Cleaning Business Insurance in Washington

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Cleaning business insurance and bonding in Washington state

Learn about business insurance requirements and the most common policies for cleaning businesses in Washington.
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What are the most common policies for Washington cleaning businesses?

Cleaning companies may need different types of business liability insurance coverage depending on the work they do, client contracts, partnerships, and other factors. These policies offer the best coverage for cleaning professionals in Washington.

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General liability insurance

A general liability policy covers common cleaning risks, such as client property damage and bodily injuries. It's often the first insurance policy purchased by a cleaning business.

BEST FOR
  • Clients slipping on wet floors
  • Damage to customer property
  • Advertising injury lawsuits
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Workers’ compensation insurance

Almost every state requires workers' comp for cleaning businesses that have employees. It also protects sole proprietors from work injury costs that health insurance might deny.

BEST FOR
  • Employee medical bills
  • Disability benefits
  • Lawsuits over employee injuries
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Commercial auto insurance

Commercial auto insurance provides property and liability coverage in an accident involving your business vehicle. It also covers vehicle theft and vandalism.

BEST FOR
  • Car accidents
  • Weather damage
  • Vandalism and theft
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Business owner's policy

Small cleaning businesses are often eligible for a business owner's policy. A BOP bundles general liability and commercial property insurance at a discount.

BEST FOR
  • Client injuries
  • Accidents that damage a client's property
  • Damaged or destroyed cleaning equipment
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Commercial umbrella insurance

Commercial umbrella insurance boosts business insurance coverage for general liability insurance, commercial auto insurance, and employer's liability insurance.

BEST FOR
  • Multi-vehicle accidents
  • Employee injury lawsuits
  • Lawsuits over customer injuries
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Janitorial bonds

Janitorial bonds are a type of surety bond. They protect cleaning and janitorial businesses against employee dishonesty, such as theft of client property.

BEST FOR
  • Employee dishonesty
  • Theft of money from a client
  • Stolen property
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What insurance do you need for a cleaning business in Washington?

Depending on the specifics of your Washington business, you may be required to hold several different types of business insurance policies before you can take on clients or secure commercial cleaning contracts.

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MALE VOICEOVER: From house cleaners to commercial janitorial services, cleaning businesses face several risks daily. Having the right insurance will protect your cleaning company from accidents, equipment theft, and other financially devastating claims.

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So, which types of business insurance should a cleaning business carry?

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The most popular and often required policies include:

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General liability insurance, which protects against basic third party risks, such as a customer injury, or damage to their property.

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Workers' compensation insurance is usually required for businesses with employees, and protects against workplace illnesses or injuries.

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Commercial auto insurance covers vehicle theft, vandalism, and accidents involving your company's vehicle. Most states require this coverage for businesses that own vehicles.

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A business owner's policy, or BOP, bundles general liability and commercial property coverage together. It usually costs less than purchasing each of these policies separately.

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Janitorial bonds provide reimbursement to your client if an employee steals from them. These bonds are sometimes required in client contracts.

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Your unique business operations will likely determine what types of insurance you need and how much of a specific coverage you should carry. It's best to speak with your insurance agent to understand which policies can meet both your business needs and your budget.

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Get free insurance quotes for your cleaning business with Insureon today.

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Workers' compensation insurance

To meet state requirements in Washington, every small business with employees must provide workers’ compensation insurance purchased from the state fund. This policy covers medical costs and disability benefits when an employee is injured on the job or develops an occupational illness.

Sole proprietors may not need Washington workers' compensation coverage for their cleaning business license, but it's still a good idea to carry this insurance. Personal health insurance doesn't cover work-related injuries, so it can save you from out-of-pocket medical expenses.

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Commercial auto insurance

According to Washington state law, business vehicles must be covered by a commercial auto policy.

Commercial auto insurance protects vehicles owned by your cleaning services business. It covers property damage and medical bills in an accident, along with vehicle theft, weather damage, and vandalism.

Though it's not required, personal vehicles driven for work purposes should be covered by hired and non-owned auto insurance (HNOA), as personal auto policies usually exclude business use. It can be added to general liability insurance or a business owner's policy (BOP).

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General liability insurance

General liability coverage is the foundation of a cleaning professional's financial protection. This insurance covers legal costs related to accidents that damage a client's property or cause a bodily injury, along with libel and other advertising and personal injuries.

Cleaning businesses in Washington may be required to have a general liability policy depending on the counties they work in and the professional services they provide. They also might need it to sign a commercial lease or meet the terms of a client's contract.

Including commercial umbrella insurance can provide additional coverage on commercial general liability insurance and other policies.

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Janitorial bonds

A janitorial bond is a type of surety bond that protects your clients from financial loss, like employee theft. Unlike insurance, your bond carrier will expect reimbursement when it pays for a claim. Your clients might request your house cleaning business or janitorial company to secure this coverage.

Protect your cleaning business with the right coverage

How much is cleaning insurance for a small business in Washington state?

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Washington small business owners who buy cleaners' insurance policies from Insureon pay an average of:

General liability: $43 per month
Business owner's policy: $74 per month

Insurance companies look at several factors when calculating your cleaning business insurance costs, including:

  • Type of cleaning services offered (maid services, Airbnb, etc.)
  • Business equipment and property, such as vacuum cleaners, cleaning supplies, etc.
  • Annual business revenue
  • Where your business operates
  • How many employees you have
  • Policy limits, deductibles, and endorsements

When do you need a cleaning business license in Washington state?

In Washington, you'll need to apply for a state business license, as well as a Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number that allows you to do business within the state. You're able to get more information and apply for these requirements on the Washington State Department of Revenue website. Additionally, your local county or city might have their own unique requirements. For example:

If your business offers specialized services like carpet cleaning, you'll likely need to get additional licenses or permits, such as a dry cleaning or water discharge permit. Also, if your business provides janitorial services to commercial buildings, you may be required to carry extra permits or certifications.

Different than a janitorial bond, your cleaning business may be asked to carry license or permit bonds. These bonds assure local agencies and your clients that your business will complete a project in accordance with the law, building codes, and other regulations.

Looking at your municipality's requirements before starting your cleaning services business is a key step, as they'll be able to tell you which licenses, bonds, permits, and fees you need to acquire or pay.

How to get insurance for a cleaning business

Whether you're looking for cleaning liability insurance for self-employed professionals or a multi-person operation, you'll need to have some basic info about your business on hand to get free quotes. This includes your annual revenue, years of experience, 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 business insurance quotes and choose a policy
  3. Pay for your insurance policy and download a certificate of insurance

Insureon's licensed insurance agents work with top-rated U.S. providers to find the right types of coverage options for your business insurance needs, whether you work independently or have several employees working for you.

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