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Natures Fury - Time to Check Your Insurance
The communities of Exmouth and Moora in Western Australia don't have a lot in common with Sydney.
But this year there is a uniting bond. All have felt the full force of Mother Nature.
Flooding in the Wheatbelt town of Moora caused an estimated $10 million dollars worth of damage to homes and property. Cyclone Vance ripped through Exmouth in the North West of the State costing the community millions more. Sydney's hailstorm bill has topped $1 billion and is still rising.
All this is a timely reminder about insurance to protect your assets from acts of nature over which we have no control.
Insurance is one of those intangible things - you pay out the money but you never see anything tangible in return - except in the event of some misfortune.
Insurance companies try hard to position themselves as being reputable and fair and spend millions in advertising trying to get this message across. The benefits they are selling include timeliness and ease of making claims and trustworthiness when it comes to paying claims.
Even banks are now are now becoming more sympathetic when it comes to natural disasters. Westpac has offered a special relief program to assist customers seriously affected by the Sydney hailstorm. Customers with home loans may now apply to suspend repayments for up to three months and may defer credit card payments for a month.
Despite all the goodwill, you need to do your homework when considering the best options for insurance. Here are 10 tips when considering insurance for your hard-earned assets.
Stick to these tips and you'll have peace of mind next time a natural disaster hits your home.
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