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Are you new to insurance or have questions about your coverage? No problem— We've got you covered.

Making insurance simple has always been at the core of what we do. So, here are some simple answers to your most complicated questions. 

General

Why choose Chalmers?

We are a well-established, independent, family insurance agency. At Chalmers, you won't have to worry about sitting on hold for hours, or feeling totally lost through the process of buying insurance. We are committed to making the experience of buying insurance simple and enjoyable. We provide an exceptional client service experience and will treat you like family. 

Why work with an independent insurance agency?

An independent insurance agency, like Chalmers, sells policies from a variety of insurers. We are not employed by (and therefore aren’t beholden to) a specific insurance company. We evaluate your needs and shop around to find the best policy. As an independent agency, we can also help you report a claim and navigate the claims process. 

When is it time to update my coverage?

Insurance is about protecting the things that are important to you, both personal and business. So, anytime you have significant events or changes in your life, it's a great idea to review and update your coverage. Here are some examples:

Personal

  • A change in marital status
  • A new baby
  • New drivers in your household
  • Kids going away to college
  • A new job or starting a home business
  • Changes in your income
  • Paying off a car loan
  • Buying a home
  • Moving to a new apartment
  • Home improvements
  • Approaching retirement
  • Purchasing jewelry, artwork, antiques or other expensive items

Business

  • Starting a new business
  • Increasing your workforce 
  • Loss of employees to other companies
  • Expansion plans
  • Business owner approaching retirement

For more details, give us a call. We are happy to help to you evaluate your insurance and financial needs.

How can I get a copy of my insurance policy or get a new insurance card?

You can either log in to your InsurLink account, or contact us directly. We are happy to help.

What is a deductible?

A deductible is an amount of money that you are responsible for paying toward a loss. When a disaster strikes your home or you have a car accident, the amount of the deductible is subtracted, or “deducted,” from your claim payment. A deductible can be either a specific dollar amount or a percentage of the total amount of insurance on a policy. The amount is established by the terms of your coverage. 

Personal Insurance

Should I have my home and auto insurance with the same company?

Yes— if you can bundle your home and auto together with the same insurance company, there could be cost savings involved, in addition to other benefits. Call us to explore your options!

Do I need additional insurance beyond my auto and homeowners insurance policies?

Yes—while your auto and home policies go a long way toward improving your financial security, they could still be leaving you exposed. For example, homeowners insurance does not include flood coverage. You need a separate flood insurance policy to be protected against this risk.

What is a home inventory and why should I complete one?

A home inventory is a list of your personal possessions along with their estimated financial value. A home inventory will help you provide a detailed list to your insurance agent of anything you may have lost if your home is damaged or destroyed in a covered claim.

What is a personal umbrella policy?

A personal umbrella liability policy is designed to increase your liability protection. This single policy acts as an “umbrella” over all of your other personal liability policies – home, auto, boat, RV, etc. – so you have a higher personal liability limit than what would otherwise be available. 

Business Insurance

Is business insurance tax deductible?

Business insurance is tax deductible, as long as the coverage is for the purpose of operating a business, profession, or a trade. Businesses may not deduct their business insurance premiums if the coverage is for the purpose of a self-insurance reserve fund or a loss of earning insurance policy. 

Should my small business have business income insurance?

Business income provides reimbursement for lost revenue after a covered insurance loss. For a company that does not have a physical address that is crucial to its business, such as a contractor, business income is probably not necessary. For store front or main street businesses, like a coffee shop, business income is a must.

What is a Business Owner's Package (BOP) Insurance Policy?
A BOP offers several commercial insurance products rolled into one. Business Owner's Insurance usually includes property, business interruption, and liability insurance. Typically, a business owner will save money by choosing a BOP because the bundle of services often costs less than the total cost of all the individual coverages.

Employee Benefits

Why should I build a better benefits program for my employees?

A competitive benefits package is an important way to attract the best employees to your business. With great benefits, you can win out over other companies vying for the top talent in your industry. Your benefits program can also help you keep those employees happy and healthy, increasing the likelihood they’ll stay at your business.

Why should I consider offering voluntary benefits?

Voluntary benefits can give you the opportunity to build out an impressive benefits package at no cost to your business. Your employees pay for their voluntary benefits, but will still be served by this offering because you can get them a lower rate than they would be able to get on their own.

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