This is a contributed post by Ellie Jo on Saving Money.
Most people only think about insurance when they need it. But the truth is, life doesn’t always go as planned. You may not be able to control all of the risks in your life. You can do something to protect yourself financially when an unexpected event occurs. To help get you started on your journey of understanding what type of coverage is best for you, here is a list of four insurance policies every person should have (plus a bonus one if you own a business).
#1 Health Insurance
The first type of insurance every person should have is health insurance. This will help you pay for the medical care you need if something unexpected happens. Dental insurance is also essential. It’s also important to know what types of damages in personal injury cases exist. You want to know which coverage works best for your unique situation and lifestyle. For example, some people might prefer traditional low-cost plans that offer more flexibility in terms of which doctors they see (HMO). In contrast, others may choose high-premium cost plans where their primary doctor must be covered by the plan (PPO).
#2 Life Insurance And Disability Insurance
The next type of insurance you’ll need is life insurance. Life insurance policies are designed to provide your loved ones with an income if you pass on unexpectedly. For example, suppose the sole breadwinner in a family passes away. In that case, it’s not only emotionally devastating for those left behind but also financially crippling. This is especially true when there are young children involved. Disability insurance covers you if become ill and can’t work anymore.
#3 Car Insurance
The third type of insurance you need is car insurance. Auto insurance will help cover the costs involved with a vehicle if it gets in an accident. Depending on your policy auto insurance can also protect you if your car is vandalized or stolen. Again, there are many different types of coverage available. Examples include comprehensive, collision, liability, rental reimbursement and medical payments, to name just a few.
It’s important that every driver understand all their options before purchasing any policy. Each plan varies significantly depending on how you want to be protected.
#4 Home Owner’s Insurance or Renter’s Insurance
If you own a home, you’ll want home owner’s insurance to protect you for an emergency. No one expects a fire, hail, tornado, etc to happen to them. But it does happen. It happens all the time. Home owner’s insurance protects you from these unexpected surprises. Likewise, if you rent, then renter’s insurance protects you if something happens to your personal property.
#5 Business Insurance (if you own a business)
The fifth and final type of insurance you need is business insurance. If you own a business, this policy will help cover the costs involved with your company if something unexpected happens. Examples include fires, theft, injuries and provide financial protection for people who work in your office on a regular basis.
Business owners have many different types of coverage available. This included property, liability, commercial auto and workers’ compensation, just to name a few. It’s important that entrepreneurs understand all their options before purchasing any plan. Each one varies significantly.
Bottom-line: Types of Insurance
There are many types of insurance. This is just a very high level overview of a few. By having these insurance policies in place, you’ll be able to prepare for almost anything that comes your way, financially speaking.