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Risk Assessment 101

What Is Risk?

Risk is defined by as “a probability or threat of damage, injury, liability, loss, or any other negative occurrence that is caused by external or internal vulnerabilities, and that may be avoided through preemptive action.” It may not be apparently obvious or imminent, but we are exposed to risk every day in varying degrees.

As we progress further into risk management, let’s take a look at the different types of risk for each segment of insurance that we at specialize in.

If you drive to work, you’re exposed to other drivers who may or may not be paying attention, animals that could run out in the road, or maybe hazardous driving conditions.

If you own a house, you run the risk of fire due to old or faulty wiring, pipes that could burst, potential vandalism or burglary, or perhaps someone who comes over and gets hurt and tries to sue you for their medical bills.

Finally, if you own a business, the exposure to risk multiplies exponentially—not just because your livelihood depends on it, but because the involvement of other people (whether they physically visit your office or you’re working remotely with them providing a service or product) adds several more variables to what could go wrong.

The good news is that risk is managed through insurance, something we specialize in at Insurance is the buffer that prevents a risky situation from becoming a full-blown catastrophe. As the insured, it’s your job to cooperate with the recommendations and requirements of the insurance carrier to ensure that if the day ever comes that you have to submit a claim, it’ll be taken care of with ease.

How Do You Minimize Risk?

One of the first ways to help minimize risk is the make sure you are insuring your home, car, rental property, or company properly. At, we take the time to assess what our clients need and recommend, based on our extensive personal knowledge, coverage that will encompass the full spectrum of our clients’ insurance requirements.

For example, we get a lot of questions on how to insure a house. We use the term “house” loosely because, while the structure is generally referred to as a house, through the eyes of an insurance broker, there are many different variations to what constitutes a house. You can have a primary, owner-occupied residence or a second home. You can have a vacant dwelling or a tenant-occupied rental dwelling. You can have a townhouse or a condo. So what you refer to as a home gives us six options to choose from right from the start.

It is very much the same with commercial insurance. We speak with business owners every day about their business operations, and if we can’t pinpoint each aspect of what drives your revenue and make sure it’s accounted for, chances are we’d be insuring you incorrectly. Thus, the first step to managing risk is the make sure the risks you’re insuring yourself against will actually be covered by the insurance carrier.

How can we help you manage the everyday risks you face?

At, we pride ourselves in taking the necessary preemptive measures to protect your home, vehicles, loved ones, and businesses through our extensive knowledge of risk management. If any of the above questions made you start to consider your own coverage a little more closely, why not just ask our experts? It’s what we do every day, and we’ll be able to give you an honest answer to your questions and make recommendations based on the risks you’re exposed to.

Contact us today for a free risk assessment and any one of our licensed agents will be glad to help you with all of your insurance needs.