None of us are able to forecast the future. We may have a good idea of what will happen if current conditions continue. But we are unable to predict the unexpected. Life insurance is an important way to provide for the unexpected–as it will affect those we love. Here are some tips to consider.
Try to lead a healthy lifestyle. The healthier you are the cheaper your life insurance will be as insurance providers assume that you will live longer. Remember, you will be expected to pay a high premium on a life insurance policy for anything that shortens your life expectancy, for example being overweight, smoking, taking certain medication, etc.
Be sure to read over all of the information about the life insurance plan that your company offers. You may find that it will not be enough. You may want to invest in an additional policy to be sure that your family is going to have enough money in the event of your passing.
Before purchasing life insurance, you should get in touch with an independent broker because he or she will have access to more products than a single firm can give you. This will give you more options to choose from when considering your life insurance policy. The more options you have, the better.
Lower the cost of life insurance by quitting smoking. Smoking is one of the biggest health risk factors from an insurance standpoint, but some life insurers will reduce your rates with just one year of being smoke-free. After two to three years of non-smoking status, some insurance companies will put individuals into the standard rate class, reducing premiums substantially.
Buy the right amount of life insurance to cover all of your needs. Skimping on life insurance is not a good idea. Term insurance, especially, is very affordable, so make sure you get as much insurance as you need. For a rule of thumb, consider buying insurance that equals approximately 6 to 10 times your income.
Consider a convertible policy if you cannot decide between term or permanent life insurance. This type of life insurance policy starts out as term life insurance, and if they choose to before the term expires,the insured can convert the policy to permanent insurance without having to take a new medical exam.
One of the more common life insurance pitfalls is viewing a policy as an investment. Many whole life insurance policies come packaged in such a way that a part of your payment is saved and invested to be paid out upon your death. This is a mistake because there are better places to invest your money. You should view life insurance strictly as protection against death and not as an investment.
Life insurance is one of those things we want to buy, but hope will not be used–at least for a long time. These tips will provide guidance in choosing a life insurance policy to cover future provision for your family in case you are not there. Its greatest value is peace of mind for you and your loved ones.