Insurance is one of the rare purchases you hope you never have to use. It’s important to be covered when problems arise. But are you, really? If you don’t know some of the essentials, you may find yourself having to come up with a payment out of pocket.
The following are a few key points to keep in mind when purchasing insurance.
- Make sure you have the appropriate home coverage for common perils like theft, vandalism, fire, lightning and water damage. Also, keep in mind water damage comes in many forms and may require a different policy. For instance, while homeowners insurance usually provides for repairs stemming from a burst pipe, it won’t cover overland flooding. For that, you need flood insurance. With flooding being the no. 1 natural disaster in the U.S., it’s well worth the investment.
- Renting a home? Consult your agent to determine what amount of renters insurance coverage is necessary. Many landlords require a minimum level of protection, and their policies don’t cover your personal belongings.
- If you’re a college student staying in a dorm, you may be covered by your parents’ homeowners insurance policy. Keep in mind the coverage may be only partial, so you may want separate renters insurance protection. Read More