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Insurance Interruption Insurance can be as important to your survival as a business like fire insurance. Most people would never consider starting a business without buying insurance to cover damage caused by fire and windstorms. But too many small business owners do not think about how they would cope if a fire or other disaster damaged their business premises so that they were temporarily unusable. Business break coverage is not sold separately. It is added to a property insurance or included in a package policy.
A company that has to close completely while the premises are being repaired may lose competitors. A quick resumption of operations after a disaster is crucial.
- Insurance cancellation insurance compensates you for lost income if your company has to leave the premises due to disaster-related damage covered by your property insurance, such as a fire. Insurance cancellation insurance covers the income you would have earned, based on your financial records, if the disaster had not occurred. The policy also covers operating costs, such as electricity, which continue even if the business has been suspended.
- Make sure the policy boundaries are sufficient to cover your business for more than a few days. After a major disaster, it can take more time than many expect to get the business back on track. There is usually a 48-hour waiting period before business break coverage begins.
- The price of the policy is related to the risk of a fire or other disaster damaging your premises. All other things being equal, the price would probably be higher for a restaurant than a real estate agency, for example due to the greater risk of fire. A real estate agency can also operate more easily from another location.
Extra cost insurance
Extra cost insurance reimburses your company for a reasonable amount of money it spends, in addition to normal operating costs, to avoid having to shut down during the restoration period. Usually, additional expenses will be paid if they help reduce the cost of interruptions in the business. In some cases, extra cost insurance can only provide sufficient coverage without buying business break insurance.