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Flood insurance is not usually included in a standard homeowner’s insurance policy. If you live in a high-risk flood area, your homeowner’s policy may require you to obtain flood insurance. However, for individuals concerned about flooding, adding flood insurance can provide peace of mind.
No matter where you live, floods are a threat for homeowners. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides flood maps to identify flood risk in your area. Although you may live in a “no-risk” zone, it is recommended to consider flood insurance if you have a mortgage. Why? Homes are vulnerable to flooding due to broken pipes, poor drainage, clogged gutters, damaged foundations, and old appliances. Keeping your home safe from internal flooding is essential as flooding can lead to over $30,000 in damages.
Types of Flood Insurance
There are two types of flood insurance, National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and Private Flood Insurance. The majority of individuals seeking to...more
Motor vehicle accidents are the second leading cause of death for teenagers. With teen drivers being one of the riskiest drivers, insurance providers often increase rates by 130% or more when adding a teenage driver to your car insurance policy. If you have a teenage driver, here are some tips to add them to your auto insurance plan.
Call Your Auto Insurance Provider
A teenager will struggle to obtain an auto insurance policy without an adult. It is wise to add them to your existing car insurance plan as teens can end up paying more to insure themselves. We do recommend shopping around for a new auto insurance plan to see if you qualify for lower rates based on your driving history and discounts you may be missing.
Another critical element to consider is what your insurance plan will cover. Price isn’t the only factor to review when looking at different plans. What does the insurance plan cover? You want to make sure...more
If you have found yourself in the unfortunate position of needing to file a life insurance claim, Just Protect Insurance can help. We understand how difficult this time is and how stressful it can become when you aren’t sure if you’ll have enough money to pay for funeral costs and your future. We have created this guide to help you understand how to claim on a life insurance policy.
Contact Your Insurance Provider
Contact your life insurance provider to determine if you are a beneficiary of a life insurance policy and how to file a claim. Most insurance companies have a toll-free number to call to start the process, while some have secured online portals. If you do have an agent you have worked with directly, contact them first to speed up the claim process.
What Do You Need to File a Life Insurance Claim?
To submit the claim for life insurance, you must...more
Life insurance is designed to provide financial stability for your loved one in the event of your death. Think for a moment what would happen to your family if you passed away unexpectedly, would they be able to afford to pay the monthly bills? Life insurance is designed to provide financial relief for your family. Considering the grief and difficulties facing your family following your untimely death, leaving behind a smart life insurance policy is one of the kindest, most loving things you can do for them.
How Does Life Insurance Work?
When you purchase a life insurance policy, you agree to pay the insurance provider a monthly premium in exchange for a specific amount of insurance coverage that will be payable to your family when you pass away. Your loved ones have financial support when you die, reducing the burden on them to pay for the current lifestyle you have been living. There are multiple types of life insurance, so how do you choose the right one for your needs? It depends on several things, including the amount of coverage you will...more
Take a moment to walk around your apartment and evaluate how many assets you have and how much money you’ve invested in those assets. If you like your laptop, gaming device, couches, and other things, it's a wise idea to pay for renter’s insurance to replace those assets in the event of something serious like theft or fire. While the landlord often pays for insurance, it doesn’t cover the tenants. Landlords only pay for insurance to cover the structure, not the individuals and things inside.
What is Renter’s Insurance?
Renter’s insurance is designed to protect the renters and the possessions of the renter. Renters insurance will protect you from losing everything due to unforeseen circumstances. Without renters insurance, renters could encounter expensive costs to replace items that were stolen or damaged.
Landlord Insurance Coverage
Unfortunately, many renters do not understand what their landlord will cover in the event of an accident, theft, or damage. Landlords rarely provide any insurance coverage for...more
Now that 2021 is here, many Americans are working on setting financial goals to save money and spend less. If you find yourself looking for ways to save money, look at your existing insurance policies. Just Protect Insurance focuses on providing quality insurance rates in your area, helping you compare insurance plans and save money. Use our insurance guide below to cut down on your insurance.
Tip # 1 - Pay Insurance Policies in Full
One of the best things you can do is take a look at your current policy to see how much you are paying and where you can reduce costs. Insurance companies commonly increase rates based on your age and risk level.
Some insurance companies reduce rates if you bundle your auto, home, and life insurance policy. Here are some things you can do to your existing insurance premiums to save money:
Pay your premium in full. Insurance companies charge a monthly fee but will reduce this rate if you pay your insurance policy in full or every six months.
If you are a renter, you need to purchase renters insurance! Why? The Department of Justice estimates that approximately 3.7 million homes are broken into each year, costing renters and homeowners billions. If you do not have renters insurance and your property is stolen, what are your rights? Does the landlord have a requirement to pay for your lost or damaged property? Renters insurance is a reasonably inexpensive way to cover your belongings in the event of a break-in or disaster.
Renters Insurance Will Cover Personal Property
Renter’s insurance plans will cover the cost to replace belongings if they are stolen or damaged, but they also protect your assets if you remove them from the property. What does this mean? If you have a laptop and take it with you on vacation and it is stolen, your renter’s insurance will cover it as part of the theft provision.
Inventory Your Belongings
When seeking renters insurance, it helps to have a catalog of your belongings. Evidence of belongings makes it easier to know...more
Pets become a member of the family quickly. When your pet has a severe illness or ends up with a significant injury, you may find yourself in a challenging situation financially. Can you afford to pay for a $1,500 knee ligament surgery? Pet insurance is designed to help pet owners in such instances. Pet insurance will reimburse you for certain medical expenses, reducing the risk of paying for expensive medical costs. Uncertainty happens every day, and having pet insurance can be the lifesaver you need for your pet! Not all pet insurance policies are created equally; here are a few things to consider when shopping for pet insurance.
How Does Pet Insurance Work?
Pet insurance is designed to help pet owners save on veterinary costs related to injuries and illnesses. Pet insurance will require a monthly payment, averaging $30-$100 a month depending upon the pet’s breed and age. Dogs usually cost more to insure than cats. Unlike health insurance policies, pet insurance will reimburse you following your payment to the vet....more
Reviewing your homeowner’s insurance policy must be done yearly to ensure you receive the best rates and proper coverage. Changes in your life circumstances must be addressed with the insurance provider to ensure your home and belongings are covered adequately. What does your current policy protect? Here are Just Protect Insurance’s Top 10 Questions to ask when you review your homeowner’s insurance policy.
Does my policy cover replacement cost or actual cash value? What happens if your home is damaged? If you pay the out-of-pocket deductible, will it cover replacement or repairs? Actual cash value policies will include depreciation into the claim payout. What cash value means is you are required to pay the deductible in addition to some cash to restore the home to today’s market standards. Review your premium often to make sure it covers your home with today’s value, so you aren’t left paying more money if the house is damaged.
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Credit scores are used by lenders to determine a particular borrower’s risk factor, but did you know your credit score impacts your auto insurance, homeowner’s insurance, and life insurance premiums? A credit-based insurance score is different from a regular credit score as it’s designed to rate which policy risk category the insured individual meets.
Types of Credit Scores Used By Insurance Companies
Insurance companies weigh several factors when determining which policy and coverage limit to offer to someone seeking insurance. Insurance companies use FICO and LexisNexis scores to determine an insurance-based credit score. Credit-based insurance scores allow companies to assess the likelihood that someone will file insurance claims, costing the company more money than they would collect in monthly premiums.
Auto Insurance Premium Risk Factors
Auto insurance providers review credit reports in...more
Homeowner’s insurance plans are designed to provide financial protection due to theft, accidents, and disasters. Natural disasters frequently occur, leaving many homeowners dealing with costly repairs due to fallen trees, hail damage, and more. If your home has recently incurred weather-related damage due to hail and wind storms, check your coverage to determine if it will help pay for the repair costs.
Roof Damage? What Will Homeowners Insurance Cover?
Homeowners insurance plans are broken into four coverage areas:
Coverage for the structure - repair or replacement coverage due to natural disasters such as a hurricane, tornado, lightning, hail, and fire if these elements are listed in the policy. Standard policies do not include earthquake damage, flooding, and regular wear and tear.
Coverage for personal belongings - replacement of furniture, clothing, and other belongings damaged or stolen. Trees and plants are covered as part of...
Are you getting the most value from your current auto insurance coverage? On average, auto insurance premiums can increase by 2%. How often do you review your auto insurance policy, and are your rates increasing without your knowledge? Use Just Protect Insurance auto insurance shopping tips to help you find the best coverage for an affordable price.
Tip # 1: How Much Do You Drive?
As you begin looking for auto insurance policies, you must take note of how often you drive. Understanding how far you drive daily, weekly, and monthly can make it easier to select a policy that reflects how often you use your car. There are mileage-based coverage options for individuals that do not drive frequently.
Tip # 2: What Type of Vehicle Do You Drive?
The type of vehicle you drive makes a difference in the auto insurance rates you will pay. Specific car makes and models are considered safer, qualifying them for lower rates. On the other hand, flashy sports cars cost more as they are at a higher risk for theft. Model or...more