Builders’ Risk Insurance

The builders’ risk insurance policy covers buildings during construction, renovation, or repair. Insurance is provided on the structure and materials used in construction. In most cases, materials are covered while in transit, at temporary storage locations, and while stored at the job site. The following are some of the issues to consider. Who … [Read more...]

Debris Removal

After a fire or other insured damage to your building, there will likely be debris that needs to be removed. Coverage is usually limited to 25 percent of the loss. The amounts paid for debris removal do not increase the total limit of coverage for the whole claim. It is, therefore, possible that you can run out of coverage. To help, insurers … [Read more...]

Bank Insurance Mistake – Inadequate Extra Expense Coverage

Undoubtedly your property insurance covers the repair of a bank building damaged by fire or windstorm. How about the increased cost of operations for the six to eight months it takes to get you back into the building? How will you pay for the rental of a temporary banking location or the cost of bringing in a mobile banking center? How about the … [Read more...]

Bank Insurance Mistake – Coinsurance Penalties in Your Property Insurance Policies

Work with your insurance agent to eliminate any coinsurance clauses from your property insurance. Coinsurance is a penalty inside many policies that can hurt you at the time of a loss. It’s a penalty assessed when your insurance company thinks you are underinsured. Ask your agent if you have coinsurance in any of your property insurance … [Read more...]

How Much Extra Expense Coverage Does A Bank Need?

Extra expense coverage pays the increased cost of getting your bank back to serving customers after a fire, windstorm, or other insured calamity that damages your building. It will pay to relocate employees, rent temporary quarters, and rent temporary bank modules. The challenge in extra expense coverage is setting the amount of … [Read more...]

Earthquake Damage Usually Not Covered

Most property insurance policies exclude damage to buildings and personal property by the peril of earthquake or volcanic eruption. Some policies add limited coverage back.  Even then coverage probably is restricted. For example, most contain the following exclusion, "We will not pay for loss of or damage to exterior masonry veneer (except … [Read more...]

Beware of Coinsurance

Coinsurance is a penalty provision found in most property insurance policies for underinsurance. It never helps you. It can only hurt at the time of a loss. Example – Underinsured Building With Coinsurance Property value: $1 million 80 percent coinsurance clause (requires the purchase of $800K of insurance) Amount of insurance: $750K Amount of … [Read more...]

ABA Insurance Services – Property, Liability, Auto, Workers’ Compensation, Umbrella Insurance For Banks

A bank's agent just sent me a quote for Property, Liability, Auto, Workers' Compensation, Umbrella, REO Property... I am very impressed.  The price is very good compared to other standard lines insurers and the coverages are great. Nice work ABA. I'll be sending more banks your way on these lines of insurance. Info Here … [Read more...]

Building Replacement Cost & Union Wages

As you think about the cost to rebuild your building, consider if your contractors would be union or nonunion workers. If union, inform your agent and insurer that the construction cost estimates you have used are at union wages. Ask that the policy recognize the increased cost that union wages require. This needs to be done before you have a … [Read more...]

What are “Special Perils”

Perils in a property insurance policy are causes of loss—fire, lightning, wind, or hail for instance. Policies that include coverage for “special perils” provide the broadest coverage— protection for any cause of loss not excluded by the policy. Common exclusions are earthquake, flood, nuclear events, damage by insects or animals, and mold. If … [Read more...]