Risk & Business Magazine General Insurance Services Spring 2020 - Page 30

LIFE INSURANCE Life Events That Affect Your Insurance Needs A s we age and reach different milestones in our lives, our insurance needs change. In order to ensure adequate coverage, contact your insurance advisor if you’re affected by any of the following life events: • New Home Ownership— Purchasing a new home is a big investment—one that you will want to protect. After purchasing a home, ensure that you have homeowners insurance to protect against things like fire, weather damage, theft, vandalism, and accidental damage. This advice also holds true if you are buying a new condo or vacation home. • Home Renovations—Once you own a home, you may want to make updates to create a better living space. Be sure to report major home improvements to your insurance company to protect any increased value to your home. • Valuable Purchases—A standard homeowners policy has limited coverage for highly valuable items. Supplement purchases and gifts that exceed the policy’s limits with 30 BY: SCOTT TEMPLIN, PERSONAL RISK ADVISOR, GENERAL INSURANCE SERVICES a floater—a separate policy that provides additional insurance. • • • Marriage—When your marital status changes, so do your insurance needs. Marriage typically leads to the combination of households, vehicles, and other property, so it is critical to update your insurance policies accordingly. What’s more, life insurance is vital to married couples as it can ease the financial burden in the event of an untimely death of a partner. Ask about discounts on car insurance for married policyholders. Children—Having or adopting children is not only a huge life change, but it’s also a major financial commitment. As such, it’s important to purchase the right policy to secure your child’s future. Add your child as a beneficiary on any life insurance policies, and make sure your coverage is sufficient. Teenage Drivers—Teen drivers often carry the highest risk of auto accidents. While you want your teen driver to remain safe on the road, costly accidents can happen without warning. Consider adding your teen driver to your auto policy, as it is generally cheaper than purchasing a separate policy. • Retirement—When you retire, you may change residences. If you have more than one home, this is a good time to let your insurance provider know where you plan to spend your time. • Purchasing or Selling a Business— If you’re an entrepreneur, there will likely come a time when you will either buy or sell your business. During these times of major change, the proper coverage is crucial. Insurance is critical for nearly every stage of life. Seeking coverage should be an active process, and individuals shouldn’t assume their insurance needs remain steady over time. If you would like to discuss your insurance needs, feel free to contact us. We’re happy to help. + A graduate of Butler University in 2010, Scott Templin moved to Northwest Indiana when his wife had the opportunity to return to the family farm in Westville. In his free time, Scott loves sports, cats, board games, and exploring the world with his wife.