Why do you choose to rent? Maybe you just moved to a new city and want to get a sense of the neighborhood before making a purchase. You might like the convenience of having an apartment and letting a landlord handle anything that goes wrong. Perhaps it’s the most cost-effective way to live near the city center.
Whatever your reason for renting, you may need renters insurance coverage to help you protect your personal possessions and assets. Your Farmers agent can help you understand your insurance options so you can choose the coverage you want for your apartment or house rental.
Hope for the best and prepare for the worst. While this is carried out in most life situations, it is often overlooked when it comes to renters insurance. Although the responsibility of issues regarding the foundation of the apartment are often left in the hands of the landlord, you are responsible for your personal possessions and liability for your guests. While you might hesitate to spend the money on renters insurance, here are of a few of the benefits that make it well worth the investment:
1. Theft Protection
Theft and burglary happen everywhere, everyday. As you are not the owner of the home you are renting, your possessions will not be covered by homeowners insurance. With renters insurance, you will not only be covered in the case of your apartment being robbed, but under some policies the possessions in your car could also be covered while traveling. Be sure to shop around for the policy that meets the majority of your needs.
2. Accident Protection
Accidents such as fire and flooding are unpredictable, and can cause major damage to your personal belongings. Having renters insurance covers some, if not all of the damaged possessions, leaving you worry free. Additionally, some policies will cover the cost of your living expenses during disaster and repair.
3. Medical Expenses for Those Hurt on your Property
Renters insurance covers the medical expenses of anyone who is unintentionally hurt or injured on the property you are renting. This eases you of unnecessary stress over the fault and financials when having guests over.
Finding the Best Coverage
Overall renters insurance protects you and your belongings both inside and away from the property you are renting. When shopping for coverage, be sure you purchase enough to replace everything in your apartment, as well as enough liability in case of a lawsuit. Get as many quotes as possible to ensure you get the best deal.
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Here are a few more risks a renter may face — and how renters insurance coverage may help:
A candle starts a fire
You’ve lit several candles — which unintentionally start a small fire in your apartment.
Property coverage under your renters policy may help if personal property like a sofa and a bookcase are damaged by fire.
You’re sued by a Neighbor
On an especially gusty day, strong winds push a small potted plant off your apartment’s balcony and onto a neighbor who is passing below. He is seriously bruised, and decides to sue.
Renters liability coverage may help if you’re responsible for an injury to someone outside your household.
A guest is injured
You’re hosting a small cocktail party when a guest trips on frayed carpet in the hallway. His injury isn’t severe — but his arm does require medical attention.
Medical payments coverage may help if a guest is injured on your premises.
You have to relocate temporarily
When a washer hose bursts and floods your apartment, you must move out while your landlord makes repairs.
Additional living expenses coverage may help with the extra costs of housing and food if you’re forced to move out for temporary repairs to your residence.
You can also customize your renters insurance policy to anticipate risks like these:
Your electronics are stolen
A thief steals all the electronics from your media center — the equipment is a few years old, though, and you want to replace everything with new .
Replacement cost coverage may help cover the cost of replacing older items with their brand new equivalents — ask your agent about some limitations that may apply.
Your identity is stolen
Your identity was stolen and used to rack up thousands of dollars in credit card charges.
Identity Shield may help in efforts to recover your identity, assist in notifying credit bureaus, replace important documents and help with compensation for your time and other related expenses.
Other insurance options to consider
Be sure to get a quote for other items you want to insure — there might even be a discount if you buy another policy in addition to your renters insurance.
You have a car accident
You get into a fender-bender on your way to work — the other driver is claiming neck injuries in addition to the damage to his car.
Auto coverage may help cover costs for property damage and bodily injury claims, as well as medical expenses, if you’re ever involved in an accident.
Your motorcycle is damaged
While touring the countryside on your motorcycle, the sun blinds you just long enough for your tire to catch on a pothole. You’re not hurt when the bike goes down — but it’s seriously damaged.
Motorcycle insurance coverage may help repair or replace your bike and safety apparel if those become damaged due to a collision or other event.
Your pet is injured
Your constant companion — a nine-year-old Yorkie — breaks her paw when she leaps excitedly and misses a step on the stairway.
Pet insurance coverage may help with the cost of your pet’s surgery, physical rehabilitation and prescription medications.
You cause a multi-vehicle accident
You rent a motor scooter for a day while vacationing in Italy — but accidentally cause a multi-vehicle wreck with several injuries.
Umbrella coverage is an extra layer of liability insurance that may help if the coverage of an underlying policy isn’t enough to cover costs for which you’re responsible. It goes with you anywhere in the world.
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