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Equipment Breakdown

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Whatever your business; from a freelance graphic designer with a computer set up worth thousands of dollars, to a manufacturer with millions of dollars worth of equipment, if your equipment breaks down your business may too.  When your computers, machines and other equipment work properly, your business runs smoothly. But when a vital piece of equipment breaks down, you’re stuck while the equipment or wiring is repaired or replaced. During that time, you may have to pay for servicing and lose revenue while your business cannot operate. The costs can be huge. Equipment Breakdown Insurance is a necessity in this technological age. You can cover your equipment repair costs and reimburse yourself for lost income. Coverage typically covers a number of equipment related issues. Some examples are:

  • Payment to fix or replace failed equipment
  • Reimbursement for labor and time costs to fix or replace failed equipment
  • Replace lost business income due to equipment failure that leads to business stoppage
  • Cover costs to minimize losses or to get equipment working and productive faster
  • Reimburse for loss of materials or goods, such as spoiled food due to equipment shut down

Equipment Breakdown Coverage includes many options. Let the experienced professionals at Cobb-Hall Insurance provide solutions designed specifically for your needs.

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Explaining Insurance to Value

Correct Insurance Valuation Prevents Claim Payment Penalties

Commercial Insurance is designed to protect your business from financial disaster.  Insuring your Value Price scale 3d word concept over whiteproperty with correct valuations is critical.

Two basic types of coverage on commercial policies are: 

Real property which includes the land, buildings, and permanently attached or installed machinery, equipment and outdoors fixtures.

Business Personal Property is a term used to describe property that can be easily moved, such office equipment and furniture.

Valuation of your property is determined by two different ways:

Replacement Cost as it sounds, is the amount needed to replace damaged or destroyed property. It is important to remember that replacement value is NOT the same as market value. The cost to restore your property to its condition prior to the loss is almost never the same as its purchase or sales price. Most commercial insurance policies protect commercial buildings for replacement cost. The valuation of the building is generally the amount needed to restore you property to its pre-loss status.

Actual Cash Value limits insurance loss payments to the amount your used item was worth if you were to sell it. Coverage on an ACV basis costs less because in the event of a claim, the cost to purchase all new furniture and office equipment is considerably more that the depreciated value of your old equipment.

Business Personal Property can be insured on a replacement OR Actual Cash Value basis, depending on your choice. It is important to note that the difference between replacement cost and actual cash value can present a huge financial difference in the event of a loss and need.

While many times, the valuation of the building is determined by size and construction material, there are additional choices concerning types of coverage and deductibles.

Let the experienced professionals at Cobb-Hall eliminate confusion and provide solutions designed specifically for your needs.

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Coinsurance – What you don’t know CAN hurt you

Coinsurance Explained -What you need to know   

Most Business Insurance policies include a coinsurance clause for building and business personal Young man jumpingproperty coverage. Coinsurance creates an agreement between the policy owner and insurance company on the value of the insured property and the amount of insurance purchased.

The benefit is that coinsurance allows for lower insurance policy costs. But what you need to know is that IF the insurance purchased is less than the agreed percentage, the insured will be required to pay a portion of any losses.

Here is a simplified example: If a business is valued at $100,000 and there is an 80% coinsurance clause, the insured is required to purchase at least $80,000 of insurance.  If instead, the insured purchased $40,000, (half of what should have been purchased), the company will only pay half on losses.

Awareness of the percentage of your coinsurance clause, along with knowing the value of your building and property will provide the information needed to make the best decision to fit your needs.

Let the experienced professionals at Cobb-Hall eliminate confusion and provide solutions designed specifically for your needs.

 

Steps for Handling A Business Loss

What to do in Case of a Business Loss

At the time of a loss, sometimes it is difficult to know what steps to take.  Your insurance contract Emergency exit signsrequires that you report all claims promptly, so be sure to contact them as soon as possible after a loss. Once the insurance company assigns an adjuster, you will be able to deal directly with the adjuster to settle your claim.Your agent is there to help you, so if you have any delay or problem settling your claim, be sure to contact your agent.

Here are some tips to assist you in case of loss.

Property Claim

  • Contact proper authorities. (Fire Department, Police, Etc.)
  • Protect property from further damage.Contact: Utilities (gas, electric),                                      Contractor (board windows, cover hole in roof)
  • If possible, take photos of damage before emergency repairs are made.
  • Call your agent/insurance company to report the loss. An adjuster will be assigned.
  • Discuss the next steps with your adjuster. (what contractor to call, when to schedule repairs, etc.)
  • Be sure to keep a record of costs and retain receipts.

Automobile Claim

  • Contact the police.
  • Stay safe and out of traffic. Warn oncoming traffic if needed.
  • Check if medical assistance is needed. Call an ambulance if necessary.
  • Collect information: vehicles, drivers, address & phone numbers, license & plate numbers, insurance policy numbers, police report number, witness contact information, etc.
  • Call your agent/insurance company to report the loss.
  • If vehicle is not drivable, have it towed to a repair shop.
  • Discuss the next steps with your adjuster. Do not authorize repairs before the adjuster gives authorization.

Liability Claim- In the event of injury or property damage you allegedly cause

  • If injury is involved, provide assistance and call an ambulance and/or the police if necessary.
  • Obtain details: name, address, contact information for those involved, witnesses, description of event, etc.
  • Call your agent/insurance company to report the  incident.
  • Forward all correspondence, including attorney summons and court documents to the insurance company.
  • Refer all claim questions to your adjuster, including from the other party’s attorney.

Workers’ Compensation Claim

  • If injury is involved, provide assistance and call ambulance and/or police if necessary.
  • Obtain details: name, address, contact information of those involved, witnesses, description of event, etc.
  • Complete state-mandated accident reporting form (form 100). Contact your insurance company/agent to obtain this form.
  • Contact your Workers’ Compensation Insurance company or agent to report the incident.
  • Forward all correspondence, including attorney summons & court documents to the insurance company..
  • Follow instructions from your adjuster and refer all claim questions to your insurance adjuster.

Contact the professionals at Cobb-Hall Insurance to provide solutions for your business insurance needs.

Business Interruption Insurance

Reasons you need Business Interruption Insurance

As a business owner, you understand that active sorry we're closed iStock-186187676business operations generate a profit.  If your business shuts down, so does the cash flow. Do you have enough resources in the bank to weather a prolonged closure?

Common causes of financial hardship for business owners include:

  • Fire: Even if it only destroys a part of your building, you man need to close for a few weeks.
  • Hail: Broken windows, damaged roof and water clean-up can take longer than you think.
  • Windstorm: Replacing roofing or siding while your business is open can place customers in danger, increasing your liability.
  • Vandalism: Depending on the extent of the damage, you may find yourself with complicated equipment replacement problems.
  • Equipment damage; Even the most reliable machine breaks down.  It could take weeks to get the right part to be back on schedule.

How Business Interruption Insurance can help

If your business must close due to a covered loss, Business Interruption Insurance will reimburse you for the revenue that you could have earned during the closure.  It also provides coverage for expenses like rent or electricity and can keep your employees on the payroll while your doors are closed.

Make sure your insurance  takes care of your needs and see if the options offered by Business Interruption Coverage would benefit you. Call the experienced professionals at Cobb-Hall Insurance to provide solutions designed specifically for your needs.

 Excerpts from Trusted Choice/Independent Insurance Agents