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Renters insurance is a commonly misunderstood and underappreciated form of insurance. Unlike homeowners insurance, renters insurance doesn't cover the structure of the home or apartment you live in — that’s the responsibility of your landlord.
What you do get coverage for, however, is all of your property within your home — or when you’re on the go — as well as liability coverage against lawsuits. For example, if someone breaks into your apartment and steals your laptop, your policy would cover the cost of replacement up to the limit of your policy after you pay your deductible.y.
Homeowners insurance is protection for your home that helps cover repairs or replacements to your home’s structure, belongings and even covers you if you’re liable for injury to another person when they’re on your property or accidental damage to their property. For example, if your home is damaged by a fire, your policy would likely cover the cost of the repairs (once you’ve met your deductible).
A standard home insurance policy includes essential coverages that offer protection from a specific set of common damages. Just as every home is unique, so is every home insurance policy. And you’ll have the option to customize and purchase additional coverages as they fit your needs.
Life insurance provides financial protection in the event you were to pass away. You pay premiums to your insurance company, and in return, they will pay your beneficiaries a death benefit — which is a sum of money — when you pass away.
Term life insurance is a basic protection plan with no cash value that covers you for a fixed time period. Your premium will start low but may increase with age upon renewal. Whole life insurance builds up cash value over your entire lifetime that can be withdrawn to supplement retirement. Premiums start higher but do not increase with age. Read more about term life insurance and whole life insurance.
Think of umbrella insurance as an additional financial safety net on top of your existing coverage. Sometimes the liability limits in your auto, home, boat, or recreational vehicle policy are not enough to cover the damages from an accident or judgments from a lawsuit. An umbrella policy protects your assets and future earnings from being at risk should your other liability limits not be enough.
For example, if you were in an accident that caused $1,000,000 worth of damages but your auto policy only covered up to $300,000, you’d be responsible for the remaining $700,000. But if you have an umbrella policy, you get an additional level of coverage that’ll help cover that remaining amount.
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