Owning and operating commercial properties comes with some risks. These risks can be costly if they are not managed well. Comprehensive risk approaches help investors understand and mitigate these risks, with one of the most common approaches being having the right insurance.
Commercial property insurance ensures continuity, manageable costs, and less liability in an environment that presents these and other challenges regularly. This article looks at the different risks that commercial real estate helps investors avoid.
Property holdings are the most significant asset real estate investors own. Long-term security and survival depend on an investor’s ability to evaluate and manage threats to these assets, whether those risks and threats are caused by humans, natural disasters, or other factors.
The right insurance policy helps investors make claims that cover the costs of replacing or repairing damaged property, helping property owners recover losses while ensuring their investments maintain their value.
Investors should always work with companies that specialize in commercial real estate insurance because they understand the nuances of providing coverage in this market. They also understand how coverage in this sector differs from other types of coverage, such as residential insurance.
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Liability Coverage and Recovery
Investors cannot afford any commercial liability in a competitive market. They should, therefore, check that their insurance policy provides coverage for commercial general liability. This covers numerous risks, including bodily damage or injuries, personal injury stemming from slander and libel, and property damage.
Investors must pay for the damages that come from such incidents, with things worsening if the victim decides to file a lawsuit. Instead of going through a time-consuming and expensive process that they would otherwise have to pay for, investors can use their liability insurance to cover their defense and settlement claims. Doing so helps them avoid financial strain due to the lawsuit and subsequent settlement.
Rental Income Protection
Many investors buy commercial real estate for their own uses, some buy to sell later, while others rent out units for a steady income. While renting can be lucrative, things do not always go as planned if one or several tenants do not pay their rent. Rent guarantee insurance can provide coverage when this happens and will also typically pay for evictions.
Some insurance policies also provide coverage for events that make the property uninhabitable. For example, the building might need repairs and renovations that would not be possible while tenants occupy it. In such a case, rental income insurance ensures the investor continues receiving income while the contractor completes the necessary repairs.
Business Interruption Coverage
Investors and businesses want as little interruption as possible. However, more events are making commercial properties unusable or inhabitable for different lengths of time. They range from wildfires and flooding to sustained periods of below-zero temperatures.
Traditional insurance does not always cover loss of income or temporary relocation during these periods. Asking your insurance company to include business interruption coverage in your policy ensures you are covered and helps you mitigate risks associated with this type of event.
Most commercial properties are at little to almost no risk of environmental liability. However, there might be higher-than-normal risk depending on the property’s location and what is happening around it.
Doing a comprehensive risk analysis can help determine whether your property could be exposed to environmental risks such as contamination and pollutants. If the analysis determines it is, you should consider getting environmental insurance coverage, which is often excluded from many insurance policies.
These are just of the many risks insurance protects investors from. The right insurance helps investors minimize losses and ensure property viability and a return on investment. Investors should, therefore, work with reputable insurance companies to do a comprehensive risk analysis to know which risks are more likely and which types of coverage would minimize their damage.