Renters insurance is not something many are aware of. After all, it is but a temporary arrangement until you buy your own home or have to shift due to some reason. And the first question that comes to your mind is if it is really necessary and worth your time and energy. You may even feel that as your landlord would insure his property anyway, why you should bear this additional expense. But what about your belongings and valuables in the house? Yes, it might appear like a furtive beast at first, but this particular indemnification can actually draw the fine line between losing everything you possess and getting back on your feet in a flash when misfortune strikes you.
Let us explore the concept of renters insurance and the coverage you can avail:
Coverage for Individual Assets:
- If an unforeseen catastrophe like fire, theft or some other grave mishap occurs in your rented house or apartment, this cover can be your angel-not-in-disguise. Landlord will only insure his building and nothing else.
- It will help you recover or replace all your personal valuables, furniture, electrical or mechanical appliances, garments and even items of everyday use.
- Majority of tenants leave buying home contents cover to another time, as they feel that they don’t have much stuffs to warrant this extra expense. But it can be shocking just how much of a dent it can make in your savings to replace inevitable items you have gathered over the years. Once you calculate, there is bound to be more than expected digits in the final figure.
- To decide a broad figure of value for your belongings, do the old-fashioned way of combing through every room and making a list. You can strike them off when you review the inventory a second time.
- It is not enough that you only entail the large-ticket articles such as your TV, washing machine, iPhone and so on, but also the seemingly small or insignificant items such as garments, utensils, curtains, bicycle etc.
- Based on the home insurance policy you choose, there is usually a limit to the money you may collect per claim. For artefacts on the expensive side, it will be prudent to go for a comprehensive coverage.
Coverage for Legal Accountability:
- This is mostly intended to compensate for third party injury incurred while in your rented place.
- Damage to property is also covered with the expenses required for all the legal hassles. For instance, somebody slipping and hurting his/ her back on your property (even if the incident occurred due to your laxity).
- It might appear like an implausible situation, but the crux of the matter is that these incidents do occur. If you get sued for the same, the perks of this shield will far outweigh the money shelled out for renters insurance.
- Based on your plan and deductibles opted, you can get compensation for legal, medical and other repair expenditures.
Further Living Costs:
- This kind of renter’s home insurance benefits you if you are not able to live in the house/ flat in conditions such as a leaking roof.
- When searching for an insurance plan for your rented house, it is imperative to assess the price of going sans protection and that of the renters insurance.
- You can avail money for temporary accommodation arrangements, having meals out, and other incidentals that you possibly will face in such difficult circumstances.
On the whole, there can never be a circumstance when one is allowed to go without at least one individual property indemnity. Changing times brought inflation and inflation means things are costlier than ever now. It is always best to appraise your belongings and have a rough plan on how to replace them – in short a renter’s home insurance. And it won’t cost you more than the bill of a three star dine out.