Whether it’s your car, your home, or your health, getting and keeping insurance is an important consideration for just about everybody. Here are some tips to help you navigate the maze of figuring out what you need, getting quotes, and getting coverage for these types of insurance and others as well.
If you receive your homeowner’s insurance from a company that also sells health or auto insurance, consider combining your policies. Many companies offer bundled discounts, so if you combine policies you could save a considerable amount.
When dealing with an insurance claim, be sure to keep accurate logs of the time and money that you spent on preparing the information needed for your claim. You may be entitled to a reimbursement for time spent. It is possible that you may need to hire help, or it may also be possible that you lose work time when preparing the claim.
When filing an insurance claim for your business, you should always keep track of the time you spend and any expenses you incur in the process of preparing the claim. Most business insurance policies specifically cover claim preparation costs, so don’t be afraid to ask for the money you’re entitled to.
To make sure your insurance is providing the coverage that you are paying for make sure that you talk to your agent when you make any large purchase. Most policies have limits for any single item. If you buy a new ring that is worth $5,000 you may need to add an endorsement to cover it fully.
Insurance is like any profession: it uses a lot of specialized words (indemnification, liability, etc.) So if you don’t understand something about a policy you’re about to buy, STOP. Ask the insurance professional you’re talking with to back up and explain in terms that you can understand. If you still don’t get it, make them explain it again. Nothing is worse than signing on for a policy that either costs too much or doesn’t cover enough, because you didn’t feel comfortable asking questions about it beforehand.
To get the right insurance, you have to understand what the company is offering you. The details of insurance coverage can be very difficult to understand, so consult your insurance company about any unclear terms. If you have a bad feeling about the advice they give you, or any sense that they’re not being totally honest, contact someone more knowledgeable than you for help.
Selecting insurance policies wisely is an important part of a sound financial plan. If, for example, you pick a policy that has a high deductible, you will pay less each month, but if something does happen you will pay the high deductible out of pocket at that time. Going with a higher deductible will cost you less, but it will leave you paying out-of-pocket when the worst occurs.
Now you know how to make wise decisions concerning many the various kinds of insurance. You’re ready to assess your needs and start making inquiries with different companies and agents to get quotes and coverage. You’ve worked hard for your achievements, and these tips will help you protect your assets.