Finding the right insurance for your business.
- Before speaking with an insurance representative, write down a clear statement of your expectations.
- Do not withhold any important information from your insurance representative about your business and its exposure to loss. Treat the individual as a professional helper.
- Get at least three competitive bids using brokers, direct agents and independent agents
- Avoid duplication and overlap in policies; you will be paying for insurance you do not need.
- Make sure the insurance firm is an “admitted insurance company.” If so, it should have a solvency fund should a catastrophe put the insurance company in danger of going under.
- Do not consider any form of self-insurance. The pool of funds necessary to safely insure losses is extraordinarily large.
- Get your insurance coverage reassessed on an annual basis. As your firm grows, so do your needs and potential liabilities. Underinsurance ranks as a major problem with expanding firms. Get an independent appraiser to value your property; if it has been more than five years since it was last appraised, chance are you’re in for a surprise.
- Keep complete records of your insurance policies, premiums paid, itemized losses and loss recoveries. This information will help you get better coverage at lower costs in the future.