Janitorial Insurance

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Why do janitorial businesses need insurance?

Janitorial business insurance helps cover expenses if a client slips on a wet floor, or a janitor drops a valuable item. It's a must-have in a profession where employees work in homes and offices, and handle client property.

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What types of business insurance do janitors need?

These insurance policies cover common risks faced by janitorial businesses and commercial cleaning companies.

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General liability insurance

This liability insurance policy provides financial protection against basic risks, such as client injuries or property damage during cleaning. Add lost key coverage for more complete protection.

  • Slip-and-fall injuries
  • Accidental property damage
  • Advertising injuries, such as slander and libel
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Workers’ compensation insurance

Most states require workers' comp when you hire your first employee. It also protects sole proprietors from work-related medical costs that health insurance might deny.

  • Employee medical expenses
  • Disability benefits
  • Lawsuits over employee injuries
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Commercial auto insurance

This type of insurance covers injuries and property damage in an accident involving a janitorial company's vehicle. It also covers vehicle theft, vandalism, and weather damage.

  • Physical damage and collision coverage
  • Medical bills from a vehicle accident
  • Theft and repairs due to vandalism or weather
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Business owner's policy

A business owner's policy (BOP) is a cost-effective way for a small business to purchase general liability insurance and commercial property insurance together.

  • Third-party bodily injury
  • Damaged client property
  • Damaged cleaning equipment
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Commercial umbrella insurance

Commercial umbrella insurance boosts the policy limits on a janitorial business's general liability, commercial auto, and employer's liability insurance.

  • Customer injury lawsuits
  • Legal bills from auto accidents
  • Legal expenses from employee injuries
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Janitorial bonds

Janitorial bonds are a type of surety bond that protect your clients from financial loss. They provide reimbursement if a janitor steals money or property from a client.

  • Theft of money
  • Stolen property
  • Fulfillment of client contracts
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How much does insurance cost for janitorial services?

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A janitorial business with a few workers will pay less for insurance than a large company with a dozen janitors.

Other factors that affect janitorial insurance costs include:

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How do I get janitorial services insurance?

It’s easy to get insurance coverage for house cleaning, carpet cleaning, and janitorial businesses if you have your business information on hand. Our insurance application will ask for basic facts about your business, such as revenue and number of employees. You can buy a policy online and get a certificate of insurance with Insureon in three easy steps:

  1. Complete a free online application.
  2. Compare insurance quotes and choose policies.
  3. Pay for your policies and download your proof of insurance.

Insureon's licensed agents work with top-rated U.S. insurers to find coverage that fits your janitorial business, whether you work independently or hire employees.

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Do I need a bond for my janitorial service company?

A janitorial bond protects your clients from dishonest employees, such as a janitorial worker who steals client property or those who complete an illegal funds transfer.

While most state laws don't require cleaning companies to purchase janitorial bonds, there are several reasons why you may carry one for your business:

  • Get licensed. Some states may require one to get a cleaning business license. And, cities and counties sometimes have additional licensing laws and requirements, which could include a bond.
  • Sign a contract. Clients might ask your company to carry a bond before they'll allow your employees on their premises. This is especially true for government entities and larger clients that might employ your business.
  • Attract new clients. Customers typically choose to work with a bonded and insured company over one that doesn't carry this protection. It shows clients your business is reliable and guarantees reimbursement in the event of theft.

It's important to note you may also see this kind of bond referred to as a surety bond or a fidelity bond.

Is my janitorial business required to carry commercial car insurance?

If your janitorial services business operates in any state outside of New Hampshire and Virginia, you'll need commercial auto insurance for all business-owned vehicles. Should you or your employees use a company vehicle for work, a private auto insurance policy likely won’t cover work-related accidents.

A commercial auto insurance policy offers liability protection for you and your employees should an incident occur while driving a company vehicle. It'll provide coverage for property damage or personal injuries caused by your business vehicle, as well as your legal expenses. Plus, it'll pay for any medical expenses for yourself or an employee in a work vehicle accident.

Additionally, you'll need hired and non-owned auto (HNOA) insurance if you're an independent janitorial contractor that uses a personal, leased, or rented vehicles for work. This is because your personal or commercial auto insurance policies won’t cover accidents that happen in personal, leased, or rented vehicles during business activities.

What other types of custodial service insurance do I need?

Outside of commercial general liability coverage and workers' compensation insurance, small business owners may need additional types of insurance to fully protect their businesses from all risks and liabilities.

Some key janitorial services insurance policies to consider are:

While it might seem cost-effective to only carry cleaning liability insurance by the hour, in the long run it could cost your business greatly. Maintaining continuous, year-long janitor insurance coverage can save your business from financially devastating lawsuits.

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