Question I just got my first apartment! It’s tiny, and I don't own a lot of things, but my parents are encouraging me to get renters insurance. Here’s my question: Since my landlord already has insurance on the property, what reason would I have to get renters insurance?
We asked Valerie Webber, a Farmers Insurance® agent based in Fort Worth, Texas, to provide some of her top reasons to purchase renters insurance.
Answer Simply put, renters need insurance to protect their stuff. As a renter, you don't own the structure you live in and you are not likely to insure it. The belongings inside your rental, on the other hand, are probably important to you. One reason to carry renters insurance is to have coverage for your belongings.
For example, renters could provide coverage in the event of:
Before you decide that you don't have enough stuff to get damaged in a fire or what you have is not likely to be stolen, take a look around. You might see more items that are costly to replace than you'd expect. For instance, a smartphone, designer handbag, professional chef knife set, new laptop are all commonly used, high-ticket items. How about your grandmother's antique china? Even the cost of replacing all your clothes could put quite a dent in your savings.
What does renters insurance cover?
In general, renters insurance provides coverage for your belongings, such as clothing, household items and furniture. It also includes electronics and jewelry, although limitations may apply.
A renters policy also typically includes:
Some renters policies will provide a replacement cost for a lost or damaged item. Other policies may provide cash value, which takes into account depreciation of your item before the payout. What’s the difference? Say you purchased a new sofa 10 years ago, the cash value that you'd receive could potentially be well under $100. But if the same couch can be bought brand-new, that dollar amount would be the replacement cost amount.
Is renters insurance expensive?
Not really, which is one of the best reasons to recommend renters insurance. While several variables can affect the cost of your premium, overall, renters insurance is a cost-effective type of coverage. In fact, according to the Insurance Information Institute, the average yearly premium for renters insurance is just under $200.
Talk to your local agent to help determine how much coverage you may want based on the value of what you own.
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