Category Archives: Tips and Advice

Annual Insurance Review: Check Up On Your Policies

While we all lead very busy lives, one thing we do not want to neglect is the condition of our insurance policies. Not reviewing your policies with your insurance agent is like never visiting your doctor for at least your annual checkup. You may get away with it for a while, but it could lead…
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October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, which serves as a reminder to many women over 40 that they need to schedule their annual mammogram. For many others, however, it is a real opportunity to spread awareness of the disease and how important early detection plans can be. While many people realize that breast cancer is…
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Protect Yourself from the Burning Sun

The climate is beginning to heat up and summer is officially right around the corner. We expect you all to be out there enjoying the weather and spending a lot of time outside, as you all deserve the sunshine! While you are out there having fun in the sun make sure that you are also…
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Strategies to Relieve Stress & Anxiety at Work

 It’s normal to experience moments of stress during your work day.  How do you handle this? Here at Petschauer Insurance our philosophy is to put strategies in place to help deal with our anxiety and stress so that we can be as positive, productive and feeling successful as possible. Whether your anxiety is triggered by…
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Petschauer Insurance’s Guide To Moving

As most of you know, we are moving to our new office in Garden City, NY.  We have been planning our move over the last 8 months to ensure a smooth transition for us and for you as well.  We know at some point in your life you will encounter a move of some sort, whether…
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Ask Sherri: Insuring Your Valentine’s Day Gifts

With the spirit of love in the air as Valentine’s Day approaches, it is only appropriate for us to bring back our classic Valentines’ Day episode of Ask Sherri. If you plan on proposing this Valentine’s Day or just getting your loved one an expensive gift, we highly recommend that you check out this episode.…
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Super Bowl XLIX Party Tips from The Petschauer Insurance Team

America’s biggest sporting event is undeniably the NFL Super Bowl! Every year families and friends gather around the tube on the first Sunday night of February, to watch the game, catch the infamous commercials, eat up on platters of finger foods, and put money on boxes.  The Super Bowl is this Sunday and the staff…
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Keep Your Buildings From Freezing During Winter Months

Homes, offices, apartments, warehouses, and all other personal or commercial buildings are not immune to damage during the winter. Winter weather inevitably brings freezing conditions and this can spell disaster. So therefore, it is necessary to put strategies in place to avoid such occurrences whenever and wherever possible. Steps to take to avoid damage: Inspect for…
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How Much Insurance Do I Really Need?

An interesting question and perhaps the most frequently asked when trying to determine the limit of insurance necessary to protect your property in case of loss. In insurance lingo, this concept is known as “insuring to value.” When trying to determine what this limit should be, most people immediately think of the market value of…
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Should I Transfer My Home To a Trust or To My Kids?

Many individuals want to know whether they should transfer title to their homes to a trust or to their children. The short answer is "it depends" upon your objectives and comfort level, among other potential factors. For many individuals, such a transfer may be a very good idea provided it is properly structured. There are…
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Planning For Hurricane Season

Typically, hurricane season runs from May 15th to November 15th of any given year. Some of the lessons of SuperStorm Sandy are that you don’t have to be on the coast to suffer extensive damage to homes, commercial property and the loss of income associated with business closures and the resulting loss of earnings. Many…
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How Much Insurance Do I Need?

An interesting question and perhaps the most frequently asked when trying to determine the limit of insurance necessary to protect your property in case of loss. In insurance lingo, this concept is known as “insuring to value.” When trying to determine what this limit should be, most people immediately think of the market value of…
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Under What Conditions Would You Cancel Your Personal Auto Insurance?

Recently, one of our clients called to ask us if they could cancel their personal auto policy. The answer to this question is “yes” provided that they turn in their license plates to the motor vehicle department, obtain a receipt (an FS-6) and send it in to us, their insurance agent, to cancel their policy.…
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The Importance of an Independent Insurance Agent

For the last two weeks we have been discussing different elements of a policy that affects a premium. We stressed that not all policies are written the same way even if the Dollar amount of coverage is the same and this, of course, will affect the premium. Therefore, we determined that it was extremely important…
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Insurance Match Game #3

Another batch of questions for you Insurance “experts”. Let’s see how many you can guess this time! Homeowners Policy Fiduciary Liability Directors & Officers Liability Cyber Liability Personal Auto Policy 11.) My neighbor loves to practice his golf swing in the backyard. So far he has broken our picture window three times. What a relief…
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I have been with Petschauer Insurance for a long time. My account executive Lori Halloran is like family to me: she is always there when I need her and is very knowledgeable and understanding. I wouldn’t go anywhere else for my insurance needs.
Vincent Falcone
I have had the pleasure of working with various members of the Petschauer Team, both personally and professionally for 20+ years. And I couldn’t have done it without them. They go above and beyond. Heidi, Narima, Sherri and LuAnn don’t just bring to us the products they offer, they help me to understand the specifics and evaluate what makes the most sense for me, my family and my employees. I always feel I have a better understanding of an industry I have no understanding of so that I can evaluate the offerings in a smart way, cost effective way. They are proactive with renewals, allowing us the time to do our due diligence, evaluate our plans to be sure we’re properly covered and are always there to listen and help with special circumstances. Their kindness, caring and willingness to lend an ear when needed, really makes them stand apart from the rest. Heidi and her family have built a beautiful culture at Petschauer and I highly recommend them to anyone I meet.
Jamie Stedman-Novo
Spence-Chapin has had the pleasure of working with the wonderful John Petschauer, Inc. for 15+ years. They have always provided excellent service to us–with great knowledge, expertise, and patience — even in the most challenging situations. There has not been one time when they have not been immediately accessible to us, even at a moment’s notice. We thank them for their work and celebrate their 60th anniversary, while looking forward to working with them for another 60 years and beyond!
Spence-Chapin
From the first time I spoke with Lori Halloran at Petschauer Insurance, I knew she was a special person. She is a woman that conducts herself professionally, with compassion and full knowledge of all types of insurance Petschauer has to offer. While speaking with her, as she explained and answered all of my questions, I felt like I was speaking with family…which is another way to describe this company. She has a way of making very confusing decisions so simple and easy to understand. I even added another insurance policy to my two renewal policies because of her. My last renewals could have been processed via mail but I really wanted to take the time to drive and meet this wonderful woman face to face. She greeted me with this huge beautiful smile, which matched her personality perfectly. So, I just had to go back another time just to say “Hi” and bring her flowers in appreciation for all her help and also celebrate a new friendship. The Petschauer “Family” has been there for me since my first policy when I was 19 years old, and now I’m a “senior”. I’ve been with them forever and don’t plan on going anywhere else. Thank you Lori for your dedication and to the rest of the Petschauer staff.
Jane Deitlein
Petschauer is great. I never had a problem.  They always call me back. Fabulous employees who are always willing to help.
Marty Bruno
I have been with Petschauer Insurance for over twenty five years. The staff is knowledgeable and professional. Petschauer writes both my personal and commercial insurance and they provide excellent counseling. I truly trust the firm and their staff. Thank you.
Mike Matonti
Quality attentive service is hard to find, but at Petschauer Insurance that’s what you can expect from their always friendly staff . It’s what we’ve experienced for all these many years.
John from Forest Pork Store Inc.
My family and I are long time personal and business clients of Petschauer Insurance. We sincerely appreciate your responsiveness and the quality of service that Petschauer provides. We have recommended your company to others because of our satisfaction with your service. We look forward to doing business with you for years to come.
Greg Weiss
Excellence in customer service and it’s a one stop shop for all my insurance needs.
Tom Haines
I have worked with various individuals at Petschauer and have found each to be responsive, courteous, and thoughtful. Each year, the contact for my auto policy proactively seeks new bids and has consistently saved me money on my policy.
Ryan Huber