The best way to identify and overcome potential insurance gaps is to set an annual coverage review with your insurance agent/broker to help ensure that your building property and all of its contents are protected in the event of a disaster.

Every property, home, and business owner has a unique situation that indicates the need for specialized insurance coverage.  Here are some crucial items to consider before and during your annual coverage review:

Your property’s location

Depending on where a property is located – it is susceptible to different types of weather, risks, and exposures. Is your property susceptible to floods and earthquakes? These two items are specifically excluded from a standard property insurance policy. These are just two examples that can surprise property owners in the aftermath of a disaster - so it is important to discuss your individual exposures with your agent/broker and to ensure adequate coverage.

The type of property

Commercial buildings will have a different set of insurance coverage risks in comparison to residential buildings. For example, a commercial policyholder would want to take into consideration the effects of a major supplier or customer being damaged by a disaster impacting their own revenues. A residential property owner may have to consider how their swimming pool or trampoline affects their coverage. Condos and apartments also have a different set of rules, exclusions, and coverages that are important to understand as a policyholder.

Changes to property within the last year

The fundamental reason for meeting with your agent/broker on a yearly basis is to assess any changes made to your property that would affect its value. These changes can include renovations and even the purchase of high-priced items or valuables such as artwork, appliances, and electronics – that you would also want covered adequately in the event of a loss.

Failing to update the policy with these changes can leave the policyholder vastly underinsured and settling for an inadequate amount in the event of a property damage insurance claim.

Understanding your property’s unique risks and also understanding the true value of your property will help you to closing your insurance gaps. Contact your insurance agent/broker to set up an annual review process to get your insurance policy on track and give you peace of mind.

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