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Everyone here at PlatinumOne Insurance Agency endeavors to find ways to keep our clients homeowners insurance as low as possible. We understand how important having the right kind of homeowner’s insurance is.  We also understand that you want your claims covered and you want outstanding customer service. Unlike some faceless internet company, we will always work more than “7 minutes” to find you the best possible combination of price, coverage and service for your home insurance needs.  Here are a few things you can do right now to lower your homeowner’s premiums.

Ways to Lower Your Home Insurance Premiums

  • Consider increasing your deductibles.
  • Assess the value of the possessions in your home. Do you have too much coverage?
  • Pay your premiums in full.  Some carriers offer a discount for this.
  • Are you over the age of 65? There are senior discounts available.
  • Most insurers offer discounts for alarms, sprinklers and deadbolt locks.
  • Combine home and auto together. Many insurers offer discounts for consolidating policies.
  • Use an independent agent like us to shop your insurance on a regular basis. We will search the market and find the best options.
  • Many insurance companies reward homeowners with discounts ranging from long-term customer loyalty rewards to having claim-free histories with the company.
  • Upgrade basic house systems such as electrical, heating, plumbing and roofing.

We use many reputable companies including: Progressive, Allied, Travelers, the Hartford and more.

We are a full service insurance agency representing individuals, families and businesses in the Kansas City area. We are licensed professionals who are not limited to placing your insurance with just one carrier. We have the flexibility to choose the insurance company that best serves your individual needs. Having choices is our advantage and it benefits our customers.

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With all the changes happening in our Country now is the best time to have us complete a review of your insurance. You may be paying too much or you need other kinds of insurance.

These can impact your business insurance and personal insurance programs. The entire thing reminded us of some insurance madness. We thought we would share with you our “insurance madness final four.”

Insurance Madness Final Four

  1. Always use an independent agent. Independent agents will search the market for the best possible insurance designed for your family or business.  Independents agent do not work for an insurance company, they represent you and look out after your interests first.
  2. Never buy insurance online. When you buy insurance online you never know if you are getting the best combination of coverage, price, and service.  However, you do find out when you have an uninsured claim.
  3. Always consider deductible options.  A simple way to save money is to consider increasing your deductible on your auto insurance, home insurance, or even your business insurance.
  4. Many people don’t consider these coverage’s but they should
    1. Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the United States.  Every homeowner should consider identity theft coverage.
    1. A personal umbrella can offer additional protection for those who own a home or have personal assets worth protecting.
    1. Your business might be at risk if you do not have cyber liability or employment practices liability.

All these coverage’s are easy to add to your business insurance program.

Do you need a homeowner’s insurance quote?  Talk to us today about keeping your home and family protected. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Brad Runnebaum and Jeff Hartman established PlatinumOne Insurance Agency in 2008. We are a full service insurance agency representing individuals, families and businesses in the Kansas City area. We are licensed professionals who are not limited to placing your insurance with just one carrier. We have the flexibility to choose the insurance company that best serves your individual needs. Having choices is our advantage and it benefits our customers.

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Recently we have seen streets filled with vehicles damaged form rioters.  Damage can be a simple scratch, windshield damage, or even a fire.  The question is, “Are these kinds of losses covered under a standard auto policy?”

It is normal for people to be worried about their cars if they live in an area with active riots.  Insurance coverage that covers acts of vandalism is not part of the auto liability insurance.

According to the industry-backed Insurance Information Institute, this type of damage typically is covered under optional comprehensive insurance plans.  This coverage provides reimbursement for damage to the vehicle and its contents caused by fire, falling objects, vandalism or rioting.  Approximately two-thirds of policyholders have this coverage.  However, each policy is different so the actual coverage will depend on your individual auto policy terms and conditions.

A Few Things to Remember

  • If the damage is covered it will be subject to your policy deductible.
  • You should report the claim as soon as possible, especially if someone was injured.
  • Windshield or glass claims are often covered on a first-dollar basis with no deductible.  However, they can also contribute to increased rates.
  • Collision coverage may apply if the vehicle was moving during the time of the damage.

We are always searching for ways to help our clients save money on their auto insurance. Saving money on auto insurance is a relatively quick way to lower the cost of operating your car, and can be accomplished with a quick phone call to PlatinumOne Insurance. There are many ways to lower your insurance costs without eliminating needed coverage. Here are a few ideas to consider:

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The recent riots in most major cities has prompted us to provide some much needed information regarding commercial insurance and how it interacts with riots and unrest.

Generally speaking, damage to your building and other property due to a riot is a covered peril.  This would include fire, theft, and vandalism.  If you were forced to close your business by civil authority but had no building damage, you may be able to collect for lost revenue, depending on how your policy is written.  Remember, each policy is unique, so call our office for a review.

Property damage caused by rioting, civil commotion, and vandalism are covered under most standard commercial insurance policies.

Glass is usually part of covered property and built into base coverage, as long as it is part of a building or structure (i.e., store windows and plate glass on office fronts).  However, there may be a separate glass deductible.  In some cases, you may need to have a special glass endorsement for coverage to apply.

Businesses that are forced to shut down operations or limit hours due to rioting, vandalism, or civil commotion, and have coverage for the loss of income under business income insurance (also known as business interruption) should be covered.

What If the Fire Department Refuses to Put out the Fire?

Insurance companies generally will not deny a claim because the fire department pulled back for safety reasons.  If civil authorities limit or restrict access to a burning building, your insurance will not be jeopardized.

Final Thought

Each policy is unique and all losses are subject to your actual policy terms and conditions. Give our office a call to review your coverage. We are here to help you manage your risk.

We are always searching for ways to help our clients save money on their auto insurance. Saving money on auto insurance is a relatively quick way to lower the cost of operating your car, and can be accomplished with a quick phone call to PlatinumOne Insurance. There are many ways to lower your insurance costs without eliminating needed coverage. Here are a few ideas to consider:

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Home and Auto Insurance Update

Let’s face it, you buy home and auto insurance to protect you when and or if an accident happens. And when you have an accident, you want your personal insurance to respond.  If it has been a while since you updated your personal insurance coverage, you may want to call us today.

When to Call Your Agent

  • When you buy or sell a car
  • If you started a home based business
  • If you are thinking about putting in a pool
  • When you purchased any high end jewelry, guns or other items
  • If your home replacement value has gone up
  • Did you get a company car?
  • If you have remolded any part of your home
  • When you install a security system in your home
  • If you get married or divorced
  • If your commute distance has changed
  • When your children go away to college

Having the right auto coverage is not as easy as it sounds, and choosing the wrong coverages and limits could lead to financial disaster.  Our team is prepared to help you find the right combination of coverage, price and service.

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Do you need insurance for your boat, RV, motorcycle, or ATV?

Regardless of whether you are relaxing on your boat at the lake, traveling through the Rocky Mountains, camping with friends and family, or enjoying the open road on the bike of your dreams; you need to take the proper steps to protect what you have worked so hard to enjoy.

All these activities need personal insurance to protect you against damage and other claims. Generally, we have found that we can get better coverage and pricing when we use our specialty carriers.  For example, watercraft insurance has pollution coverage for fuel spills, coverage for injured water-skiers, and on-water towing coverage that homeowner’s insurance won’t provide.

RV Insurance

RV insurance rates differ from company to company, so it really pays to have us shop your insurance. Some markets offer better rates for trucks, RV’s, and campers, while others can offer better rates for motorcycles. To properly insure your RV, you may need liability, collision, comprehensive, uninsured motorist, medical payment, and towing coverage.

Motorcycle Insurance

All motorcycles on the road are required by law to have motorcycle insurance. Motorcycle insurance protects a motorcycle and its owner in the event of a loss. You may need to consider special coverage.  Custom parts and equipment (ACPE)/Accessory coverage can be purchased for motorcycles less than 25 years old. You may spend thousands of dollars customizing your bike and that is why you need custom motorcycle insurance.

Boat/Watercraft Insurance

Your boat will need boat insurance for liability and damage to the hull and personal property. Boat insurance can include physical damage coverage, medical payments, liability, and trailer coverage.

ATV Insurance

ATV insurance is similar to motorcycle insurance. We can combine motorcycle coverage and ATV insurance into one policy for multi-vehicle discounts. We offer additional ATV coverage for damage to custom equipment that you’ve added to your ATV.

Why Work With Our Insurance Agency?

  • We know and understand your risks
  • We are a full service independent insurance agency
  • Our goal is to provide the best possible combination, of coverage, price and service
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Many employers are now having their employees work from their homes.  The good news is that it seems to be working.  Employers are finding that their employees can get to work and be effective working remotely.  We think that this trend will continue.  Employers are rethinking the “traditional office,” and how employees relate to their clients and co-workers.

“A typical employer can save about $11,000 a year for every person who works remotely half of the time.”  — Kate Lister, president of global workplace analytics

New Risks Ahead

With Remote Workers, There Is an Increase in Risk For:

  • Storing client information
  • Selling and documentation
  • Using unsecured networks
  • Lack of cyber security

Employers will need to evaluate these risks and develop procedures to help employees mitigate risks in the long term.  There are ways to reduce these risks through developing policies and procedures.  Cyber insurance can also offer risk transfer that will provide added protection for employers.

Helping Employees Manage Their Remote Work Experience

As the new normal continues, it will be important for employees to self-manage their work experience.  Here are a few tips.

Remote Workers Need to Be Aware of These Challenges:

  • Lack of a work routine
  • Tendency to over-work
  • Lack of human interaction
  • Prioritizing a work project
  • Interruptions from family, pets, phone calls, and the doorbell

How to Make Working Remotely Work for You:

  • Confine your workspace to a specific area in your home.
  • Set up your workspace like your office.
  • Set a schedule and create a routine.
  • When in doubt, go with over-communication; update your supervisor frequently on everything you are doing, and whether your schedule and deliverables are changing in any way.
  • After work, stay off electronic devices for some time to transition to “home time.”
  • Take regular breaks.

Get dressed every day.  Taking the time to get dressed and perform your usual self-care routine can prove a big psychological booste

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Insurance for college students should be part of your planning. Over 1.8 million students will graduate from college in 2020. Kansas City is no different; there will be thousands of our students heading off to college in the next 30-45 days. It is important to understand how a child moving off to college may impact your insurance needs. If you have a college student, it will be important for you to review this, and talk to PlatinumOne Insurance Agency about any changes you may need to make to your insurance program.

For the most part, college students, even while living away from home, are still considered under the authority of their parents; unless they are actually living at a separate permanent address.  The good news is, you don’t have to change much as long as your child is “living under your roof” while at college.

  • Personal property – Items like clothes and computers should be covered under your homeowner’s policy depending on the value.  Check with our office for any limitations.
  • Personal Liability – This coverage is provided anywhere the student goes, unless it is outside of the US, and then the policy may have some limited coverage.
  • Auto – If your child is living in a different city or state and has a vehicle, contact us. We will need to notify the insurer of that city or state. You may actually be able to get a lower rate depending on the location. If you have purchased a vehicle for child, call us to add to your policy.
  • Health – Children can remain on your health policy until the age of 26.

Once your child graduates and moves out of your home, you and your child will need to make different decisions. Call PlatinumOne Insurance Agency, we can provide insurance options for you today. Contact us today for a review.

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As our country continues to manage through the COVID-19 crises, we thought it might be useful to take some time to remind you of the importance of your personal insurance during this time. The coronavirus pandemic won’t affect your auto or homeowner’s insurance too much, but there are a few coverages that could be impacted because of the temporary lifestyle change.

  • Do not cancel your auto insurance just because you are temporarily not driving.  Auto insurance is required by law.  If you are looking for ways to save money on your auto insurance, give us a call.
  • If you are working remotely via computer, there should be no issues with your homeowners or renter’s insurance.  However, this is true as long as there are no customers coming to your home.  If you are running a business from your home, you will need business insurance.  We are happy to help you with this. 
  • If you have a claim, we are open, as are the insurers.  Give us a call, and we will be ready to help you. Your policy has toll-free claim numbers to help you get the process going.
  • Many insurance companies are offering relaxed payment terms. We suggest you contact them directly if you feel you may miss a payment. Of course, you can always contact our office to assist you.
  • Be aware of credit card and cyber scams. Unfortunately, criminals have ramped up their efforts during this crisis.  The fraud ranges from false claims of cures and treatments for the coronavirus to fake charities attempting to soliciting money to help those suffering.
  • As we all have so much time at home, now is a good time to complete a home inventory of your personal property.  Creating and updating an inventory of your personal possessions is one of the best ways to make the most of your homeowners or renters insurance, and it makes filing a claim easier and more efficient.  If your home is damaged or totally lost due to a fire or other event, having a home inventory will help you recover all your personal property with the least amount of time and stress.
  • Life insurance should not be affected because of COVID-19.  If you already have life insurance, you are covered, and a company cannot make changes to a policy that is already active.  If you do not currently have coverage, however, your application may be affected.  Keep in mind that each life insurance company is handling the pandemic differently. It is important to have us shop your life insurance to make sure the company you choose meets your needs.

We are always searching for ways to help our clients save money on their auto insurance. Saving money on auto insurance is a relatively quick way to lower the cost of operating your car, and can be accomplished with a quick phone call to PlatinumOne Insurance. There are many ways to lower your insurance costs without eliminating needed coverage. Here are a few ideas to consider:

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Included in most homeowners, condo-owners, and renters insurance policies is coverage for the contents of your home.  However, do you know how much coverage you would need if you had to replace everything in your house?  Would you know what you had in each room of your home in the event of a claim?  Would you be able to remember every item you have accumulated over the years if they were all gone?  Recent survey results show 65 percent of homeowners have not made a list or inventory of their possessions. 

Creating and updating an inventory of your personal possessions is one of the best ways to make the most of your homeowners or renters insurance, and it makes filing a claim easier and more efficient.  If your home is damaged or totally lost due to a fire or other event, having a home inventory will help you recover all your personal property with the least amount of time and stress.

Creating a personal home inventory helps in calculating how much your personal property is worth.  Knowing this ensures that you have an accurate value to insure.  If you have too little coverage, you would not have enough funds to replace lost property, and if you have too much coverage, you are paying higher premiums than you need to pay.

How to Create a Home Inventory

Creating a home inventory is actually simple these days thanks to technology.  Here are a few tips.

  • Create a digital record of every room. While you are videoing, describe each item and identify a replacement cost.
  • It may be useful to categorize clothing. For example, 10 pairs of men’s pants, 12 tee-shirts, 6 pairs of Nike shoes, etc.
  • Make sure you focus on high end items like jewelry, guns, computers and art work.
  • If you have expensive art or other items, it would be good to have it appraised.
  • Update the inventory from time to time.
  • Keep the inventory in a safe or at a secondary location. It can even be stored in the cloud.

We are always searching for ways to help our clients save money on their auto insurance. Saving money on auto insurance is a relatively quick way to lower the cost of operating your car, and can be accomplished with a quick phone call to PlatinumOne Insurance. There are many ways to lower your insurance costs without eliminating needed coverage. Here are a few ideas to consider:

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