Who can know what the future holds? Ancient peoples relied on oracles. We rely on statistical probabilities and actuarial tables. Decisions on insurance coverage are important in our lives. Insurance provides peace of mind against the unexpected. But if a catastrophe happens, insurance may save our way of life. Here are some tips to help you make decisions about 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.
Small business owners need to insure more than just the building in which they operate. They also need to insure any special tools or equipment used in the conduct of their business. A business owner’s equipment and tools are considered personal property and are not normally included in the coverage provision of most business liability policies. Therefore, they must be protected against loss, theft or damage, with a separate policy.
It is a good idea to find out if your state provides price comparisons of different insurance companies. This will give you a rough estimate of the average prices people are paying. This will help you find the cheapest insurance policy for you.
Insurance is not only for peace of mind, but it can help you recoup costs if damage occurs to your property or person. There is insurance for most things today, from jewelry to homes. If you owe money on certain types of possessions, such as houses and cars, you may be required to have insurance on them.
Trust your insurance agent or find a new one. Many insurance companies offer multiple agents in a single area, so if you find yourself disliking the agent you initially chose, there is no harm in looking up a different one. Agents are professionals and should not take it personally if you move on to someone you find more agreeable.
Customer service is an important consideration regarding insurance companies as you have to deal with them in emergencies. Find out what others think of your prospective insurer. If you are on the market for home owner insurance you can visit J. D. Power’s website where consumers can rate the insurance companies.
Don’t rule out using an insurance broker. An insurance broker can save you time by doing a lot of research then presenting you with the insurance policies best suited to your needs. They can also explain legal terms in insurance policies and they can often offer you great discounts on policies.
Pre-paying your insurance bill can save you money on your premium. Insurance companies prefer for you to pay your insurance in a lump-sum and will reward you for saving them time and money on the costs of sending you bills. You can save payment plan fees of up to 3%!
Quit smoking to reduce your insurance rates. You might think this only applies to health insurance, but your home insurance premiums will also be reduced if you butt out. The risk of a smoker accidentally setting their house on fire is high enough that your premium will go down significantly when you break the habit.
A proven method for getting lower rates is to maintain a good credit score. Most insurance companies will always check your credit score because people with bad credit are more likely to make a claim. If you have a bad credit score, you can expect your rates to be higher.
To keep yourself and your assets protected, don’t think of insurance as a luxury. Insurance may seem like wasted money when you don’t need it, but when you’re in a crisis situation you’ll be happy to have it. Don’t skimp on your coverage, and get all the insurance you think you may need.
Consider buying a renter’s insurance policy after renting your new place. This policy doesn’t cover the structure of the home, but pays for your belongings. Take pictures of your furniture, books, jewelry, CD and DVD collection, TV and electronics, so you can prove to the insurance company that you owned them.
Work toward having good commercial credit. The lower your credit score, the “riskier” you appear to be to insurance companies. You will get a much better rate on commercial insurance if your credit score is good. Pay attention to the total amount of debt you have and always pay your bills as soon as they come in.
Sometimes, investing in insurance may not be the wisest choice. Ask yourself, will I spend more in monthly premiums and deductibles than I would if I paid the expenses completely out of pocket? For example, a healthy adult male who never sees a doctor, would be prudent to not invest in health insurance.
Do not accept any cash payments from another driver that was the cause of any damages to your vehicle. They may just be trying to prevent their deductibles from increasing and it is not a favor to you. Your damages may end up being more than the amount that they offered.
Having any kind of insurance can be a life saver. From getting into wrecks in your vehicle, to having a health problem, you can save a lot of money by being prepared beforehand. Usually there is a monthly payment, but it pales in comparison to just walking into a doctor without insurance. Sometimes a doctor’s visit without any kind of insurance costs more than you pay a year in insurance!
Now you have some tips to help guide you on your way. Only you know your particular needs, and how much you can afford. But the accumulated wisdom of others on this subject can help you make the right choices for the security and peace of mind of you and your family.