A Guide to Small Business Property Insurance

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Getting started in a new business in New Mexico is risky at any time, but more so in the current recession. When you decide to go into business for yourself it is of utmost importance that you take out property insurance. Without this coverage, you are risking your life savings if an accident, such as fire should destroy the premises, but you also need to protect yourself against lawsuits if a customer becomes injured on your property.

The first thing you should do is check the local companies that offer property insurance for small businesses in your town or city of New Mexico. Check out the rates by requesting free quotes and then you can compare the quotes you receive to choose the one that is right for your budget and your business needs. There are different types of policies, so you do need to do your homework to make sure you have the policy that is best for you.

You need to insure your building for the value of what you paid for it or for what it cost you to build it. Keep in mind that costs are rising and if you need to replace the building at some point in the future, the coverage has to be enough to give you the money you will need to do this. You can choose to have actual cost property insurance, which means that if the building is destroyed the amount of money you receive from the policy will be based on depreciation over the years. For this reason, most business owners choose to pay a little extra and have replacement cost in the policy, which means they will get the money they need to put back the same type of building on the property.

Make a list of all the equipment that you have in your business. This includes electronic equipment, such as cash registers and computers, freezers and other equipment that is essential in the business and any tools you need to have. If you have a company car or a fleet of cars, then you will need to have insurance on the vehicles as well.

The type of small business property insurance you have in New Mexico depends entirely on the type of business you own. However, you will need to have liability insurance to protect you and your business from any lawsuits that may arise due to deficient products. For example, if you open a restaurant and a customer becomes ill because of eating at your establishment, if you do not have liability insurance, you may never recover financially from the resulting action taken by the customer.

You also need to have insurance to protect your business against burglary or vandalism. Such action could cause a disruption in your business activities and with a policy in place, you will receive the money you need to replace the lost businesses and effect any repairs you need to carry out.

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