Whether you’re a master brewer in Milwaukee or a math teacher in Madison, renters insurance can help protect your valuables—and much more.
We’ll take you through the basics of renters insurance coverage and look at possible ways to save.
Here’s what we’ll discuss:
- How much does renters insurance cost in Wisconsin?
- What does your renters insurance cover in Wisconsin?
- Is renters insurance required in Wisconsin?
- What’s the right amount of coverage to get?
- How can you save on renters insurance in Wisconsin?
How much does renters insurance cost in Wisconsin?
The average cost of renters insurance in Wisconsin in 2023 is $13/month, according to ValuePenguin.com.
Of course, your personal quote may vary depending on various factors, including where in the state you live.
What does your renters insurance cover in Wisconsin?
Your renters insurance policy covers your personal belongings, and also protects you from possible liability exposure in certain situations.
In Wisconsin, Lemonade often sees renters insurance claims related to theft and water damage.
Let’s break down the components of what your policy covers, and your coverage options.
‘Personal property coverage makes sure your stuff, your personal belongings, is protected, whether you’re relaxing at your apartment or traipsing across Europe. So if your living room furniture is ruined due to water damage from that burst pipe, or your phone is stolen while you’re taking a trip to Berlin, your renters insurance policy has your back.
Loss of Use
What about if disaster strikes? If you can’t stay at your home because of covered losses (like a fire or windstorm), your ‘loss of use coverage provides reimbursements for temporary housing and additional living expenses such as food, laundry, hotel parking, and more.
If someone is injured in your apartment, or anyone on your policy causes damage to someone else’s property or stuff, your insurance company should have things like legal fees and property damage covered.
Your insurer covers medical expenses if your guests get injured at your place or if you accidentally hurt people outside of your home as well. Note that your renters insurance policy does not cover medical payments if you or someone residing with you is injured—only non-residents and guests.
Is renters insurance required in Wisconsin?
While there’s no law requiring that you purchase renters insurance in Wisconsin, your individual landlord might specifically require it. And if your lease specifies that you need renters insurance, well… that’s that.
The good news is that it’s easy to sign up for a renters insurance policy with Lemonade, and you’ll thank yourself later if your stuff gets stolen or damaged! When signing up, your landlord might request they be added as an ‘interested party‘ on your policy. This just means they’ll be kept in the loop when you make any policy changes—or if you cancel your policy. It’s super easy to add them using the Lemonade app.
What’s the right amount of coverage to get?
There’s no easy answer to the question of “how much renters insurance do I need,” and it depends on how much stuff you have to cover and what it’s worth. As we discussed above, your policy has a few main categories: Contents (your stuff); Loss of Use (temporary living expenses); and then personal liability and medical bills.
You’re able to set the coverage limits for these categories when you sign up for a Lemonade policy. Lower coverage limits might save you a few bucks on your monthly premiums—but they might also leave you with insufficient coverage when you have to make a claim.
You’ll also need to figure out your deductible. It’s a balancing act and one that requires you to think about your property and lifestyle. Take a few minutes to apply to see your renter insurance quote to get a sense of your insurance options.
Also, if you’ve got valuables that are especially pricey or important—things like engagement rings, fancy cameras, musical instruments, or artworks—you can add ‘scheduled personal property coverage’ for those items. At Lemonade, we simply call it ‘Extra Coverage’—here’s a bunch more info about that.
How to save on renters insurance in Wisconsin
In addition to renters insurance, Lemonade also offers term life insurance and pet health insurance in the state of Wisconsin. Depending how you combine and bundle your policies, you can unlock savings and lower costs. Click below to explore your bundle discount options when you get both renters insurance and pet insurance with Lemonade.
There are other ways to lower the cost of your renters insurance:
- Lowering your coverage limits can reduce your premium. However, saving a bit of cash up front could leave you vulnerable to paying more out of pocket later, in the event of a claim.
- Bumping up your deductible might also lower your premium—but again, this means you’d be liable for more out of pocket expenses in the future.
- Investing in safety and security services, like fire alarms or burglar alarms, can also make you eligible for discounts.