Do You Really Need Renters Insurance?

As a renter, or a homeowner, you put a lot of work into creating a space where you feel comfortable. Whether you rent a home or apartment, where you live should make you feel at ease. If you haven’t purchased renters insurance, however, your home and property may not be protected.

Why should you consider renters insurance?

You might not think you need anything other than car insurance until you buy your first home, but that’s not always the case. In the event of a catastrophe, your landlord will rebuild the building itself. They will not, however, pay to replace everything you own inside the building. That’s where renters insurance comes in. Let’s take a closer look at how a renters policy can help you when you need it.

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A renters insurance policy can protect every item you keep in your rental. Image: Etelamaki Architecture

Renters insurance protects your possessions

As we mentioned, your landlord probably has insurance for the physical structure of your home. But they don’t insure your property inside it. That means that if a fire destroys your electronics, clothes, appliances, furniture, decor – everything you own – you have to replace it all. Or if your TV and laptop are stolen, your landlord’s insurance won’t cover the cost of replacing them.

Fortunately, renters insurance covers these types of scenarios. With a policy in place, you can get the money you need to replace your damaged or stolen property.

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Your rental policy can also cover your liability, helping you avoid the cost of an unexpected lawsuit. Image: Charlotte Gunnarsson

Renters insurance protects you

Beyond protecting what you own, your renters insurance policy can also protect you. Some policies include liability coverage to help if you face a lawsuit because of an accident or injury in your home. This can help pay the legal fees – and even the settlement – of certain lawsuits.

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A renters insurance policy is generally very affordable. Image: Exceed Group Pty Ltd

Renters insurance is affordable

Compared to other types of insurance, renters policies are typically cheap. Most policies cost less than a night at the movies (think, around $25) each month. It’s a small amount to invest in protecting your financial stability and everything you own.

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Your policy can protect your valuables even when they’re outside your home or apartment. Image: Avenue Lifestyle

Renters insurance can follow you

If you include your valuables, like your laptop, in your policy, it can extend past the walls of your home. Talk to an insurance agent about protection that can travel with you. That way, even if your laptop gets stolen from your car, your policy can help you replace it.

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Renters insurance can keep you comfortable as you rebuild after a disaster. Image: Cynthia Lynn Photography

Renters insurance can make disaster recovery easier

If you really want your policy to be there in times of trouble, look into coverage for additional living expenses (ALE). If you have this type of coverage and a disaster makes it impossible to live in your home, your policy covers the extra costs while you wait for your rental to become habitable again. With ALE coverage, your insurer will pick up the tab for hotel stays, meals out and more.

Clearly, renters insurance can do a lot for you. If you’re a renter and you want to add a layer of protection to your possessions and finances, consider investing in an affordable renters policy.