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Does anyone have experience with either Distinguished Programs Brick and Brownstone or AIG Private Client Group (Chartis) homeowners insurance? Any recommendations between the two?
Early in the Spring, I (and lots of other homeowners) was offered an insurance policy to cover damage and leaks from the water/sewer lines that run from the street into my Manhattan townhouse. The offer came from the NYC DEP, which had teamed up with company called American Water Resources (AWR). The cost was something like $12/month, added automatically to my water bill. Since the pipes entering my building were pretty ancient I decided to go for the insurance.
Really glad I did! A month ago a small water leak started bubbling up on the other side of the street. Some DEP guys came by to listen to the incoming water pipes in the basements of all nearby buildings. I assumed that since the water line and the leak were on the other side of the street, the problem was not with my pipe. I was wrong. They put the listening device to my ear and I could clearly hear a torrent of water coming from my incoming pipe. They gave me an official piece of paper called a “3-Day Notice” requiring me to make the repairs within that time frame. I called the insurer AWR and they had a plumber at the scene within a couple of hours. The repair was done the following day. It involved closing the street for most of the day. I was told that the cost was low 5 figures, none of which I to pay. I don’t usually go out of my way to recommend services or products, but these guys definitely earned my respect. The DEC web site has info. here:
I have having a hard time finding an insurance company that is willing to insure a mixed use building with a bar. Most refuse to insure the building if it has a bar or a restaurant.
Thanks in advance.
I’m renewing my policy with Brownstoners. I have a brownstone, one half of which I occupy and one half is rented. I have some concerns about the renewal: (1) the premium is $7500. for 3 years, and if I pay a year at a time, the interest rate (finance charge) is 10.9% per year. This seems high. (2) my building is insured for 1 million. My deductible has been set at $2,500. Again, this seems high. I will have to pay several hundred extra per annum to bring the deductible down. My questions are: Is the finance charge legal, and, is the deductible out of the norm? Thanks for any comments.
Just got a letter saying Brownstone Agency is terminating its relationship with Everest National Insurance, and switching to Aspen American Insurance. Anyone else already receive this? Did your premiums go up in the switch?
Checked past threads on this issue and we are in a similar situation as many on this site. We are a new policy with State Farm for a brownstone in Bed-Stuy. They just called telling us we need to change the garden level, front window bars to swing away. Even though this room is not a bedroom and the back windows do not have bars at all, they are still requiring it. Can anyone recommend a carrier that does not require this modification? Thanks in advance!
I’m interested in shopping around for a new homeowner’s policy. Would prefer someone familiar with the insurance needs within a four-family, Brooklyn property. Would also prefer someone who answers the stupidest of questions with grace and patience. And, of course, a provider that isn’t a pain in the ass should a claim be necessary.
Anyone with good insurance experiences and/or insights?
Does anyone know of a good insurance company with reasonable premium to cover brownstone insurance? We have a small mix-used building, residential + commercial. Our insurance premium is going up so much that it becomes unaffordable. We have never made a claim for the last 25 years.
Any info and/or suggestion appreciated!
I would like to provide health insurance for a household employee who provides onsite eldercare for a loved one. She makes too much money to be eligible for low income insurance plans. I was thinking of going through the Freelancers Union. Any other suggestions, or advice about taking this route? Thx, all!!
Is it worth using an insurance broker to obtain homeowner’s insurance for a townhouse? Any recommendations?
I received a letter from the NYC DEP, offering up this insurance in cse the water main breaks in the street in fron to my house. for which I am responsible. just wondering if anyone has any thought on this. scam? good idea?
I’m replaicing a metal staircase going from the first floor to basement as part of a basement reno. can anyone recommend places to source out metal staircases? I’m not looking for top dollor fancy stuff, but a few options are good. Perhaps a place to buy prefab staricase? I’ll do the install myself. thanks much.
Looking to make a fireplace that is decorative into functional in Cobble Hill. Any ideas on a cost? There are 2 per floor, would be interested in an idea on one or per floor cost if possible.
Any help is appreciated, thanks!
Our insurer (State Farm) is requiring that we change our basement window bars from permanent to the kind that have safety latches that will allow them to release. Has anyone done this? Any one that you can recommend to do the work? What did it cost? Is it possible to modifiy the bars (as opposed to remove and replace)? Our building is landmarked – any issues to worry about there?
Thanks very much.