There are many risks that we face in our everyday lives and in order to protect ourselves against these risks, we turn to insurance policies. Insurance, like any complex financial instrument, can be difficult to navigate, if you don’t know what you are doing. These tips will help simplify insurance concepts and make them understandable.
Create and maintain a detailed journal of every event that occurs leading up to and throughout the duration of your insurance claim. This will assist you if there are discrepancies throughout the process. This is the only way that at least you can ensure that you keep your facts straight. Take down everyone’s name and number that you speak with and a brief summary of the interaction.
When settling a claim with your insurance company, know how and when you will receive your payout. Many insurance policies are designed on an “actual cash value” basis, meaning that your claim may only be paid once repairs are completed or replacement items are purchased. If you needed cash to fund those purchases in the first place, you may be out of luck.
Small business owners need to insure more than just the building in which they operate. They also need to insure any special tools or equipment used in the conduct of their business. A business owner’s equipment and tools are considered personal property and are not normally included in the coverage provision of most business liability policies. Therefore, they must be protected against loss, theft or damage, with a separate policy.
Do not settle for a pet insurance company with delayed coverage. When you purchase the insurance, you should be able to hang up the phone knowing that your furry loved one is covered should anything go wrong. Immediate coverage should not cost anything extra. If it does, the company you are dealing with may be disreputable.
Get a pet insurance policy with traveling coverage included. Some companies will not pay for any vet visits if you are on the road and this can lead to heavy expenses for the pet owner. Find a policy that lets you visit other vets and you will be able to securely travel with your furry friend.
Trust your insurance agent or find a new one. Many insurance companies offer multiple agents in a single area, so if you find yourself disliking the agent you initially chose, there is no harm in looking up a different one. Agents are professionals and should not take it personally if you move on to someone you find more agreeable.
Review the benefit limits in your plan. Every insurance company out there has their own maximum yearly and lifetime limits for benefits for every type of medical issue there is. Pay very close attention to these limits, especially if you are older or have children to make sure that your coverage will still protect you down the road.
With the myriad of insurance policies available, it can sometimes be difficult for ordinary consumers to keep up with everything they need to know to make the best of their insurance products. By putting the above tips into practice, you can become a smart consumer and maximize the benefits insurance offers, without wasting money.