The goal of our news page is to give peace of mind by by providing helpful tips, education, and the best information to make an informed insurance decision. If you would like more information about any of the articles below, please call us at (518) 392-5161 or visit our Contact page to find email addresses for specific individuals.
Effective Monday June 22, MetzWood again be open to appointments in the office. We ask that you reach out to your advisor to schedule an appointment in advance. This will help us in an effort to maintain proper social distancing guidelines.
All customers that visit the office will have to abide by the following rules, as recommended by NYS:
Do Not Enter if Sick
Wear a Mask
Take a Temperature Check
Sign In and Sign Out
No Cash Payments
Though our office will be open, we still feel it is most responsible to take care of as many transactions as possible over the phone or digitally.
We have invested in technology that will allow our agents to serve you without the need to visit the office. They are ready and able to assist you with any insurance questions or coverage needs.
To date, you’ve helped us raise over $11,000 for several local non-profit organizations.
For every referral MetzWood receives, we donate $10 to a different local non-profit, which rotates semi-annually. Most recently, we were able to present a check for over $2,000 to the Columbia Land Conservancy. Referrals in the second half of 2019 will help Columbia County Youth Theatre.
Additionally, for every referral you give, you are entered into a monthly drawing for a $100 Visa Cash Card, and a quarterly drawing for a 4K HD TV.
As part of our commitment to serve residents and businesses through Columbia County, MetzWood Insurance has opened an office at One City Centre in Hudson. With a convenient location in downtown Hudson, the MetzWood Team is available to meet by appointment with clients who reside closer to that location.
To celebrate its opening, members of the Chamber and neighboring businesses at One Hudson City Centre joined the MetzWood Management Team in a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Unnoticed water leaks can be among the most catastrophic causes of household property damage. And water damage is on the rise.
About 1 in 50 homes experiences water damage or frozen pipes each year, according to insurance data aggregator ISO. Currently water damage accounts for almost 50% property damage losses, up from about 25% in 2011.
Examples of Damage Caused by Leaks
A pipe with a leak 1/32” wide, about the thickness of a dime, will produce 264 gallons/day. That’s enough to fill an 8-foot-square room with 6” water.
If you’re gone for two weeks on vacation and your ice maker leaks at the rate of 1 drip per second, it will produce 115 gallons of water. That’s enough to fill 1.5 bathtubs.
Consider a Leak Defense System
One way to prevent or limit the likelihood of water damage in your home, consider installing a Leak Defense System.
There are a number of manufacturers who make these devices. They can range from providing a simple alert, to automatically shutting off the flow of water in your home if a leak is detected.
We think these devices are a smart solution for all homeowners, but would recommend it even more to individuals who own a secondary home.
There are many systems available on the market currently, and it seems that new solutions are being developed regularly. MetzWood Insurance has not tested the effectiveness or features of all of these systems, but here is a list of endorsed systems from some of our insurance carriers:
We recommend that you speak with a qualified plumbing company to help determine the best solution for you and your home. Before purchasing a system, you will also want to consider things like access to and availability of power outlets near your water main, and making sure you can get a strong Wi-Fi signal to that area.
You may qualify for a discount on your policy for installing one of these devices. Call or text (518) 392-5161, or email your advisor to find out more.
MetzWood Insurance has been recognized as one of the Leading Insurance Agencies in the United States as signified in The Best Practices Study performed by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA).
The purpose of The Best Practices Study is to compile the operating statistics of the country’s leading agents and brokers. To achieve this objective, agencies included in the annual study must first be nominated for participation by an insurance carrier or an IIABA state affiliated association.
There were 1,300 top agencies from around the country that were nominated in six revenue categories. Of those 1,300, only 267 agencies scored high enough to qualify for inclusion!
Participation in The Best Practices Study has become a prestigious recognition of the superior accomplishments of the top insurance agencies in each of the revenue size categories studied.
Our inclusion among these 267 outstanding agents and brokers clearly recognizes us as an industry leader, and is a testiment to our hardworking staff and management.
After over 18 years with MetzWood, Theresa Steeneck will be retiring on December 13th. While we will be sad to see her go, we are excited for Theresa to start her retirement and enjoy her life after insurance!
Taking over from Theresa will be Susan Tuttle. Susan comes to MetzWood with a wealth of experience working in the insurance industry for over 30 years, most recently with First Niagara.