Personal Insurance

Personal insurance has long been a specialty of ours. We pride ourselves on our exceptional customer service, quick response time and customized evaluation of your personal insurance needs.

Allow our in-house experts to handle all of your personal insurance needs, from simple coverage change requests to an in-depth exploration of your evolving insurance needs.

Our client service agents are especially trained and committed to ensuring that your questions and concerns are handled to your complete satisfaction.

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Homeowner’s / Renter’s Insurance

If you have tangible assets, you need the protection of a homeowner’s policy. These policies cover you in a home or an apartment, whether you are an owner or a renter. A well-written homeowners policy will pay to replace any of your personal property that is destroyed in a fire or other disaster. The policy will also be your first line of defense against a lawsuit from someone injured at your home.

The cost of this coverage is determined by many rating factors. The quality of the coverage, however, is determined by the quality of the insurer and whether the policy is written on a named-perils or all-risk basis. A named-perils policy covers only those losses specifically cited in the contract. The all-risk policy works the opposite way — unless a peril is specifically excluded, coverage is provided. The all-risk policy is broader and the burden of proof is on the carrier, not you, in the event of a loss.

Auto

This coverage has two parts. The first is the liability section of the policy. It covers your financial responsibility for injuring others and some coverage is required by most states.  The second part covers the car itself: comprehensive coverage reimburses losses from fire, theft or other perils; collision coverage pays to repair losses caused by an accident. Often this coverage is mandated by leasing companies or banks. There are also ancillary medical, car rental and other coverages which vary by state.

Utilizing high deductibles on the physical damage coverages can help reduce premiums. If you carry umbrella insurance, you must be sure that you carry the required amount of basic liability insurance to avoid a gap in coverage for a serious accident.

Condominium

Condominium insurance provides coverage for your unit where your condominium association insurance stops. Your association typically insures the building and other common areas. You are responsible for the interior of your unit. Typically you need personal property and liability coverage in addition to coverage for your floors, walls, cabinets and fixtures that your association’s insurance probably will not cover.

Every association’s insurance policy is different regarding what each unit owner is responsible for, so it is important to review your association policy and condominium by-laws carefully.

Umbrella Policies

You don’t have to be a millionaire to be sued like one. Million-dollar judgments against individuals for negligence are still relatively rare. However, receiving a lawsuit with a million-dollar demand is more common. If you receive such a court summons and you have only $100,000 of coverage, you may lose a lot of sleep.

Umbrella policies offer inexpensive “peace of mind” for most types of negligence claims. This policy supplements your basic automobile or homeowner’s liability with an extra million-dollar layer of protection.

Flood

Did you know that your homeowner’s insurance does not cover flood damage? Insurance against flood must be obtained separately. A flood insurance policy also reimburses you for the work that you and other family members undertook to sandbag your homes, move furniture and remove debris.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) maps are important when it comes to flood insurance because if they show that your home sits in a 100-year flood plain, you must buy federal flood insurance in order to get a mortgage. If you live outside a high-risk zone, or if you no longer have a mortgage, flood insurance is optional.

Earthquake

Coverage for earthquake is not automatic, but may be purchased as an “add-on” to your homeowner’s or business property policy. The cost for earthquake insurance depends on the location, amount of coverage, construction, and deductible.

The deductible for earthquake claims is separate from any other policy deductible and is usually a percentage of the loss rather than a flat dollar amount.

Boat and Marine

Boat insurance is available for small boats, yachts, high performance powerboats, live-aboard houseboats, catamarans and pontoons. This insurance will cover intended use including personal recreation, commercial, or charter vessels.

Boat policies can cover damage to your boat, motor, trailer, and personal effects in the boat. Available coverage includes liability, medical payments, injury to a water skier and damage to the boat itself, sometimes called hull coverage. Availability varies by state and by insurance company. Even though boat insurance premiums are low, shopping your rate can sometimes save a substantial amount.

Personal Watercraft

Personal watercraft, such as jet skis and wave runners, are often our customer’s first step into the boating world. Personal watercraft are extremely invigorating and fun for water lovers of all ages; however, they are not toys. Whether you are a first-time boater or an experienced captain, it is important that you have proper coverage for these vessels. George Petersen Insurance Agency has policies that are geared specifically for your personal watercraft.

Investment / Rental Property

If you own an investment property, you should make sure that you carry adequate insurance coverage. Accidents may occur and ultimately cause damage to your investment property. If you do not have the necessary insurance, you will be responsible for the full financial cost.

Owning an investment property brings with it a large degree of liability. In addition to the building itself, you may be responsible for injuries received by others while they are on your property. You could also be held responsible for damage to their belongings.

Types of Properties Include:

  • Commercial Property
  • Vacant Property & Land
  • Rental
  • Commercial Investment
  • Residental Investment

Motorcycle

Whether you’re an enthusiast or a first-timer, having fun, being responsible and being safe is what it’s all about. Being responsible includes finding the right insurance for your motorcycle.

Motorcycle insurance is a way of sharing the risks of riding between you and your insurance company. The way it works is simple. You pay a set premium to an insurance company for coverage. In return, the company promises to pay for specific financial losses that might occur during the term of the policy.

Most people rely on motorcycle insurance to protect themselves against loss in case of an accident. In many states, you must carry basic insurance to cover the cost of losses you cause to others in an accident. If the unexpected happens, insurance gives you peace of mind in knowing you are protected. We have a variety of motorcycle policy options to meet your needs.

Mobile Homes

You’ve purchased your dream mobile home and now it’s time to select the appropriate motor home insurance policy to protect your investment. Legally speaking, you are required to have a certain minimum amount of coverage when you have your motor home registered. However, there are many insurance policies to ensure that your motor home obtains maximum coverage and protection. It is important to choose a policy that incorporates the recreational value of your motor home and does not treat it as another automobile.

Travel Insurance

When you travel abroad, one of the most important financial considerations is how to protect you and your family’s health. Without proper coverage, an illness or injury abroad can turn into a financial disaster. Whether you are a corporate traveler, an international student studying abroad or a family on vacation, don’t let your trip be ruined by an accident or unexpected medical emergency. Traditional sources of U.S. private health insurance will not meet your needs. Geographical exclusions and provider limitations common to these policies will restrict or even eliminate the coverage available to you while you are outside the U.S. At the same time, you may not be eligible for participation in the government-sponsored plans in the country where you reside.

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