First and most importantly, shop around. Prices of policies vary from one provider to the next so it’s always worth comparing them to get the best deal.
There are two main types of life insurance policies, “term” and “whole-of-life” insurance.
Term insurance will payout if you die within the policy’s duration.
Whole-of-life insurance covers you until you die, and is therefore guaranteed to pay out.
Whole-of-life tends to be more expensive, so you need to decide whether you need a policy which will definitely pay out, or if term insurance would be suitable.
Going one step further, you can also get what’s called decreasing term insurance, where the pay out gets gradually smaller over time, usually in line with a debt such as a mortgage.
You need to think realistically about how long you’d like your policy to run. You might for example, consider linking your policy length to your mortgage, for example, 25 or 30 years. Or, you might want your policy to just run for the time your children are still at home, in which case you might opt for a shorter term.
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It’s tempting when taking out a life insurance policy to get as much cover as possible, but remember this needs to be affordable in the years to come as well as now. For example, there’s no point getting cover for £600,000 when your family could manage just as well with £300,000.
5. Buy life insurance when you’re young
The cost of life insurance increases with age, so the earlier you buy life insurance the better. What this means is that you can save money by taking out a policy in your 20s and 30s in comparisons to your 40s and 50s.
Did you know that you can have multiple life insurance policies? Often you’ll find that a 20 something only needs a small amount of cover as they have few debts or responsibilities, however as they get older and they perhaps take on a larger mortgage, they need more cover.
Rather than cancelling the policy they have, they should simply take out another policy to cover the additional amount
Smokers pay more for life insurance than non-smokers, so if you want to reduce your premiums (and improve your health) it’s time to quit. Here’s a link to an NHS resource where you can get help quitting.
Couples policies can be a little cheaper than two individual policies so it’s worth considering that if both you and your partner need life insurance. One thing to remember though is that joint policies only payout for the first death, not both.
Companies will often try and sell extras alongside life insurance policies. Things like critical illness and terminal illness cover as examples. They can both of course be beneficial additions, but they will put the cost of your policy up.
Life insurance pay outs are free from income and capital gains tax, but your family could be liable for inheritance tax on the proceeds of a life insurance policy.
The simplest way to sidestep inheritance tax, is to write the policy ‘in trust’. It’s a simple and straightforward process and your insurer or advisor should be able to help you with that.
Not everyone needs life insurance, if you have no dependents and little debt, you might not actually need a policy.
It’s true that as you age the cost of life insurance increases, so switching frequently isn’t usually recommended, but it could be that there are better deals available now than there were a year ago when you took out your policy. If you’re not sure if you’ve got the best deal speak to an independent advisor.
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In another recent article we've reviewed in detail the best life insurance in the UK, so be sure to read that before you buy a policy.
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