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Tips on Buying Insurance

By Ben Steverman - 2011-09-14T20:16:16Z

Tim Boyle/Bloomberg

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Don't Underinsure

A dangerous way to lower premiums is to get too little coverage. Homeowners who can afford it would be smart to insure enough to cover the contents of a house–including artwork or other expensive items–and the full cost to rebuild a home on the site. This construction can be much more than the market value of a house, says public insurance adjuster Jack Kunz, president of Alex N. Sill. Also, many young families fail to get enough life insurance, says financial adviser Brenda Knox. Insurance agents sometimes won't present a policy with full coverage for fear that the high premiums will scare off customers.