In today’s risky world, having some kind of insurance is pretty much accepted as compulsory- you need it to drive a car, or buy a home. However, for smaller items or fields that don’t require it, it’s not always clear whether insurance is worth the investment or not. This article contains some hints and ideas for helping you make sense of insurance and will suggest what schemes would best suit you.
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.
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.
To save money on your insurance, you should look for low rates but also for low deductibles. A deductible is the minimum amount that you have to pay your insurance to cover the damages. An insurance might offer a very low price but charge you too much for your deductibles.
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.
If you have a smart phone, use it to your advantage to help handle your insurance. Some companies have specialized apps for several aspects of insurance issues. From home inventory assistance to policy management and bill reminders, you can find a program to download to your phone. Check with your carrier to see what they offer, if you can’t find something in the app store.
Once you paid for your insurance policy or made the first payment, be sure that the paperwork is forwarded from the broker or agent to the company. Insist on getting a receipt which references your policy number. You should receive a written policy from the insurance company, 30 to 60 days after purchase.
Bundling insurance policies can save money on premiums. Most modern insurance companies offer a full suite of insurance packages. In the interest of increasing their business, many of them offer discounts to customers who take out multiple policies. Such discounts may reduce overall premiums by as much as 10 percent. Combining multiple forms of insurance – such as car and home – can save lots of money.
In summary, to make the most of your insurance, you need to make sure you’re educated about what exactly the insurance is covering and under what circumstances you will and won’t be able to claim. This article has given you some helpful pointers about what to look for and think about when taking out insurance and should help you avoid some unnecessary pitfalls.