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The Murphy Insurance Blog

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!

mulch fire prevention

Property owners, who use mulch in their landscaping, need to be aware of the Massachusetts Mulch Fire-Safety laws. These apply to commercial and residential properties with six or more units, but it's good information for every property owner to follow to prevent fire.

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.

sewer backup coverage

Sewer backup loss exposures are a common coverage gap under a homeowners policy. However, this exposure can typically be covered by the addition of a "Water Back-up and Sump Overflow" endorsement to your policy. In addition to procuring the proper insurance coverage, homeowners should adopt several risk control techniques concerning this loss exposure.

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.

protect loved ones life insurance

A permanent life policy provides lifelong insurance protection. The policy pays a death benefit if you die tomorrow or if you live to be a hundred. You can lock in premiums when you purchase the policy. By purchasing a permanent policy, the premium will not increase as you age or if your health status changes. There is also a savings element that will grow on a tax-deferred basis and may become substantial over time.

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...

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...

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.

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.