Posted on: 23 May 2016

You will need adequate insurance for your premises to protect your business assets and building investments.

“Whether you’re trading from your commercial property, or leasing it to another business it’s essential you have the right insurance in place to protect your investment against the unexpected.” says Alex McLaggan, Chartered Broker for Premier Business Care.

There are two main aspects of commercial property insurance:

Buildings Insurance

Buildings insurance covers the cost of repairing, replacing or rebuilding your business premises if it is damaged or destroyed following an insured event. This insurance is not required by law but most mortgage providers will insist that you take out a policy to cover the building.

You should insure your business premises against the cost of rebuilding the property, not the sale price or market value. Factors to consider when establishing a rebuild cost will include; how long it will take to rebuild the premises (keeping in mind all of the materials that would be needed to rebuild) professional fees, site clearance and the contractors costs.  

“It’s always advisable to seek the help of a professional valuer when setting your rebuild value. Investing in this service leaves you safe in the knowledge that the cost of rebuilding your business premises has been accurately assessed.” adds Alex

Contents/ Stock Insurance

Whether you are buying or renting a commercial property, you should consider the cost of replacing your business equipment and stock, if it is stolen or damaged after an insured event. Stock is normally insured as a separate item alongside your contents insurance.

Stock Insurance should take into account the cost price of your products, rather than the sale price. The stock sum insured should be set to the maximum amount it could be at any one time, for example around Christmas, and you should factor this into your estimations.

Alex comments, “Dependent on the nature of your business, you may have raw materials, work in progress or hold goods in trust on behalf of your customers. Regular monitoring of your stock insurance can help avoid shortfalls in cover at a time when you need it most.”

Tip: Consider adding Business Interruption to your insurance policy, this will cover you for loss of profit or additional expenses should you be unable to trade following an insured event, depending on the type of cover taken out.

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