It is equally important to work with your agent to help you understand what kind of insurance you are buying and why you are buying it. A good agent will educate you on your risk and help you determine what coverage you need and what coverage you may not need.
Remember insurance is not a product, it is a relationship. The more you know the better decisions you can make. These are things your agent needs to be talking to you about. If they don’t call you, call them to set up a meeting to review your risk, insurance, and coverage.
- Make Sure That You Are Dealing With A Licensed Insurance Agent - Insurance companies and agents are both required to be licensed by the state, and their information may be found online at the state's insurance department. Most state insurance departments have resources online to aid you in choosing the correct insurance and ensuring that the person or organization you're dealing with is an expert in that field.
- Examine Your Automobile, Home, and Personal Liability Limits – If your policy limits are less than $100,000, you may be able to cover your legal liabilities in the event of a claim or accident. Anyone with any assets or income to protect should get minimum liability coverage of $500,000 to $1 million or more. You will find the cost of higher limits is very competitively priced.
- Recognize The Risks And Coverage You Require - Every property, home and family is unique and comes with its own set of risks. For example, the type of insurance required will also be determined by whether the property is utilized as a primary residence, a long-term or short-term rental, or a condominium. In general, homeowner's insurance is intended to protect against dangers beyond the owner's control, such as rain, wind, fire, vandalism, pipe bursts, falling objects, theft caused by broken glass, and so on.
- Keep a Home Inventory — Keeping an accurate inventory of your personal belongings will help you recover faster in the event of a loss.
- Bundle Your Insurance - Save money by combining your vehicle, house, and umbrella policies with one insurer.
- Choose the Right Deductible - A greater deductible lowers your premium, but you'll be responsible for more out-of-pocket expenses in the event of an accident. If you have a clean driving record and no accidents, you might choose to take a chance and pay a higher premium. The benefit for taking this risk might be as much as a 40% discount.
- Consider Identity Theft — One of the fastest-growing crimes in the United States is identity theft.
- Read Your Policy - I'm not referring to the 1-2 page Declarations Page that serves solely to demonstrate coverage, but rather the 20-30-page insurance Binder or Policy that provides the specifics of the coverage and exclusions. Nobody enjoys reading insurance policies, so don't be surprised if you don't comprehend them.
- Purchase from a financially stable business — Your insurance coverage is only as good as the firm that backs it up. The insurance firm should be rated "A+" or better.