If you’re a renter, you may be wondering what type of insurance you need and what your coverage should include. Here are some of the categories that you may find useful when weighing up the costs and benefits of content coverage as a renter:
These low deductible policies with high coverage limits are intended to reduce your financial exposure to a total loss, along with minimizing itemized losses on items of a higher value. These do come with higher premiums than national averages, but you are granted more peace of mind
when you purchase one of these policies.
If you have some items in your possession that are of high value, a top-tier policy may be required, but be sure to check that your chosen policy adequately covers these items, and your insurance provider can help you with this.
With low to moderate deductibles and high limits of coverage, these policies are ideal for families or couples of middle-class standing who have no plans to cease renting in the immediate future. Those who choose this type of coverage typically have lots of items they need to protect but cannot afford (or are not willing to pay for) top-tier coverage.
If you’re part of a growing family, it might be sensible to add an emergency fund to this type of policy.
This type of policy is popular among the younger community of upwardly mobile renters who have relatively highly paid jobs, but who don’t own many items of great value and have not yet started a family. With larger deductibles and lower coverage limits, this policy can be useful for protecting certain things such as electronic equipment, clothing and other items that may be valuable to the individual, but which do not have a high financial value.
As with a family policy, it might pay to complement this policy with an emergency fund.
Low Cost policies:
Low cost insurance policies are a good choice for those on a lower income, such as students or recent graduates. For those with no possessions of a particularly high value, and who won’t be financially devastated if they are forced to replace certain items, a low-cost policy is like a ‘catastrophic’ health insurance policy and comes with high deductibles and low coverage limits. While this type of policy might not enable the individual to replace many items in one go, with an emergency fund, it should prove more than adequate.
Talk to your insurance provider about what type of coverage would best suit your current needs and ensure that you carefully and closely examine your circumstances and priorities.