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Before You Buy Renter's Insurance

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Renter’s insurance is something every renter should have. It is inexpensive, depending on the amount you take out and your area you will likely pay between ten to twenty dollars a month for the coverage. It will protect you from theft and loss from fire. Most people have been robbed or know someone who has been robbed. This policy will protect you from paying for everything out of cost. This is one of the items you should never cut from your budget.

What Does Renter's Insurance Cover?

Your renter’s policy will protect you if you are robbed, or if your apartment burns down. Additionally, renter’s insurance includes liability protection. This protection will cover medical expenses if someone is hurt inside your apartment. This insurance will help you to replace items that are damaged or stolen. The liability insurance is also nice, because it will protect the assets and savings that you have acquired. Just like with car insurance, you can save money by shopping for a new policy every few years.

What Isn't Covered by Renter's Insurance?

It is important to realize that a renter’s insurance policy does not cover everything. Most insurance policies will not cover a flood. You will need to purchase an additional policy to cover flooding. This is especially important if you live in a flood plain area. Many apartments will let you know if they are located in a flood plain.

How Much Coverage Should You Purchase?

You need to determine the amount of your insurance policy. When you do this, you should carefully consider the costs of everything you have. If you are robbed, you will likely only need to replace jewelry and electronics. If you are the victim of a fire, then you will need to replace your clothing, your furniture and other personal effects in addition to your electronics. You should have enough money in your emergency fund to cover the deductible on your insurance policy.

Read the Fine Print for Limits and Exclusions

It is important to read your policy carefully. Some insurance companies put a limit on the amount that they will cover in different areas. They may limit the total amount that they would pay in electronics to $500.00. If this is the case, then you would need to purchase an additional policy to cover those items. If you work from home, you need to consider the cost of the equipment that you use. You may need an additional policy to cover your liability in relation to your job.

Take Advantage of Discounts for Your Policy

When you purchase your renter’s insurance, it is important to shop around. You can receive a discount when you get it through the same company as your car insurance. You should check for discounts through your job, professional associations, and alumni associations, as well.

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