In every financial topic, learning before deciding is important, but getting educated in advance, might be the most important in the field of insurance. The terms of insurance policies are written to punish ignorance and take advantage of the disinterested. Learn all you can to get the best insurance deals available to you!
When involved in an insurance claim, do not wait for the insurance company to make all the moves. This will ensure that you get what you are owed, and in a timely manner. Be sure to provide any evidence that will be required and be persistent in asking for information directly related to your claim.
From the moment you file an insurance claim, document everything related to the claim. Document every conversation and correspondence between yourself and your insurance provider. This makes it easier for you to keep up with the details and timeline regarding the claim. Always send a letter asking for a written confirmation after talking to someone on the phone.
Insurance is not only for peace of mind, but it can help you recoup costs if damage occurs to your property or person. There is insurance for most things today, from jewelry to homes. If you owe money on certain types of possessions, such as houses and cars, you may be required to have insurance on them.
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.
Make sure that your pet care insurance policy includes preventative care packages, as well. Paying for things like flea, tick, and heartworm prevention medications can get very expensive. Be positive you have a policy where preventative care is included for your pets, to save yourself both the extra time and money.
It may sound silly but some people even invest in pet insurance! I, as an owner of two dogs, also recommenced it. You simply never know what could happen to your dogs, and they are like members of your family. This protects you in the case of a serious health condition that requires regular treatment. For example I had an epileptic dog growing up and we spent thousands on his care which could have easily been mitigated.
Avoid making monthly payments and instead pay your premium on an annual basis to save up to 60 dollars a year. Most companies charge between 3 to 5 dollars a month if you are paying every month. Put your money aside, and make the payment once a year or every six months instead of paying the extra fee.
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.
A proven method for getting lower rates is to maintain a good credit score. Most insurance companies will always check your credit score because people with bad credit are more likely to make a claim. If you have a bad credit score, you can expect your rates to be higher.
Check with your provider to make sure that you are benefiting from all of the discounts that are available for renter’s insurance. You can get a discount for living in a gated community and many other things that may have not been considered when you opened your policy that could be saving you money.
Work toward having good commercial credit. The lower your credit score, the “riskier” you appear to be to insurance companies. You will get a much better rate on commercial insurance if your credit score is good. Pay attention to the total amount of debt you have and always pay your bills as soon as they come in.
Make sure that you read and understand everything about your coverage before you get into with an insurance agent to file a claim. It is your responsibility to keep up with all of the details in case the agent misses one while you are having a talk with them.
Hopefully, these tips have prepared you a little to make wise insurance decisions. Do not stop here, though. There is an abundance of free information available to teach you more about getting the most out of the money you spend on insurance. More education will protect you even better. Keep learning and keep saving money!