Keeping your Insurance Policies Up to Date

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Over time, many things change, some of which may affect your insurance. You might buy a new car, add a room to your home, or welcome a new driver into your family. The holiday season and the upcoming new year are great times to note these changes and notify us so we can update your insurance to reflect the changes in your life.

Why Update Your Insurance Policy?

  1. Protection Against Financial Loss: Insurance is essentially a safety net. It protects you from financial losses due to unforeseen events like accidents or theft. You might not be fully covered if your policy isn’t updated to reflect new purchases or changes. Imagine the stress of finding out your new car isn’t covered after an accident.
  2. Legal Requirements: Insurance is not just a choice but a legal necessity for certain items like cars. Ensuring all your vehicles are adequately insured keeps you compliant with the law.
  3. Peace of Mind: Knowing that your possessions and loved ones are well-protected provides security. This peace of mind is priceless.

Fundamental Life Changes That Affect Your Insurance

  1. Buying or Selling a Vehicle: If you’ve purchased a new car or sold an old one, update your auto insurance immediately. You’ll likely need coverage for new cars, insuring them for damage, theft, and liability. If you’ve sold a car, removing it from your policy can save you money.
  2. Home Additions or Renovations: Adding a room or renovating your home can increase its value. It’s essential to update your home insurance to reflect this increased value. Otherwise, in case of damage, your insurance might not cover the total cost of repairs.
  3. New Drivers in the Household: Adding a teen driver to your policy is a must. Teen drivers are considered high-risk, and not updating your policy can lead to complications if they’re involved in an accident. Conversely, maybe you have a son or daughter who has grown up and is no longer with you. Removing them from your policy will likely save you money.
  4. Recreational Vehicles: Buying a boat, ATV, or side-by-side is exciting, but don’t forget to insure them. Recreational vehicles also pose risks and require specific types of insurance coverage.

How to Update Your Insurance Policy

  1. Review Your Current Policy: Review your existing coverage to understand what’s included and what’s not. Look for gaps where your current lifestyle changes might not be covered. If you would like us to help you, give us a call.
  2. Contact Your Insurance Agent: Reach out to us to discuss the changes in your life. We can provide advice on the best coverage options for your new circumstances.
  3. Get Quotes for New Coverage: If you’ve added significant value to your assets, like a new car or home renovations, ask us to get a quote from your current company to know how much the additional coverage will cost.
  4. Consider Bundling Policies: Sometimes, having multiple policies with the same insurer can give you a discount. Ask your agent about bundling options.
  5. Update Beneficiaries if Needed: For life insurance, ensure your beneficiaries are up to date, especially after major life events like marriage or the birth of a child.
  6. Regularly Review and Update: Make it a habit to review your insurance policies annually. This practice ensures you’re always adequately covered.

Conclusion

Life is dynamic, and so should your insurance coverage. Regularly updating your insurance policies to reflect the changes in your life is a smart financial decision and a crucial step in protecting what matters most to you. Whether it’s a new car, a home renovation, or a new family member, keeping your insurance aligned with your life’s progress ensures that you’re prepared for whatever comes your way. Remember, the best time to update your insurance is today.