Business insurance: FAQ from business owners in Vancouver & BC

Business insurance is one of the key types of policies offered by Habitat Insurance Agencies.  We receive calls on a daily basis from established business owners and people who are just starting new businesses requesting quotes and information about business insurance coverage.  Below are some of the most frequently asked questions (along with our answers) […]

Cyber and Data Breach Insurance for Businesses: Are you protected?

Heavy reliance on today’s computer and data technology has increased every business’ risk of a data breach or cyber attack. Both have become increasingly frequent and costly. Virtually every business has data on clients, employees, and other which can be stolen, electronically hacked or lost through accidental or inadvertent release. Recently passed federal legislation, Bill […]

Short-term rentals and home insurance: the potential pitfalls

With the advent of websites such as Airbnb and VRBO for short-term rentals, many property owners are taking the opportunity to generate extra income by renting out their homes to visitors. Sounds like a great idea. Unless you are like the unfortunate Calgary couple whose home suffered approximately $150,000 damage last week during a “drug-fueled […]

Rising premiums? Factors that influence insurance rates

Explaining increases in insurance rates and premiums is one of the most common requests from clients to insurance brokers.  There are various factors that influence insurance rates and premiums, some of which can be controlled by the insured person or business, and others that are determined by external factors. Factors that may be controlled by […]

Business insurance 101: The basics for business owners

Determining what types of business insurance you need can be confusing for even the most experienced business owner.  A good way to start is to understand the fundamental basics of what is covered by business insurance:  property, liability, income, and people. 1.    Property: As a business owner, you need to insure the business property that […]