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Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Get Renter’s Insurance

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Get Renter’s Insurance

With 35% of the U.S. population in rental units, it’s a no-brainer that those individuals should get some rental insurance. Yet according to a recent survey, more than half of renters between the ages of 23 and 29 do not have insurance, which puts them at a huge risk. There are a lot of things that are beyond your control even if you are within your own space. In any situation, you want to secure your property and belongings.

Renter’s insurance provides financial protection for loss or damage of properties. The type of insurance product would vary depending on the kind of property you are occupying and perhaps even the belongings you want to be covered. In the case of a rented property, the tenant will have to purchase what is referred to as renter’s insurance.  Luckily for tenants, it is convenient to get insurance quotes online these days.

What You are Held Liable For

While the owner of the property or the landlord has the obligation to provide insurance coverage for the structure and other common areas of your rented property, the tenant will have to make provisions for his own personal belongings and anything that happens within the confines of his rented space.  Accidents, misdemeanors, and crimes committed inside your unit are also your liabilities.

Choose a Coverage that Best Fits Your Needs

Renter’s insurance is one of the most affordable types of property insurance, and it’s coverage is specifically designed for tenants. It provides coverage for the tenant’s personal belongings, as well as for accidental injuries sustained within the confines of his rented space.The basic coverage, of course, would include coverage for loss or damage of property due to fire.

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According to a personal injury attorney, typical hazards that a landlord could be liable for are uneven staircases, poor lighting, lack of snow and ice removal, lack of working fire alarms, faulty wiring, and blocked emergency exits. Landlords may or may not choose to require renter’s insurance from their tenants.

Whether or not the law requires it, it would be to the tenant’s best interest to purchase renter’s insurance. Websites focused on renter’s insurance make it really easy to compare insurance quotes online.

Top 10 Reasons to Purchase Renter’s Insurance

On the average, renters pay only a few hundred dollars a year for an insurance policy that gives $500,000 for liability coverage and $20,000 for property coverage.  Here are some of the reasons why you should seriously think about getting renter’s insurance:

1. Protection for your guests.

This is especially applicable if you have pets.  You are liable when your guests are accidentally bitten by your pet while they are in your premises.  There are states with dog-bite statutes that require you to compensate your guest in such instances.  Renter’s insurance financial benefits for such personal accidental injury as well as for any other accidental injuries sustained within your rented property.

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2. Provision for the repair or replacement of stolen items.

According to this insurance study, in a typical two bedroom apartment, the total value of clothing, electronics, jewelry, appliances, and other possessions comes to around $30,000 or $40,000. In case of theft or burglaries, your renter’s insurance policy will give you cash benefits to allow you to replace the lost items.  However, it must be shown first that the landlord was not lax with security and that you meet the coverage limits stated in the policy.

3. Provision for the repair or replacement of items damaged due to natural disasters.

The landlord would have to shoulder the cost of repairs for any damages to the property’s structure in case of a natural disaster like a tornado, hail storm, or wildfire. You would have to shoulder the costs of restoring or replacing your damaged personal belongings.

If your rented property is likely to be hit by any of these risks, check if they are covered by the policy.  Some insurance policies allow policyholders to purchase riders to cover damage due to hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and volcanic eruptions.

4. Coverage for fire damage due to short-circuits.

Electrical issues leading to a fire are usually not covered by landlords.  If the culprit is the electrical wiring and not your misuse of the electrical system, your landlord can be held liable. Negligence on your part can make you liable not only for your belongings but also for the damaged part of the house.

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5. Coverage for extended fire.

If the damage due to a fire that started from your own unit spreads to other occupants of the building, the more liability you will incur. Sometimes, it surely pays to have more expensive coverage.

6. Coverage for damage you caused.

It can’t be helped. Renters also cause unintentional damage to their properties. Water overflowing from the wash room, falling items because they were not properly secured, and breaking glass fall under this category. If these happen and they ruin the sofa or the carpet, you can call in your insurance company to shoulder the cost of repair or restoration.

7. Coverage for sewer drainage damage.

Overflowing sewer drainage may be caused by clogged items inside. You can get additional coverage for this, for an additional cost.

8. Coverage for extended theft.

This special coverage is applicable to stolen items that were not placed inside your rented space. You need this if you have items that are stashed away in storage areas outside your rented property, in your car, or in a trailer.

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9. Provision in case you need to look for temporary lodging.

Certain events can force you to leave home and temporarily stay in a hotel and eat in some restaurants. If that happens and you have purchased this special coverage, your insurance company is liable to give you a refund. Note, however, that there could be limits to the maximum amount that you can get.

10. Provision for frozen plumbing, water sprinklers, heating, or air conditioning system.

Low temperatures can get any of these systems to freeze. When that happens, any of your valuable appliances is vulnerable to damage. You can get coverage for this contingency in your renter’s insurance policy.

The bottom-line is that you never really know what could happen. Being caught unprepared can mean huge expenses on your part. Prepare wisely by purchasing ample renter’s insurance coverage. It will save you from a lot of headaches and financial worries.

Featured photo credit: Multicolor apartments/Esteban Chiner via flic.kr

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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