Often major life events like marriage, divorce, the birth of a child, children heading off to college, or even the death of a loved one can trigger a need for a change in your personal insurance coverage. Let us look at few of the life events that can affect your personal insurance.
Change in marital status creates a need to update your auto insurance. If you have a new person living in your household, your auto insurance will need to reflect that change.
Children heading off to college in another city also create a need to update your auto insurance, especially if they are taking a vehicle to college with them. In addition, your homeowner’s insurance should be updated if your student is taking any personal property to college such as a television, computer, or other items.
If you are newlyweds, you will need to update your homeowners or renter’s insurance to reflect new policyholder information as well as the replacement value of your personal property. If you have renter or homeowner’s insurance now, and you and your spouse or partner combine households, you are automatically covered by the existing policy. However, it is still important to call your agent.
When there are changes in marital status, it is essential to update your health, life, and disability coverage. There may be new names that need to be added or removed as beneficiaries.
When children start arriving in your home, it is essential to consider updating your life insurance to reflect the additional expenses necessary to manage the household in the event the primary breadwinner is gone.
This time of year, many recent high school graduates are preparing for their next phase of life. Their plans may include heading off to college in another city or state. One of the most important things they will need at school is something that doesn’t have to be packed at all – the right insurance coverage. Here is a list of some of the items you should consider before your child heads off to the University.
Insurance Coverage for College Students
Personal property - Depending on the value, items like clothes and computers should be covered under your
homeowner’s policy. However, if your student has an expensive computer, smartphone, tablet, jewelry, or other items, you might not be covered. Most homeowner’s policies have limitations on items valued at over $1,200. Coverage will depend on your individual policy, so we recommend contacting your independent agent.
Auto – If your student is taking a car to college, make sure your agent knows of the address change. We might actually save you money depending on the location. As a full-time student, your child may qualify for a Good Student Discount (if he maintains a grade point average of 3.0 or higher).
Health insurance - Children can remain on your health policy until the age of 26. Many colleges will offer student health insurance at a very reasonable cost.
Personal Liability - This coverage is provided anywhere the student goes, inside the U.S.A. Your student might be covered under your current homeowner’s policy, or even a renter’s policy, if one is in place.
Uber, Airbnb and VRBO may increase your personal liability risk. We live in a digital world that now allows us to share everything from our car, bike, boat, apartment and even our home with total strangers. Smart phones, and the applications that can be added, offer many useful tools, but some of these things create new and increased liability for you. Before you decide to jump into the sharing economy consider the following:
Do these sharing sites have the ability to protect your confidential information? Many times you are giving your credit card information to companies that may not have the ability to protect it.
If you use Airbnb to sublease your apartment, you might check your lease. Many lease agreements have “no sublease” clauses that do not allow for this kind of activity. Also, some big cities are now actually considering outlawing the Airbnb services as it reduces hotel/motel taxes.
Uber offers a taxi service where individuals can offer rides to those who subscribe. Are you confident that these individuals have had proper background checks? Are they experienced drivers? Do they have the correct insurance? Remember, even in states that have mandatory auto insurance laws, over 25% of drivers don’t have insurance.
Personal auto insurance issues should be considered if using your car for hire. There is a big difference in the auto insurance world between a car pool for work and being paid to deliver people.
If you rent your primary home to others, it may limit your personal insurance coverage. Call our office for a review.
The use of the new sharing economy will most likely continue and may be a good way to save money. However, if you have an uninsured claim, the cost may be much greater than the savings. Be aware that using these services may increase your risk of loss. The insurance industry will respond over time to the sharing economy, but in the meantime, there are limitations and restrictions in your current homeowner’s and personal auto insurance policies of which you need to be aware.
As we edge closer to back to school and hopefully a much cooler fall, please consider contacting us for an 'autumn checkup' on all your insurance policies. 817-697-4230.
As always all, of us at Planners Insurance Group appreciate your business and the trust you have placed in us.
Boating is a great adventure on any type of boat and is being enjoyed by many on a daily basis, but with that comes a great responsibility. It is not mandatory to do a boating course at this time, but there are some excellent reasons to get your self-informed about the rules of the road.
You will learn about safety equipment and what you are required to have on your boat before you undertake any boating excursion. This is very important because what you don’t have with you could make the difference between being able to handle a situation or not.
You will learn that driving a boat is vastly different from driving a car. You are dealing with air and water currents. If you have never docked a boat you may think that it is easy until that is, the current is pulling you in the opposite direction that you want to go.
Knowing how to work with lines and tying knots is part of boating. You have to be able to secure a boat properly. If your boat gets away, it is amazing how quickly the current will take it out of your reach, and you will probably require the assistance of another boater to help you get to it.
You will learn what the channel markers mean. We learned the hard way the first time we went out on a boat and ran aground outside the markers. We also had no clue what the red and green markers meant on the poles. This you also learn on the course.
There are speed limits on certain water ways, but unlike the roads, they may or may not be posted. Ignorance may not be enough to get you out of a ticket.
Using charts for coastal navigation can be a lifesaver. It’s your roadmap that helps you stay away from the shallows and shows where all the markers and bridges are, and by using measurements, you can calculate the distance and time it will take to get somewhere.
Just like on the roads, there is the right of way. On a boating course, you will learn who has the right of way and why.
Every boat should have a horn. You may hear one long toot or 2 short toot and so on, and you’ll learn what they mean.
There are boating regulations and laws that must be followed by all boaters, for example, (and I have seen this rule broken so many times), you are not allowed to sit on the bow of the boat with your feet hanging overboard.
Anchoring a boat is not just a matter of plopping it down in the sand. There is a mathematical technique applied to anchoring that has to do with the size and length of your boat. Knowing how to do this correctly will give you that extra insurance of knowing your boat is going nowhere until you want to move it.
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In a search for happiness, many people look for it in other people and not within ourselves. Many people feel that things like money, a better job, better relationships..etc will make them happy. In reality, to find true contentment you must look inside yourself and learn to be your own best friend. That means you have to trust, love, and care for yourself just as you do the people you consider to be close to you. Following are steps that you can incorporate into your life that will help you to feel more empowered and happy about yourself!
Begin to lift yourself up, not put yourself down. If you don’t like something about yourself, work to change it. If you can’t change it, simply accept it. Don’t beat up on yourself with negative self-talk. You’re not likely to change for the better when you fill yourself with negative thoughts.
Give yourself positive rewards. When you do something that you are proud of give yourself a small reward. Try not to wait for others to praise you because you may grow resentful if the praise doesn’t come. Pat your own back, it is a great feeling that can stay with you for a long time.
Forgive yourself. I doubt that you would keep scolding a child over and over for making a mistake so don’t do that to yourself. Give yourself the gift of forgiveness when you make a mistake. After that, work to figure out what lesson you can learn, and use it to make better choices the next time around.
Enjoy your successes. Most people can remember all of the details of depressing, painful or even embarrassing events that happened many years ago. What if you did the same thing with all of your wins? Try to remember all of the triumphs and accomplishments that you’ve made and keep that memory with you and think about it at least once a week. Consider writing them down too.
Always remember to celebrate your wonderful qualities! You will soon discover that the more you love yourself, the more you will be able to give love to others – and the more others will be able to love you!
Thanks for choosing Planners Insurance Group.- We know you have many choices when purchasing insurance and we want to thank you for choosing us as your insurance agency. As a professional insurance agency, we pride ourselves on maintaining long-term relationships. Please keep us in mind when your family and friends are looking for a referral!