

 - Compare Deductible Options

Statistically, a homeowner will have a claim every 7 years. How would raising your deductible to $1,000 or even $2,500 impact your annual insurance premium? If you can take the extra risk, a higher deductible option can payoff. Many of our clients are deciding that raising deductibles on the auto up to $1,000 is a smart move that can help to reduce your insurance premium.

- Verify Your Annual Miles

In California, your usage is a primary rating factor on your auto insurance. Annual mileage can vary tremendously from one driver to another. Do you have a short commute? A vehicle provided by your company? Are you retired? These are all factors that impact the usage of your vehicle. Make sure you are talking with your company about how many miles your are driving annually and not overpaying for your insurance.

- Shop With an Independent Agent

An independent agency represents different insurance companies.  An “agent” vs a “broker” does not charge extra fees to write a policy. An independent agent is able to present several quote options and give you a good comparison of different options. By letting an agent compare your quote options, you can make sure you are getting the best insurance value.

Let Crosby and Crosby Compare Options and Provide you with an Insurance Quote

It is easier than ever to see rates from our great companies. You can call us, 661-327-5531, email us agent@crosbyandcrosby.com, or quote live online. We provide a great comparison quote with companies like Safeco, Metlife, Kemper Preferred and Travelers.

Insuring High Value Homes in High Fire Areas – Protection Class 9 – 10

If there are two home insurance markets that are having a hard time finding reasonable insurance policies it is: high value homes and homes located in high fire areas. We have written in-depth on previous blogs about homes that are located in high fire and brush areas. Our blog topic, “Tips on How to Insure High-Risk and Brush Area Homes”, is one of our most visited pages.

If you have a combination of a high value home and a home that is listed as a brush fire area you are dealing with 2 issues that may limit your options. First we will tackle what exactly is considered a high value home. Secondly, we will discuss what criteria is used to determine a high fire risk. Lastly we will give you the best options for securing the best insurance for your home.

What is considered a high-value home?

Most companies consider a high-value home to be a home with a replacement cost of $750,000 or more. This is generally what your coverage A or dwelling coverage would be listed as on your policy.

Because a high value home exposes an insurance company to a large amount of risk on an individual location most companies will re-insure risks over a certain coverage amount. You, the client, are insured by the primary company. The insurance company purchases “reinsurance” from a company to help reduce their total exposure.

The “reinsurance” is the particular problem that has caused many high value homes, especially those homes with replacement cost over $1,750,000, to become both expensive and difficult to insure. The cost of reinsurance has gone up as investment (bonds) returns have fallen with low interest rates. Primary insurance companies have in turn had to raise rates or limit coverages for high value homes.

How and who decides what areas are considered high brush? 

ISO Protection Class:

First off you may hear your homes protection class as a number, such as a Protection Class 5 or a Protection Class 10. With these numbers a “1″ is the least hazardous and a “10″ would be the most hazardous. These numbers are put together by the Insurance Services Office, “ISO”, and are a rating of the fire departments coverage and response time to your location. Generally a protection class 9 or 10 would be considered to have a structure fully engulfed in fire by the time the fire deparment is able to respond.

Brush Mapping Services:

Companies now use a host of brush mapping services to help them determine if a home can be insured with their program or not. Some companies would simply determine an “elgible” or “inelgible” determination. Some companies would use a tiered structure to charge higher premiums in higher risk areas. Brush mapping systems use a combination of distance to brush, fuel load and previous fire history in their determination.

The Crosby and Crosby Solution

We talk to clients each day that have spent hours on the phones with different agents trying to find home insurance. This is often a frustrating process as companies are unfamiliar with different areas or are unfamiliar with insuring high-value homes.

By specializing in helping our clients find suitable coverage for their high fire risk and high value homes we can effeciently get your a quote from one of our great companies.

We write home insurance throughout California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Wisconsin.

You can now complete an online live quote, give us a call at 661-327-5531 or send us an agent@crosbyandcrosby.com.

Home Insurance Getting Cancelled Because of Claims? 3 Tips to Get Your Insurance Back on Track

At the very core insurance is meant to protect you from the unexpected. Sometimes the unexpected events can add up and even the best insurance clients can end up with multiple claims over a short period of time. In today’s insurance market many customers are finding themselves in the position of being cancelled from their current homeowners companies for 1 or more losses in the previous 5-years. Often, these are customers that have been with the same company for a decade or more and may have gone without claims for years. If you find yourselve in this situation rest assured that you do have options to get your insurance back on track.

- Shop Around with an Independent Insurance Agent

An independent insurance agent represents several homeowners insurance companies. By offering a broad array of companies with different criteria an independent agent can match each client with the best company available. Companies all have different underwriting requirements. Some companies will not consider new policies with any prior claims and others may be willing to write new policies with multiple claims. Companies may classify losses diferently. Many companies will not count wind related claims, such as a blown down fence.

- Make your Case

If you are facing cancellation of your home insurance for previous claims, don’t give up. Making your case to your current carrier or a new provider can make the difference. What have you done to mitigate the potential for future losses? If you had a loss because of a burglary and installed a central alarm system to prevent future losses companies are interested in hearing that. Your proactive response to protect your home against future losses can make a difference. A few examples would be:

- Water Damage Caused by Ruptured Water Pipe – Updating or Replacing Plumbing

- Damage Caused By Leak in Roof – Roof Replaced

- Loss Due to Wind Damaged Wood Fence – Mitigated by replacing fence with a cement block wall

- Consider a Higher Deductible Option

A higher deductible option on your insurance can help a company consider writing your insurance with past losses. Especially if you have had losses in the smaller range. Many customers are finding that they can save a considerable amount of money and also prevent future small losses by chosing a higher deductible option such as $1500, $2,500 or even $5,000.

- Crosby and Crosby Can Help

If you are confused on which way to proceed and are facing a cancellation notice because of claims we can help. We represent 11 of the best homeowners companies and have many great options to choose from. Our consultive approach and comparative rating can compare many different companies and coverage options in one easy step. Give us a call today, 661-327-5531, send us an email at agent@crosbyandcrosby.com or complete a live comparative quote below.

Crosby and Crosby is Now A Dave Ramsey Endorsed Local Provider For Home and Auto Insurance

We have long been fans of Dave Ramsey. His sound financial advice has helped us personally. We are now very proud to announce that we are Dave Ramsey “Endorsed Local Providers” for home and auto insurance.

Dave, has been a big advocate for local independent agents. We agree that an independent agent, with several great companies to chose from, is the best option for purchasing your home and auto insurance.

Crosby and Crosby Insurance serves insureds in California, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Wisconsin.

Give us a call if we can help. 661-327-5531 or complete a free no-obligation quote here.

Our Insurance Discounts for Bakersfield Teachers Just Got Better

Insurance companies have long recognized that certain occupations deserve lower insurance rates. Many companies including Safeco and Travelers Insurance have been offering large auto insurance discounts for teachers over the last decade.

The Bakersfield office of Crosby and Crosby Insurance helps numerous teachers, counselors and adminstrators with their home and auto insurance.

Our discounts have just got better! We can now offer an occupation discount on our homeowners insurance coverage in addition to the great discounts we have had on auto insurance.

These discounts are the best way to receive the best value for your insurance. Saving money is great and saving money while receiving the proper coverages is the way we have been selling insurance since 1963.

It is easy to get a quote. You can give us a call at 661-327-5531 or complete an instant online quote here.

 

Our Idaho Course of Construction Insurance is Now Easier to Quote and Issue

Are you getting ready to break ground on construction of your Idaho dream home? It is now easier than ever to get a course of construction quote with Crosby and Crosby Insurance Services.

A Course of Construction / Builders Risk Policy That Rolls into a Homeowners Policy

In the past, the normal course of action to insure a home during construction would be purchasing a “course of construction” policy. These policies generally provided coverage for direct physical loss to the building and materials during construction. This could be losses caused, for example, by fire or even theft of building materials. There are several coverage issues with this option such as the unability to provide liability coverage and expense.

Our new favorite option is the ability to issue a full homeowners policy with a special endorsement to cover “course of constuction”. The benefits of this policy include:

- Lower insurance cost vs a traditional “course of construction” policy.

- A broader coverage option that also includes “personal liability” for the premises.

- The ability to save more by packaging along with you auto policy.

- A quick and effecient quote process that can provide an accurate quote to you the same day

Getting a Course of Construction Quote In Idaho

Our Idaho office can provide an immediate “course of construction” quote. We are available at 208-366-8366. You can email us at agent@crosbyandcrosby.com. You can now get an online quote comparing all of our course of construction options.

 

 

Fire Update in Bodfish and Groveland California

Due to wildfires we are currently under restrictions for Bodfish California, zip code 93205 and Groveland, CA zip code 95321. These restrictions remain in place until the fire has been fully contained and affect home, dwelling, personal property, auto and boat policies.

For help and claims assistance please call our office at 661-327-5531.

For help finding coverage in other high fire brush areas call our office 661-327-5531 or email us at agent@crosbyandcrosby.com. We specialize in finding quality coverage solutions for homes throughout California and Idaho located in brush and high fire areas.

Read more…. “Tips on Insuring your Home in a High-Risk Fire or Brush Area”

 

 

 

Tips For Great Course of Construction Insurance

Is the new home of your dreams planned out, the builder is ready to start, and suddenly you are looking for the last piece of the puzzle, Construction Insurance?

homeconstructionConstruction Insurance or Course of Construction Insurance is often relegated to the back of the line behind picking out great windows, the perfect master bath or the perfect builder to complete your new home. Don’t worry, here are some tips to make sure you are selecting the right insurance.

So what is Course of Construction Insurance?

We are all pretty familiar with homeowners insurance that provides coverage for our homes. Course of Construction Insurance is similar in many ways. The coverage is going to provide protection for your home as it is in the process of being built.

Generally the first consideration is going to be coverage for the structure from the foundation and framing to  roof, electrical, plumbing and interior features of our home.  You also need consider if you will have any additional structures like detached garages, shops, mother-in-law units and fences.

What other coverage options should I consider?

- Theft of building materials is a major cause of loss on homes under construction. Make sure if someone steals your property at the job-site their is adequate coverage

- Coverage of materials in transit or off-site. If you are going to store any materials off-site in another lot or storage area make sure to have coverage for off-site materials. Also check for coverage while your materials are in transit from the manufacturer or distributor to your job-site.

- Premises Liability provides liability for the property owner at the construction site. If someone comes onto the job site and slips and falls or injures themselves you need to have adequate liability. Some homeowners companies will allow you to extend liability coverage to another location. If you have a homeowners policy for a home you are living in while the new home is being constructed you may be able to extend coverage. You may also be able to purchase course of construction insurance directly from the construction policy.

Two Options For Coverage

Homeowners Policy with a Course of Construction Endorsement

If you home would normally qualify for a regular homeowners policy, not in a brush area or previous claims, you can purchase a regular homeowners policy with an endorsement to cover course of construction. Many companies require that construction has not started and that construction will be completed within 12-months.

There are several advantages of the endorsed homeowners policy to cover course of construction. First you can combine with your auto and other property policies to maximize savings. Second generally the homeowners policy will renew after 1-year as a regular homeowners policy so you won’t have to shop around for insurance again. Third the coverage is comprehensive and we can include liability under the single policy.

1-Time Course of Construction Insurance

We can offer course of construction insurance on a policy specifically designed for homes under construction. Generally it is required to write this type of policy when the home is located in a high fire brush area, there are previous claims, construction has already began or construction will not be completed within 12-months.

Coverage on this type of policy is tailored specifically for the time period the home is under construction and will need to be rewritten into a full homeowners policy upon completion of the home.

We can help you secure the most affordable coverage that helps to best protect your new home and have a quote to you within 1 day

We write course of construction or builders risk insurance in the states of California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. We can provide a quote within the same business day. If you have any questions or would like Crosby and Crosby Insurance Services to help you with your coverage please call us at 661-327-5531 or send us an email at agent@crosbyandcrosby.com. You can get a live comparison quote here.

What about course of construction or builders risk policies in high fire areas?

We can help with your construction insurance even if you home is located in a high fire, brush area, or protection class 9 or 10. Please give us a call at 661-327-5531.

What about course of construction or major remodel on a commercial building?

We can help you with your commercial construction or major remodel projects. Our phone number is 661-327-5531.

Packaging Your Bakersfield Home and Auto Insurance The Easy Way

A large majority of potential clients we meet say they are looking for a better deal on their insurance. Many of those potential clients aren’t taking advantage of the easiest way to save, combining their auto and home insurance.

Combining your home and auto insurance is the simplest way to get a better value for your insurance.

Crosby and Crosby Insurance has been helping Bakersfield residents combine their policies since 1963. Our great companies like- Safeco, Travelers and Kemper Preferred offer savings up to 20% for combining your home and auto policies.

Some benefits of combining your home and auto insurance are:

  • Savings up to 20%
  • Increased and enhanced coverages
  • Our package policies with Kemper Preferred and Safeco provide a single policy for both home and auto
  • A knowledgeable local agent to help you choose the correct coverage options and assist you with claims

It is now easier than ever to get a quote for combining your home and auto insurance. You can try Crosby and Crosby’s online rater now for a great comparison quote 24 hrs/day. You can talk to us at 661-327-5531 or stop by our office at 111 “H” Street.

Tuesday Insurance Questions… Are insurance policies all the same, Best Bakersfield Health Insurance, ATVs in a Garage

We have another batch of our “Tuesday Insurance Questions”. If you have questions about insurance send us an email at agent@crosbyandcrosby.com.

Question: Are all insurance policies the same?

The answer is loudly a big shouting “NO”!!! On the basic level of the actual policy contract and how it is written companies use a similar form. The key word is similar. How does your policy wording cover things like- water backup, valuable items like your jewelry and firearms and your liability? Especially with so-called “tiered” policies the policy contract can vary drastically even within the same company.

It pays to speak with a knowledgeable agent like Crosby and Crosby to discuss specific contracts and policy coverages.

Some policies are the Motel 6 of the insurance world and some are the Ritz. Spending a $100 per night at a Motel 6 is probably a rip-off but probably is a great  deal at the Ritz. The same goes with insurance. Make sure you are getting a great deal at the Ritz and not paying for bargain basement coverage. And never forget to watch for bedbugs!

What is the best health insurance company in Bakersfield?

Health insurance is one that we have seen a ton of changes within the last few years and the markets can change literally overnight. Depending on your individual situation and the coverages that you are looking for the company may be different.

We offer coverage from Anthem, Blue Shield, Aetna and now Kaiser. These 4 companies can give us a great snapshot of the best company for your needs.

To get a health quote you can complete the online form, email our health agent Jennifer Crosby at jenni@crosbyandcrosby.com  or give us a call 661-327-5531.

Are my ATV’s covered under my homeowners insurance while they are in my garage?

This is a very common question and usually gets lumped in with dirt bikes, off-road vehicles,  personal watercraft, and power boats. Your homeowners policy very specifically excludes  coverage for, “Motor Vehicles or all other motorized land conveyances”.

If you vehicle is not subject to motor vehicle registration and is used for service at your residence or for the assistance of the handicapped it may be covered.

If you have a ATV or off-road vehicle such as a dirt bike or dune buggy please speak to us about coverage.

Coverage is very affordable and you do not have coverage on your homeowners policy even while in your garage.

That wraps up this “Question and Answer”. Make sure to send us your questions! 

 

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