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Is There Such a Thing Called Over Insured?

Is There Such a Thing Called Over Insured?

Wim van 't Einde

Yes, there is such as thing called over insured. Just like a too much of a good thing, being over insured means that you have more insurance than you need or can afford. This can happen for a number of reasons, such as:

  • Duplicate coverage: You may have two or more policies that cover the same thing.
  • Overestimating the value of your assets: If you insure your home for more than it is worth, you are over insured.
  • Buying unnecessary riders: Riders are optional add-ons to insurance policies that can provide additional coverage. However, some riders may not be necessary or affordable for everyone.
  • Failing to review your policies regularly: As your life changes, your insurance needs may change as well. For example, if you sell your home or pay off your car loan, you may no longer need certain types of insurance.

Becoming over insured can have a number of negative consequences, including:

  • Wasting money: You will be paying for insurance coverage that you don't need.
  • Making it difficult to collect a claim: If you file a claim on an over insured policy, your insurance company may deny your claim or pay you less than you are owed.

Here are some tips to avoid becoming over insured:

  • Review your insurance policies regularly: This will help you to identify any duplicate coverage or coverage that you no longer need.
  • Be honest with your insurance agent about your assets and needs: Don't overestimate the value of your assets and don't buy riders that you don't need.
  • Consider working with an insurance broker: An insurance broker can help you to assess your needs and find the right policies for you.