Many times the only reason that people obtain insurance is because it is required. To obtain a home mortgage, the bank will require you to obtain homeowner’s insurance. To drive in the United States, it is required to obtain some type of car insurance. Unfortunately, many see insurance as an unnecessary expense and do not pay much attention to the coverages they are obtaining or not obtaining. Below are 5 common insurance mistakes made by many.
1. Insuring a home for its market value and not the cost to rebuild. If the loan is higher than the cost to rebuild, then the bank will require you to insure the home up to the amount you owe. But if the market dips, like it has in recent years, the cost to rebuild will be higher than what you paid for the home. You need to have the home insured for at least the cost to rebuild or you could be left with a hefty bill to pay if your home burns down.
2. Only obtaining state-minimum liability limits on your car insurance. The state minimums will not sufficiently cover you if are involved in an accident involving significant damage. “I have never been in an accident and I don’t plan on ever being in one,” is a response I hear often. No one plans on being in an accident, but you cannot predict the future. State minimums will not be sufficient for many accidents.
3. Refusing to buy renter’s insurance. I was counted among the many that felt renter’s insurance was a waste of money, until I was robbed. Now I understand that renter’s insurance provides peace of mind for a very minimal expense.