Is your commercial property underinsured? 

22nd February 2022

Did you know that fewer than 1 in 10 commercial properties are insured for the right amount? 

When it comes to calculating your sums insured for the purpose of your home and contents insurance policy, you need to calculate a realistic estimate as to how much it would cost to replace or rebuild everything from the ground up.

Due to a strain on supply chains, the costs of goods and materials are in short supply and labour is much harder to source post-Brexit. This has pushed the cost up of construction significantly, which means that the amount to rebuild your commercial property may now be much higher than you think. Since September 2021 alone, the cost of building a 3-bedroom semi-detached house has soared by 14%.

How does underinsurance affect you?

For property owners and investors, insurance offers a crucial safety net, protecting property assets against unforeseen events. The purpose of this is to cover the cost of repairs or rebuilding work after an insured event like fire or flood. If there is a gap between how much your property is insured for and how much is will realistically cost to rebuild it, this could have a significant financial impact should you need to make a claim.

If you’ve underinsured by half, then any partial claims you want to make on your home or contents policy will be half as well, meaning you’ll have to make up the shortfall yourself. It’s worth getting your calculations right from the outset, so this doesn’t happen.

Avoiding underinsurance as a commercial property owner

We’ll work with you to accurately determine the true cost of rebuilding your property. Together with RebuildCostAssessment, we offer our clients an industry trusted desktop valuation led by a Chartered Surveyor (RICS) led team of professional assessors. The assessment is fast and accurate, giving you a full report offering advice on the cost to rebuild your property from scratch.