How to Compare Renters Insurance for the Best Coverage

Learn what your renters insurance policy covers—vs. your landlord's—to make sure you're protected at home.

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Renters insurance can protect you and your belongings in case something should happen to your rental home. 

If you’re a renter, there are many things your landlord is responsible for. Say a fire your building—your landlord’s insurance coverage will pay to repair the structure. But you are responsible for your belongings inside the building. A renters insurance policy can replace property that’s damaged—or stolen, for that matter—within the limits of your specific policy. And if your apartment or rental home gets so damaged that you need to vacate and your loss is covered, some renters insurance policies will even pay your temporary living expenses so you don’t end up couch surfing.

Property damage coverage limits

Take a full inventory of everything in your home—clothing, jewelry, furniture, electronics, sports equipment—and add up the value of your belongings. That sum is how much coverage you need. (For the average renter, it’s about $25,000.) So as you gather renters insurance quotes, make sure the policies you’re comparing have the same coverage limit.

Personal liability and medical payment coverage limits

Renters insurance doesn’t just protect your stuff. It can also protect you if someone falls into your fireplace and gets burned, or in other instances where a visitor is injured. Personal liability coverage pays for your legal expenses should the injured party take you to court. And medical payment coverage will pay that person’s medical expenses. Again, if you opt for these types of coverage, make sure you’re comparing apples to apples by getting quotes for policies that have the same coverage limits. Experts recommend having at least $300,000 in personal liability coverage. Medical payment coverage limits usually range from $1,000 to $5,000 depending on your state of residence.

Deductibles

A deductible is the amount you have to pay before your rental insurance coverage kicks in. Within the same insurance company, the same type of coverage with a $500 deductible will, of course, be more expensive than one with a $1,000 deductible. So when comparing  rental insurance quotes, make sure that you’re looking at policies with the same deductible amount.

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The availability, qualifications, and amounts of coverages, costs and discounts may vary from state to state and there may be coverages and discounts not listed here. In addition, other terms, conditions, and exclusions not described above may apply, and total savings may vary depending on the coverages purchased. For more information regarding your eligibility for certain coverages and savings opportunities, please contact your AAA agent. Insurance products in California offered by AAA Northern California Insurance Agency. License #0175868, in Nevada by AAA Nevada and in Utah by AAA Utah. Insurance provided by CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA insurer.