Insurance protects almost all of the things in our lives. It keeps us from hitting financial ruin when the unthinkable happens to our car, our home, or our loved ones. This article will give you some practical advice on how you can get the most out of your insurance policies.
It may go without saying, but someone needs to put it out there. When it comes to insurance, just tell the truth! I heard a story about a guy who had his windshield shattered who did not report it to his insurance company for two weeks. In that two weeks he changed his policy to include zero deductible comprehensive so it wouldn’t cost him anything to fix it. Lo and behold the insurance found out! Can you guess where he is now?
If you are moving, be sure to check with your moving company to see what kind of insurance they carry. Most moving companies just have a “per-pound” policy on all contents. This might be alright if you just have fairly ordinary, large furnishings; however, if you have very expensive furniture, artwork, lots of electronics or other items that may not weigh much but are valuable, you should ask your insurance agent about supplemental moving insurance.
When you think about insurance, think hard about how much of your available income you want to spend on insurance versus investments. This is because, of course, each of us has a finite amount of money to spend on anything, so we have to make smart decisions about it. For example, if you are in good health and can save a lot on your insurance budget by buying low-cost term insurance, that will free up income you can use to invest in either long-term care insurance or actual income investments.
Your insurance rates are likely set by zip code. If you live near a big city, the closer your zip code to the actual city center, the higher your rates will be. Consider this when looking for a new place to live. Just one zip code away could seriously lower your payment.
Don’t file a claim for a minor issue, even if it’s covered. The upfront cost of paying the expense on your own is negligible compared to the potential increases to your premiums. Some companies may offer you discounts if you accumulate claim-free years, which can save you a lot of money. If something more serious happens, the coverage will still be there.
It is important to go over your insurance coverage routinely. This is a great way to discover inaccuracies or possible discounts. Each of these items could wind up taking money from your pocket, so it is worth the effort.
We protect the things that we hold dear with insurance. There is a lot to consider when you buy insurance, regardless of what it is for. If you take the tips here and apply them to your insurance needs now and in the future, you can be sure you are getting the most for your money.