Insurance protects almost all of the things in our lives. It keeps us from hitting financial ruin when the unthinkable happens to our car, our home, or our loved ones. This article will give you some practical advice on how you can get the most out of your insurance policies.

Make sure you get insurance to cover work-related property when you have a telecommuting or independent contracting job. If you work from home, your rental or home owner’s insurance policy does not cover work-related items such as computer equipment used for work so having a separate policy protects work-related property from theft or damage.

To save money on travel insurance, start by looking at what you may already have covered. Most homeowner and renter policies cover theft of property; many credit cards offer accidental death while traveling if you used the card to pay for the trip. Some even offer car rental insurance and extra baggage protection.

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.

Many insurers offer reduced rates for taking out multiple lines of insurance with them. For instance, insuring two vehicles and having a homeowner’s policy with the same company is cheaper (and easier to remember) than insuring each separately. Do check the total cost against other policies and avoid adding on extra insurance that you do not need just for the multiple line discount.

When applying for insurance, the insurance companies take many factors into account to determine your rates, or whether they’ll cover you at all. Keep an eye on your credit score, as this is one of the newer factors insurers are looking at when determining your risk factors. You can get a free credit report online annually.

Make sure that your pet care insurance policy includes preventative care packages, as well. Paying for things like flea, tick, and heartworm prevention medications can get very expensive. Be positive you have a policy where preventative care is included for your pets, to save yourself both the extra time and money.

Find a pet insurance company that allows you to submit claims in multiple ways. Some companies only allow you to fax in your claims, and if you are not near a fax machine, this will be troublesome. The best insurance companies will allow you to not only fax in your claim, but also have the vet call or email it for you.

We protect the things that we hold dear with insurance. There is a lot to consider when you buy insurance, regardless of what it is for. If you take the tips here and apply them to your insurance needs now and in the future, you can be sure you are getting the most for your money.