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Named Perils vs. Open Perils Policies for Your Home Insurance. What’s the Difference?

There are many coverage options to select from when shopping for your homeowner’s insurance. You need to decide on your level of coverage, whether you want a larger monthly payment and smaller deductible or vice versa. You also can decide to add flood or earthquake coverages if you live in an area prone to these events. Your standard homeowner policy is called an open perils policy and includes many types of events.  But did you know that you can choose to have a “named perils” policy also known as a Broad Form insurance policy?

So, how exactly is Named Perils and Open Perils different when related to your homeowner’s insurance policy in Nevada:

  • A peril is an event that results in the loss of property, structure or damage to the structure.
  • Named Perils refers to specific events that you would like covered until your policy. Named peril policies are your traditional home insurance policies. Recently, HO5 policies have come around and they are Open Peril meaning they cover more losses your standard home insurance policy may not cover.
  • A Named Perils policy may save you money, but that is because you’re carrying more risk. Not every situation regarding a loss will be covered. Personal effects are covered under a named perils policy for the type of loss you’re getting coverage for such as wind and hail; however you may still need to have additional coverage scheduled for pieces like heirlooms, art, jewelry and other losses that may occur.
  • Both types of policies may elect to cover events like wildfires or tornado damage, but earthquake and flood insurance will need to be purchased separately.
  • Open Perils policies will clearly list what is excluded, while a Named Perils will clearly list what is included.
  • Open Perils will typically include most of the Name Perils options.

To give an example of how these two differing policies work, let’s use the following example. Sarah came home from work to notice that her necklace had broken and fallen off of her and was now lost. Because her loss was not related to a specific loss of wind, fire or damage to the house, this loss would not be covered under a named perils policy. If Sarah had an Open Perils policy that included the loss of valuable items, her loss would be covered (up to the policy limits for jewelry in the case). It is always important to note the policy limits of an Open Perils policy for jewelry, furs, art or other high-value items.

Homeowner’s insurance can be confusing, but your local, independent agents at Heuer Insurance Agency are here to help.

Heuer Insurance Agency in Sparks has worked with a variety of clients in the Reno area over the years and we are confident in our ability to meet your personal or business insurance needs. We understand how important an insurance policy can be and we take time to match each of our clients with the perfect insurance policy. Whether you are looking for auto insurancerenters insurancehomeowners insurance, or life insurance we can help you. Not only can we provide you with each of these personal insurance policies, but we can also help you find a general liability policy, workers compensation policy or commercial building insurance policy. Give us a call at 775-358-5554 or visit us.

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Using Your Personal Vehicle for Business Use? Read this first.

Do you use your personal vehicle to deliver papers, pizzas, sandwiches, flowers or other deliverables in exchange for money? Do you, from time to time, help your son or daughter with delivering their newspaper route? If you answered yes to this question, you may need a commercial auto insurance policy for your vehicle.

We all use our vehicles to get us from point A to point B; usually on personal errands, road trips or commuting to work. If you happen to use your vehicle for business use, like a paper route or pizza delivery or sandwich delivery, your personal auto insurance policy may not protect you in an accident.

If your business provides a vehicle for you, most likely that vehicle is covered under their policy, but be sure to ask your fleet department about what and how much is covered. If it is required that you use your personal vehicle, your personal auto insurance policy may not be sufficient. Your personal auto insurance policy only covers your vehicle for personal use. If you use your vehicle to deliver goods in exchange for money, a commercial auto insurance policy in Reno, NV may be necessary.

Commercial auto insurance in Nevada:

  • Who needs it: Any vehicle that is used for commercial or business purposes may be required to have a business use policy. If your vehicle is used for both personal and commercial purposes, you may be able to get away with a business use endorsement on a personal vehicle policy. Talk to your agent about this option.
  • Why do you need another policy: You can get higher limits from your policy, giving yourself and the business extra protection from accidents.
  • What is covered: A commercial auto insurance policy covers many of the same claims that arise as a personal auto insurance policy, however limits and coverage options may vary between carriers.
  • But who is really going to know? You’d be surprised. Insurance companies are keen on claims and while their job is to pay claims, they could deny your claim if they find out you were driving it while using it for business. Play it safe and talk to an agent about your options.

So whether you are a traveling sales rep or out delivering packages, flowers, papers, or sandwiches talk your agent about your personal and commercial auto insurance needs. Their years of experience can save you bundle.

Heuer Insurance Agency in Sparks has worked with a variety of clients in the Reno area over the years and we are confident in our ability to meet your personal or business insurance needs. We understand how important an insurance policy can be and we take time to match each of our clients with the perfect insurance policy. Whether you are looking for auto insurancerenters insurancehomeowners insurance, or life insurance we can help you. Not only can we provide you with each of these personal insurance policies, but we can also help you find a general liability policy, workers compensation policy or commercial building insurance policy. Give us a call at 775-358-5554 or visit us.

Look before you back up!

This month we will be talking a little more about claims, but this time, we are going to talk about car insurance claims. I regularly attend social events and other networking events and am commonly asked; what is the most common type of claim you see? I thought about it for awhile, and if it isn’t the dreaded water losses we have been discussing the last few months, it has to be the seemingly endless amount of BACKING UP claims! We are so fortunate that in today’s day and age most new vehicles come with back up cameras, because making cars for 100 years WITHOUT back up cameras, has led to thousands of parking lot accidents. These are one of the easiest claims to prevent, yet, I bet we see at least 5 of these per week and that’s just at Heuer Insurance! PLEASE, as the old saying goes, look left, right and left again…. maybe even twice. Another reminder, always check your rear view mirror too! Let’s all do what we can to stop these accidents; it will save us all in the end. All good words of advice from a grateful bunch of Insurance Agents!

So… what else is Heuer Insurance Agency doing? Gina and Adam recently staffed a beer booth at the Reno Rodeo doing their part to give back.

Tips for Charity

As we often mention, we are supporters of many not-for-profits, specifically Rotary, and this was another fundraiser where all tips went towards the Achievement Beyond Obstacles Scholarship Program. The offer is always out there, if you too would like to get involved and give back to your community please let us know, we are always looking for help. Or, if you support a cause and are looking for some support let us know that too… we may be interested in helping!
Last but certainly not least, congratulations to Ashleigh Martinez on winning our July referral contest!! Ashleigh hasn’t yet come to pick up her gift card but when she does we will be sure to post her picture.
Thanks for reading and above all, thanks for your business.