Commercial Insurance

Understanding Commercial Insurance

Quoting Commercial Insurance

Posted on November 7, 2019 in Uncategorized

Tips to help you understand a consultant when he is quoting commercial insurance. Running a commercial establishment is never easy as there are numerous inherent risks involved in the process. Business owners make the best possible effort to run their businesses to keep them profitable.

To protect business from uncertainties, it is important to get it insured. There are few important points to discuss when an advisor is quoting commercial insurance product.

Accidents are waiting to happen almost everywhere and at every instant. As per various indicators, crime rates are at an all time high. Additionally, chances of theft and robbery remain pretty high at any given time. Vandalism, arson and other such accidents result in tremendous loss of property and business goods every year.

Getting a Quote on Commercial Insurance is Very Important

In such a scenario, no business owner can ignore the importance of insurance. Not having the business insured is worst act business owners can commit for their businesses. At the same time, they should avoid being insured in wrong way. It is quite important to be insured with the right package and know applicable insurance amount.

Depending on the type of business, its owner has to get it insured in the right manner. Everyone including commercial property owners, factory owners and store owners should protect their properties against unfavorable incidents. Some of the scenarios which mandate getting insured are discussed in following lines.

Property owners tend to invest in apartments, flats, independent houses and commercial properties. They might ignore the importance of getting their properties secured due to any reason known best to them. One day when they might wake up, they may find their flat, house or any other property burgled. What happens when they did not have their properties insured?

In such an unfortunate scenario, they would have to pay for everything on their own. They would have to pay for every object burgled and its installation charges as well. In this way, they would end up paying for every service and object twice. Quite possibly, they may have to pay higher this time as cost of everything rises almost every other day.

They should get their properties insured against theft and all other possible accidents. This will ensure that the insurance company pays for every single object and installation services. Paying a small amount of premium regularly will protect the investment and provide cover against losses of all kinds. Every single penny paid for this purpose is worth its value.

Similar is the case with factory owners who have to protect their inventory, machines and other stuff. It is important to cover their building and valuable goods against all accidents including fire and theft. Whether any risky process is present or not, they should consider having cover for injuries at work.

In this way, having a cover against accidents of all types is necessary for every business owner. It is important to get information regarding all these points while an advisor is quoting commercial insurance product. This can save every business owner from unnecessary inconvenience later on. On the other hand, ignoring it for the sake of saving few bucks can cost them pretty dearly.

What Kind and How Much Commercial Insurance Do You Need?

Posted on November 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

Every business needs commercial insurance of some kind or another, depending on the nature of the business, and in sufficient amounts to protect it from serious, if not fatal, losses and liabilities. Only a serious, thoughtful review of business operations and assets can determine the kinds and amounts of insurance needed for a particular business, though commercial insurance agents should be able to offer some guidance.

In assessing the need for property insurance like commercial building insurance, a business needs to make a thorough review and valuation of its assets. These include real estate, buildings, fixtures, equipment and everything a business owns as tangible property or what accountants term “fixed assets.” The business’s accountants can aid in this review and prevent overlooking assets that otherwise might not occur to the business owner. Once this has been firmly established, then the business needs to weigh the advisability of insuring it for “actual value” or “replacement value.”

A commercial insurance policy for “actual value” means losses to property would only be covered for the actual cost of the property, such as a building or piece of equipment, less depreciation. Insuring the property for “replacement value” would mean the insurance would cover the cost of replacing the loss at current market costs. That is, taking a building as an example, “replacement value” coverage would pay for replacing it at current construction and outfitting costs, whereas “actual value” coverage would only pay for the loss incurred for the original cost of the building less depreciation. The two are very different, have different payouts and carry different price tags, so this issue deserves careful consideration.

Commercial life insurance can cover the lost value of high-producing and valuable employees, and commercial umbrella insurance can provide extra coverage over and above the normal policy amount for only a small incremental cost for additional risk management purposes.

As for liability insurance, other factors require review and consideration. The areas of activity the business is engaged in, and their attendant potential liabilities, need to be assessed. The business owner needs to weigh potential losses that might be incurred through accidents or oversights resulting from the conduct of the business itself. In which areas is the business open to customer or client lawsuits? Which circumstances or activities could result in injury or loss to third parties on the premises of the business or through the conduct of its business operations? These would be quite different for a physician than for an air conditioning/heating repair service, to use just one example.

Again, an experienced, well informed commercial insurance agent can provide invaluable input and advice in these matters. He or she can often identify areas of the business that might not be included in customary policies and which may require special riders to fully protect a business from huge potential losses which the owner, and even the accountant, may miss. Also a good commercial insurance agent can help in finding the most economical coverage for a particular type of insurance important to the business.

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The Role of the Commercial Insurance Broker

Posted on November 4, 2019 in Uncategorized

Business come in all sizes, and the role of the Commercial Insurance Broker will vary in some respects with the size of the client company and the amount of insurance expertise it has available among its own staff.

The approach to commercial insurance of a small engineering workshop in a side-street will not be the same as that of a huge multi-national corporation which may number an insurance company among its subsidiaries. The essentials of the broker’s task will be the same, however, for the largest company as it is for the individual: to use his knowledge of insurance and of the insurance market to help his client to arrange a sound insurance programme which, to the maximum extent possible, meets the client’s particular needs.

The Business Insurance Broker will handle the insurances of a small company in a manner very similar to those of an individual. The relationship is likely to be a personal one wit the directors of the business, and they can be considered, in a way, as individuals who have a different, and more extended, set of insurance needs because of their involvement with the company.

The first essential will be for the insurance broker to ensure that his clients have the compulsory commercial insurances which they need for their business to be carried on legally.

Employer’s liability cover to protect the workforce must be arranged, and motor insurance is also likely to be a necessity. If the business has plant or machinery which must have a periodical statutory inspection, it will be usual to arrange for this to be done by a specialist engineering insurer under the terms of an engineering inspection contract, with or without insurance.

Fire insurance will be very important, as will consequential loss insurance to protect the firm against loss of earnings during the period following a fire until it is fully back in business. Then there will be all the other insurances which a business needs – public and products liability, theft and money insurance, goods in transit and perhaps marine insurance, all-risks covers, fidelity guarantee and possibly others. The broker may also be asked to provide insurance covers for staff, a group life and pensions scheme, or personal accident or permanent health insurance for example.

The range of insurance which may be needed, and the variety of problems which may be associated with them, place great demands on the broker with an industrial firm as his client, and make it much less possible for him to be a specialist in one or two types of insurance only. The individual may be happy to consult a broker for life or motor insurance only, but the industrial company is likely to want a single source of advice for all its insurance problems.

The larger the client company is, the less it will be interested in buying standardised commercial insurance covers or packages designed for small business insurance, and the more it will want policies which match its own specific needs. This calls for a very deep understanding of the client’s business on the part of the broker, matched by creativity in designing insurance solutions to the problems posed. The Commercial Insurance Broker’s negotiating skills may also be called upon to persuade an insurer to accept what may be an entirely new approach to a particular insurance need.

The problems of a small spread of risk may be overcome because the company is large enough to be rated on its own past record rather than as a member of a trade which is rated as a class in an SME business insurance package. When it reaches this size, a company may be interested in extensive self-insurance, and these days it is part of the broker’s role to help such clients develop appropriate self-insurance plans and to advise on risk management measures to ensure that the risk that is being retained is reduced as far as is economically possible.

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