Austin is a highly eclectic city where over 50% of the population prefers to rent due to a high level of prosperity that tends toward upward mobility. Unfortunately, in the “California of Texas” as many people call it, over 30,000 thefts, burglaries, and larcenies occur every year. A surge in personal prosperity can suffer a devastating setback if one neglects to indemnify the contents of one’s home and access to one’s personal information. Very few people in Austin live below the state poverty level, so in spite of Austin’s higher cost of living in places, renters insurance in Austin offers only a marginal expense with exceptional return on investment.
Texas renters insurance not only indemnifies Austin tenants, but it also protects owners, property managers, and landlords who also require protection from potential third party lawsuits filed by uninsured residents.
Persons of any age or background often qualify for discounts on their Austin rental insurance policies. College students in particular will be happy to learn that in most instances they can qualify for policy discounts if they live with an adult roommate who is home during daylight hours. Young professionals in Westlake and North Austin who live in newly constructed gated communities may also receive discounts for living in newer dwellings with a higher security rating.
For older neighborhoods near the Greenbelt and South Lamar, something so simple as installing a burglar alarm can generate discounted rates on renters insurance in Austin. Retired Dell employees with a spouse still working part time also may qualify for similar discounts such as the ones available to college students because, again, someone is home during the day.
Such discounts, however, are difficult to negotiate with carriers directly. That’s why we recommend that you request a quote through an agency who can systematically assess the many benefits our team can possible obtain from an insurance company by working as an advocate on your behalf.
Affordability and Scope
Even without a discount, Austin, TX renters insurance is now more affordable and more comprehensive than ever before. The annual cost of apartment, condo, and home rental insurance in Austin is almost ALWAYS less than 10% of the total value of the contents covered. The very nature of coverage can also be “customized” in a sense to fit the lifestyle of the person. An empty nester couple, for example, will have very different items and equity to insure than a college student or twenty-something that probably has great deal of high performance entertainment equipment and computer technology in their living room.
This brings us to the topic of the types of Austin rental insurance available to people.
Generally speaking, there only two major types of coverage: Named Peril and All Risk. Named peril only covers specific types of distresses and certain types of losses. An All Risk policy covers the majority of a person’s belongings and is what we recommend to Austin rental insurance customers with very few exceptions.
We can also make certain by interfacing on your behalf with our carriers that no exclusions are made in the policy at the time of issuance.
Exceptionally valuable items such as furs, jewels, family heirlooms, and high-ticket electronics can be insured under a secondary policy through a process known as “scheduling.” This allows us to itemize and assess the value of each individual item so sentimental and rare belongings are covered at their full financial value.
In some instances, Austin, TX renters insurance can also cover damages to the insured tenant’s property if damage results from actions or occurrences originating in a neighboring residence. For example, one water leak in a single apartment can damage flooring, furniture, and belongings in several surrounding units. A fire in a neighbor’s kitchen or bedroom can flood the entire complex with smoke and damage hundreds or possibly thousands of dollars in furniture, appliances, and art work. Renter’s insurance in Austin can now help process claims against such incidents.
Please be aware that when today’s thieves break into apartments and houses one of the first things they take is a credit card bill or social security statement that contains all of your personal information. To pro-actively counter this threat, many providers now write Austin renter’s insurance policies that cover losses suffered from identity theft.
Finally, for those looking to buy a home in the future, investing in an Austin renters insurance policy now will help develop insurance history that can qualify them for home insurance discounts when they buy their first house. In a very real sense, Austin renter’s insurance offers the added value of protecting ones person and future as well as one’s property!