YOUR business property POLICY
Whether it’s buildings or equipment, losing these assets due to fire, flooding, theft or accidental damage would be a potentially critical setback for your business.
A commercial property insurance policy can protect against the cost of replacing lost or damaged property. Additionally, commercial property insurance can cover any associated losses–such as lost income–that are caused because part or all of your business is temporarily knocked out of action.
It’s worth exploring the options available to you with a business property insurance policy, as they may cover risks you hadn’t thought of. For example, some policies protect against the additional costs you face if rebuilding a damaged business facility means no longer being exempt from local building codes.
Other points to check include whether a policy covers the cost of removing debris before reconstruction begins, as well as whether the business property is covered against weather event damage while being rebuilt.
Commercial property insurance is a great way to ensure that your business’ location and assets, as well as your income, are protected. Have questions? Crilly Insurance is happy to help!
Builders risk insurance is effectively a form of property insurance that covers the period while the property is still under construction. It’s possible for the property owners to take out such a policy, though more commonly it’ll be a policy they insist the contractors take out.
The key areas of coverage are damage caused by events such as fire and hail storms. You’ll also normally be covered for theft and vandalism (though not by your employees) and damage caused by vehicles or aircraft hitting the building. To make sure coverage levels are adequate, policies are often set at a fixed percentage of the total construction budget. You’ll need to check how long the policy runs as it typically won’t allow repeated extensions of the construction timeline.
It’s important to be aware of what builders risk insurance doesn’t cover. Unless specifically stated, it won’t cover specific increased risks such as flooding on a beachfront construction or earthquakes near a fault line. It also doesn’t cover injuries suffered by workers, meaning you’ll still need any legally-required workers’ compensation insurance coverage, as well.
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