Commercial Property Insurance for Your Business

Commercial property insurance is an important type of coverage if your business owns or leases a building. Regardless of the safety and security precautions put in place, unfortunate events can happen to businesses of all shapes and sizes, such as a fire. Commercial property insurance offers protection to not only the building itself, but the contents inside known as business personal property. Business personal property includes the equipment, computers, tools, and other miscellaneous items that your company owns that is not permanently attached to the building.

Commercial property insurance covers you against things like fires, lightning, damage from wind, and theft. There are optional endorsements available to extend coverage beyond what is covered by a standard policy.

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What is Commercial Property Insurance? 

Commercial property insurance is a specialized coverage designed to protect businesses against the financial ramifications of property damage, loss, or theft. Unlike residential policies, commercial property insurance encompasses a broader range of assets, including buildings, equipment, inventory, and more.

These assets are referred to as business personal property (BPP). If you were to turn your building upside down, the items that would fall out would be considered BPP. In other words, anything that is not permanently attached to the structure itself.

Key Components

There are multiple coverages offered with a commercial property insurance policy.

  1. Building Coverage: At the core of a commercial property policy is coverage for the physical structure of your business property. This includes the building itself, as well as any permanently attached fixtures such as lighting, plumbing, and built-in appliances. This covers damages to the building itself, such as a fire arising out of faulty wiring.
  2. Business Personal Property Coverage: This extends protection to the contents within your business premises, such as furniture, machinery, inventory, and other tangible assets. It ensures that in the event of a covered loss, you can recover the cost of replacing or repairing these items.
  3. Business Interruption Coverage: Business interruption coverage helps mitigate the financial impact of a temporary shutdown due to a covered event. It can assist in covering ongoing expenses like payroll and rent while your business is in the process of rebuilding or relocating.
  4. Loss of Use: This type of coverage helps cover the costs that are associated with the building being unusable due to a covered peril. An example of this would be a fire that damages the building to the point where the business cannot remain open. Loss of Use coverage will pay for the costs associated with a temporary location, moving, and additional expenses incurred during this time.
  5. Additional Coverages: Depending on your business's specific needs, commercial property insurance may offer additional coverages such as equipment breakdown coverage, crime insurance, and coverage for outdoor signs, to name a few.

What Determines My Premium?

Commercial property insurance premium rates are subject to fluctuations driven by a number of different factors. When determining these rates, insurance carriers look at different variables such as the type of coverage, property location, construction materials, and what kind of business are occupying the rest of the building.

Furthermore, insurers may consider the business's annual payroll or revenue. The industry in which the business operates, past claims history, and the effectiveness of security and safety measures in place also contribute significantly to the final premium calculation.


Commercial property insurance is a necessary coverage for any business that owns or rents a physical location. It not only protects the building itself, but all of the inventory and equipment that you need to conduct business. In addition, it can provide coverage and monetary support to keep your business afloat during times where your business may need to temporarily shut down.


Each business is different, therefore so are insurance coverage needs. If you are an established business and are unsure what kind of coverage you currently have, or if you are a new venture figuring out what kind of insurance you need, contact Narrows Insurance today to have one of our insurance professionals review your situation to design an insurance plan that works for you.


In wrapping up our look into commercial property insurance, it becomes clear that this essential coverage is more than just a protective measure—it's a strategic asset for businesses aiming for long-term resilience and success. By gaining a solid understanding of the core components and nuances of a commercial property policy, you're better equipped to make informed decisions that align seamlessly with your business's unique requirements. Always remember, investing in the right insurance coverage is a proactive step towards safeguarding your enterprise's future and ensuring its continued growth and prosperity.

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