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Now is the time to review your insurances
Below is an article from David & Libby Koch published in the News Limited Group on January 24th 2011.
Please call us to review your insurances.
INSURANCE premiums are expensive until you have to make a claim.
For most people, the value of insurance depends on their experience. If your insurance cover has rebuilt your house, replaced burgled items or provided financial help after the loss of a family breadwinner, then it has been worthwhile.
But if you’ve led a charmed life with no unforeseen circumstances, insurance probably appears a huge waste of money.
The recent floods through Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria have gripped the nation. It’s broken all our hearts to see the loss of life, the devastation and the financial heartache it has caused ordinary Australians.
Just like with Cyclone Larry in north Queensland and the Victorian bushfires, we sat, and we watched, and were thankful it didn’t happen to us.
But what if it had?
What if it had involved you? How would you have coped? Do you have adequate financial safeguards to rebuild your life?
Spend 30 minutes this week (that’s all it should take) digging out your insurance policies, understanding your cover and then matching it to your particular circumstances.
Everyone will be different. A single person with no obligations or assets, and living with their parents, probably doesn’t need any insurance cover at all.
But the breadwinner for a young family, with a house, mortgage and car is in a very different situation.
It’s our individual responsibility to assess the risks we face and it’s our personal responsibility to protect ourselves.
We can understand how a person who has sacrificed luxuries such as a holiday or restaurant meals to pay insurance premiums gets annoyed when others complain about not having insurance cover when they lived the high life on the money they saved.
Insurance companies aren’t charities. You decide on the cover you need and they will pay accordingly.
No cover, no payout. And if you’ve underinsured, you can’t expect an insurance company to meet your entire loss.
Remember, your cover isn’t just with the insurance company you’ve chosen. To reduce its risk, your insurance company will offload part of your cover to another insurance company (called a re-insurer) which may be based overseas.
That’s why insurance companies keep strictly to the letter of the policy.
So as you assess the level of protection needed, there are a couple of important steps.
Assess your risks.
Insurance cover should be tailored to your individual circumstances and risks. If you live next to a forest or river, home and contents insurance should include protection from bushfire and flood.
Not all home and contents insurance policies automatically cover floods. Some specifically exclude it.
Suncorp is the only insurance company to offer flood cover in their standard policy for all types of floods.
Understand what is covered in the policy and the definitions.
The flood crisis has highlighted the need to not only understand what your insurance policy includes but also how the cover is defined.
For example, there is no common definition of a flood and the definitions can change between insurance companies. There is flash flooding, riverine and inland flooding and actions-of-the-sea cover. It is very confusing.
A general rule of thumb is that if the flood damage is caused from the sky above (a storm), you’re covered. If the flood damage is caused from below (such as from a swollen river, creek or stormwater drain), you’re not covered.
Be realistic about the value of the items you are insuring.
Experts say up to 80 per cent of Australians are underinsured.
That is, they’ve insured their car, house or life for less than it’s worth. If disaster strikes, the payout may not cover the value of the lost asset.
With a home, assess the cost of rebuilding and replacing things such as clothes, appliances and landscaping. The final total should be the value of the policy.
With life insurance, the value should cover your obligations (home loan and other debts), along with providing loved ones with a nest egg.
Keep records of what is covered.
Record-keeping is the key to making a claim.
Use your video camera to record valuables in your home or keep a logbook of items covered with serial numbers.
Then put it in a safe place.
Refuse to take no for an answer when making a claim. Even if the insurance company initially rejects the claim, lodge it anyway. Any disputed claims can be referred to the insurance ombudsman or the company’s dispute resolution procedure for adjudication.
[INSURANCE] What you need to consider
1. HOME AND CAR
It’s ludicrous to pay $300,000 for a house and then not insure it it’s too big a risk. If you can’t afford to insure your house or car then you can’t afford to own it. If you want to save money ask if you can reduce your house and car premiums by increasing your excess in the event of a claim.
2. HOME CONTENTS
You may get a discount on your household contents insurance if you buy it in tandem with your home insurance. If you have an existing policy, make sure your household contents cover is up to date and your most valuable items are covered.
3. INCOME PROTECTION
A disability or income protection policy will pay you up to 75 per cent of your current income if you can’t work. If you’re struggling to fit income protection insurance into your budget, don’t sacrifice the quality of the policy. Compromise in other areas.
4. YOUR LIFE
Prepare for the worst and buy life insurance for your family’s main income earner to protect your financial future.
Yearly premiums for permanent life cover are fixed at the age you take the policy out.
5. PRIVATE MEDICAL
Only buy private health insurance if you can really afford it. Despite the horror stories, we have a pretty good public health system.
Are you and your company protected?
Think About It.
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doesn’t just protect your business,
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Alternatively, contact us on 1300 738 168.
CGU has launched a new commercial property insurance package which can include Tenant rent default at professionally managed properties.
CGU has launched a new commercial property insurance package, offering an all-in-one comprehensive insurance solution for the commercial property owner (excluding commercial strata risks).
From material damage (including tenant damage to a rental property) and machinery or equipment breakdown, to OH&S legal costs, loss of income and tax audit, CGU Padlock has your commercial properties covered.
Put simply, CGU Padlock is an easy and effective way to protect your commercial property investment. So lock up and insure your commercial properties with CGU Padlock insurance cover today – it’s the ideal all-in-one Commercial Landlord property insurance solution.
For more information on this exciting new commercial property insurance product, call Andrew or Glenn on 03 9808 9222.
The policy can cover the following sections:
Material or equipment damage to commercial property – accidental damage has no sub-limit
Loss of income insurance cover for commercial landlords – covering tenant rent and all income
Theft, money, rent default – theft has no sub-limit, blanket coverage on money to $50K, our cover for rent default on commercial properties is unique
Glass damage repair
Tax audit – up to $5,000
OH&S legal costs – up to $100,000
Commercial liability insurance cover – tailored to the commercial property owner
Machinery/Electronic equipment breakdown
CGU Padlock comes with great additional benefits and optional extras too:
Tenant rent default at professionally managed properties
Green commercial property replacement alternatives
Complete 5-star energy replacement in a total loss of commercial property (but the most we will pay is 10 per cent more than the amount we would normally have paid to provide commercial property or equipment repair, or replace an item of property)
Source – CGU Insurance