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June 17, 2024 | CREB

Deciphering your insurance policy

In partnership with CREB®, BrokerLink is proud to offer members exclusive insurance discounts on home and auto insurance. Here are some tips to help you make sure you have the coverage you need.

Reviewing and understanding an insurance contract is important. Whether you’re buying personal or business insurance, you should have a clear grasp on how your insurance policies work and what they contain. 

Your insurance policy’s key dates 

As a policyholder, it’s your responsibility to know the key dates relevant to your policy. One important date to keep track of is when your policy expires.  

This allows you to cancel your insurance policy on or before this date, if you wish, or renew your insurance policy, if your provider allows it. This will also inform you when it’s time to update your documents and personal files to reflect your current insurance policies. 

In addition, your insurance policy will list the maximum time frame you have to file a claim following an incident. If you fail to read your policy, you won’t be aware of these vital dates and timelines, which could cause problems down the road. 

Your payment schedule 

Review your payment schedule to ensure it’s a payment plan that works for you. CREB® members are eligible for no service or interest charges on monthly payment plans.* 

Missing a payment can happen to anyone, unfortunately. However, this could have repercussions on your coverage. Always ensure you have funds available when your premium is due, and contact your advisor if you need assistance or to discuss your options.  

Your deductible 

Your deductible is the amount you’ll need to pay if you make a claim. Often, you can increase the deductible to help reduce your premium; speak with your advisor to discuss options and the impact they’ll have on how much you pay. 

WARNING: Carefully consider this option and ensure you can afford to pay your deductible amount out-of-pocket if you need to make an insurance claim.  

The definitions section 

Your policy includes a definitions section to help you understand insurance better. As the name suggests, this portion of your policy will provide clear explanations and definitions for some of the complex industry jargon you’ll find throughout the contract. Reading through this section will help you understand the rest of your policy and what you are, and are not, covered for. 

1. Your coverage: Your policy will confirm your coverages and what it can protect you against. Similarly, it’ll also outline what it doesn’t cover via the exclusions section, which explains the risks or damages your insurance won’t cover. 

2. Changes: Understanding your policy will allow you to keep track of any changes to your insurance coverage. Remember that many types of insurance coverages are optional, meaning that policyholders can choose to add or remove them as they see fit. 

In addition, policyholders can change their deductibles or coverage limits. By reviewing your policy regularly, you can keep track of these critical changes, ensuring you’re aware of how they impact your premium. 

3. Current lienholder or mortgage listed: Confirm any lienholders or mortgage company listed are still correct on your auto or home insurance. If your home mortgage is paid off, you may qualify for a discount. 

Do you have questions about your policy? Are you looking for a specific kind of coverage that isn’t listed on your policy? Contact a BrokerLink advisor and we’ll help explain your policy step by step so you can understand all the details and ensure you have the coverage you need. 

Rest Assured, BrokerLink Has You Covered* 

Call 1.833.998.3798, or visit to make sure you’re covered. 

*Subject to policy conditions and exclusions. ©2024 Brokerlink Inc. ™BrokerLink & Design is a trademark of Brokerlink Inc. All rights reserved. 

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