By purchasing renters' insurance, your possessions are covered against losses from fire or smoke, lightning, vandalism, theft, explosion, windstorm, and water damage (not including floods). Like homeowner's insurance, renters' insurance also covers your responsibility to other people injured at your home or elsewhere by you, a family member or your pet and pays legal defense costs if you are taken to court.
Renters insurance covers your additional living expenses if you are unable to live in your apartment because of a fire or other covered peril. Most policies will reimburse you for the difference between your additional living expenses and your normal living expenses but still may set limits as to the amount they will pay.
There are two types of renters insurance policies you may purchase:
Actual Cash Value – pays to replace your possessions minus a deduction for depreciation up to the limit of your policy
Replacement Cost – pays the actual cost of replacing your possessions (no deduction for depreciation) up to the limit of your policy
With either policy, you may want to consider purchasing a floater. A standard renters policy offers only limited coverage for items such as jewelry, silver, furs, etc. If you own property that exceeds these limits, it is recommended that you supplement your policy with a floater. A floater is a separate policy that provides additional insurance for your valuables and covers them for perils not included in your policy such as accidental loss.
Today is a good day to contact our office to see how inexpensive it is to get peace of mind with Renter’s Insurance.