3 Easy Ways To Save On Business Insurance

Running a small business is never an easy task, and it is made monumentally more difficult during a pandemic. We are going through the same thing, and we want to help. Let’s look at ways your business could save some money on your insurance rates and fix any problems that could occur in the future.

1- Business owners have made multiple changes to how they do business during the pandemic. Less staff and changes in hours are just the beginning. Is your storefront still open, or have you moved to fully online sales? Significant changes in your business should be reflected in your current policy.

2- Have you purchased a new vehicle for deliveries? Maybe added some graphics to it so that your business’s name is visible as you drive around town? Did you buy a commercial auto policy? No? Do not have an accident; your regular car insurance WILL NOT COVER IT.

3- When was the last time you shopped around for lower insurance costs? How confident are you that you have the best coverage and the most affordable rates? Every penny counts right now, so take the time to give us your information so we can shop around for you.

Our small business is here for your small business. We make it easy, affordable, and local. Workers compensation, business liability, commercial auto, commercial real estate, seriously, we do it all, and we do it well.

Call Hudson Valley Agents today for your free insurance review. We will make this as quick and painless as possible; we know you have a business to run. 845-778-2141, business@hvagents.com, or hvagents.com. You can also use our secure dedicated link http://business-insurance.link/ . Shop local, hire local, and insure local!  

Saving Money On Your Business Insurance

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought many changes to the Hudson Valley’s small businesses, none of them good. Every dollar counts right now, and we want to help you save even more money. We know that you hear things like this all of the time from insurance commercials, but we aren’t trying to save you money by bundling your auto and home coverage. We are a small business just like you, and we know a thing or two about insurance.  

Let’s look at a few of the things that could help your 2021 budget.

  • Has your employee count changed? Have you had to furlough/downsize/fire anyone during the pandemic? We can review your current worker’s comp and disability coverage to ensure that you aren’t overpaying.  
  • Have you added things like outdoor heaters, tents, outdoor seating? All of these items should be added to your coverage. Doing this might slightly increase your rates, but you will be able to replace them if damaged. 
  • Have you give up your storefront and are operating solely from your home residence? Did you remember to cancel the policy covering your retail space? Did you call your agent to inquire how these changes impact your business insurance needs and the possible savings?
  • Do you have a business partner? Do you both have Key Person Life Insurance policies? Yes, this is an expense, not savings, but hear us out. Can you afford to keep your business going if your partner passes away? This coverage ensures that the doors can stay open. You buy life insurance because you want your family to survive financially. You buy key person coverage because you want your business to survive financially.  

But the most important thing that you should do to help with your business insurance costs is this- call your insurance agent. 

Restaurants and Contractors are examples of businesses that can benefit from talking to an independent insurance agent. Here’s why. Their insurance rates are based on different things: sales, number of employees, square feet of space you are occupying. Or total annual payroll. If your sales have dropped or you are now working with a skeleton crew, call your agent and request a policy review. These reviews can bring you refunds and/or lower rates.  

Hudson Valley Agents has 30 years of insurance knowledge and 24/7 phone service, all waiting to help your business stay in business. Call today for a free insurance review or a free quote 845-78-2141. You can also use our secure dedicated link http://business-insurance.link/ Shop local, hire local, and insure local!  

Financial Planning And Your Insurance

October is Financial Planning Month, and we want you to know how important your insurance agent is to this plan.

Your insurance agent is a smart cookie, seriously, especially if they are an independent rather than a captive agent. Captive agents can only sell you the insurance policies that their company offers; State Farm and Geico are examples of captive agencies. Independent agents write policies with MANY different companies. That ensures that you have coverage that can be customized to fit your individual needs.

1- Life Insurance. This one is obvious. Planning for your family’s future MUST include Life Insurance. Want to make sure that your family can continue to thrive and survive after you are gone? Call us for a stressfree Life Insurance quote.

2- Homeowners Insurance – If you have a mortgage, you have to have Homeowners coverage, but when was the last time you had it checked out? Upgrades to the home change the cost of what it takes to rebuild it if your house becomes damaged. You may have updated your kitchen with a natural stone flooring, but your homeowner’s policy was written way back when you had linoleum, and that’s what they are going to pay to replace.

3- Renters Insurance. Your Landlord’s insurance does not cover your couch or your laptop. Renters Insurance is surprisingly inexpensive, and most companies will discount your car insurance if you purchase both policies. Total win/win and smart financial planning.

4- Disability Income Insurance. Should you become injured or ill and unable to return to work, this policy has your back.

For more ways your independent insurance agent can help you plan for your financial future, give us a call. 845-778-2141. Hudson Valley Agents has 30+ insurance companies to work with, 30 years in the business, and outstanding Google reviews! Find out what a difference an Independent Insurance Agent can make, call, click, or stop by and say Hi.

Get To Know Kathy, Our Commercial Lines Agent.

Finding a job that you want to do for the next thirty years of your life is almost impossible, impossible, but not undoable. Kathy Livingston started working for Hudson Valley Agents in October of 1990. She is still here and is an invaluable asset to the running of our office.

Kathy handles our commercial lines, workers’ compensation insurance, commercial auto insurance, Business Owner Policies, and more. If you need insurance for your small business, there is no one better qualified to help you than Kathy.

We thought it would be fun to sit her down and interview her about life, insurance, and the holidays.

Question – Is being an insurance agent boring?
Kathy – It is never dull. So many different things to do in a day and having to keep up with all the company changes. Taking calls, quoting, making changes to policies, and making sure that all the companies are completing what is requested.
Question – What is the one thing that you wish your clients knew about your job?
Kathy – That it can sometimes become more hectic than anyone could imagine. People think of an insurance office, and they automatically assume that it is dull and slow-paced. It can be a real zoo sometimes, so please be patient with us.
Question – What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t at work?
Kathy – Just one? I love to spend time with my grandchildren, bake, and garden.
Question – What is your favorite movie?
Kathy – Sweet Home Alabama
Question – What is your favorite holiday?
Kathy – Christmas. Time for family and friends to be together, and I love the decorations and lights.
Question – If you were not in the insurance industry, what would you do?
Kathy – After 30 years, that is hard to say, but I think something in a hospital caring for people.

Kathy has a very loyal following with the many contractors who insure with Hudson Valley Agents. She knows how busy they are, that time truly is money, and that when someone needs a certificate of insurance, they need it NOW.

Your small business deserves the personal touch that an independent insurance agent offers. Kathy and the rest of the HVA staff can help protect your largest financial asset, your business.

#insurelocal #HudsonValleyInsurance

Get To Know Ashley, Our Car Insurance Guru!

If you have ever called 845-778-2141, or stopped by our office in Walden, then you have more than likely met Ashley Berry.

Ashley has been with Hudson Valley Agents since 2013. If you have car insurance, homeowners insurance, renters insurance, or motorcycle insurance with us, then you have spoken to her or met her at our office. She handles our personal lines, and she is one of the very best in the business.


We thought it would be fun to sit her down and interview her about life, insurance, and the holidays.

Question – Is being an insurance agent boring?
Ashley – LOL! It actually isn’t. I really enjoy helping my clients find the right policy for their needs, I would want someone to do the same for me.
Question – What is the one thing that you want your clients to know about your job?
Ashley – Quoting insurance takes time. I really want to ensure that my clients have the best coverage for their dollar, and we work with 30+ companies.
Question – If you were not an insurance CSR, what would you be?
Ashley – I would be a meteorologist!
Question – What is your favorite movie?
Ashley – “Better Off Dead” I want my $2!!!!!
Question – What is your favorite holiday?
Ashley – Thanksgiving! Can’t go wrong with food and family.

Ashley’s customer service is legendary. Seriously. Just go to Google and check out the reviews for Hudson Valley Agents, we’ll wait.

See! Ashley is personally mentioned over and over again as someone who makes insurance a pleasant, dare we say enjoyable, experience.

Find out what she can do for you, call, click, or stop by. We’re always here to help. #HudsonValleyInsurance #insurelocal

Teen Driver Safety Week

Do you know what the #1 cause of death is for teens in the USA?  Car accidents.  Why do teens tend to have so many fatal car accidents?  This video has some of the answers-

Parents have a huge responsibility when it comes to their teens getting behind the wheel, responsibility, and fear.

Never fear!  We know of an outstanding defensive driving course, we offer affordable first-time driver insurance coverage,  and there are THE RULES

Making sure that your teenager has affordable, quality car insurance is just one of the things that we do really well, and we know all of the tips and tricks to “insure” that you have the coverage you need.  If you have questions about insuring your teen driver, give Hudson Valley Agents a call, 845-778-2141.  #teendriversafety  #insurelocal  #HudsonValleyInsurance

Top 4 Homeowners Insurance Claims In The Hudson Valley

The leaves are turning and the nights are getting chilly, welcome to fall in the Hudson Valley!

Preparing for winter is a top priority for Hudson Valley homeowners because our winters can be brutal and no one wants the added annoyance of having to call their insurance agent to start a claim.  Here are the top reasons that homeowners in Kingston and Poughkeepsie make claims on their homeowners’ insurance during the winter months-

1- Exterior Wind Damage.  If a tree falls on your home or car due to high winds, 9 times out of 10 your insurance will cover the removal.  If a tree falls across your driveway or just on your lawn, regular insurance WILL NOT cover removal, an additional endorsement can be purchased to cover this.

2- Plumbing or appliance water damage.  This one is not as clear-cut as you might think.  Your homeowner’s insurance will cover the water damage done to your home if your pipes burst or your dishwasher decides to flood your kitchen, what it will not cover is the repair of the pipes or dishwasher.  Taking steps to avoid frozen pipes is the homeowner’s responsibility, not the insurance company’s.

3- Hail damage.  Covered by homeowners insurance.

4- Ice and snow damage.  You are responsible for maintaining your roof and gutters by keeping them in good repair and clear of debris.  If the damage to your home is due to the weight of snow and ice, you’re covered.  If the damage to your home is due to an ice dam because you haven’t cleaned your gutters in 5 years, then your claim will be denied.

Insurance is a legally binding contract between the homeowner and the insurance company.  If you are unsure of what your current policy covers and what it doesn’t, give Hudson Valley Agents a call.  We want every Hudson Valley homeowner, from Westchester to Albany, to have the best coverage the insurance industry has to offer and at affordable prices.  #insurelocal  #HudsonValleyInsurance

Are you overdue for an insurance coverage review?

 

Hey Hudson Valley!  Our own Philip Bender-Tymon is ready, willing, and able to share you with all of his insurance knowledge.

Are you overdue for an insurance coverage review?

One of the things I encourage my clients to do – and friends and family for that matter – is to conduct a regular insurance review to make sure they’ve got the right coverages.

All too often, people ‘let it ride’ on their insurance policies only to find out that they are under-insured, improperly insured, and/or paying too much.

Here are some things I suggest:

Personal Insurance

• Make sure you carry personal liability as part of your homeowner policy. This protects you and your family for any at-fault injuries or damage they may cause to others ON or OFF your property.
• Consider adding a personal umbrella. That provides an extra layer of personal liability coverage to both your homeowners AND your automobile coverages. And it’s very affordable.
• Make sure you have sewer and drain backup coverage. One incident is all it takes to make you realize how important it can be.
• Tree and debris removal. As recent storms have shown, many people are not aware that some carriers provide endorsements that help homeowners clear their property after a storm. Without it, most basic homeowner policies do not cover those expenses.
• Has your automobile situation changed? Did you retire and stop commuting to work? Did you pay off your car loan? Did you take a defensive driving course? Each one of these, among others, is an opportunity to save money off your car insurance premium.

Business Insurance

• Has your employee count changed? If so, review your workers compensation and disability coverages to see if you need to change it up before you get an audit surprise. Ask your agent about ‘real-time’ workers comp programs that change with you throughout the year.
• Have you added business personal property (equipment, furniture, technology, retail stock, etc.) since you last renewed? If your answer is yes, have your agent update your policy ASAP. A small premium increase is well worth avoiding a loss that is not fully covered.
• Do you operate off-site events or ‘pop-ups’? Make sure your business policy covers them or consider ‘day of’ policies that provide 24 hours of coverage.
• If you perform credit card transactions electronically; store sensitive customer information on computers, phones or tablets; or keep recorded customer information on-site – you need Cyber Liability coverage. One data breach can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and can drive small business owners out of business in a matter of months.

Spending just one-half hour spent with your independent insurance agent or broker once a year can save you money, time, and heartbreak.

Let us help you – that’s what we’re here for!

Hudson Valley Agents has been helping people ensure that their homes, cars, and businesses are properly and affordably insured for 28 years.   We work with many New York state-based insurance companies (some of which are really local- Kingston and Montgomery type close.) and with larger companies such as Progressive and Safeco (part of the Liberty Mutual family).  Find out what an independent insurance agent can do for you- call, click, or stop by!

#insurelocal  #hudsonvalleyinsurance  #homeownersinsurance  #carinsurance  #businessownerinsurance

Insuring the Hudson Valley’s Distilleries

The Hudson Valley NY region is arguably the best place on earth, producing craft spirits from small-batch distilleries to microbreweries, cideries, and vineyards. Because of the farm to table atmosphere here and so much fresh produce and food accessible in the area including the Catskill Mountain range bordering the west side of the valley, it’s normal that wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries are incredibly dominant here as well. There’s no better way to complement the exceptional food found here than matching it to a fine bourbon, wine, cider, or craft beer produced right here in the region. In fact, the Hudson Valley is known for being the oldest wine region in the United States.

Insuring the regions precious commodities such as these may, however, require a little finesse. You can’t just go to any insurance company and say “insure my craft spirit facility please.” If you do, you may be in for many surprises. Such as incomplete or improper coverage if the company or agent is not entirely familiar with your type of risk, or you could also end up paying too much as well if our business is not appropriately rated.

If your policy doesn’t have extra non-standard benefits like Water processing, Contamination, and adulteration, Product withdrawal expenses, or Special processing equipment coverage just to name a few, then you may have already started out on the wrong foot. You should also know what is not covered under these types of policies. For example, many of the vineyards hit by the celebrated Napa Valley fires that destroyed much of the California wine industry were finding out after the fact that while their inventory and property may have been appropriately covered, their crops were not in many cases. This resulted in major expenses they were unaware of when restarting their operations.

In summary, insuring a craft distillery is similar to insuring a farm in the sense that there are quite a few coverages that do not apply to ordinary insurance policies and quite a bit of finesse required to build the proper policy.

David and Philip are the people to speak to when you’re talking about insurance coverage for your distillery, your tasting room, and your off-site events.  Hudson Valley Agents, problem-solving insurance agents on a mission to offer affordable, comprehensive insurance to every Hudson Valley business.

#insurelocal  #distilleryinsurance  #wineryinsurance  #breweryinsurance

Pet fire safety day (could Fluffy cause an insurance claim?)

The ASPCA estimates that 3.2 million dogs and cats are adopted from shelters every year. That’s a lot of critters! Unfortunately, these furry friends can sometimes be the cause of catastrophe (no pun intended) and sometimes that catastrophe is a house fire.

This is Smegs,

If our boss’s home ever burns down this furball will probably be the reason. You see, Smegs likes to knock lit candles off of whatever surface they are sitting upon. He does not limit himself to candles either. Sit down with a cup of coffee to watch the news on a Sunday morning and he will find a way to dump it on the ground, preferably into a wall first where it will inevitably drip down into the wall socket. Smegs is 14 years old, has no teeth, and no front claws. He is destruction in a catsuit and the reason David has only led candles and travel mugs.

This is Miss Molly.

Miss Molly used to have a bad habit of counter surfing. In her younger days, she had an addiction to scrambled eggs, not the eggs themselves, just the pan the eggs were cooked in. If you did not remove the frying pan from the stove immediately after making yourself breakfast, she would find a way to knock it off of the stovetop and has managed to turn the burner on more than once. Miss Molly is the reason David’s stove has baby locks on the burner knobs.

Meet Eddie & Patsy (aka Mischief and Mayhem)

Eddie and Patsy are proud to call Philip Dad, and he’s just as happy to claim these furry beasts as his own.  They have earned their nicknames of Mischief and Mayhem.   When they barrel through the house, chasing each other at breakneck speeds,  neither man, nor beast, nor china cabinet are safe.  They do not have a history of fire starting though, which makes them very good dogs indeed.

Our dogs and cats are family members, and protecting them from themselves isn’t always easy. Making sure that they make it out of the house if there is ever a fire won’t be easy either, but there are things that you can do to help ensure their safety:

  • Keep a collar on your pets at all times.
  • Hang leashes next to the front door.
  • Pet Alert Safety stickers can be purchased at almost every pet store in our area. Put them on your doors and windows to ensure that firemen know that your pets are inside.
  • Pet-proof your home. Keep electrical cables where pets can’t chew on them, remove your stove knobs or put protectors on them, and switch to led candles.

We love pets. This is not a statement you usually hear from an insurance agency. Insurance companies are notorious for declining coverage to homes with dog breeds that are on their “no” list. We believe that every dog deserves a home and will do all that we can to find coverage for our clients with dogs. Homeowners insurance can be customized to fit you and your furry family members, contact us for further information.

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#Petfiresafetyday