The cost of contractor's tools and equipment insurance depends on the type of equipment you wish to insure, among other factors. Small businesses pay about $14 per month for this insurance policy.
Insureon customers pay an average premium of $14 per month, or about $170 annually, for contractor's tools and equipment insurance.
Our figures are sourced from the median cost of policies purchased by Insureon customers. The median offers a better estimate of what your business is likely to pay because it excludes outlier high and low premiums.
Here are a few factors that your insurance provider will consider when determining your premium:
A contractor's tools and equipment policy covers newer items valued at $10,000 or less. It's designed for items that are stored offsite or that travel to job sites. Generally, the cost of your policy depends on the value of the items that you wish to insure.
Your coverage limit should match the value of the items you are insuring, to guarantee you don’t end up paying for property damage out of pocket. Mobile items valued at more than $10,000, such as bulldozers, excavators, backhoes, and other heavy equipment, will require inland marine insurance coverage.
Insurance companies will also look at your industry and profession when determining the cost of any type of commercial property insurance. Small businesses in professions with higher risks and more frequent property claims can expect to pay more for this coverage.
For example, cleaning businesses pay an average of $38 per month for contractor's tools and equipment coverage, as they may face a higher risk of damaged or stolen items at a client's premises. General contractors and construction businesses, on the other hand, pay an average of only $14 per month for this policy.
The graph below illustrates how your type of business can affect the premium.
When buying property insurance, you can choose to cover your property for its replacement cost or its actual cash value. Replacement value coverage costs more because it pays for the purchase of a brand-new replacement item. You can save money with actual cash value coverage, which instead covers the item's depreciated value.
A contractor's equipment policy that covers open perils will cost more than a policy that covers named perils. Open perils coverage protects against all losses, except those specifically excluded in the policy. Named perils coverage only protects against losses listed in the policy.
Typically, contractor’s equipment insurance covers fires, vandalism, theft, and hail damage. Exclusions may include earthquakes, floods, equipment breakdown, and vehicle damage, which can be covered by commercial auto insurance.
Insurance providers will assess how safe your items are when determining your premium. For example, office equipment stored at a secure offsite location will cost less to insure than employee tools stored at a construction project in an area of high crime.
Additionally, insurers may look at how often the items are moved, as well as safety features like sprinkler systems and burglar alarms.
It’s easy to save money on your contractor's tools and equipment policy without compromising on coverage.
Some strategies to keep costs down include:
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Insurance premiums vary based on the policies a business buys. See our small business insurance cost overview or explore costs for a specific policy.