How To Deal With Your Insurance Company After You Install Solar Panels

Nov 26th, 2013 Posted in Insurance | No Comments »

Many insurance companies will list the installation of solar panels as a ‘Coverage A Dwelling Value’. In order to be covered, you must endorse your insurance company for an increase in your dwelling’s value. To figure out the value, simply add the cost of your solar panel purchase to the amount your home is currently insured for. In addition to this, it’s a good idea to send photos of the solar panel installation to your insurance agent so that they have documentation of the installation. Of course, it’s always best to contact your insurance company before you install any solar panels so that you can determine whether or not you will be covered.

Exercise Caution When Hiring A Lawyer To Help With Your Denied Claim

Sep 20th, 2013 Posted in Insurance | No Comments »

The first thing many homeowners think about after having been denied a claim by their insurance company is getting legal assistance. But while hiring a lawyer may seem like the most useful thing to do, it may actually turn out to be a bigger problem than at first suspected. This is because once a legal professional becomes a part of the case, all communication must travel through them. This means that a homeowner hiring a lawyer will no longer be able to communicate independently with their insurance company, which can result in the process taking much longer than expected.

Avoid Listening to Any Lame Life Insurance Myths

Jul 5th, 2013 Posted in Insurance | No Comments »

insMyths abound when it comes to the subject of life insurance. These myths do need to be dispelled because they serve no purpose other than preventing those in need of a solid insurance policy from actually being able to acquire one. Myths such as medical exams are always required or there is a mandatory age limit for life insurance can really throw those off the trail of the ability to actually acquire a decent policy. Myths are, essentially, untruths. Rather than take common myths on face value, it would be a much wiser strategy to effectively learn what the requirements are on specific policies from specific providers.

Understanding the Settlement Process on a Life Insurance Claim

Jun 17th, 2013 Posted in Insurance | No Comments »

As the old saying goes, there is nothing guaranteed in life except death and taxes.  Whether you are a young family that has life insurance to protect your dependents in the event of an untimely death, or whether you have invested in whole life as an investment vehicle, one thing is certain:  you or your loved ones will at some point have to deal with the insurance company in the form of a claim.  The first step is to notify the company and provide any necessary documentation needed, such as a death certificate as well as a claim settlement form.  You will also need to submit a written intimation, which is the same thing as notification but includes specific information required by the insurance company.

What are the Benefits of Annuities?

Jun 16th, 2013 Posted in Insurance | No Comments »

If you are nearing retirement age, you are likely familiar with the term “annuities”.  Long considered a very safe investment for seniors that ensures cash flow later in your retirement, it is often part of a retiree’s portfolio along with a life insurance policy to cover any expenses at death.  An annuity can be de3scribed as a conversion tool, which allows a lump sum of insurance benefits to be paid out to the holder in monthly installments.  The key to a good portfolio for anyone is diversity.  Annuities are great for cash flow, but can throw a monkey wrench into the equation if the economy struggles with high inflation, or if the retiree has an emergency which requires quick liquidation of assets.

How Trees Can Impact Homeowners Negatively

Jun 15th, 2013 Posted in Insurance | No Comments »

Most people view trees as a natural asset to their property, as it adds shade, beauty, and protection from the elements.  But what many people don’t realize is that trees can cause quite a bit of damage that ends up either costing the homeowner a lot of time and money, as well as insurance companies that have to payout on claims.  Taking care of your trees can mitigate the negatives.  For instance, if you have trees that are diseased or ill-maintained, they could possibly fall over and damage your property.  And if your tree falls on your neighbor’s property, their insurance company will go after your insurance company to get reimbursed, which means potentially higher premiums for you.  Worst case scenario – your homeowners insurance company can deny you coverage.

How to Begin a Home Inventory

Jun 14th, 2013 Posted in Insurance | No Comments »

Many homeowners don’t get this far, but a crucial step in making sure that you are adequately covered by your homeowners insurance plan is to prepare a home inventory.  One reason this step is skipped is because preparing one is a huge task, and many people feel confused or overwhelmed as to where to start, and how much detail to give.  Some good advice is to start with groups.  For example – you’ll want to document contents of your closet.  You may start with clothing, then shoes, and perhaps personal items.  And instead of just listing pants, you’ll want name, description and quantity.  If applicable, such as with appliances, you’ll want to list serial numbers, models and brands.  A home inventory is definitely not a small project, but should you need to submit a claim, you’ll be so glad you handled it.

Replacement Window Options

May 30th, 2013 Posted in Insurance | No Comments »

If it’s time to install new windows on your home, one thing to become familiar with is the r-value. The r-value indicates how much heat is prevented from passing through the panes of glass in a window. If purchasing windows having three panes, heat will take longer to pass through the glass, meaning that your home can be kept warmer for longer.

Window glass that has low-emissive coatings is a type often used by homeowners living in warmer climates. These coatings are available in a transparent film which is put on the window’s glass panes. Gas-filled windows are another alternative.

Divorce and Straightening Out Life Insurance Issues

May 5th, 2013 Posted in Insurance | No Comments »

homeNo one wishes through divorce proceedings but such things do occur. Millions of people suffer through a divorce and some of those individuals also have to deal with issues related to their life insurance policy. For many, there may be other pressing issues during divorce proceedings that can lead to issues surrounding life insurance contracts being ignored. This would be a horrible mistake to make because a life insurance policy is designed to protect specific beneficiaries. The named beneficiary might have to change after a divorce. Not taking the steps to do so could mean you are paying for an insurance policy for the wrong beneficiary.

A Life Insurance Policy Offers Family Protection

May 3rd, 2013 Posted in Insurance | No Comments »

Never dismiss the enormous benefits that your loved ones could gain as beneficiaries of  a life insurance policy. Among the most troubling problems a family could face when a loved one passes away would be the enormous financial burdens that might emerge. Rather than allow your family to suffer fiscal stress if not outright financial ruin, it would be far better to make sure they are covered. A solid life insurance policy may be able to do just that. To determine if your family truly needs life insurance, you will have to look at the expenses they will assume when you are gone. This is the only way to be sure a policy is warranted.

The Legal Wrangling of Mixing Probate Law with Life Insurance

May 3rd, 2013 Posted in Insurance | No Comments »

Those lacking an understanding about the rules surrounding probate and how the rules connect to a life insurance policy are well advised to seek counsel from an attorney. A probate attorney specializes in this type of law and any serious questions should be directed towards such a legal professional. Playing guessing games is definitely not advisable. The law is very clear on certain topics and you definitely want to be sure you understand the law prior to making any determinations as to how it affects your life insurance policy or claims. Getting tangled in long, legal wrangling with an insurance company might prove to be a nightmare.

Define the Reasons Why You Wish to Buy Life Insurance

May 2nd, 2013 Posted in Insurance | No Comments »

Knowing why you are buying life insurance is critical before actually doing so. When asked why, some may say they are doing so to care for their loved ones. This is not the best response to offer because it does not offer an exact reason why the policy is being bought. If your real reason is to cover costs associated with a mortgage or college tuition, you must specify as such. Doing so will lead you in the direction of acquiring the best policy most suitable of meeting such needs. By defining why exactly you are buying life insurance, you will be able to find the best life insurance company.

Homeowners Insurance Also Protects the Owner and Not Just The Home

May 2nd, 2013 Posted in Insurance | No Comments »

While it is true homeowners insurance protects property, it also protects the property owner. How is this so? Basically, the property owner stands to lose an enormous amount of net worth and equity if a home is destroyed. The volume of loss the homeowner may suffer could be so much he or she might never recover. Rather than suffer from such a horrible situation, it would be best to acquire a comprehensive insurance policy. Such a policy can go a long way to ensuring personal fiscal disaster does not ensure in the terrible scenario a home is destroyed.

The Lending and Homeowners Insurance Conundrum

May 1st, 2013 Posted in Insurance | No Comments »

Lenders are making requirements that mortgage seekers acquire homeowners insurance in order to be approved. Good for them! Not everyone is required to get homeowners insurance per the terms of a mortgage and the mortgage holder and the homeowners are taking a huge risk. You never know when a tragedy can befall your home. This is why it is so critical to have the appropriate amount of insurance in place to protect your investment. Lenders should also realize if they want to protect and preserve their business, they do need to be sure borrowers are adequately insured.

The Professionals are the Best Help to Those Wanting to Flood Proof Their Basement

May 1st, 2013 Posted in Insurance | No Comments »

Anyone worried about floods in the basement is not being paranoid. Excess rain or a broken pipe can lead to a lot of costly damage. If could even lead to the development of toxic mold in the interior. Once you take all of these serious issues into consideration, you realize flood proofing a basement is a must. If you are not able to do so on your own, you can always hire the services of a qualified professional. While it may not be easy to locate such pros, they are out there and the service they perform is extremely helpful. It might save you a lot of trouble in case a flood occurs.

Collecting Home Owners Insurance Quotes – How to Get the Best Deal

Apr 15th, 2013 Posted in Insurance | No Comments »

Saving moneyOne of the biggest mistakes that people make when searching for home owners insurance is to get one or two home owners insurance quotes, assume that most companies will offer around the same amount of coverage for about the same price, and simply pick one. The reality is that rates from different insurers can vary drastically. Some companies specialize in particular areas so they may have very affordable coverage in your area, while other companies may offer better coverage for the same price as another company. The easiest way to get the best deal is to get as many quotes as possible and compare the coverage and the price.

How to Compare Life Insurance Quotes the Right Way

Apr 13th, 2013 Posted in Insurance | No Comments »

Life insurance is an important product yet many people don’t know the easiest and most effective way to compare life insurance quotes. The truth is that simply asking for quotes from several companies and then comparing the rates may not show you who has the most affordable policy. Instead, you need to carefully consider your coverage. For example, if one has rates that are guaranteed for longer than another company, then it may be worth spending more if you’ll pay less in the long run. Carefully compare the fine print and decide which one makes the most sense for you.

Homeowners Insurance 101 – How Much Do You Need?

Apr 12th, 2013 Posted in Insurance | No Comments »

There are several decisions to make when you take out homeowners insurance. Many people simply want the minimum that’s required by their lender, while others want additional protection. The main question you must ask yourself is if whether you want enough insurance to simply recoup your losses or if you want enough that you can replace what is lost. For example, minimum coverage might reimburse you for electronics that were stolen or damaged, but that won’t be enough to replace it, as prices rise. Premium coverage will actually reimburse you for the amount of replacing the items that need to be replaced.

Getting the Best Quote From Life Insurance Companies

Apr 9th, 2013 Posted in Insurance | No Comments »

There are many life insurance companies out there and we all want the same thing from them: the most coverage for the most affordable rate. But how do you get that? It’s simple, really. First, educate yourself on what types of coverage there are. It’s possible that for someone who doesn’t know better, less coverage can actually sound like more. The more information you have, the better able you will be to make an informed decision. Next, get quotes from several companies. Then compare the type and amount of coverage they offer with the rates they offer and decide which one brings the most value to you.

Is Your Homeowners Insurance as Affordable As it Could Be?

Apr 8th, 2013 Posted in Insurance | No Comments »

Many people are carrying homeowners insurance that’s more expensive than it needs to be. One of the main reasons that people continue to overpay is because they simply haven’t compared rates in many years. Typically they’ll check out all the options when they first purchase their home, but year after year they assume that their policy is still the best value. In many cases it isn’t. There may be new companies offering insurance in your area, or prices may have gone down for numerous reasons. No matter the situation, it’s always a good idea to price check once a year to make sure you’re still getting a great bargain.