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Six Questions to Ask Your Insurance Agent


(Erie, Pa.) June 7, 2017
– When your life changes your insurance often needs to change, too. Yet it’s not always clear what kind of insurance protection fits you, your family or your business. What a family of six needs is much different than what a single 20-something needs.

Here are six questions to ask your insurance agent at various life stages:

1. My family is growing and changing. What coverage should I consider?

2. Do I need additional insurance if I’m remodeling or adding on to my home?

In some cases, remodeling projects can increase your home’s value. If they do, you’ll want to adjust your insurance coverage so your home’s reconstruction cost is fully protected. Your insurance agent can also help you understand more about what insurance a contractor should have in place before work begins.

3. I’m fresh out of school and new to the workforce. What coverage do I need?

If you’ve left home and are renting an apartment, you’re no longer covered by your parents’ homeowners policy. Instead, you’ll need renters insurance to cover your belongings and more.

When it comes to auto insurance, you may be tempted to buy a bare bones policy to save money. That’s a risky move because it may not give you enough protection. If your insurance policy doesn’t cover all the damages, your savings and future wages could be at stake.

If you have student loans or debts, ask an insurance agent about life insurance. If someone cosigned on your loan, life insurance can help.

4. What coverage do I need for my home-based business?

From inventory to libel issues to customers visiting your home, home-based businesses definitely need coverage. Depending on the nature of your home-based business, you may need a simple endorsement to your homeowners insurance policy or a new policy.

5. A friend was sued after a car accident. How can I make sure I’m protected against something like this?

Your insurance policy already includes liability coverage, yet state minimums are almost never enough for most drivers. Having too little liability coverage puts you and your assets at risk. Personal Catastrophe Liability coverage (commonly known as “umbrella” insurance) provides an extra layer of liability protection over and above your auto and homeowners policies in the event that you (or a covered family member) are sued. For most people, an extra $1 million in coverage costs less than $20 a month. Your insurance agent can review your auto insurance policy limits and tell you more about PCL.

6. How can I save money on my insurance?

Nearly all insurers offer price breaks on coverage based on having a safe driving record and bundling your auto and homeowners coverage. Talk to your ERIE agent to find out more.

Be careful about selecting an insurance company based solely on price. Instead, seek out companies with reputations for excellent customer service, strong financial standing and a reputation for handling claims quickly and fairly.

No matter what stage of life that you’re in, seek the advice of an insurance professional like an Erie Insurance agent to help you find the right coverage at the right price to fit your needs.

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