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When a client sues your business because the flooring you installed scuffs and scars easily, General Liability insurance can help. General Liability insurance will pay for third-party lawsuits about personal injury, property damage, installation problems and other related covered risks.
Surety Bonds complete a contract between three parties: principal, surety, and obligee. They financially guarantee that the principal will fulfill the pre-determined set of obligations to the obligee. The surety or the insurance company will provide the financial guarantee on behalf of the principal.
Flooring contractors are often legally required to carry Workers' Compensation to cover their employees. The coverage will pay for the medical expenses and lost wages when an employee gets sick or injured on the job. In return, the employees are not allowed to sue for negligence when those events occur.
Professional Liability is a special type of coverage that protects flooring contractors against claims that the professional service provided caused financial harm to the client. If the client claims your mistakes to perform the proper service caused this loss the insurance will cover the cost of defending your business.
Insurance will provide financial protection to flooring contractors against many known and unknown risks. It will protect you from paying medical expenses when an employee is involved in an accident, costly lawsuit and legal action that could eventually force your business into bankruptcy if you pay out of pocket. The insurance will pay the covered expenses until it has reached the coverage limits. All it takes is just a small monthly fee to protect your business.
The business you’ve worked to build can instantly crumble when you face risks without insurance. Here are some risks flooring contractors can face:
These could cause tremendous profit loss if you don’t have the proper insurance to pay for losses.
Without proper insurance, a single lawsuit could bankrupt your business. So how much does insurance cost? Usually, insurance companies will ask for various criteria like services offered, the number of employees and others to define the cost of your insurance. Without taking those into account, here are some rough estimates on what businesses usually pay:
Most flooring contractors tend to be hired by either homeowners looking to upgrade their home with new tile, hardwood floors, carpet, or vinyl, or by a general contractor. Many general contractors tend to focus on the bigger projects like drywall and framing and they may leave the installation of flooring up to flooring contractors. As a flooring contractor, you will enter into agreements with these general contractors in which they will require certain insurance policies to be carried by you. One of these is often Workers’ Compensation insurance, which is still true even if you have no employees.
If you do have employees, chances are that your state is going to require that you have Workers’ Compensation so that your employees will be supported if they sustain a work-related injury or illness. Even if you operate in a state that does not require you to have it, you are better off with Workers’ Comp insurance just in case something happens that you are not prepared for. Being able to provide your employees with lost wages and medical expenses if they are injured on the job can make or break your business, which very much includes your wallet. Investing in Workers’ Compensation insurance upfront will ensure that you are on your way to the best possible financial position for your business.
Flooring contractors have many insurance policies with many different coverages. Depending on the size of your business, you might have a Businessowner’s policy which will have a ton of bells and whistles built in. Or, you may have to build a Commercial Package policy with whatever coverage add-ons you require to run your business smoothly. Either way, it is recommended that you have Commercial Property coverage. If you have an office where customers come in to discuss jobs, a home office, or just a storage warehouse to keep your tools and materials, you will certainly want to insure this property.
In addition to covering your business personal property, you should also have some other coverages under the Commercial Property coverage blanket. This includes:
Business Income: If your office or storage location is damaged by a covered peril, this coverage will provide the funds to find a temporary storage area or to keep key employees while you can get back up and running again.
Equipment Floater: As a flooring installer, you likely have special tools and equipment that you need to get the job done properly and efficiently. If they are damaged, lost, or stolen, an equipment floater policy will provide the coverage you need to replace them quickly so that there is little to no interruption to your work.
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