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Does My Roommate Need Renter’s Insurance?

Renter’s insurance protects your belongings and living space! From the kitchen to the living room to your favorite sweater, most roommates share everything. Roommates are often the siblings you never asked for (or got), but there’s a mutual likeness when sharing a living space with another human being day in and day out. Whether you watch reruns of The Voice together every night, or stay in your room to avoid awkward small chat, many roommates think that if one of you has renter’s insurance, the coverage extends to the entire apartment and all of the contents. This is a costly misconception. Renter’s insurance protects the property of the people listed on the policy. Unless your roommate is listed as an additional insured on your insurance policy (or is a domestic partner, spouse, or a member of your family), their things will not be covered. Here’s the lowdown on renter’s insurance for roommates: A roommate does ... Read more

What If I Cannot Get Coverage?

Insuring Your High-Risk Home Whether your dream home is situated on a sheer cliff that commonly gets battered by storms or you are looking to buy in a riskier neighborhood so you can get more house for your money, there may come a time where you want to purchase a home that insurers will consider high risk. Of course, you should have the freedom to buy whatever property will best meet your family’s needs, but this could present a problem. You may have a difficult time obtaining coverage if you live in a high-risk area. Fortunately, you have a few options for finding the policy you need. Talk To Your Agent: If you have a good relationship with your existing homeowners insurer, give them a call. Ask your agent which improvements you can make to make your home less risky to insure and if there is anything else you can do to ... Read more