4 Insurance Tips to Improve Your New Year

Do you start the new year with a resolution of some sort, such as getting in better physical shape, controlling your spending, or learning a new skill? Many people do, even though lots of  resolutions are not kept, there is one that can help you find peace of mind: make the first months of the year the time to review and update your personal insurance policies.

1. Adjust your auto insurance policy if necessary.

Compare your car’s value to what you pay for auto insurance – does your policy still fit  your needs? For example, if you are driving an older car, reassess your collision and comprehensive coverage. Compare your premiums to the actual cash value of your car and decide if these optional coverages are worth it.

If you have automatically renewed your policy for many years, your liability limits may be inadequate. I can provide you with a free insurance estimator tool to help you find the right amount of coverage for your needs.

2. Update your inventory of your personal possessions.

Most people don’t take the time to inventory their personal possessions and don’t have enough personal property insurance. January is a perfect time to review your personal property insurance and ensure it will cover your valuable holiday gifts.

Now is also the right time to update the inventory of your belongings. When disaster strikes and you need to make a homeowners insurance claim, you’ll need to know what you own and what it’s worth. Having a video inventory of your belongings could help you recover the true worth of your belongings.

Contact me today to learn more about how to inventory your personal possessions for insurance.

3. Make sure your life insurance matures with you.

Many people forget to update their insurance coverage as their needs change. If you have a life insurance policy, you should review it annually.

As major life events occur, you may find your insurance needs change. For example, you may need to update your coverage as you have children, get married, or increase your personal wealth.

Your annual policy review should assess the benefit amount, term, loans and cash value.

4. Brush up on your health insurance knowledge.

Many people do not pay attention to changes in their health insurance plans, which can lead to costly surprises.

If your plan changed provider networks to save on costs, the doctors and hospitals you used in the past may no longer be available. Review your health plan carefully before your next visit to avoid surprise out-of-network expenses or unexpected copayment increases.

While open enrollment has closed, you may still be able to to enroll in or change plans if you have experienced certain life changes or qualify for Medicaid or CHIP.

If you have questions, or would like to discuss your insurance options, as well as your personal insurance needs, feel free to email me at aromo@vanbeurden.com.



Andrea Romo


Sales Associate | Woodland