Property insurance compensates you if the property you use in your business is lost or damaged as the result of various types of common “perils” such as fire or theft. Property insurance covers not just a building or structure but also what insurers call “personal property,” meaning office furnishings, inventory, raw materials, machinery, computers and other items vital to your business operations.
Property insurance can do more than protect your physical assets. Business Interruption and Extra Expense coverage can provide operating funds during a period when you are trying to get the business back on track after a catastrophic loss. Depending on the type of policy you have, property insurance may include coverage for equipment breakdown, removal of debris after a fire or other destructive event, some types of water damage and other losses.
Protecting an insured's real and business personal property must be a primary goal of any commercial insurance program. Regardless of the size of the business, tangible property usually represents a large portion of its total assets.