Tips for first-time renters

Tuesday, March 19, 2019by  PEMCO Insurance

​Getting your own apartment or car is a life milepost to celebrate! Make sure you're protected with affordable, high-quality coverage designed to help you worry less and live more. renters moving into new apartment

As a first-time insurance shopper, keep three key points in mind:

1) Don't rule out top-rated, full-service companies. When trying to wring the most out of every dollar, you might assume you'll save by going with an insurer that operates strictly online or via telephone. However, that's often not the case, particularly if you're able to carry over discounts earned on your parents' policy to your own.

Nineteen-year-olds can qualify for their own PEMCO policies. If you had any discounts (like Good Student) on your parents' PEMCO policy, those benefits transfer automatically to your new, independent PEMCO policy.

With a full-service company, insurance buyers also benefit from expert help from an agent who can tailor a policy based on your unique living situation.

2) Protect your belongings with renter insurance. Don't be among the estimated 55% of renters who go without renter insurance. Many people incorrectly assume their landlord's insurance will cover their belongings in a fire or theft (it won't), that renter insurance is expensive (it's actually a big bargain) or they don't own enough property to bother with it (the average renter has more than $20,000 worth of belongings).

Many people are surprised to learn that renter insurance covers items stolen from their cars (important, since renters are twice as likely as homeowners to suffer a car break-in) and provides liability coverage. It even would pick up the tab for you to stay somewhere else if you're temporarily displaced because of smoke or water damage from a fire or burst pipe in a neighboring apartment.

Plus, with many companies (PEMCO included), you'll get a price break when you insure both your auto and home.

3) Match your lifestyle with the company. If you're a safe, responsible driver, you may qualify for a "preferred risk" company (like PEMCO) with lower rates and superior service that caters to people like you. Preferred risk companies usually offer many discounts and may provide value-added benefits like PEMCO ID Smart™ a free identity fraud service.

To learn more about your insurance options with PEMCO, call 1‑800‑GO‑PEMCO or get an online quote.

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