Six months or so ago I posted about how we were in the process of obtaining life insurance. And in September, I posted information about an umbrella insurance policy we were investigating.
I pleased to report we can cross these tasks off our "to do" list.
Regarding life insurance, we each obtained $500,000, 20 year term life insurance policy through the private market. I have a $500,000 life insurance policy through work which is very reasonably priced. When open enrollment comes around in December 2013 I understand that I can obtain a similar policy on Mr. Sam at similar discounted rates. So as of now, I have $1 million in life insurance and Mr. Sam has $500,000 in life insurance but we will increase that to $1 million early next year.
As for the umbrella policy, as I previously posted, this process was complicated by the fact that three of our properties are insured through the Florida state insurer of last resort, Citizens. Citizens insurance policies only provide $100,000 in liability coverage so we had to first obtain a "wrap" policy to increase our liability coverage from $100,000 to $300,000 for these three properties and then we had to obtain the umbrella policy.
We also ended up not including our property up north in our umbrella policy because it was going to cost us a almost $1000 to obtain a regular insurance policy before we obtained the umbrella policy. Since our property up north has no structure on it, we believe the risk of someone injuring themselves on our property is very low. Since there is no structure on the property anyone on the property is not an invitee and is trespassing, which while that doesn't mean there is no liability risk, the risk is pretty low.
So overall our insurance costs are going up, but we ended up saving about $1000 per year when we combined our car insurance policies and moved to a new company (we also increased our coverage) last year. As such, the money saved in our car insurance category is going to cover our umbrella and wrap policies.