How Fire Sprinklers Can Cool-Off Your mixed-use building Insurance and HOA Costs

How Fire Sprinklers Can Cool-off Your Apartment Building Insurance Costs

Nobody likes having to pay for insurance.

As a Property Manager, it’s doubtful that you feel differently. Sure, insurance will have your back in the event of an emergency, but when you don’t need it, you could be left with these concerns:

1) What if I’m overpaying on insurance?

2) What if my insurance doesn’t cover my liabilities?

3) For the price, what does my insurance cover?

These are valid questions, and if you’re asking yourself them, you’re not alone.

Fortunately, there are a couple of quick tricks to keep up your sleeves that will significantly reduce the cost of your Mixed Use Building and Multi-Family Residential Building insurance.

3 Key Ways Fire Sprinklers Can Cool Your Mixed Use Building Insurance and HOA Costs

These 3 fire sprinkler tips can save you serious money on your HOA, Mixed Use Building, and Multi-Family Residential Building insurance costs.

1) No Sprinkler System? Get One Installed

Insurance carriers are likely to look kindly on Mixed Use and Multi-Family Residential Buildings that have sprinkler systems, as their liability from fire damage will be lower. This, in turn, can translate into an insurance credit of up to 40%.

For HOA’s, insurance underwriting on discounts isn’t quite as clear-cut. If an insurance company’s risk is less significant, however, there’s a good chance that they’ll pass it onto you in the form of savings.

As a result, installing a sprinkler system in your complexes will be one investment you’ll certainly see a return on.

2) Test, Maintain and Record Your Fire Sprinkler System

Sure, having one installed is great, but what good is it if it doesn’t work? This is the question your carrier will be asking when pulling together your quote.

By regularly testing your fire safety system, you won’t just help your tenants feel safe, you’ll also lower your insurance premiums.

Schedule regular maintenance on your fire sprinklers to keep them functioning correctly and make a record of it, too. Why? Because, once again, if you can show carriers that you’re invested in reducing liability in the building you manage, they’re likely to reduce your insurance costs.

3) Installing Escape Signage and Make Sure Tenants Understand

As a Property Manager, one of your responsibilities is maintaining health and safety and keeping the chances of damage and injury as low as possible. Fortunately, doing so can also save you money. Consider the following:

New Signage

Show your insurance carrier that you mean fire safety business by installing signage to indicate escape routes and sprinkler systems.

Go Over Escape Routes and Documents With Tenants

“Nobody likes fire drills.”

While this may be true, their safety is of paramount importance. Make sure tenants know their exit points and keep a record of your conversation and information presented to present to carriers.

An Experienced Insurance Broker is Your Key to Reduced Costs

Sure, fire sprinklers help, but since insurance carriers can be picky, your best bet at getting a great deal is by using an experienced insurance broker.

With their ‘whole of market’ approach, they’ll be able to pinpoint the coverage that’s best for your requirements.

Looking for your next best insurance deal? Get in touch with us today. We’ll help you to source the product that meets your needs, no matter how varied.

“Legal Disclaimer. Views expressed here do not constitute legal advice. The information contained herein is for general guidance of matter only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. Discussion of insurance policy language is descriptive only. Every policy has different policy language. Coverage afforded under any insurance policy issued is subject to individual policy terms and conditions. Please refer to your policy for the actual language.”
Phill O'Kane
About the Author
Since 1946, family owned and operated O’Kane and Tegay Insurance Brokers have been there for the times in life that need to be covered, but you rarely think about. Our San Francisco based firm offers a wide range of insurance products and services, including personal automobile, homeowners, workers compensation, property, commercial automobile, general liability, and surety; with personal expertise in commercial insurance for multi-unit property owners, business commercial property & causality, and Construction. We’ll be there when you need us most, and that’s what set us apart from our competitors, doing the right thing the right way. Specialties Business Auto Insurance, Builders Risk Insurance, Renters Insurance, D & O Liability Insurance, General Liability Insurance, Business Liability Insurance, Bar Restaurant Insurance, Food Truck Insurance, Apartment & Lessor Risk, Workers Compensation and Umbrella Liability. Ready to talk? Feel free to connect with me here on LinkedIn, drop me a line at pokane@okaneins.com , visit me online at www.okaneinsurance.com or call me directly at (415) 242-8756.

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