Tips for First Time Life Insurance Buyers
Buying life insurance can truly be confusing, especially as there are so many available
options to choose from. The most challenging is deciding how much and what type of
insurance you need.
Don’t worry, we have prepared a couple of tips for you!
Tip#1: Choose an independent insurance agent
Independent insurance agents provide you with a variety of different options, making it
easier to find a product that fits your specific situation. They will help you find a policy that
fits your needs but also your budget. Additionally, you will most likely choose someone from
your community- who you know or who knows you.
Tip#2: Assess your current financial situation
You need a true picture of your financial health before you can figure out what type of life
insurance you need and how much. Take a deep look into your emergency fund and your
retirement plan, but also take into consideration the support of loved ones who depend on
Tip#3: Know the difference between term life and permanent life insurance
A term life policy will provide coverage for a certain period of time—typically 10, 15, 20 or
30 years. A permanent life policy provides lifelong coverage, which is why it’s more
expensive than term life. Therefore, choosing a term life policy can be an affordable way to
get coverage until you reach a certain financial milestone.
Tip#4: Take advantage of the “free look” period
Even after your policy issues, you will l typically have what is called a free look period. During
this time, you will ll have a certain number of days in which to make changes to your policy or even reject it altogether.
Tip#5: Experts recommend a coverage amount equal to ten years of your income
Yet, keep in mind that your life insurance needs may change over time for a variety of
reasons. Reevaluate your life insurance periodically to see if you need more coverage.
Tip#6: Know how much life insurance you get through your employer
Once you look carefully at the amount of coverage your company may/may not provide,
consider buying additional life insurance, either through benefits plans at work or on your
Tip#7: Be ready to answer a lot of questions when applying
Maybe even more important, make sure you are truthful on the application. Companies
may use third-party sources to validate the information you have given to them.
Do your research and remember we are here to help.
Thanks for reading!
Farmers Mutual Insurance
749 Wilson Road, Newberry, SC 29108