App license and insurance rates?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by gogetter, May 29, 2003.

  1. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
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    I know I can call my insurance agent to get the answer, but I'm just getting some preliminary input before I do (won't be 'til next season anyway).

    So...... when I get my applicators license next season and call my insurance agent, what kind of increase can I expect, if any?

    Currently paying around $550 or so for 1 mill liability.

  2. LawnMagic1

    LawnMagic1 LawnSite Member
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    Really all depends on the amount of GL insurance you get. I may be mistaken but insurance premiums for applicators have gone up this year in about every state. Just shop around you have plenty of time and MAKE sure whatever ins. company you use.....they will back the CLAIMS if you should ever have to use it.

    Good luck!
  3. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
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    If any increase? Yes. It will definitely go up. $200,$300 more at least!(annual). Its worth it though. As far as license price, its $100 here, and have to renew every 3 years.
  4. LawnMagic1

    LawnMagic1 LawnSite Member
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    Being an applicator is definately worth it. Of course that is all I do! I'm not to fond of the mowing and landscaping. This is just my guess....but you should be able to make around 50k in spraying your first year...maybe more since you have mowing accounts established.

    Do you currently sub that work out? You could probally pick up some accounts from other lawn maintenance crews who aren't liceased.

    Good Luck!
  5. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
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    Thanks for the replies guys.

    Lawnmagic, I don't sub it out. The customers that use a spray service now had them before they became my customers.

    The other customers either do it themselves, or just don't do it at all. I'm certain however, that once I tell them I'm certified, many will give me that work.

    I do plan to sub to other LCO's that aren't certified, and homeowners that cut thier own lawns as well.

    Thanks again.
  6. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
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    For 1 mil GL it cost me $500, for an additional $500 they wrote pesticide into the policy. The state only requires something like $25K for property and $5K for medical coverage for pesticide, something I didn't know or find out until after I already had the other policy wrote. Something you might check into.

  7. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
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    i think mine went up $250 when i added pest
  8. Enviro Green

    Enviro Green LawnSite Senior Member
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    Six to eight bills (100's that is) here in VA. That's 1,000,000 GL, 500,000 and 500,000 on personal and property. Over the minimums but when yo work with high end properties, you might need it. Also, you might think about becoming incorporated or at least a limited liability to cover yourself more. Chemicals can come with problems.

    Good idea to get others who aren't licensed to work for you. It works OK.

    Oh, and ALL I do is apps.

    Best luck,

  9. Scraper

    Scraper LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hey Jon,

    I am with Nationwide and it didn't go up at all. Just added the necessary endorsement to my current policy.

  10. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
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    Hey Glenn, I also have Nationwide.
    I'll be sure to check with them as I get closer to that time.

    Thanks again for all the helpful replies.

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