Insurance is something we all need, yet most of us don’t spend much time actually thinking about it. This can lead to making a number of insurance mistakes that can result in having less insurance coverage than you really need. Today, we’ll discuss some of the most common mistakes people make when buying insurance, and how you can avoid them.
Insurance Mistake #1: Selecting an insurance company by price alone
Clearly no one wants to pay more for an insurance policy than necessary. But more important than price is selecting an insurance company that will be there when you need it and is able to pay its claims. There are independent rating companies that allow you to check the financial strength of the insurance companies you’re considering. It’s also important to talk to others about their experiences, especially when it comes to handling claims. You want a company that is easy to work with and is fair about paying claims.
Insurance Mistake #2: Insuring your home for its market value
The value of a home can fluctuate, and sometimes people will decrease the amount that their homeowners insurance covers when the value of their home drops. Big mistake—your home should be insured for the amount it would cost to rebuild, which is rarely equal to its market value.
Insurance Mistake #3: Not having flood insurance
People who don’t live near a river or lake often believe that they don’t need flood insurance. If you do live in such areas, flood insurance is something you shouldn’t be without, but those in lower-risk areas should consider it as well. 20% of all flood claims that are paid in the U.S are NOT in high-risk areas.
Insurance Mistake #4: Getting the minimum required auto liability coverage
Most states have a minimum requirement for car insurance liability coverage. However, that minimum might not be enough to cover the cost of damages in an accident. Anything beyond the limit of your automobile insurance policy becomes your responsibility, and this can be disastrous if you can’t afford that expense. If your car is older and not worth a lot, it can make more sense to drop your comprehensive and collision coverage than to skimp on liability.
Insurance Mistake #5: Neglecting renters insurance
Your landlord’s insurance isn’t going to cover your belongings. Chances are the things you own are worth more than you think. It’s smart to take a detailed inventory of your possessions to reasonably estimate their value, and to consider getting insurance to cover that value. You will probably find that it’s much more affordable than you think. If you purchase insurance for your rental, you’ll also be covered for liability. So let’s say your apartment floods and damages your neighbor’s property, you’re covered.
Equipped with these insurance tips, you’re in a good position to review your current coverage. If you find that you’ve made any of these common mistakes, talk to an insurance agent you trust to provide you with great insurance advice and get you the coverage you need.
Need more advice on your coverage needs or want to request a quote today? Call William Penn Insurance at 717-900-8658 or email WilliamPennInsurance@gmail.com. William Penn Insurance is a licensed independent agency serving renters in Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Maryland.