What would happen if you got sick, or if a tree fell on your house? In other words, do you have insurance? Perhaps you think insurance is an unnecessary expense, until you need it. Reading these tips should help you figure out how you can find the right kind of insurance for you.
By having all of your insurance policies with one company, you can often receive many different discounts that would otherwise not be available to you. Spend some time asking your representative about how much they could save you if you switched all of your other policies to their company.
It may go without saying, but someone needs to put it out there. When it comes to insurance, just tell the truth! I heard a story about a guy who had his windshield shattered who did not report it to his insurance company for two weeks. In that two weeks he changed his policy to include zero deductible comprehensive so it wouldn’t cost him anything to fix it. Lo and behold the insurance found out! Can you guess where he is now?
Your insurance rates are likely set by zip code. If you live near a big city, the closer your zip code to the actual city center, the higher your rates will be. Consider this when looking for a new place to live. Just one zip code away could seriously lower your payment.
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.
Ask your insurance agent for a list of the discounts they offer, and check each one to see if you qualify. If you do not use an agent, check with the website you use and find it there. Spending a little extra time on the search can help you save a lot of money.
Find an insurance broker who works with several major, reputable companies. These professionals, after reviewing your records, can compare different companies’ offers and can choose the best coverage for the best premium. Some of these brokers continue to shop around for you and switch your carrier when another company offers the same coverage for a more reasonable premium.
When you tangle with your insurance company over a claim dispute, never forget that the friendly company representative who talks to you is not your friend. He or she is a customer service professional trained to put you at ease – and to look after his or her employer’s interests. Respect them but do not expect them to side with you against their company.
By applying these tips, you could save money on your monthly premiums and deductibles. Remember to do your research and to compare prices before you choose a policy. A customer who knows what insurance is about will choose a better insurance plan and pay a fair price. These tips should help you choose wisely.