Insurance is a great way to protect yourself, family and assets. But there are some common insurance mistakes people make…that leave them with significant gaps in their coverage. These mistakes can lead to an unnecessary loss when you need it most. So whether you’re just starting out or an expert looking to better protect yourself, here are five insurance mistakes to avoid…
Today, you’re here to learn how to save money on your insurance. Part of the problem with this is that there are so many insurance companies out there that it can be hard to figure out where to start. Well, when it comes to finding a great company that understands your needs and offers competitive prices, we’ve compiled a list of the most commonly overlooked insurance mistakes (and ways to avoid them) that you should know about in advance.
Insuring a home for its real estate value rather than for the cost of rebuilding.
The first thing to look for when buying a new home is whether it is worth the price you pay. The second thing to look for is the cost of rebuilding it. The first thing to do when you find out how much it will cost to rebuild your house is to buy an insurance policy that will cover the expected value of your home in the event of a total loss.
A lot of people think that if they insure their home for its real estate value, they will save money by getting better rates than if they insure for the cost of building or rebuilding. This is not true. Insurance companies only offer policies that cover actual replacement costs, so unless you want to pay extra on top of your mortgage and other costs, buying coverage that pays off based on current market value makes more sense.
A common mistake people make when they buy insurance is assuming that their home is worth more than it really is. You may have heard the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” — and this applies to insurance as well.
For example, if your house is worth $200,000 and you want it insured for $200,000, you’re going to pay more than you need to. If you could instead buy a policy for $200,000 that protects your home for its current value plus 20 percent of rebuilding costs, you’d only pay about $500 in premiums each year.
Selecting an Insurance Company by Price alone:
Insurance companies are not immune to making mistakes. In fact, it is estimated that more than half of all insurance claims made by customers are due to the company’s mistakes.
By choosing an insurance company based on its price alone, you could be making the following mistakes:
Incorrect Premiums: The most common mistake when selecting an insurance company is paying too much for your coverage. If you compare rates from multiple providers and find that one company has a lower rate than another, but they have the same coverage or higher limits, it may be worth switching to the lower-cost provider.
Insurance Fraud: Insurance fraud is a serious crime and should not be taken lightly. Some people who file fraudulent claims may be trying to make up for lost income from an injury or medical condition. However, if you receive a notice from your insurance company stating that it has received a claim for medical expenses that are not covered under your policy, do not ignore this even if you believe it was in error. Contact your agent immediately so that he or she can investigate what happened and determine whether there is anything you can do about the situation.
Not telling your family about your life insurance.
our family members may not know that you have life insurance and don’t understand how it can benefit them. They may also feel uncomfortable talking about this topic, especially if they’re new to the idea of buying insurance.
But before you tell them anything, make sure they know how much coverage you want and how much you’ll need to pay out every month. It’s important that they understand what “subsidy” means and why it’s so important — particularly if they’re young and still in school or just starting out on their own careers
Only Purchasing the legally required amount of liability for your Car
- Make sure you have the right amount of liability coverage. The minimum amount of liability coverage required by state law is $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident. If you don’t have enough coverage, your rates will go up and your premiums will be higher than they need to be!
- Make sure you have enough uninsured/under insured motorist coverage. Uninsured/under insured motorist (UM) coverage is also required by state law. UM coverage can help protect drivers from financial losses if they are involved in an accident with someone who doesn’t carry enough insurance or has no insurance at all.
- Have collision coverage on your car and comprehensive coverage on your home or other vehicles if needed (this is especially important for cars that aren’t worth much).
- Check your rates often – once every two years is ideal – because rates change often based on many factors, including inflation,
Not knowing about health care networks and referrals.
If you’re not sure about which health insurance providers are available in your area, use this tool to find out.
Not knowing what a deductible is and how it works.
A deductible is the amount of money that you must pay before your insurance company will begin to cover expenses. If you don’t meet your deductible, you’ll pay thousands of dollars out of pocket.
- The amount of the deductible will vary from one plan to another and from one person to another. It may be as little as $200 for some plans and as much as $5,000 for others. But if you’re not familiar with how much your plan’s deductible is, it can be easy to overlook it when shopping around for health insurance quotes online or over the phone.
- If you don’t know your health insurance provider’s network, you might not be able to find an in-network physician or hospital. That’s because most insurers have different networks for their employees and those with higher incomes.
- Make sure you’re covered by a plan with a network that includes all the doctors and hospitals you need. If you have a choice between two or more plans, consider which one has the biggest network of providers in your area.
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