Insuring Detached Commercial Structures
It is imperative that you obtain as comprehensive a level of commercial property insurance as possible. After all, it is this coverage that will help you repair or replace damaged property following sudden, unexpected incidents. While you of course need to insure your primary business location and the requisite materials inside, you must also insure all structures and on your company’s property.
If you are insuring your property using a business owners policy (BOP), then you will be able to receive critical property coverage and other benefits in one place. While the BOP will create mechanisms for you to insure detached structures on your property, you cannot assume that your plan automatically meets your needs. Therefore, be sure to work with your agent to ensure you have optimized coverage.
BOP Property Insurance
BOPs provide business owners with the advantage of getting several essential pieces of commercial insurance within one package. They usually offer general liability, business interruption and property insurance.
If you own the property from which your business operates, then your BOP will usually make ample accommodations to allow you to insure the structures that sit on it. If a covered event like a fire, severe weather or vandalism were to damage the building, then your BOP will help you pay to rebuild. Generally, your property insurance will cover both the primary structure and other features, such as:
Permanently installed interior fixtures and machinery
Permanently installed exterior features
New construction on the property that is not
Appliances used to maintain the
However, while the primary business structure will be covered by your property insurance, it’s up to you to make sure that all other structures on the property have coverage too. By talking to your agent, you can take the appropriate steps to do so.
If there are other structures on your property, you might not have to do anything extra to insure all the buildings. Your BOP will often contain other structures coverage to address these risks. However, you must disclose to your insurer that these buildings are present on your property. They will need to know that the additional structures exist because they must accurately measure the risk markers associated with insuring these particular items.
Extending Your Property Coverage
Though your BOP will often provide base property insurance for detached building structures, you might need to buy additional coverage in order to fully insure your property. Certain structures are unique and therefore come with unique insurance risks. As a result, you might have to add specialty policy endorsements to your plan in order to optimize your benefits.
One primary area where you might need additional coverage is when you are insuring outdoor property and signage. These unique items might have relatively low levels of coverage under standard BOP limits. However, their values might necessitate additional coverage. Therefore, by adding additional benefits into your plan, you’ll be able to get the more expansive protection that can work to your advantage. Speak to your agent about how best to get this expanded coverage.