If you’re like most of us, the world of insurance can often seem frustrating, overwhelming, and just plain confusing. A basic understanding of insurance, however, is vital for today’s world. So what can you do to lessen the confusion that surrounds insurance? You’ve already gotten a good start by reading this article.
Once you get involved in an insurance claim it is vital to remember that your insurance company is, ultimately, a profit-motivated corporation. Keep this in mind when you deal with company representatives. Do not be adversarial, just try to understand their viewpoint and their priorities. Understanding your insurer’s motivations can help you bring a claim to a mutually-satisfactory resolution.
Repeat after me: you must always read the fine print when signing an insurance policy. In an insurance transaction, you typically will have to sign a large number of papers containing thousands of words in tiny print. You need to read – and understand – these forms before you sign any insurance policy. Do not allow the agent to blow through the forms and simply sign at the several places marked with an X. If you don’t understand the fine print, you will likely regret your purchase decision down the line.
Find out the name of the adjuster assigned to your claim. When making an insurance claim, your insurance provider is likely to assign someone to your case. Find out the name of this person. Do what research you can on them. Find out if they are qualified to do the things they are doing.
If you rent, renters insurance can be an invaluable asset. Renter’s insurance will protect most of your things in the event that there is a fire in your apartment, water damages your belongings, or a burglar steals your belongings. Renter’s insurance can also be cheap – as low as $20 a month. Not much if you have a computer, a lot of nice clothes, or a flat screen TV.
Learn how different insurance sellers work so you can understand their selling methods. Commission-only planners and insurance agents only make money when you buy their products. Fee based planners charge you a fee for their assistance and receive a commission on the products you buy. A fee-only planner will charge you for their advice but they do not sell products directly.
If a situation causing a claim to get filed involves another person or company, make sure you contact local law enforcement as well as your insurer. Many car insurers require a police report to even consider a claim, and it is a civic responsibility to report crimes anyway. Government agencies and insurers are both there to protect you, take advantage of all your available protection and services.
Many people are confused by insurance, and with very good cause! We hope that, after reading this article, you are now in a much better place to understand some of the basics about insurance, and have some tips and strategies that you can quickly put into practice in your own life.