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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!

flood insurance

If you are selling or buying a home, be aware of changes the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and flood insurance rates that began on April 1, 2015. The changes to rate structures have significant impacts to property owners/buyers especially those with properties currently in a flood zone or properties newly mapped into a Special Flood Hazard Area with the redrawing of flood maps.

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.

motorcycle insurance

If your motorcycle has been off the road for a while, It’s exciting to get back out there, but before you do, be sure that you also do a check up on your motorcycle insurance in addition to the motorcycle itself. Being properly protected will make your summer fun all the more enjoyable.

Uninsured driver accidents

Have you ever said to yourself, "If someone else hits me then their insurance will pay." But, what if they don't have insurance or what if they have really low limits that doesn't cover the damage/injury they cause...

disaster planning questions

Forty percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster and another 25 percent fail within one year. But by taking action in advance to prepare, businesses can increase their chance of getting back on their feet financially and keeping their doors open.

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.

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...

diamond ring

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.

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.

caution: Insurance Pitfalls

When making decisions about your insurance, it can be a balancing act deciding how much coverage to buy. When a claim occurs, few people would regret having spent a little more for the extra coverage that prevents a large out of pocket expenditure. Avoiding these common insurance mistakes will help ensure you have solid protection.