Insurance is all about protection. It is what keeps us financially secure through a life that comes with impending disaster that we can’t always avoid. Knowing what to do and what not to do with our insurance needs can save a lot of money and a lot of headaches.
Buy traveler’s insurance. The last thing you want to do is get to your destination and find out things have gone horribly awry. However, with traveler’s insurance, you can have something to fall back on and cushion the financial difficulties. Let’s face it, traveling doesn’t always go as we expect. It’s best to be prepared.
Save money on your insurance premiums by raising your deductible. You can save $100 or more on your auto insurance premium by raising your deductible from $250 to $500. Likewise, if you increase your homeowner’s deductible from $500 to $1,000, you could save even more. Even increasing your health insurance deductible helps you save money on premiums.
Keep a written log of every conversation you have with the insurance company, including the date, time and length of the conversation. This will ensure that you and the insurance company are both on the same page about what’s been said. Recording this information can also help you reach a settlement, in cases of mishandling by the insurance company.
Get lower insurance rates by paying for your insurance annually or twice a year instead of monthly. Most insurance providers give a good discount for paying up-front. Additionally, many insurance providers charge a monthly fee of $2-$3 in addition to higher rates for monthly payment, so your savings can really add up when you pay in advance.
If you want insurance companies to deal fairly with you, then you must do the same for them. You might be tempted to pump up your claim or say you lost more than you did, but if you do this, you will add fuel to their concerns about claimant fraud and they are less likely to deal with you in an honest way. It’s the Golden Rule, once again: report your loss fairly and honestly, with all the details needed, and accept what appears to be fair value (if in fact that is what you’re offered).
If you own a small business, you must have the proper liability insurance coverage for your business. This is because you must always be in a situation where, if you are sued, you have the coverage you need to pay for your company’s legal defense. You will also need to be covered so that the plaintiff’s legal fees can be paid, in the event you do not win the case. If you do not have proper liability insurance, you can go out of business very quickly just trying to pay your legal fees.
To cover your home for earthquake damage in California, you must purchase separate earthquake insurance. Regular homeowner’s insurance will not cover quake damage. Your insurance company or broker can help you understand the risk in your area and provide the coverage for you. Many homeowners choose not to get earthquake coverage, as it can be quite expensive.
You can get health coverage for your pet. Dogs and cats are commonly covered, but you may be able to find insurance for other small animals too. Many pet owners elect to go without pet coverage, as they find limited options and high co-pays too difficult to deal with, but some appreciate the added peace of mind.
Whatever you have that is important to you, you need to make sure that you have it covered by one of your insurance policies. You never know when that next disaster is going to hit and potentially cost you a lot of money. Take the advice we’ve given you in this article to make sure that you are always covered in the event of the unfortunate.