"An insurance policy may have a good price, but poor value."

- John H. Connors

  • Since 1955, The Connors Insurance Agency, located in Mechanicville, NY, has been focused on responding to the needs of our customers, and we take pride in our role as insurance advisors, and in our relationships with the finest insurance carriers available. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of service to individuals and businesses in our community, and surrounding areas, for all their insurance needs, and peace of mind that you will be protected in the event of an untimely loss.

TUNE UP YOUR INSURANCE FOR 2014

Now that the hectic holidays are over, it seems to be a good time to tune up your insurance for 2014 and beyond.  A good place to start would be by creating your home inventory.

If Christmas brought you a new TV, computer or digital camera, now is the best time to update, (or create) your home inventory for insurance purposes.  If you don’t already have an inventory, you can create one using a simple spreadsheet or table from Microsoft Excel or a similar application.  After you complete it, place the file in a safe place and make sure to keep a backup of the file in a location away from your home.  Another option is to use the free inventory service;Know Your Stuff, from the Insurance Information Institute, (knowyourstuff.org).

Once you’ve updated your inventory, check your homeowners insurance coverage.  You may need to increase your coverage or add a rider to cover new valuables, such as fine jewelry or artwork.  Sometimes circumstances change that would make you eligible for discounts.  For instance, did you install an alarm system?  If so, make sure to let your Agent know.

The same goes for your auto coverage.  If you’ve recently retired or are now driving fewer miles, some auto carriers will change your rate.  If your teenage drivers are getting straight A’s in school, letting your agent know could result in a reduction in premium.  And make sure to ask about other discounts.

And take a look at your Life Insurance to make sure you have the proper coverage.  As always, if you have questions, contact your Independent Insurance Agent, who will be happy to guide you through what can be sometimes a complicated process.

Kevin Connors is a Certified Insurance Counselor and licensed Property/Casualty and Life Insurance Agent with The Connors Insurance Agency in Mechanicville, NY.  Mr. Connors can be reached at (518)664-7307 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SNOW REMOVAL – BUSINESS OR PERSONAL?

Isn’t snow great?  Especially when we have to get up an hour earlier to shovel the sidewalk or plow the driveway.  Then, it’s something we have to deal with.  And part of what we have to deal with, whether you know it or not, is insurance.

Do you need insurance for your snow blower, or your snow plow?  Like so many questions of insurance, the answer is, “it depends.”

It depends on whether your snow blower or plow is used in business or strictly personal.  For personal use only, insurance is a non-issue.  If you use your snow blower just to clear your own driveway, you do not need additional coverage.  Even if you clear your neighbor’s sidewalk, that’s no problem.  If you happen do ding their mailbox or bump into their house, your homeowners policy will extend to cover that.  The same goes with snow plows.  If you’re being a good neighbor and plowing out the driveway across the street, your auto policy will cover the damage.

The situation, however, changes dramatically as soon as money enters the picture.  When you accept payment for your snow clearing services, you open yourself to a whole range of liabilities.  Insurance is definitely an issue in this case.  You need to purchase a contractors liability policy.  Even if you’re just doing neighborhood driveways for $30 each and you have your customers sign a liability waiver, insurance is highly advisable.

Not all waivers are enforceable to bar a person from seeking restitution for perceived damages.  Also, whether or not you’re in the right, court costs and lawyer fees can accrue.

Play it safe.  If snow removal turns into a business, make insurance one of the first things you consider.  If you need to talk insurance for snow equipment or anything else, make sure to call you Independent Insurance Agent.  We’re always glad to walk you through any coverage issues and to make sure your policies offer all the protection you need.

Kevin Connors is a Certified Insurance Counselor and licensed Property/Casualty and Life Insurance Agent with The Connors Insurance Agency in Mechanicville, NY. Mr. Connors can be reached at (518)664-7307 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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