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How To Obtain Property Insurance For Small Companies

Aug 17, 2007
Insuring your company protects its continuity, making it possible to operate even after damages caused by natural calamities such as hurricanes, tornados, floods, earthquakes, or fire. While selecting a policy, consider the nature of the business, the risks involved, the geographical location, and select an appropriate package that provides maximum coverage at the lowest costs possible. It is better to go for a package policy rather than several individual ones, and if you take necessary precautions to avoid risks, you may have to pay a considerably lesser premium.

Need for Property Insurance
It is better to have adequate property or causality insurance for small businesses, as it will offer protection against disasters like fire, floods, hurricanes, theft, vandalism and intentional damage caused by malicious forces. Standard property insurance provides coverage against losses from windstorms, explosions, hailstorms, aircrafts, automobiles riots vandalism, and fire. The insurance agency will pay for replacements, repairs, and the cost of removing property from the site to protect it from being damaged. Companies can opt for policies that cover damages from earthquakes, floods, building collapse and glass breakage. It is better to go for a content coverage policy too, to insure all your property within the business premise. An all risk policy will be sufficient for small companies but a named peril policy may be used when there is a greater risk from only one peril.

Things to Consider
While considering buying property or causality insurance for small companies, consider which suits your business better, deductibles calculated on a per claim basis or on an aggregate basis. The per claim basis suits companies, which rarely expect to make claims. However the aggregate basis suits those businesses, which expect to make claims often. Consider whether you want the insurance to be renewed yearly or if your needs keep changing consider making changes to the annual coverage of the policy. Get replacement cost insurance with an inflation guard too, as it will help replace property and get back in business as soon as possible. It is advisable to get a proper assessment of the value of your business before going for insurance coverage, as it will determine the amount of coverage necessary for your business. You may add other necessary insurance such as undamaged property protection, data protection, virus liability protection, and off premise property protection where applicable.

Carefully assess your insurance needs and get a good insurance agent, who understands your business and will advise you about the extent of coverage your business needs. The insurance agent advises you on how you can lower costs by installing safety measures and makes sure you get the maximum coverage at the lowest prices possible.

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About the Author
David Gass is President of Business Credit Services, Inc. His company publishes a free weekly e-newsletter on Small Business Consulting at their web site http://www.smallbusinessconsulting.com.
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