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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 July 23, 2019

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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  • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
  • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
  • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
  • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
  • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
  • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

1. Realize You’re Not Alone

Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

2. Find What Inspires You

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Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

3. Give Yourself a Break

When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

4. Shake up Your Routines

Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

5. Start with a Small Step

Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

More to Help You Stay Motivated

Here are some resources that will help you break out of your current phase:

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