If you have a spouse and children and are the main income earner of the family, you do not want to leave them in a position of hardship should anything happen to you. Yet without considering the purchase of a life insurance policy, this is a situation that could become a reality. Here are some things you need to know.
When purchasing life insurance, you will want to weight the company you choose very carefully. Since it is not likely that you will need to use their services for many many years, you will want to make sure that they will be around when it’s needed. A strong reputable company who has been in the business for a long time is the safest choice.
Make sure to get quotes on different levels of policies. Many insurance companies offer breaks at different levels of coverage that could wind up saving you money. Just because you’ve decided that 175,000 is all the coverage you need, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get quoted on other levels just in case.
Drop bad habits and get into good shape prior to opening a life insurance policy. If you are in good physical health, you are likely to get a better rate from your provider. Smoking, high cholesterol, blood pressure, as well as depression, can drive up your rates more than you would think.
Tell your agent if you have a risky job or participate in extreme hobbies. You may have to pay more for coverage, but if you are injured on the job or while engaging in your hobby, you want to be sure of being covered. If you do decide to withhold this information, it could be considered fraud and thus, you will subject to stiff penalties.
Try to avoid the “guaranteed issue” life insurance policies. These policies are given to almost everyone who applies and they don’t require medical exams. The issue is that the issuing company doesn’t know if the policy holder is healthy, which makes these risky to the company. While this policy could be convenient, these risks mean that they will be more expensive for the customer. They tend to only be beneficial when a person is in poor health and cannot get any other type of life insurance policy.
If you are buying a new life insurance policy, the best time for you to actually make the purchase is before you hit your half birthday. Insurance companies don’t use your actually age, but what they call your “age nearest”. So If you will be 30 in 6 months, they will consider you 30 now, and you will be paying a little more.
One of the most common mistakes people make when purchasing life insurance is accidentally skewing the results of the required physical exam. Your impulse may be to go for a jog or spend time at the gym immediately before your appointment in an effort to appear more physically fit. In reality, this could have a negative effect. Exercise elevates your blood pressure. Doctors could get an incorrect impression of your health that you might not want them to have.
Using the advice above, you should now be a little wiser as to whether buying a life insurance policy would be beneficial to you and your family. While it may have a monthly cost that seems like an extra burden, is the financial burden your family would face without you not just as much, if not more?