Updated: Feb 16
Many churches may have a "set it and forget it" policy when it comes to insurance. There are 7 best practices when it comes to renewing your insurance - make sure you know them when it comes time for your ministry's renewal.
Start the process with your agent 90 to 120 days before your current policy’s expiration date.
Meet with your agent to discuss any changes to your property and operations (e.g. added a day care or began overseas mission trips).
Request loss runs or statements of no loss through your current agent.
Complete the application as completely and accurately as possible.
Provide any additional information from the above review that will help your agent understand your risk.
Ask your agent which carriers they plan to ask to provide a quote for your insurance. It is not always advisable to shop your risk every year. If the pricing, terms, and service are good then you should consider shopping every three to five years.
Consider evaluating a new agent every three to five years. If you are very satisfied with your agent, you may consider a longer period.
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