The idea of dying and leaving our loved ones behind is not a pleasant thought. No one likes to think about their own death. Unfortunately it is part of life and as such it needs to be planned and provided for. The following guidelines will help you make the right choices when choosing your life insurance.
Shop around, it can save money
As with any kind of insurance, the first thing to do is to shop around. Get as many quotes as you can and weigh up all the benefits each insurer offers to ensure you get the best deal to suit your needs.
Make sure you get enough cover
Buying insurance is the first step. Buying too little cover and leaving your loved ones with only a little cash after your death is not good. Be careful that you do not underinsure your life. Ensure that the policy you select provides adequate cover to your family after you pass away. If financial circumstances limit the amount of cover you can afford, start with a lower payout, but remember to reassess your cover as soon as you are better off financially.
Stay healthy, it saves money
Leading a healthier lifestyle will save you money on your monthly premium. Smokers, people who drink excessively and partake in risky sports such as skydiving, pay more on their insurance premiums. Make some adjustments to your life and you will not only live longer, but also pay less for life insurance every month.
The younger you are when you buy life insurance, the cheaper your rate will be. In addition, the premiums will remain lower than people who purchase a similar policy at a more mature age. Also, some companies will only cover people up to a certain age, so the sooner you buy cover the better.
Review your cover regularly
As with regular short-term insurance, you should review your cover regularly. The rule of thumb for any kind of insurance is once a year. Any life changes will also affect your insurance needs so when you get married, have a baby or buy a house, you should review your cover.
Choose the correct kind of cover
There are many different kinds of life insurance policies out there and you should choose one, or more, to cover all your insurance needs. For instance, buying a life policy without disability cover could be a disaster if you are somehow injured and are unable to continue working.
Buy more, rather than less
When it comes to life insurance, unlike short-term insurance, it is better to be over insured rather than underinsured. Since you cannot put a value on a life, your insurance company cannot pay less than the amount insured in the event of your death so regardless of the amount you are insured for, your loved ones will be covered for the full amount. In addition, the rates generally drop the more you insure for.
Following these easy guidelines will help you insure your life adequately and ensure that your loved ones are cared for long after you have passed away.
Stuart Broad is a marketer who works for a number of South African Home Insurance sites. If you are looking for a budget insurance, he recommends trying to get Business Insurance at InsuranceHound.