Insurance is a form a risk management that transfers your risk to a third party, like an insurance company. There are many types of insurance policies to consider. This guide will focus on homeowner's insurance and car insurance. You might also want to consider getting: life insurance, which provides your family with money should you die at a young age; and health insurance, which is offered by many employers and provides you with coverage should you get sick or injured. Take some time to figure out what is available to you and what you really need.
Here are a few last things to be aware in regard to insurance policies:
There are a number of different homeowner’s insurance plans, but according to HowStuffWorks the most common plan is the HO-3, which “covers your home and its contents against damage and theft, as well as you, the owner, against personal liability if someone is injured while on your property.” Most plans do not cover damaged caused by earthquakes and floods, so depending on where you live you may want to purchase an additional insurance plan. The cost of insurance is determined by the likelihood of disasters where you live; what your house is made out of; crime rates; the size and condition of your house; and your proximity to fire hydrants and a fire station.
Even if you don’t plan to own a home for a few years, you should consider purchasing renter’s insurance (HO-4). This insures your personal belongings, such as clothes, electronics, and furniture. You can get renter’s insurance for about $10 a month, so it won’t break the bank.
Car insurance is required in almost every state in the US. The price you pay will change based on a number of factors, including: the value of your car; where you live; how much you drive your car; your age; your gender; and your driving record. Consider these factors when purchasing a car, and be sure to drive safely! The older you are and the longer you go with a clean driving record, the cheaper your policy will be.
According to HowStuffWorks, a car insurance policy may include:
Not all of these elements are required and there are different coverage levels for each. Different states have different requirements so make sure you know what the requirements are where you live. It’s also important to take the time to compare insurance providers; you may save yourself a lot of money.