Florida Flood Insurance

Flood Insurance For Your Home

Flooding is considered the highest ranked natural disaster in the United States, according to FEMA. Most people living in Florida think they are not living in a flood zone. Truth is known that Florida as a state is in a flood zone; your exact location varies on the levels of risk. It is said that if you live in a Preferred Risk Zone as determined by FEMA, you could purchase flood insurance for as little as $129.00 a month. Did you know that, homeowners insurance does not cover floodinflood insuranceg in your home or property that is destroyed? The rainy season is here and flooding could happen at any time unexpectedly. As bills are being passed through the senate about flood insurance, now is the time to have your home covered. The Senate bill, SB 542, which was passed last week would aim to give more flexibility to policyholders and private insurers to select various deductible amounts and choose between insuring their property for the outstanding balance of their mortgage, the property’s replacement cost, or the actual cash value. This bill would give the insurance policy holder options.

If you have been thinking about purchasing flood insurance for your home, now is the time. Don’t wait; it takes up to thirty days for your insurance policy to be in effect. Gulf Coast Educators Insurance’s number one priority is the help you. You can call one of our three offices Naples at 239-591-0963, Port Charlotte at 941-391-5423, or Fort Myers at 239-997-0420 for a quote. We look forward to hearing from you.

Severe Weather

Spring Is Here, And So Is The Severe Weather

Make sure your home is ready for the severe weather to come. Spring has been here for a few weeks and we have had a few severe thunderstorms. During these storms if your home gets damaged the first thing you should do is call your insurance agent to see if the damage actually needs to be filed. If you are jusevere weatherst missing a shingle you may want to get someone to repair it without filing a claim. Your agent should be able to help you find someone to repair it for you. Insurance companies are resorting to this because more and more people are filing claims on roof damage. Some insurance companies are trying to remap the way to reimburse home owners for those repairs. For example, in the past if your roof was damaged you would just get a new one. Now some insurance agencies are taking into consideration the actual age of your roof. This means you could have to pay your deductible and part of the new roof costs due to the depreciated value of you old roof. Insurance companies try to keep premiums down but some companies have no choice but the raise rates. This happens when more claims are filed, due to the severe weather; the rates must go up because of the money lost. Make sure you know what is covered on your policy by your insurance company if there is damage to your home. Give your agent a call and check your policy. If you need home owners insurance call Gulf Coast Educators Insurance at 239-591-0963 they will be happy to help you find the insurance the is best for you.