The team at Knapp Tedesco is proud to be your local insurance partner for over 90 years. We understand that life happens for our customers, so we’ll be your trusted advisor when you need it most. Choosing the right time to purchase life insurance is an important decision, and our team members would love to help.
Have you been thinking about getting life insurance? Consider these factors when choosing the right time to purchase a policy.
1. Decide How Much Coverage You Need
How much of the family income do you provide? Does anyone else depend on you financially? How will your family pay final expenses and repay debts after your death? Based on the answers to these questions, decide how much coverage you need, for how long and what you can afford to pay. You want to make sure that you buy enough life insurance to cover the financial effects of an unexpected or untimely death.
2. Assess Your Current Life Insurance Policy
If you already have a life insurance policy, do not cancel it until you have received the new one. You then have a minimum period to review your new policy and decide if it is what you want. Keep in mind that you may not have to cancel your current policy. You may be able to change your policy to get the coverage or benefits you want now.
3. Compare The Different Kinds of Insurance Policies
There are two basic types of life insurance: term insurance and cash value insurance. Term insurance is less expensive but does not build up cash values. Cash value life insurance may be one of several types: whole life, universal life and variable life. Your choice should be based on your needs now and in the future and what you can afford.
4. Be Sure You Can Afford the Premium Payments
Before purchasing a life insurance policy, be sure that you can handle the premium payments. Can you afford the initial premium? If the premium increases later, will you still be able to afford it?
5. Have an Insurance Agent Help You Evaluate the Future of Your Policy
How quickly does the cash value grow? Some policies have low cash values in the early years that build quickly later on. Other policies have a more level cash value build-up. Ask your agent for a year-to-year display of values and benefits.
6. Review Your Life Insurance Program Every Few Years
How will inflation affect your future needs? Do you need more insurance when your family size increases? Review your policy with your agent every few years to keep up with changes in your income and needs.
Navigating how you can best insure you and your family’s future is no easy process, but the Knapp Tedesco team understands the importance of protecting what is most valuable to you. Fill out our Quote Form today to learn how you can have protection to last a lifetime.