Small businesses often find their primary insurance solution within a business owners policy (BOP), which contains several essential benefits in one place. One of these elements of coverage is property insurance, which is designed to insure you if physical hazards ever damage your company assets.
While property insurance plans will offer numerous benefits, they are not going to cover every instance of property loss. Still, if you invest in an all-risk plan, also known as an open-peril plan, you will have a much more expansive level of protection available. Let’s take a closer look at how this particular BOP will work to your advantage.
What is All-Risk Coverage?
Your BOP’s property insurance will agree to cover you against unexpected, unavoidable damage to owned property (stock, equipment, furnishings, etc.) within your business. Common causes of property damage might include fires, severe weather, vandalism or theft and most property benefits will insure you against these perils.
However, when you take out an all-risk BOP, you will find that you have a coverage for a very expansive list of perils. The policy is written in a way so that it will cover every type of property damage that is not specifically excluded by the wording within the BOP. Therefore, unless your policy explicitly says it won’t cover a certain loss, then you will be able to file a claim.
This benefit provides a significant expansion of coverage compared to its opposite, named peril coverage. Under a named peril plan, your policy will only cover a specific list of hazards, with every other potential loss excluded. Therefore, an all-risk plan will prove much more to your advantage in cases of very unexpected losses.
Should You Consider This Coverage?
By working with your insurance agent, you can take a close look at the property damage risks that are common in both your industry and community. Therefore, you’ll be able to get a better picture of whether you can benefit from an all-risk policy as opposed to a named-peril plan.
Here’s how to do so:
1. Compare both insurance policies from those offered by your choice of carriers.
2. Look for property damage exclusions within the named peril plan. Then, compare them to any exclusions within an all-risk policy.
3. If you see that a named-peril policy does not adequately cover the property damage that you are likely to experience, then consider asking your agent for an all-risk option.
Additionally, don’t forget to consider the costs of the different policy options. Though all-risk plans are often more expensive than named-peril plans, the extra investment is often well in line with the additional protection that you need. Therefore, you’ll often find this a better long-term investment, strategically speaking, and you will have to worry less about being caught in a property damage scenario for which you have no coverage.
Contact Ashlie Fortune Insurance LLC today to learn more about business insurance.