Insurance is all about protection. It is what keeps us financially secure through a life that comes with impending disaster that we can’t always avoid. Knowing what to do and what not to do with our insurance needs can save a lot of money and a lot of headaches.

When you are filing a claim with an insurance company, ask for your claim number at the end of the original conversation with your agent. Write down and keep this number for reference. Any time you call for an update on your claim, you’ll need this number, so it’s better to have it on hand.

Insurance is like any profession: it uses a lot of specialized words (indemnification, liability, etc.) So if you don’t understand something about a policy you’re about to buy, STOP. Ask the insurance professional you’re talking with to back up and explain in terms that you can understand. If you still don’t get it, make them explain it again. Nothing is worse than signing on for a policy that either costs too much or doesn’t cover enough, because you didn’t feel comfortable asking questions about it beforehand.

If you have had to file multiple claims with insurance companies, chances are. you already have a feel for good adjusters and poor adjusters. Good adjusters are friendly and come across as trustworthy and credible. However, do not mistake the “nice guy” for a guy who wants to give you all that insurance company’s money. Their goal is to be the approachable, human side of the insurance business, while at the same time minimizing their payout to you. It isn’t cruel, it’s just business and it needs to be borne in mind.

Small business owners need to insure more than just the building in which they operate. They also need to insure any special tools or equipment used in the conduct of their business. A business owner’s equipment and tools are considered personal property and are not normally included in the coverage provision of most business liability policies. Therefore, they must be protected against loss, theft or damage, with a separate policy.

If you are one of the millions of people who rent rather than own a home, investing in renter’s insurance is a smart way to ensure that your personal possessions are covered in the event of fire, theft or other hazards, as well as to protect yourself from injury or property damage claims. Most renter’s insurance covers the cash value of your possessions, taking depreciation into account, so make sure to upgrade to replacement cost if you want to be able to repurchase your items with no out-of-pocket expenses. Your policy should also include a personal liability clause to protect you from lawsuits if someone is injured in your home or the property is damaged because of your negligence. Talk with an insurance agent to find out all the specifics of a policy before making a choice.

Whatever you have that is important to you, you need to make sure that you have it covered by one of your insurance policies. You never know when that next disaster is going to hit and potentially cost you a lot of money. Take the advice we’ve given you in this article to make sure that you are always covered in the event of the unfortunate.