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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Renters Insurance, The Ins and Outs

If you own an apartment you should well consider purchasing renters insurance. What does it cover? Renters insurance covers a number of incidents and will protect you in the event of the sudden loss of your valuables. Let's take a look at the benefits derived from purchasing renters insurance.

The first thing that one needs to keep in mind when thinking about rental insurance is that just because a property owner has insurance on his or her building or buildings it does not mean that your valuables will be protected through the owner's insurance. Rather, when a property owner purchases insurance for their rental properties it covers the basics - that means the property itself and not what resides within it. Therefore, to adequately protect yourself, you will need to acquire renters insurance.

What kind of things does an insurance policy cover for a renter? Well, in truth coverage varies from one policy to the next. Nevertheless, most policies will cover your valuables in the event that certain acts of God cause the destruction of your property. For instance, if you are the victim of a fire caused by lightening, a windstorm, a hail storm, an explosion, a civil upset, vandalism, theft, or water damage, you may be able to collect on any policy that you have that is active. Conversely, without insurance you may find yourself in quite a bind. You can lose your furniture and all your property and have no way to replace such items when they are damaged.

One of the first things you should do before you start looking for an insurance policy is to take a full inventory of everything you own. In fact, you may even want to get estimates on various items, especially antiques and the like. Once you have a complete inventory you will want to store your list in a safe place like in a fire proof box or safe or even in a safety deposit box. You will also want to update the list once a year to add any new purchases you may have made and keeping your receipts is a good idea.

Different insurance policies have different regulations attached to them. Be sure you understand the type of coverage you are getting. It is a frightful event when you don't know what kind of coverage you really have until it is too late - when something bad happens is not the time to find out that your insurance won't cover the incident. Be a wise consumer and really pay attention to what you are purchasing.

Ultimately, every renter needs insurance. Insurance is created for the "what if" events in your life and if you encounter problems, the last thing you want is to be caught off guard. With insurance, you may have to deal with some losses, but you will be able to successfully recover from such losses in a little time.

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