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The Murphy Insurance Blog

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News, updates and useful tips about insurance products and the insurance industry. We also provide insights on community events, local news and information that affect your everyday life. Enjoy!

home based business

Whether you’re running a part-time, seasonal or full-time business from your home, you’ll want to carefully consider your risks and insurance needs. Starting a business—even at home—can be a challenging venture, and having the right insurance can provide a financial safety net and peace of mind.

Cyber Crime Risk

Cyber security and the risk of a data breach are greater than ever. Yet, many businesses have fully considered the increased cyber security risk. With more employees working from home and other changes to business operations the risk has increased and requires more steps for prevention and protection.

checkup review

It's worth talking to your insurance representative periodically to review your coverage even if you don't have a specific issue to take care of. Changes in your life can impact your needs and you may not realize it, and insurance companies often come out with new coverage options that you should consider.

workers' compensation

Workers’ compensation insurance protects employees from financial hardship after they suffer injury or illness on the job. It pays for direct medical expenses and wage replacement while the employee is unable to work due to the injury...

decisions

Sometimes decisions you make can impact the pricing and availability of insurance. If you’re contemplating any of these decisions, be sure to speak to your insurance agent first to discuss how these issues can impact your insurance coverage and premium.

diamond ring insure

Insuring jewelry is different from your other personal possessions. Standard home, renter and condo policies generally have a $1,000 specific limit in the event of theft. You may be able to increase that amount to $3,000 with some companies; however, for an expensive piece such as an engagement ring, you probably would have a coverage gap. Find out how you can protect the full value of your high value jewelry and get better coverage for situations such as losing the ring or a stone falling out.

renters/apartment insurance

According to a survey by Apartments.com, 58% of renters don’t purchase tenants insurance...often because they didn’t know that it existed or thought it was expensive...

garaging location

The location where your vehicle is primarily parked overnight is termed the garaging location. If the garaging location changes, your auto insurance policy states that you are required to notify the insurance company immediately. There is no grace period for notification; therefore, it's a good idea to let your agent know in advance when a garaging change will occur. Failing to notify the company of a garaging change can result in an auto insurance claim being denied.

Space heater

Space heaters are a convenient way to add warmth in areas that may lack central heating or need an augmented heat source during colder months, but safety should always be a top priority to avoid potential fires. Follow these crucial tips to prevent space heater fires and create a secure and cozy environment.

frozen pipes

If temperatures are extremely cold and you turn on your tap to find a trickle or nothing instead of a steady flow, you probably have frozen pipes. Don't wait for them to burst...act quickly. Here's what to do.