Business Personal Property

Published on March 18, 2021
Last modified on September 30, 2021
Business Personal Property

Commercial property insurance is designed to cover expenses resulting from loss of/damage to a policyholder’s building and contents. “Contents” is referred to as Business Personal Property (or BPP) – a key consideration when deciding how much insurance coverage to purchase. Some businesses give too little thought to or even underestimate the value of their assets only to discover, once a loss occurs, that their company is underinsured. Accurately valuing BPP may take some time and effort, but the financial benefits are well worth the task.

Getting Started

  • Create and maintain an inventory of items and their estimated value; review and update annually.
  • Take into account seasonal fluctuations in your inventory.
  • Look into Inland Marine Coverage if you have items that leave your commercial space.
  • Exclude company-owned vehicles which are insured through a separate policy.
  • Consult with a licensed insurance agent about coverage options.

Check List

While specific items will vary based upon your business, below is a general check list:

  • computers
  • decorations
  • display racks and cases
  • equipment
  • fixtures/furniture/furnishings
  • merchandise and inventory
  • office supplies
  • papers, records, and receipts
  • machinery
  • signage
  • tools
  • uniforms
  • personal protective equipment
  • any other movable, owned items

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