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How to get renters insurance discounts
10 Ways to lower your renters insurance premiums
The average renters insurance policy is only around $15 a month, but there are always ways to lower your premium and still get good coverage. So if you’re looking for a good renters insurance policy that won’t break your bank, you’re in luck!
10 Ways to get cheaper renters insurance
1.How much coverage do you really need?
According to Allstate, the average two-bedroom apartment contains about $30,000 worth of stuff. But there is no reason to pay for extra coverage. Add up how much it would cost to replace belongings and use this number to purchase the proper amount of coverage.
Don’t pay for $20,000 worth of personal property if you only own $15,000 worth of stuff. It’s not worth it.
2. Bundle your renters insurance
Insurance companies want to provide you with renters insurance — and with life and car insurance, too. Basically, the more policies you have with a company, the more renters insurance discounts they’ll offer you. Bundling renters insurance with auto insurance is the most common bundle for renters.
If you already have car insurance, check your provider’s website to see if they offer a bundle with renters insurance. Or, if you find a company that offers the kind of renters insurance you’re looking for, think about converting your auto insurance over to them. If you have questions, talk to an agent to see if they’ll give you a bundle offer that’ll save you money.
3. Go with a higher deductible
If you increase your deductible (how much you pay before your insurance kicks in), you can lower your monthly premium expense. Just make sure that you could afford the deductible if you needed to.
4. Upgrade security and safety features in your apartment
Many insurance providers offer discounts to renters who install safety and security devices. For example, your building likely already has smoke alarms in place, but a front door alarm, window alarms, and strong locks can also help.
Take some time to read up on your policy and see what deals you can get for having these safety features. Again, talk to your agent to see if they have any tips on what discounts you can get for these safety features.
5. Ask an agent about lower-cost neighborhoods
If you’re getting ready to move, ask an insurance agent about which neighborhoods have lower insurance rates. Crime and a variety of other neighborhood factors can influence the cost of your policy. As with any form of insurance, your provider calculates risk, and if your apartment is in a crime-ridden neighborhood, you’re more likely to face theft or damage.
That’s why it’s important to get a quote ahead of time, so you know how much your new neighborhood will affect your insurance premiums.
6. Maintain your credit
Nowadays, it’s quite common for insurance providers to check your credit score before they set your premium. Auto insurance providers have been doing this for years, and now renters insurance providers are doing the same.
If your renters insurance company uses your credit score as part of your application approval you will get a better rate.
7. Ask for a good customer, claim-free discount
If you’ve been a customer for many years and have been claim-free, then ask for a discount. Some insurers will give this to you for asking and to keep you as a customer — especially if they know you’re shopping around for a better rate. Claim-free customers are great for insurance providers.
If you never put in a claim, your provider will never have to pay out, which makes you an ideal customer for the insurance provider. Because providers are always trying to attract claim-free customers, they may offer you a discount to get your business.
8. Set up automatic payments or pay a year in advance
Some providers will offer a discount if you agree to auto-payment from your bank account or pay the yearly premium in advance. Allstate, for example, offers a decent discount — typically 5 percent off.
Autopay can be a nice arrangement for both you and your insurance provider. They know that you’ll be paying each month on time, and you don’t have to worry about reminding yourself to pay this bill every month. You get a nice monetary benefit for something you might be inclined to do anyway!
9. Get an association discount
You can often get discounts for being a member of the military, being retired, a college student, or having a credit union membership, so don’t be afraid to ask what your options are. Different providers offer different discounts, so check their website or talk to your agent. There may be discounts available that you’re not aware of, and you may be leaving money on the table.
10. Re-bid your policy to get better rates
Insurers are competing for your business. If you’re not having luck with your current provider or need a lower rate, bid it out. You’ll likely find another insurer who will. At the worst, you’ll be left with your original rate, but there’s a pretty good chance you can get your rate lowered by pitting the providers against each other. You never know, they might give you a break on your rate to get or keep your business!
Try these tips to get a better deal on your renters insurance
Renters insurance is important (and required, in many cases) to have to protect your belongings. But just because you need it doesn’t mean you have to pay an arm and a leg for it. There’s no harm in trying to get a lower rate, so give the above tips a shot and see if you can lower your renters insurance bill by a couple of bucks a month. Even the smallest savings can go a long way!
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