What Factors Into the Cost of Renters Insurance
The cost of your renters insurance plan is determined by your insurance company using a wide range of factors.
All renters insurance policies will insure you up to a certain price––often $100,000, $200,000, or even $300,000. The higher your chosen coverage amount, the more expensive the pricing of your premiums.
A claim costing above the coverage limit threshold for your policy may not be considered a fully covered loss by your insurance provider and policyholders may not receive full reimbursement.
Check out the three basic renters coverage types below.
|Coverage Type||What a Policy Covers (Usually!)||Exclusions: What a Policy (Usually!) Doesn’t Cover|
|Liability||Provides liability protection: may cover medical expenses, property damage costs, or legal fees if you accidentally damage someone else’s property or a guest hurts themselves in your residence||Any liability costs that exceed your coverage limit, damage to your personal property, additional living expenses|
|Personal Property||The cost to repair ( actual cash value ) or replace ( replacement cost coverage) your personal belongings should they be damaged or stolen||Damage to personal property over your coverage limit, liability damages, additional living expenses, medical bills due to bodily injury|
|Additional Living Expenses||Additional coverage that pays for hotel bills or other living expenses if your current residence is damaged or otherwise not habitable. Sometimes also known as loss of use coverage.||The cost of repairing damage to your rented residence (your landlord’s insurance policy may cover that). Personal liability coverage or personal property damage.|
A deductible is the amount of money you have to pay out of pocket when you file an insurance claim. A higher deductible means lower monthly premiums––and vice versa.
Value of Property
The greater the value of your belongings, the more your personal property coverage will cost. A penthouse owner with a cherished collection of jewelry and racing bicycles will likely pay more for their renters insurance than a minimalistic studio-dweller.
Renters living in buildings with more security measures––like burglar alarms or alarmed gates––will pay less for their insurance due to a lower likelihood of vandalism, theft, and other types of property crime.
Renters insurance is often more expensive for those with a low credit score.
Because pets frequently contribute to property damage, a furry companion could hike up your renters insurance rates.
Add-Ons and Bundling
What renters insurance add-ons are right for you?
Many renters insurance companies offer optional add-ons (sometimes also known as riders) for your renters insurance policy.
These add-ons will insure specific types of events not typically covered by a renters insurance policy ––like water damage or identity theft––for an additional fee.
Renters insurance companies also often offer bundling deals with their renters insurance. That means that you can “bundle” your renters policy with another policy, often a car insurance plan, from the same company to receive a discount on both. State Farm is one company that offers discounts to renters who bundle their policies with an auto insurance plan.