As a small business owner, you might find yourself in a situation where canceling your policy is the best solution. This comes from a variety of reasons: you have a better policy offer elsewhere, changes in your business mean you need different coverage, or you might be shifting your company’s goals altogether. Whatever your reasoning, there are a few things to consider before you cancel your insurance.
Penalties & Changes
Often times, your insurance company will impose a penalty if you cancel it, rather than waiting to not renew. Signing the contract for your policy is to ensure you’ll pay it for the full term. It’s security for the provider.
However, if you find yourself needing to cancel, the penalty fee might actually be cheaper than trying to ride out the term or doubling up on policies. We know rising insurance rates play a part in policy changes, but here are a few things you might not know:
- Comparisons between plans should be the item on the checklist. If your new plan is cheaper, note the final difference to see if canceling will actually benefit you.
- If you do decide to go forward, ask for the penalty specifics from your insurance provider. Having concrete numbers to work with will help with the bottom line for your business, so you can plan for the financial changes.
- Has your new insurance firm made all the final checks? Make sure you have a 100% accurate number for your premium.
- Finally, check with the next company you’re signing up with. Do they have bundles to save you money? Are they easy to work with? How is their customer service team?
When you finalize and complete these items, you will have a well-rounded idea of what canceling your insurance policy will bring.
A Note on History
Like any relationship, having a history with a company could help you in the long-run. If you’ve been with a company for several years, then you’ve built trust with them. Canceling and turning to another company could spell trouble in the long run. While the policy could be cheaper, if something were to happen (like your account falls into bad-standing) then it could prove harder to recover.
For example, if you know your broker on a first-name basis, then they might help vouch for you with an underwriter for a new policy, should you find it in turmoil. Too many claims or cancelation threats from the company could be easily solved by citing your history with the company.
All in all, if canceling is in your future, it needs to be done with as much (maybe even more) preparation than purchasing coverage. There are many strings attached to these policies, and you need to be aware of each of them and how they’ll affect your business in the future. It could be as simple as an added fee, but if you don’t check it out, you could be saddled with hefty premiums in the future.
EZ.Insure can give you the help you need to make the best decisions for your business. Your agent will answer any questions you have, compare different plans for you, and even sign you up when you’re ready, free of charge and without having to worry about being hounded by endless calls. To get started simply enter your zip code in the bar above, or you can speak to an agent by emailing email@example.com or calling 888-350-1890. EZ.Insure makes the entire process easy, and quick.