It can often seem like there are so many types of personal insurance it’s hard to know where to look. So many types of insurance, though, are essential as we never know when we might need to make a claim against our cover. From car insurance to home insurance and travel insurance to life insurance and health insurance, they all have their place. They all have their place in our budgets, too, but there are some things that people can do to reduce or minimize their personal insurance costs. Read on to find out about three ways to do so.
Give specific, accurate information
One reason that quite a lot of people end up paying too much for insurance â“ or alternatively, not having enough cover â“ is because they don’t give accurate information when applying for quotes. For instance, if you buy buildings insurance for your home, you’ll probably have to specify how much your house would cost to build again from scratch as this is one of the things the cost of your insurance will be based on. Many people overestimate this and so end up paying more than they need to.
Similarly with car insurance, one thing that can affect your car insurance quote is where you park your car. If you park your car on the road â˜regularly’, your insurance is likely to cost significantly more than if you park your car on the road â˜occasionally’. â˜Never’ parking your car on the road but instead parking it in a garage will cost less again, so it’s important that you think carefully about your habits and offer a true representation in your insurance application. Often this can help to lower your costs, but even if it doesn’t, it will at least make sure you get the appropriate level of cover for your needs.
Shop around for the best deals
You can often also reduce your personal insurance costs by looking around for better deals. Many people simply stay with the same insurer year after year without even bothering to look for a better price. It might be the case that you search through all the different insurance providers and find that your current insurer is still the best â“ but you’ll never know unless you check.
It doesn’t take long to do an online price comparison for car insurance, travel insurance or home insurance, so it’s definitely worth doing. Plus, if it saves you money in the long run, it’s definitely worth it.
Take action wherever you can
There are also things you can do to help reduce the cost of your personal insurance. For instance, with home insurance, one option is to improve the security of your home by installing good alarm systems; the investment you make to pay for the security upgrade should more than pay for itself over time in what you’ll save on your insurance quotes.
With motor insurance, there are quite a few things you can do to get cheaper car insurance. Driving less wherever possible is one good option, as is raising your deductible and increasing your car’s security measures. All of these things will make you seem like less of a risk in the eyes of the insurer and so will improve your chances of getting good value car insurance.