Business Owners

Business Owners Insurance Policy (BOP)

 

Business Insurance by Your Insurance Agency (012) 345-6789

 

The Business Owners Insurance Policy (BOP) is intended for main street businesses and combines building, personal property, and liability insurance coverage with other attractive options into one package.   The BOP is an efficient way to provide the business owners insurance coverages that most small businesses need.

We will provide a risks assessment, custom build a Business Owners Insurance Policy that meets your needs, and shop the companies to get the best value for you.   Give us a call, request an email quote, or visit us to get the best insurance protection and services for your business.

Are You Eligible for a BOP?

The two keys to BOP eligibility are type of business and square footage. General examples:

  • apartment buildings
  • office buildings
  • buildings used primarily for mercantile, service or processing purposes
  • wholesalers
  • contractors
  • mixed use, e.g., stores in an apartment building.

Square footage guidelines can relate to overall building space or a business’s rental space. Generally, the cutoff for a Business Owners Policy eligibility is 25,000 square feet; however, this varies between business insurance companies.  We will determine if a business is eligible for a BOP and if the BOP option is the best value.

BOP Coverages

Business Insurance Personal Property Coverage

Business personal property coverage can include:

  • a building owners’ business personal property in an apartment building
  • office business personal property
  • business personal property for merchants, wholesalers, and service or processing organizations
  • commercial condo unit owners.

When you own a building, the same Business Owners Insurance Policy must cover both the building and the business personal property. Otherwise business personal property can be insured alone in a BOP. This is good for businesses that lease or rent space.

Different BOP Forms

The BOP named peril form will:

  • have coverage for a dozen or so perils such as fire, lightning, windstorm and hail, sprinkler leakage, and vandalism
  • usually cost less.

The Special peril form will:

  • have coverage for all risks of direct physical damage except as limited in the policy
  • have broader coverage than one setting forth specific perils.

Additional Coverages

By nature, the Special form has more coverages built in. The Standard form has approximately a dozen additional coverages.  Among these are:

  • debris removal
  • counterfeit money orders and paper currency
  • increased cost of construction
  • forgery exterior glass and lettering (this includes replacement and repair of items on the outside of the building, commonly advertising-related materials)
  • collapse and water damage.

Don’t worry, we’re not ignoring loss of business income and extra expenses from a direct insured loss. Frequently a loss from a fire or other insured peril goes beyond the direct damage caused by the fire. Even minor damage can close your business for a long time. This means your business has no income to maintain salaries and other expenses. Don’t ignore loss of income protection!

Insurance Tip.  Business interruption coverage is not a luxury.

Coverage Extensions

Recall that extensions are an opportunity for you to have certain property covered after a loss. Extensions are controlled by:

  • a limit on expendable dollar amounts
  • an after-the-fact additional premium, or
  • a territorial restriction.

The ISO BOP’s make provisions for the following:

  • newly acquired property
  • personal property off-premises
  • outdoor property personal effects (non business property)
  • valuable papers and records
  • collapse and water damage.

Coverage is limited in these areas. You may need specific insurance to cover one or more of these extension areas for your business.

Exclusions & Conditions

Exclusions and conditions are common in insurance policies. BOP’s are no exception. You’ll find some exclusions and conditions from policy to policy, regardless of the type of insurance. Conditions are normally procedural matters and loss adjustments. Exclusions are matters the insurance is not designed to cover.

Note. Remember an insurance policy must be read as a unit, not as independent paragraphs or sections.

“One policy does not fits all business insurance needs.”  Business  insurance needs are all different.  Everyone has a different type of property, amount of property, location, ownership, and so on. Your insurance coverage protection should closely reflect your risk of loss.   This customized approach allows you to save money– you pay for only the insurance you really need.

Protect Against Liabilities

We will provide a risks assessment, custom build a Business Owners Insurance Policy that meets your needs, and shop the companies to get the best value for you.   Give us a call, request an email quote, or visit us to get the best insurance protection and services for your business.

Your Insurance Agency  is a full service Independent Insurance Agency that represents many top-rated companies.  We assess risks and shop companies to find the best coverage for the price.  Our clients get the best value for the insurance they need.

Call, request a quote by email, or visit us at our office today for a free, no obligation risk assessment and quote.  Let us do the research and find the best value for the Business Owners Insurance Policy you need.

Insurance for Different Business Types

On the right sidebar of this page, we have links to a number of business insurance resources.  Click on any of the different business types to learn more about the insurance coverages for that type of business.   Please call one of our commercial insurance agents at Your Insurance Agency for any assistance.

 


 

 Why Choose Your Insurance Agency?  

It’s all about what we “Give” you and what you can count on and “Take” to the bank.

“Give”

We “give” you all the personalized attention you deserve. We want to understand what “your world” looks like so we can create a tailor-made plan that protects the things you value most and at a price that fits your budget.

We “give” you access to top-rated insurance carriers in Virginia. Carriers that are rock solid and have been around for over 165 years and can assure you of peace of mind when you need it most. Companies with total access to the things you need when you need them; direct claims access, direct customer support, payment options, websites and apps for people on the go, and the ability to handle and pay claims quickly.

We “give” world class customer service to our clients. With over thirty years of customer service experience and training from some of the largest corporate names in the world, providing our customers with the care and considerations they deserve is our top priority and greatest concern. Our agency thrives on repeat and referral business and without professional, timely, and efficient care our clients will not recommend our services to others.

We “give” you “all things insurance” as our brand and logo imply. With our many years of experience and the effort we have made to educate ourselves across every aspect of insurance, we can provide you with access to every type of insurance you may need. We might not have all the answers, but we can do the research and get you the answers you need. If there are products we don’t have, we can get them. If not, we can put you in touch with someone that does. With our personal relationships and network of insurance professionals in Virginia, no answer or resolution is too far away.

“Take”

“Take” heart in knowing that we have done our homework and have learned everything we possible can about what’s important your world and what you want to protect; family, health, assets, or business. We want you to rest easy in knowing we care enough to ask the hard questions in order to protect the things you didn’t remember to ask about. Mark Twain said, “What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.” As true as that is, we also uncover those things you didn’t know to ask about.

“Take” comfort in knowing that the insurance provider we place you with has the financial strength, track record, and resources to keep you on track to meet you goals as life happens. Life isn’t always easy and when it’s not, you need to the peace of mind of knowing it will be taken care of.

“Take” control or give it to us. Your customer service needs are at your fingertips. Our select portfolio of carriers has you covered when it comes to being able to access your coverage information, ID Cards, change requests, payments, and more. By providing you with insurance companies that have created world class websites and phone apps, you have immediate, 24/7 access to nearly anything you may need.

“Take” it to the bank. Not just the savings you may enjoy by allowing us to shop the competition for you, but also for the knowledge and experience that only years in the business can give. At Your Insurance Agency, we are committed to continuing education through training and certification courses and to expanding our growing network of agency partners across the state of Virginia. As G.I. Joe would say, “Knowing is half the battle”.

 

High Insurance Carrier Expectations 

Insurance Carrier Selection Criteria. We only do business with top rated companies.

  • Strong online presence and web tools for our clients
  • Mobile apps to meet the demand for instant access to ID Cards, reporting losses, and making payments or requesting changes while on the go
  • Direct phone contact numbers for reporting claims and making payments
  • Flexible payment methods and plans
  • The ability to handle and pay any insurance claim
  • Quick response times when a claim is reported
  • AM Best ratings of “Excellent” or higher

Copyright © 2018 Your Insurance Agency | Privacy Policy | Terms & Conditions