Handyman Insurance, Covering the Jack of all Trades

How much does Handyman insurance cost?  It may cost more than you think.
How much does handyman insurance cost?

Handyman Services
Insurance costs for Contractors can vary widely. Insurance companies view roofers as a high risk. In fact, most standard carriers will not even write coverage for roofers. Why? Because they are one of the ten riskiest jobs. On the other end of the scale are jobs like grading of land.


The Jack of all Trades
Tinker, Handyman, or Jack of all Trades, regardless of the name you use, the risk is the same. A handyman is an individual that can perform a wide range of jobs. At first blush, it would seem that insurance for a handyman would be considered low risk. That is bad thinking.
Insuring a Handyman poses one major problem for insurance companies. What does a handyman do? Work performed is a primary factor in calculating premiums. We know what Roofers do. They install and repair roofs on homes and commercial buildings. A risky endeavor that warrants a higher insurance premium. Occupations that are less risky warrant lower insurance premiums. Such is the case for lawn care providers.
Handyman insurance premiums are significantly lower than roofers. They should be, the work they perform is not that risky. Or is it?

What do handymen do?  They are knows a Jack of all Trades, so the list can be very long.
Handyman jobs


What does a handyman do?
Minor repair, light domestic work, or mechanical jobs are likely responses. Handyman insurance might cost more than one would think because no one knows what they are going to do. In the insurance industry, uncertainly almost always corresponds to higher premiums.


A Handyman might perform low and straightforward risk functions such as:

  • Changing a light bulb
  • Window cleaning, or
  • Cleaning

But it’s more likely that they are performing higher risk jobs:

  • Carpentry
  • Gutter Cleaning or Repair
  • Window installation

But what happens when the handyperson starts playing jobs that require a license? A handyman can quickly alter their risk profile. By performing the following, then we are no longer dealing with a low-risk contractor:

  • Heat, AC or plumbing installation or repairs
  • Handicapped or Senior Living Modifications
  • Electrical work
  • Home Security Installation or Repair
  • Foundation repair and installation
  • Chimney sweep or Fireplace Repair

Some Jack of all Trades will, regularly, perform high-risk jobs. Can a handyman repair a roof?

What happens if, frequently, they start to replace entire roofs?


Could happen?


NO. IT DOES HAPPEN!

Two of the most famous Jacks of all Trades:  Bob the Builder and friend Hanny Manny
Bob The Builder


Bob the Builder or Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor
Over the years, Hollywood has created several iconic Handymen and women. But it is the contrast between Bob the Builder and Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor that gets my attention. The performance of these two a generation ago are perfect examples. Both portraying handymen, they demonstrate the dilemma that confronts insurance companies.


Looking for someone with a toolbox full of tools that can fix anything? The animated character, Bob the Builder is your man. For an insurance company, Bob is a great risk. His attitude and skills allow him to complete any job. Doing things the right way means that the risk associated with Bob’s work as a handyman is limited. As a result, he should warrant a low insurance premium.


But there is more to this discussion. The term, Jack of all Trades, is synonyms with Handyman. The original phrase was, “A jack of all trades is a master of none, but often better than a master of one.” The expression is intended as a compliment. The original quote placed value on generalist, those with a broad set of skills.

Jack of all Trades and handymen, so praise their broad skills while others worry that because they are generalist they don't have sufficient skills
Jake of all Trades


Over time we have modified the phrase to “a Jack of all Trades, and a Master of none. In these instances, the Jack of all Trades is portrayed as someone skilled in many areas. However, their skill levels are most likely to be inferior. Some of you will remember “Home Improvement,” a 90’s sitcom, starring Tim Allen. Tim portrayed another iconic Handyman; Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor. Every week, Tim Taylor brought humor to American homes. We watched as he managed to once again foul-up another home improvement project.


Risk Management for a Handyman
The agents at TruePoint Insurance work with handymen. Our process provides insight into your business. With this information, we can find the appropriate coverages for your Handyman business. We will work with you to craft insurance coverage that addresses your risks.
Insurance is just one component of risk management. We will also work to help you to better understand all the risks. We could just sell you an insurance policy. But our goal is to protect your business in the most effective way we can.


The option is yours, the number is ours. Call now and get started.


(502) 410-5089

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What Fisherville residents need to know about condo insurance

The real estate market continues to be very strong due to the local economy and new developments opening up all over the place. When you are looking to buy real estate in Fisherville, getting a condo could be a great option. If you do buy a condo, you need to make sure that you have it properly covered by a full condo insurance policy. There are several things that a Fisherville, KY resident needs to know about condo insurance. 

Valuable Coverage 

Most importantly, you need to remember that you get very valuable coverage from condo insurance. This will include coverage in the event your property is damaged or destroyed and will also include liability coverage. In the event of an accident or unfortunate situation, this could prove to be very helpful for you. A home associations policy will not cover your property.

Likely Requirement

Another factor to remember is that you will likely be required to carry the condo insurance policy at all times. If you took out a loan to buy the condo, your lender will likely want you to have condo insurance to make sure that their collateral is protected. Even if you don’t have a mortgage the condo association will likely require that you have coverage. This ensures that you have liability coverage in the event you cause damage to another condo or the common areas.

Your Kentucky condo is a major asset that you need to properly cover by insurance. When you are trying to cover your condo with insurance, you should reach out to TruePoint Insurance in Fisherville, KY to start the process. The insurance professionals at TruePoint Insurance can help you to better assess your individual risks. We will then help you find a condo policy that will properly cover you and your condo. 

Earthquake Insurance, Sinkhole Insurance & More

Do you live in an earthquake zone?  Do you have earthquake insurance?  If you don't know, call TruePoint at (502) 410-5089
US Earthquake Zones

Words and their usage impact our daily lives. As a kid, my mother would on a regular basis reminding me to watch my P’s and Q’s. This was not a suggestion to be on my best behavior. It was a threat that even the slightest slip in my manners would have severe repercussions. What and how we say things have been an issue for generations. But a solid case exists that communication is more important now that ever before. While the thought may seem hysterical at first, let in sink in for a moment. Most would agree that America has become precariously litigious. For years our actions have exposed us to constant risk. Today our words are placing us at jeopardy. As a result, it has become critical for Americans to develop greater awareness.
What is earthquake insurance?.

Standard insurance doesn't cover loss due to earthquakes.  Earthquake Insurance is add by endorsement.
Earthquake Damage


Earthquake – a term used to reference the movement of two tectonic plates along a fault line. The tectonic plates move past each other at a slow pace building up stress along the way. This continues until finally the plates slip releasing enormous amounts of seismic energy. This energy then results in a violent shaking of the ground. This is also referred to as an earthquake. Earthquakes can be the result of both tectonic action or volcanic.
The word Earthquake seems simple enough. But it isn’t. Your insurance policy most likely excludes loss caused by the movement of earth. How does that impact me? Ground that shifts, sinks, expands, contracts, or rises may create serious issues. That includes earthquakes, sinkholes, mudslides, landslides, and more. How serious? Your insurance company “Will Not Pay, Serious”! You can avoid this crisis by simply having the proper endorsements. But be cautious. You can purchase an earthquake endorsement. But what will it cover? Losses due to an earthquake! Nothing else. Related risk such as mudslides, sinkholes, and others are not covered. Failure to understand how this impacts your insurance may result in serious coverage issues. Failure to understand may result in no coverage.

Movement of earth is not covered by standard insurance.  That includes earthquakes, sinkholes and several more items.
Sinkholes are covered by standard insurance policy


Will your insurance pay in the event of an earthquake? Does a Homeowners policy or a Commercial Property policy protect against earthquakes? Earthquake coverage is not offered by a standard insurance policy. But, for most, earthquake coverage is available. It can be in the form of an earthquake endorsement. If asked to waive your right to earthquake coverage, we suggest that you ask the agent for a quote. It may not be as expensive as you think.
Most of us are insured by the Special Form, also known as All Risks Coverage. Earthquake protection is excluded by the Covered Causes of Loss Form. The exclusion reads so that damages that are a result of EARTH MOVEMENT are excluded. Inquire about the cost of an earthquake endorsement. With the in hand, you can now decide if you want to transfer the risk. In the process don’t forget the other risk associated with earth movement. The earthquake endorsement doesn’t cover these. We advise customers to consider each of the risks and if appropriate, evaluate the risk/reward.

What about hidden damages?  Are minor damages covered?  They are, but deductibles may be more than the loss.
Check your Deductibles for Earthquake. They will be higher than you are used too.

ance varies from one insurance company to the next. If you make a comparison for companies, you will find earthquake policies vary. If you have multiple homes in various states you should review individual policies. We advise this as earthquake endorsements issued by the same company may vary from one state to another.
Earthquake deductibles should be considered. Don’t be surprised to see a 10 to 20% deductible. These are pretty much par for the course. Any higher and it is probably worth your time to shop around.
As noted earlier, earthquakes represent only a small portion of the exposures related to the movement of earth. Because we live in the Ohio Valley, we can shorten the list. While anything is possible, most would agree that some of the risks aren’t as threatening as others. The risk that should be considered by most in our area:

  • Erosion,
  • Failure to suitably compact building sites,
  • Sinkholes
  • Deficiencies pertaining to site selection
  • Earthquakes
  • and Landslides

Add in mud-flows, mudslides, and volcanoes and we have a reasonable understanding of the movement of earth risk. Kentucky homeowners and business owners need to consider these and several other forces.
Standard policies may leave serious gaps. Property coverages leave most structures exposed the movement of earth. Don’t assume that your only option is to self-insure. Ask TruePoint. By asking the simple question, “how can I eliminate more exposures related to the movement of earth?” You will likely find that in some cases, options exist. Becoming increasingly more available is sinkhole insurance. Broader coverage in the form of earth movement riders may also be an enhanced risk transfer option.
If you would like to learn more about eliminating insurance gaps related to the movement of earth, reach out to a TruePoint Insurance Agent. We can be reached at (502) 410-5089.

Basic Maintenance Tips to Keep Your RV Comfortable

Your RV is a passport to freedom and adventure. However, the rigors of the road can take its toll on your vehicle’s exterior, interior, and systems. Use these tips to ensure your RV stays comfortable, no matter how long you’re on the road.

  • Protect your paint job by parking your RV in covered areas as often as possible. A carport or tarp protects your rig from wind, rain, and sun while it’s stationary. These solutions also make it easier to control the internal temperature in your RV so your climate control devices drain less life from your generator.
  • Take your RV to an auto detailer in between long trips. A professional cleaning will remove dirt and stains from your upholstery and interior surfaces. In between stops, use a small hand vac to keep dust and crumbs under control.
  • Pack cleaning supplies before each outing. Include a stain removal product, upholstery brushes, and soft cleaning cloths. These will help you deal with messes before they become built-in stains.
  • Make sure your insurance policy is up-to-date. A break-in or minor accident could cause a lot of damage. Having the right policies in place ensure you can get needed repair right away. Talk to the agents at TruePoint Insurance for information on RV policies in the Fisherville KY area.
  • Have your rig thoroughly checked by a professional before longer trips. This includes the electrical and plumbing systems. For fully contained rigs, have the technician access the state of your generator and power distribution equipment.
  • Maintain your water systems with the right chemicals. Black and grey water tanks often need additives to prevent the growth of harmful buildup and ease the flow of discarded water. Talk to your automotive technician for recommended products for your RV.

Before you hit the road, make sure your rig is covered from all ends. An RV policy from TruePoint Insurance is the best way to protect your Fisherville, KY RV. Contact us for a free quote today.

Bobtail Insurance

Most truckers have or think they have Bobtail Insurance. The coverage provides a unique form of commercial auto liability coverage. Owner Operators are leased to Motor Carriers. Leasing with a Motor Carrier requires executing a contract where both parties commit to an ongoing relationship.

As long as the driver is under dispatch, the primary liability coverage will be provided by the Motor Carriers Trucking Liability Policy. This will be the case during the period that the contract is in effect.

Bobtail Insurance provides coverage when the truck is being operated without a trailer attached. Bobtail Insurance Does Not Provide Coverage While Pulling A Trailer. Examples of when your truck would be covered by a Bobtail Policy include:

  • Driving between your final terminal and your home
  • Driving truck to a location for maintenance or repairs
  • Driving back and forth to work

If you are one of the many truckers that pull trailers while not under dispatch, please read on before panicking. There is a good chance that you don’t have Bobtail coverage. Instead, you should have a Non-Trucking Liability Insurance Policy. Also referred to as NTL and as we have seen, confused with Bobtail Insurance, the coverage provides liability protection to owner/operators while not under dispatch.

Deadheading, or pulling an empty trailer adds a significant amount of risk. Experienced truck drivers are aware of this added risk and make adjustments. They must be aware of the impact wind will have on an empty trailer. They must also alter their approach to braking with systems which are designed to be effective while under a load.

The biggest difference between Bobtail and Non-Trucking Liability is the trailer. Bobtail specifically excludes all liability coverage while a trailer is attached. A Non-Trucking Liability Policy will provide coverage while hauling a trailer if the driver is not dispatched. The bottom line is that NTL provides coverage while Bobtailing or Deadheading.

If you still unclear and would like additional input, feel free to give us a call at (502) 410-5089.

Workers Compensation

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What is Workers Compensation Insurance?

American Business-Owners acknowledge the importance of fair dealing with their employees.  The safety net they need is best found by having a Workers Compensation Policy in place.
Workplace Injuries

Workers Comp is a form of insurance designed to assure that resources will be in place to assist injured workers. The injured employee receives replacement wages and medical benefits. The insurance provides protection for employment-related injuries.

Premiums paid for Workers Compensation insurance are not made by the employee. The employer bars 100% of the cost of Work Comp coverage. While there is no financial cost for employees, the cost is associated with their ability to sue.

Principle of Indemnity

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principle of indemnity states that the insured is returned to condition just prior to loss
The Principle of Indemnity

To understand insurance one must first grasp the principle of indemnity.  The theory is applied to insured losses and seeks to provide fair compensation.  Fair compensation to parties, the insured and the insurance company is required.  Resolving most losses is unambiguous.  Others test the service skills of the insurance agency and require both the insurance company and the insured to commit to the principle of indemnity.

A cornerstone for insurance, the principle of indemnity requires that an insured may not be compensated more than there economic loss.  The insured cannot profit from a loss.  If losses became a way for policyholders to generate profits, then insurance companies would become subject to adverse selection.  This in the quickly cause insurance premiums for all property and casualty policies to rise.

Louisville, Kentucky…..Instant Online Insurance Quotes

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Louisville, Kentucky is known around the globe for being home to the fastest two minutes in sports. Similarly, TruePoint Insurance in Kentucky is known for rapid real-time, online, insurance quotes.

TruePoint, home of the most enjoyable five minutes in insurance

We often find ourselves boasting that our real-time online quotes are the most enjoyable five minutes in insurance.  While this may sound like hype, we can support our claim.  Typically online quotes are anything but online quotes.  If you don’t believe me, go ahead and give it a try.  Take the next 10 to 15 minutes of your life and complete the online form.  When you have reached the final page, what do you see?  Or should I ask, what don’t you see?  Probably not a quote.

What makes our quotes different? 
Online insurance quotes in real-time
Insurance Quotes:
Online and in Real-Time

You have set your self up for 4, 8, maybe even 12 calls over the coming days.  Insurance agents all hoping to give you what the original ad promised; an insurance quote. Why did you go online for your insurance quote? 

  • Convenience, the promise of information at a time that fits into your busy day. 
  • Insurance Agents, If you have ever tried to buy insurance, you get this one.

Odds are, you were trying to avoid talking with an insurance agent.  You are going to get pretty frustrated.  Now, instead of one insurance agent, there will be a dozen. 

TruePoint online quotes recognize your needs and time constraints.  When you finish our online form you will have a quote for your car insurance, home insurance or maybe a quote.  More importantly, we’ve made the agent disappear. 

Ok, so the thing about the agent disappearing is our Hype!  But the truth is, the ball is in your hands.  To issue a policy you will need to talk with an agent.  

What horse won finished first in the 2019 Kentucky Derby?

Ok, maybe we are not as well known as the derby,  but we give you real-time home and auto insurance quotes without a Racing Steward.  That doesn’t make us the best insurance agency for everyone, but with our customer-focused approach, the number two agent isn’t going to beat us.  

While others are spending their time trying to make insurance interesting, we are making every effort to simplify the process by putting information at your fingertips.  Instead of trying to make insurance exciting, our client portal places all your important insurance information in one convenient location giving you more time for things that are a little more exciting than insurance.

While some might disagree, we know that insurance is ready for  Prime-Time and our clients can attest to that.  While others are taking time away from their work or otherwise busy schedule, our clients are interacting with us through our online client portal.  While others are watching Dancing with the Stars, our clients are online adding their new car to their insurance policy.

It’s that simple.  Our client-focused approach is how we Justify asking you for your business.

Deductible

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An deductible or insurance deductible is a fixed dollar amount or percentage that is retained by the insured. In the event of a claim (most often property claims) the insured will be required to come up with the deductible amount declared in the policy before receiving the insurance companies obligation.

Benefits of working with a Kentucky Insurance Specialist

Do you have options when you buy insurance?  Does your insurance company have local agents to help?  If you don't have access to someone that understands and you can't buy from the insurance company that has the best prices for what you need, I don't you think your dealing with the best insurance agent.

What color is your umbrella? In today’s world, when it comes time to buy insurance, you will find that you have a range of options.  The challenge is learning to optimize them to meet your own unique constraints and objectives.   Individuals and businesses seeking Kentucky Insurance need to develop a thorough understanding of their insurance options.

Kentucky Insurance Markets: 

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For decades insurance markets were divided into two categories; Independent and Captive Insurance companies.  The independent marketing channel is made up of agents (more accurately, Brokers) that represent multiple insurance companies.  Captive carriers utilize agents or employees to distribute their products.  This group tends to use more print, television, radio, newspaper and other to generate sales. 

In recent years a third market has entered the mix; Direct Carriers.  This group has many similarities to the Captive Carriers.  The two groups have market plans that look very similar.  The Direct Channel takes a much more aggressive approach regards utilizing online resources.  The Direct sector of the market not only uses extensive online marketing, but many in this sector also have willingly foregone brick and mortar in favor of online facilities.  In many instances, they have shifted the role of the agent to the customer’s computer keyboard.

When it comes to Property and Casualty insurance for individuals, US Captive Carriers remain the largest player.  The market share for Independent Insurance companies has held fairly steady in recent years, during a time where the Direct writers are rapidly gaining market share mostly at the expense of the Captive market.

2017 Personal Lines US Market Share (Auto Insurance, Home Insurance, and other)

Captive                                                                                                 46.6%

Independent                                                                                     35.1%

Direct                                                                                                    18.3%

For businesses, the landscape is totally different.  Independent Carriers have and continue to dominate this market.   It doesn’t seem to difficult, with an 84% market share for US commercial insurance, it seems only logical that all business owners should consider quoting with at least one broker. But why?

Independent agents have access to more markets. More markets should mean better prices and in this case, it certainly does. Business owners are often willing to spend a little more time and put in a little more effort. The point is simple. If their competitor is able to secure insurance at a better value, they will be more competitive. Certainly a position no business owners wants to find himself in!

2017 Commercial Lines US Market Share (Business Insurance)

Captive                                                                                                 16%

Independent                                                                                     84%

Direct                                                                                                    < 1%

Overall the Independent Insurance leads the way, writing nearly 82% more US Property and Casualty insurance than the number two insurance company category, the Captive Carriers.

2017 Combined US Market Share (All Property and Casualty Insurance)

Captive                                                                                                 31.9%

Independent                                                                                     58.1%

Direct                                                                                                      9.9%

What type of insurance carrier is right for me?

There is no right answer for everyone.  But if you are embarking on a search for cheap insurance in Kentucky, you might consider reviewing the questions below:

  • Will you be looking Kentucky business insurance quotes?         
    • As we noted earlier, Independent Insurance Agents write far more insurance than the other two types of insurance companies combined.  There is a reason this is happening, if you’re looking for the cheapest insurance chances are you will find it here.
    • Don’t just get a commercial insurance quote, while you’re working with your Kentucky Independent Insurance Agent, have them quote your home and auto insurance.  Doing so my end with a lower premium on both your commercial insurance and your home and car insurance.  TAKE ADVANATAGE OF DISCOUNTS EVERY CHANCE YOU GET.

Business owners, that don’t get a commercial insurance quote from an Independent Insurance Agent, are a favorite to pay a higher insurance premium than your competition.  

  • Do you think the cheapest insurance is the best insurance? 
    • Price is important!  It’s very important, but it should never be your only consideration when buying insurance.  It doesn’t matter whether you are searching for household insurance, or for your business.  There are several issues you will want to explore:
      • Deductibles-Be Extremely cautious if it is percentage (i.e. 1-2%) instead of a dollar amount (i.e. $1,000)
      • Causes of Loss
      • Replacement cost or Actual Cash Value
      • Standard/Excluded Coverages – Your homeowner’s insurance policy will exclude many items that you should be given the opportunity to consider:  Earthquake insurance, sinkhole insurance and many others
      • Do you understand your business insurance policy?  There are many moving parts, any of which could spell the end of your business if not properly addressed.       

None of three insurance marketing venues has a hold on Cheap Insurance.  Your personal financial situation, loss history, age, location along with many other factors will all come into play in determining your insurance premium. 

We advise our clients to think in terms of the best relative value.  Most of us have a job and commute to and from work four or five times a week.  Would you consider buying a bicycle to provide you transportation to and from your work? 

For those that live a very short distance from work, this might be a viable option.  For several years I worked within 2 miles of my home.  During this period, a bicycle would appear to have been a cheap option.  I could have saved $10,000, $20,000, even more had I taken the bicycle route.

That would certainly be a great relative value if I lived in Gainesville Florida.  But what if I live in Fairbanks, Alaska, where the average high temperature from November 1st through March 31st is 10 degrees Fahrenheit?  The bike would not be a wise choose. 

When I ask clients to focus on the best relative value, I am asking them to spend a little more time to review policies.  Sometimes the best insurance policy actual is offered at the lower price or at a premium that is so competitive that the only logical choice is to pay a little more for the insurance policy that best fits the client’s needs.  Most of us would gladly spend an extra $20,000 to avoid commuting by bike in Fairbanks, Alaska

Insights

The Commercial Insurance market is extremely dependent on the Independent Insurance Agency Network.  This group has access to more markets, better options, and overall better pricing.  We highly advise all Kentucky Business Owners to seek the assistance of an Independent Insurance Agent.

Where can I get lowest cost insurance?  Best Relative Value?

No one has a hold on Cheap Insurance.  Independent and Captive markets provide consumer’s access to Knowledgeable Agents and more specifically, knowledge of Kentucky Insurance.

At the end of the day, we believe that it’s that independent insurance broker. There we believe you will more often find the end of your rainbow.