Buying or selling insurance can be very intimidating. It can easily lead to a bit of information overload because of all of the resources available to anyone not experienced. Below are some tips to assist you in getting all of this information organized to where you can start buying or selling insurance smarter.
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.
To make sure your insurance claim gets processed quickly and correctly, you should make note of who your adjuster is at the company. Many companies will hire an independent adjuster to make the visit to determine how accurate the damages reported are, but the adjuster who actually works for your company, is the one who makes the final determination of your case.
New insurance companies may come calling all the time. But before you make the leap, be sure to scruitinize the fine print carefully. What looks like a good deal on the surface may be the real thing. However, there may be many small but important differences between your current policy and the one you are considering (premiums, deductibles, coverage limits, etc.) So be sure you know what that next boat looks like before you jump ship.
If you own a home and have a car, you can save on insurance by covering both, with the same company. Most insurers offer multi-policy discounts and with online tools that make it easy to compare costs, you can easily find the company that offers you the biggest savings and most appropriate coverage for your situation.
Always do your homework. Make sure, the insurance company and broker you are planning to work with is licensed, insured and covered by the state’s guarantee fund. Your state’s insurance commissioner or department can provide this information for free. This ensures that, in case of an insurance company default, your claim will still be paid.
If you’ve tied the knot, add your spouse to your insurance policy. Just like a teenager is charged more because they are considered a risk, being married is a sign of stability and you will generally see your rate go down. Make sure and check with both of your insurance companies to see who will offer the better deal.
Once you get involved in an insurance claim it is vital to remember that your insurance company is, ultimately, a profit-motivated corporation. Keep this in mind when you deal with company representatives. Do not be adversarial, just try to understand their viewpoint and their priorities. Understanding your insurer’s motivations can help you bring a claim to a mutually-satisfactory resolution.
Hopefully, these tips have provided you with some very valuable information, as well as given you a way to organize all of the information you may have already had on buying or selling insurance. Keeping these tips in mind can help you become an expert about insurance policies.