The Keys To Finding The Cheapest Life Insurance
Brokers often resort to scare tactics in order to get you to buy a life insurance policy. At some point in your life though, you probably will need to succumb and take out a life insurance policy. It usually becomes relevant when you have dependents such as a spouse or children to consider. Or you may be applying for a mortgage on a house or apartment and the bank or financing agency requires you to have life insurance in order to cover the amount of the loan. When you are looking for life insurance, you want to find the most affordable policy. But at the same time, you also want to make sure that you are properly covered. Here are a few tips on how to go about finding the best value on an insurance policy that meets your needs.
Evaluate Your Lifestyle
One of the first things that any insurance company will do is draw up a risk profile based on your current lifestyle. This takes various factors into consideration such as:
Where you live - Is it in a house in the suburbs or an inner city apartment?
Do you drive or use public transport to travel to work each day?
What is your age, weight and basic health status?
Are you a smoker or have you suffered from any chronic disease?
Do you participate regularly in any sports that may be considered particularly hazardous such as rock climbing or back country skiing?
If you score as a relatively high risk, you can expect to be quoted higher insurance premiums across the board. On the other hand, if you are young, healthy and lead a fairly average lifestyle, you should be able to benefit from more competitive rates. It is also interesting to note that generally, although this is not a hard and fast rule, insurance premiums will be lower if you start the policy at a younger age. If there are aspects of your lifestyle that you know will change in the near future to make your lifestyle more secure, include these details in your profile questionnaire. They could help influence your scores and help you get cheaper premiums.
Consider the Level of Life Insurance You Will Need
While life insurance policies are fairly generic, no two people have the exact same needs. So when shopping around for life insurance, it helps to first know what your requirements are and then look for policies that meet them. For example, you may be a young man in your early 30s; you have a wife and are expecting your first child shortly. You are looking into life insurance because you want to know that if anything were to happen to you, your family will be taken care of financially. At the same time, you may consider disability insurance in case you are injured and cannot draw a salary. Your needs may be that your family would need an immediate payment to help cover funeral and legal expenses. You would also look for a policy that will provide some kind of monthly income to your family. Sometimes, you can combine or take out more than one policy to meet your needs.
Be Aware of the Value of Money in the Future
Due to inflation, the value of money decreases over time. Whatever sum you choose to insure your life for, remember that it will devalue in the future. In 10 or 20 years, the same policy may not be of much value to your family, unless you are updating your policy and increasing your payments over time. Start out with what you can afford now and keep a careful eye on your policy as your lifestyle and needs change.
Shopping Around for Life Insurance
When looking into purchasing life insurance, it is essential to shop around and get comparative quotes. This is the only way that you can be sure that you are getting the very best value. One of the best ways to do this is to go online and conduct a search. Often, there are sites that will provide additional information on certain life insurance products or give reviews on the different types of insurance. There is a lot of information to be found but because you already know what level and type of insurance you require, you can refine your search. Once you have a few types of insurance shortlisted, contact the respective companies and get more details on the policies. Ask about the terms of payout, any limitations or exclusions that the policy may have, and get written quotes on premiums and benefits. In this way, you can find the best possible life insurance policy for your needs.
by: Frank Kasimov.