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Personal insurance beyond the Roanoke Valley and throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Appalachian and Southeast.

Life happens fast, and the truth is there’s nothing as valuable as peace of mind. Our goal is to protect you from the unexpected through top quality insurance coverage that works for your needs, as well as your budget.

Our insurance advisors take time to understand your unique needs, identify and eliminate gaps in coverage that might leave you exposed and create custom plans that fit your life. From auto insurance to home insurance, we’re in the business of helping people protect what they value and have worked so hard to build.

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Fire

Risk Factor

Most fires are devastating. Besides the emotional impact, the physical damage to your home can be significant. If you lost your home to fire, do you have adequate insurance to replace your home and its contents? Remember, inflation rates on building materials and construction costs rarely track with real estate values. As a result, rebuilding a home can often cost significantly more than expected.

Solution

Make sure your homeowners policy contains guaranteed replacement cost coverage. This protects you if the cost to reconstruct your home is higher than your current limit of coverage. Also be sure that your insurance includes rebuilding your home to code. Very often, local ordinances and building codes change over time, which may require additional costs.

Personal Property / Contents - Property Damage

Risk Factor

When your home suffers damage due to an unexpected event, your personal property is also at risk. Furniture, appliances, clothing, electronics, and other personal items can also be damaged or destroyed.

Solution

Your homeowners insurance policy typically covers personal property, including the contents of your home and other personal items owned by you or family members who live with you. Make sure your homeowners policy includes replacement cost coverage for personal property so that you always receive the full cost to replace whatever item is damaged.

Additional Living Expense / Loss of Use

Risk Factor

When there is substantial damage to your home due to unexpected events such as lightning, fire, or a storm, you may not be able to live in your home until it can be repaired or rebuilt–potentially incurring additional living expenses for lodging, food, and other daily needs.

Solution

Ensure that your homeowners insurance policy provides additional living expense or loss of use coverage to compensate you for the additional costs you incur for reasonable housing and living expenses if a covered event makes your house temporarily uninhabitable while it's being repaired or rebuilt.

Jewelry, Fine Arts, and Collectables

Risk Factor

If your diamond ring disappears or valuable artwork is stolen, your standard homeowners policy may not compensate you for the loss. Homeowners policies include coverage for your belongings and personal property, but some special items like jewelry, furs, silverware, antiques, collectibles, and other valuables have limited or no coverage and need to be insured separately.

Solution

Valuable possessions insurance covers personal property that may have unique value, cannot be replaced like regular personal property or is subject to special types of losses such as breakage or mysterious disappearance. For most valuable possession categories, there is no deductible applied at time of loss. Valuable possessions insurance can be added to your homeowners policy or may be written as a separate policy.

Medical Expenses

Risk Factor

If a guest is injured while on your property, even when it’s due to a friendly game of baseball, you may be required to pay any medical expenses associated with their injury.

Solution

Your homeowners policy should include medical expenses coverage to take care of injuries and treatment - generally not of a serious nature. In the event a person is injured on your property and requires medical attention, you would be able to submit the injury-related medical expenses to your insurance carrier. Medical expenses are usually paid without a liability claim being filed against you.

Personal Liability

Risk Factor

In the unfortunate event that someone slips and falls while on your property, you and your family may be held liable for any injuries that result.

Solution

Your homeowners policy includes personal liability coverage to respond to incidents where injuries or damages occur to a third party where you may be deemed negligent. However, you should consider purchasing a personal umbrella or excess liability policy to provide additional coverage limits to protect your assets in case a lawsuit is brought against you.

Miscellaneous Coverage

Risk Factor

The fun that comes with having a trampoline in your backyard can also be accompanied by serious risks, which may not be covered under your standard homeowners insurance policy since coverage varies from state to state and between insurance companies.

Solution

You should make sure your homeowners insurance policy covers your trampoline, as many insurance providers refuse to take on trampoline liability and exclude the item from coverage.

Personal Injury

Risk Factor

Young people are usually very active online. However, using social media and other sites can increase the possibility of them directly or indirectly damaging someone's reputation and exposing you, the parent, to a lawsuit.

Solution

Your homeowners insurance policy includes liability coverage for property damage caused by any member in the family, but it may not cover rumors or statements that damage a reputation. You need to add an endorsement to your policy to expand coverage to include liability protection that covers personal injury.

Umbrella / Excess Liability Coverage

Risk Factor

You invite guests over for a pool party and one of your guests dives into the shallow end of the pool and is permanently injured. They hire a lawyer to represent them and after a long legal battle, you and your family are left financially responsible for their injuries. Do you have enough money in savings to cover your legal responsibilities as well as the legal defense costs?

Solution

An umbrella or excess liability policy increases your personal liability limits by adding protection over and above your current auto, boat, or homeowners policies-providing real financial value, as well as priceless peace of mind. Excess liability insurance is available either by an endorsement to your homeowners policy or available as separate coverage.

Flood Coverage

Risk Factor

You do not have to live near a body of water to suffer loss due to flooding. With the changing weather patterns and more damaging storms occurring around the globe, flood losses are becoming more common in places that are not normally prone to flood damage. Your homeowners policy does not cover damage from flood. Could your home be at risk?

Solution

Purchase a flood insurance policy to protect your home and covered contents from certain types of flood losses as designated by the National Flood Insurance Program. A flood policy is purchased as a separate policy through the federal program (NFIP) or through a servicing carrier known as a write your own carrier.

Secondary Home

Risk Factor

Owning a secondary home has the potential of increasing your liability exposures.

Solution

Be certain that you extend the liability coverage under your homeowners policy to include your secondary home. You should also consider including the secondary home under an excess liability or umbrella policy to provide for additional liability limits.

Collector Cars

Risk Factor

Collector vehicles often have significant value and require specialized insurance coverage and claims handling.

Solution

Schedule your collectible vehicle on a separate collector car policy. By doing so, you are protecting the vehicle for either the appraised value or market value.

Wine Collection

Risk Factor

If you are a connoisseur of wine, you know that it is susceptible to outside environmental exposures that can ruin it. If the collection is damaged, coverage from your homeowners policy is a possible recourse. However, the damage is only insurable if it is a covered cause of loss as outlined in your homeowners policy. A deductible would also apply.

Solution

If you have a sizable wine collection, you may want to consider scheduling the collection on your homeowners policy. Doing so expands your coverage and eliminates the deductible in case of a loss. You can also consider unique coverages for wine, such as for spoilage.

Water Backup

Risk Factor

Most homeowners policies exclude coverage for water back-up damages as a result of a clogged drain, sewer, or sump pump.

Solution

Water backup coverage can be added to most insurance policies. Consider adding it so that you have the coverage you need in the event of damages caused by a clogged drain, sewer, sump pump, and related risks.

Off-Premises Theft

Risk Factor

Surprisingly, standard auto insurance does not cover personal property or contents stolen from your car.

Solution

Most homeowners policies offer an option to include off-premises theft coverage as an endorsement, which covers you for theft of your personal property away from your residence.

Home Insurance

Your home is one of your biggest assets, and it's important to do all that you can to protect it. We'll help you plan for the unexpected with insurance coverage that's just right for you and your family.

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Auto Insurance

Your vehicle can be a fairly costly investment—one that is exposed to many potential losses that are out of your control. We'll make sure you have the protection you need at a price you can afford.

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Renters Insurance

When you rent or lease, your landlord's insurance usually only protects the building itself—not your personal belongings. We'll design coverage to protect your personal property and your lifestyle while renting.

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Motorcycle Insurance

While you're on the road chasing the sunset, you need insurance that works hard to protect your adventurous spirit. We'll help you hit the road with smart, customized coverage—no matter what journeys you find yourself on.

RV Insurance

Whether you're planning a family vacation or a weekend road trip, you want to have peace of mind on the open road. We'll work with you to make sure owning an RV is a rewarding experience, and also a safe one.

Watercraft Insurance

Whether you own a paddle boat or a power boat, you want to enjoy your time on the water without worry. We'll help you leave your worries on dry land and fully enjoy your time on the water.

Flood Insurance

Just because you don't live in a high flood risk area, doesn't mean it'll never happen to you. We'll provide the specialized coverage you need to help protect your home from rising waters—even if you're not in a flood zone.

Earthquake Insurance

Even with your homeowners insurance, you're still at risk in the event of an earthquake. A specialty earthquake insurance policy can help bridge the gap in coverage, keeping your home and possessions protected.

Rental Property Insurance

Don't be fooled, just because your tenant has renters insurance doesn't mean that you—the owner—are protected. Rental property insurance is specially designed to cover the risks faced when you rent your property to others.

Valuable Possessions Insurance

Accidents happen. Stones fall out of diamond rings. Antiques break. Art gets stolen. We'll get you the protection you need for your most precious belongings in the event of loss through theft, accident or natural disaster.

Umbrella Insurance

Experiencing a major insurance claim or lawsuit could lead to personal financial loss if costs exceed coverage provided by your standard homeowners and auto policies. We'll help protect your financial future.

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High Net Worth Insurance

People with large assets have unique risks. High net worth insurance is a customized policy type that protects clients from these risks—from home insurance to travel insurance and much more.

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Secondary Home Insurance

Your vacation property is an amazing getaway from the daily grind, but it comes with unique risks. We'll make sure you have the right coverage specially designed for the unique exposures involved.

Individual Life Insurance

You can't put a dollar amount on your family, but you can ensure their future is protected. We can't predict when the unexpected will happen, but we can help you prepare for it when it does.

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Long-Term Disability Insurance

Serious illnesses or accidents can come out of nowhere. They can interrupt your life, and your ability to work for months – even years. We'll make sure you have financial support to manage your disability and your household.

Long-Term Care Insurance

Long-term care insurance may be your best option if you develop a chronic illness or become disabled and can no longer care for yourself for an extended period of time. We'll help prepare you for the unexpected.

Medicare Supplement Insurance

Medicare supplement insurance can be a complicated topic. Our experts can help you to determine which plan is the best fit for you.

HSH Insurance offers comprehensive personal insurance options.

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