Most people put off on getting life insurance. It isn’t something they are going to see any benefits for within their lifetime, so why bother? If there is anyone that you care about who might suffer financially when you are gone, you might want to reconsider. Here are some helpful tips to get you started.
When shopping for life insurance, be sure to know the differences between the two main types: term life and permanent. Term life is a chosen amount of years that your benefactors are eligible to receive your insurance money. If you outlive these years, then the plan is void. Permanent life insurance stays with you until you die, but rates will generally be higher.
Try to lead a healthy lifestyle. The healthier you are the cheaper your life insurance will be as insurance providers assume that you will live longer. Remember, you will be expected to pay a high premium on a life insurance policy for anything that shortens your life expectancy, for example being overweight, smoking, taking certain medication, etc.
You may be able to save a significant amount of money on your life insurance by paying your premiums annually instead of monthly. Insurance companies often have extra fees for customers who pay every month instead of just once a year. Ask your insurer if you can switch to an annual payment.
Some life insurance companies may suggest that you purchase a mortgage insurance policy, which pays off your mortgage should you die. However, it is wiser to take the amount of your mortgage into account when purchasing coverage for a term life insurance or whole life insurance policy. This makes more sense because your mortgage steadily declines over time, although your mortgage insurance premium does not. In the long run, it is more cost effective to include the amount of your mortgage in with your life insurance policy.
It is crucial that you ask if a potential life insurance policy covers accidental death, as some insurance companies will not cover this. Anything can happen to you and want you to be assured that your family will be able to pay for your final expenses. If you are unsure, ask your insurance company.
Many life insurance brokers and agents get paid through commission. It is therefore to their benefit to sell you the most expensive package they can with as many riders as possible. Because of this, before agreeing to a specific life insurance policy, you should get a second opinion. Make sure everything included is something that you actually need!
Calculate the appropriate level of life insurance coverage needed before purchasing a policy. A good rule of thumb is to consider what the loss of your income would do to your family if anything happened to you and insure yourself accordingly. On average, coverage amounts should be high enough to equal about eight years of salary plus any other one-time expenses your family may face.
Hopefully, these tips have given you some food for thought. The future is uncertain. It never pays to put off things like life insurance. Don’t wait until you are ill and won’t be able to afford what it would cost you. Your loved ones could end up paying the price, further down the line.