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Commercial property insurance

Commercial property insurance can cover repair or replacement of a company's property that is stolen, destroyed, or damaged.

Why do you need commercial property insurance?

Commercial property insurance, also called business hazard insurance, ensures you have the facility and equipment you need to run your business. This coverage protects your place of work and the tools you use to get the job done.

Those who work from home often need reliable tech equipment. Businesses that own a building need to protect their property. Whether it’s an accidental coffee spill on your laptop or a windstorm that breaks your office windows, a commercial property policy can help pay for repairs or replacements when business property is lost, stolen, or damaged.

Although important for any small business that owns or rents an office or expensive equipment, commercial property coverage is especially crucial in IT, a field known for specialty equipment and inventory.

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What is covered under commercial property insurance?

Business property insurance coverage protects all types of property owned by your company, such as its physical location and important business assets.

This coverage also includes:

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Theft of laptops, tablets, and other equipment

Commercial property insurance provides peace of mind to small business owners when expensive equipment go missing, such as printers, laptops, and tablets.

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Weather-related damage

Business owners do their best to protect their property from damage, but sometimes Mother Nature has other plans. Check your policy for specifics, as not all types of weather damage are covered.

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Accidental damage

Sometimes a simple mistake can result in property damage. Even when you or an employee is to blame, commercial property insurance can help pay for repairs.

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Vandalism

Commercial property insurance covers the cost of repairing or replacing windows, external walls, doors, or other items that are vandalized.

How much does commercial property insurance cost?

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Commercial property policyholders pay on average $67 per month, or $800 a year, for coverage. Your exact premium may be more or less depending on your risks.

The cost of commercial property insurance is based on several factors, including:

  • Location
  • Policy limits and deductible you choose
  • Security systems and other safety measures
  • Equipment value
  • Building size and age
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Who needs commercial property insurance coverage?

Commercial property coverage benefits a variety of small businesses that have an office or storefront, and costly business personal property.

In particular, a commercial property policy is especially useful for:

IT companies

An IT consulting agency employee gets distracted by a conversation in the office kitchen, burns their popcorn, and sets off the smoke alarm. The sprinkler system turns on, damaging paperwork and several computers. Commercial property insurance pays to replace the lost assets.

Software development businesses

The manager of a software development business gets a call from the local police informing them about vandalism at the business’s building. Several windows were smashed and the front door was spray painted. The company’s commercial property insurance covers the cost of repairing the windows and repainting the door.

Web hosting companies

A leak in the roof at a web hosting company drenches the company’s conference room technology and round-table office furniture. The company’s commercial property policy pays for replacement of the damaged office equipment so it can continue its business.

Digital marketing agencies

Burglars break into an office park and take printers, computers, and tablets from the headquarters of a digital marketing agency. The agency’s commercial property insurance policy pays for the replacement of the stolen items.

Real estate professionals

A real estate company moves into a new office, but doesn't get a chance to install video cameras and updated locks leaving them with security exposures. The company's worst fears come true when their office is burglarized. Commercial property insurance will help compensate the real estate company for their losses.

What isn't covered by commercial property insurance?

While commercial property insurance provides key coverage for your small business's building and physical assets, it also has some exclusions.

For instance, a commercial property policy does not cover:

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Forced closure due to property damage

Commercial property insurance covers the cost of replacing or repairing damaged property. It does not cover relocation due to serious damage.

Business interruption insurance, also known as business income insurance, covers loss of income and expenses in the event a business is forced to relocate or pause its operations because of property damage.

For added protection, you should also consider extra expense coverage. This is optional coverage that covers your non-ordinary expenses after a business disruption, such as paying your employees overtime or leasing new equipment.

Extra expense coverage can often be added as an endorsement to your commercial property insurance policy.

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Employee injuries

If an employee suffers a bodily injury at work, commercial property insurance won’t cover their medical expenses or lost income while they recover.

Instead, you would need workers' compensation insurance, which pays for medical bills due to on-the-job injuries and related lawsuits. Workers' comp coverage is required in most states for businesses with employees.

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Cyberattacks and data breaches

Commercial property insurance does not protect small businesses from the growing risk of cyberattacks and data breaches.

Instead, business owners should consider cyber liability insurance, which is often bundled with errors and omissions insurance (E&O) in a bundle called technology errors and omissions insurance.

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Vehicles owned by a small business

Though commercial property insurance protects your company's office, equipment, and supplies, it does not cover vehicles.

Instead, you would need commercial auto insurance, which is required in almost every state for business-owned vehicles.

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Goods in transit and mobile equipment

Commercial property insurance only covers your company's building, and equipment and supplies stored on-site. Items in transit or equipment that moves from one worksite to another would not be protected under a commercial property policy.

Instead, you would need inland marine insurance, which protects business property that is in transit or stored in an off-site storage unit. This includes products, tools and equipment.

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Malfunctioning equipment

Commercial property insurance alone doesn't cover equipment that is malfunctioning after a mechanical or electrical failure. You will need to add equipment breakdown coverage as an endorsement to your commercial property policy for this protection.

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What other policies do small businesses need?

Commercial property insurance protects your company's inventory and building, but it doesn’t provide liability coverage for other common risks. Small business owners should also consider the following additional coverages:

General liability insurance: Pays for expenses related to client injury and property damage, along with accusations of slander.

Business owner's policy (BOP): Bundles general liability insurance with commercial property insurance, often at a lower rate than if the policies were purchased separately.

Professional liability insurance: Also known as errors and omissions insurance, this policy helps pay for legal expenses if your small business is sued for unsatisfactory or negligent work.

Directors and officers insurance (D&O): Protects board members and officers if they are sued for a decision they made on behalf of your small business that led to financial loss.

Workers’ compensation insurance: Required in nearly every state for small businesses that have employees, workers’ comp helps cover medical costs related to work injuries.

Other common questions about commercial property insurance

Find answers to frequently asked questions about commercial property insurance.

How do you get a certificate of insurance?

TechInsurance is a trusted insurance expert for all small business owners, including contractors and consultants, with extensive knowledge of the IT sector. Our licensed insurance agents are available to answer your questions on coverage options and help you find the right types of business insurance for your company.

With TechInsurance, you can easily download a certificate of liability insurance for your small business, often on the same day you buy property coverage or another insurance product. This comes in handy for companies and consultants that need proof of insurance to sign a contract or a lease and don’t have time to call an insurance company for documentation.

How does property insurance coverage work?

Commercial property insurance provides coverage for several events, such as burglaries, vandalism, fires, and windstorms. However, there are some exclusions, such as natural disasters.

This policy usually covers your commercial building and products or equipment kept on-site at your business property. If you don’t own or rent a building or other commercial space, a property insurance policy can also provide protection for inventory stored at a designated location, such as your home or a storage unit.

If you find yourself in a situation where items are stolen or damaged and they are a covered loss, commercial property insurance will offer you the choice of receiving cash value or replacement value.

Typically, an actual cash value policy is less expensive, but the catch is that the policy will only pay out what the item is currently worth. As a result, you may have to pay out of pocket when purchasing the replacement due to depreciation.

On the other hand, replacement cost coverage will reimburse the lost items with a brand-new equivalent. This type of policy is usually more costly, but the higher premium may be worth it if you have extremely expensive or state-of-the-art equipment.

Is it possible to bundle my property coverage with other policies?

Yes. In fact, small companies can save money when they combine commercial property insurance and general liability insurance in a business owner’s policy. This two-in-one bundle includes the most common types of coverage that a small business needs, at a discount.

Only low-risk businesses are eligible for a BOP. Check with a TechInsurance agent to find out if your company qualifies.

For fires and other incidents that can close an office for weeks or months, commercial property policies often allow policyholders to add business interruption insurance to their commercial property policy or a BOP. This coverage can pay for a move to a temporary location, cover your lost income, and pay your employees until your business reopens.

What are commercial property insurance exclusions?

Commercial property insurance doesn't cover every incident that results in property damage. For example, it usually doesn't pay for damage caused by natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, or floods – unless you have an endorsement for that type of event.

It also doesn't usually cover damage to computers and other equipment caused by short circuits, power surges, or loss of pressure. To get property insurance coverage for this type of damage, add an equipment breakdown endorsement to your policy.

You can add insurance endorsements to fill other gaps in coverage too. Check with a TechInsurance agent to make sure your policy includes all the small business insurance coverage you need.