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Here are two types of business insurance available to carpet cleaners:
Each type of policy covers different scenarios, but all insurance offers the benefit that:
We know that decoding insurance policies and laws can be daunting, so we do our best to keep it simple. There are two types of insurance you may need — general liability and workers compensation. While we always recommend business insurance, it’s often required by state law, too. Here’s what you need to know about liability insurance for cleaning services.
If you’re looking for a jack-of-all-trades, catch-all kind of insurance policy, then look no further than general liability insurance. This insurance typically covers bodily injury, property damage, and third-party (e.g., customer or vendor) accidents. You also may be able to add Contractors Tools and Equipment coverage to your plan, which could offset the cost if your carpet cleaning equipment is stolen.
Do you have $30,000 sitting around to pay for customer injury or a damage claim? That’s how much the average claim that general liability insurance would cover. Without insurance, a one-time accident could potentially bankrupt a small business.
Need some perspective on when business insurance could protect you? Imagine you’re cleaning a customer’s carpet when your (once trusted) machine’s fluid reservoir explodes. All of that liquid leaks through the carpet and onto the wood floor underneath, causing damage. It would be an unfortunate mistake, but one that your customer could possibly sue you for.
If you have GL insurance in this scenario, your policy could cover damages and legal fees if your customer sues you. Without insurance, you’d need a big piggy bank to recover your costs.
To recap, here’s what general liability insurance usually can cover:
Bodily injury to another person Third-party property damage Personal and advertising injury Medical expenses And more
Now check out what general liability insurance usually doesn’t cover:
Having a team of cleaners means you can help more customers in less time. It also means that you will likely need to carry workers compensation insurance. This type of policy, also called workers comp, covers medical bills, lost wages, and legal costs associated with an employee who gets sick or hurt on the job.
Each state has its own insurance laws, and you can review workers comp requirements for your state here.
Across all businesses, the average cost of workers comp claims is $40,051. While employee injuries will hopefully be few and far between, the price of a single accident is enough to make workers compensation insurance worth it.
Generally, workers compensation insurance for cleaning service companies can cover:
What’s better for maintaining flooring — routine, preventive maintenance, or waiting until it’s way past dirty to try to clean it? Just as preservation is preferable in cleaning services, looking after your business before you need it is imperative.
Nobody plans to have an accident, yet 43% of small business owners have reported being threatened with or involved in a civil lawsuit. The average costs companies are exposed to without insurance include:
These costs mean that without business insurance, you could be put in a tight spot if something goes wrong. Understandably, many business owners are curious about insurance costs. Here’s something you’ll be happy to hear — you don’t need to overpay for a one-size-fits-all policy. General liability insurance with Simply Business is personalized for your unique situation, so you can find a plan that matches your needs, whether you're new to the scene or a carpet cleaning veteran.
While liability insurance can protect you on the tough days, it's also there for you in good times. Having a certificate of insurance (COI), which will be provided to you upon your purchase of a policy, can help you rent a space for your business or earn the trust of vendors and customers.
You don’t want to spend all day getting business insurance, but you may be overwhelmed with choices right now. Only you can decide for your cleaning business, but we’re here to give you a simple, custom policy.
Simply Business is an online insurance brokerage that offers policies to protect every hour you’ve invested, and will continue to invest in your company. We’re also one of the fastest-growing online providers of small business insurance, with thousands of customers trusting us to protect their work.
So why choose Simply Business? It’s, well, simple:
We’re fast and affordable. We value your time, so we aim to get you covered in minutes.
We’re flexible with coverage. We’re here to help, whether it’s day 1 or 1,000 of your business.
We get your business. Forget one-size-fits-all insurance. Get protection that’s tailored to your cleaning company.
Patience and perseverance have gotten you where you are today. Now let us help you protect your tomorrow.
This content is intended to be used for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide legal, tax, accounting, investment, or any other form of professional advice.
*Harborway Insurance policies are underwritten by Spinnaker Insurance Company and reinsured by Munich Re, an A+ (Superior) rated reinsurance carrier by A.M. Best. Harborway Insurance is a trade name of Simply Business, Inc., which is a licensed insurance producer in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.