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Insuring Your Business’s Property? Consider a Replacement Cost Analysis

If their property happens to be destroyed or damaged, businesses must take on a replacement cost to replace essential assets at the same or equal value. The asset to be replaced could be a building, investment securities, accounts receivable or liens. Replacing an asset can be an expensive decision, and companies analyze the net present value (NPV) of the future cash inflows and outflows to make purchasing decisions. Once an asset is purchased, the company determines a useful life for the asset and depreciates the asset’s cost over the useful life. This process can be very overwhelming for businesses. Fortunately, a replacement cost analysis can help your business to determine what your replacement cost is and how you can cover it. Understanding Replacement Costs As part of the process of determining what asset is in need of replacement and what the value of the asset is, companies use the process of NPV. To make a decision about an expensive asset purchase, companies first decide on a discount rate, which is an assumption about a minimum rate of return on any company investment. Then cash outflow for the purchase and cash inflows based on the increased productivity of using a new and more productive asset are considered. The cash inflows and outflows are adjusted to present value using the discount rate, and if the net total of all present values is a positive amount, the company makes the purchase. The replacement cost adapts to market value fluctuations of the particular asset and any other costs required to prepare the asset for use.  When insuring a business property, it’s critical that you determine accurate and up-to-date values that reflect the cost to repair or replace an asset in the event of a loss, such as fire or a natural disaster, that applies to the physical property and the contents inside your business. It’s important to have an insurance program that accurately reflects the values of your property with a Replacement Cost Analysis, which we offer as part of our business insurance products. Special Considerations When calculating the replacement cost of an asset, your business will account for depreciation costs and capitalizes an asset purchase by posting the cost of a new asset to an asset account. The asset account is depreciated over the asset’s useful life and will match revenue earned by using…
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Aging Utility Lines Linked to NYC Apartment Building Fires

An unexpected explosion rocked New York’s East Village Thursday afternoon, sparking a 5 alarm blaze. According to reports, a total of 19 individuals were injured, including five emergency responders, and at least two others remain missing. Luckily, reports indicate that none of the injuries thus far have been life threatening. The blaze reportedly started after an explosion occurred which officials believe was the result of work being preformed on gas line inside a NYC apartment building. The fire quickly spread to three neighboring apartment buildings causing the further evacuation of other buildings in the surrounding area. In total, 11 buildings were evacuated, 3 structures collapsed and a fourth suffered significant damages. Recent events occurred just over a year after a similar explosion and fire broke out in East Harlem, killing 8 individuals. The recent catastrophes have raises serious concerns about the safety and security of New York City’s utilities and infrastructure. In 2014, the NYC Center for an Urban Future released a report detailing the state of New York City’s aging infrastructure. According to the report, both of New York City’s major utility providers are using outdated and aging lines that are upwards of 50 and 60 years old. By the numbers, sixty percent of Consolidated Edison’s gas mains and 48 percent of National Grid’s lines are reportedly made of leak-prone materials, totaling some 3,321 miles of potentially leaky gas lines running throughout the city. Gas lines and pipes made of unprotected steel or cast iron are still widely prevalent in older cities such as NYC, and are cause large scale catastrophes, property damage and even loss of lives. Consolidated Edison reportedly aims to replace approximately 30 miles of their outdated pipes each year, however these adjustments are expensive, costing between $2.2 and $8 million per mile, and time consuming. For NYC commercial and residential real estate owners, utility infrastructure and failure has become a serious property loss and liability concern. The threat of a gas line exploding without warning, a water main leaking and causing flooding, or electrical wiring malfunctions resulting in fire are very real. As such, it is vital that NYC commercial property owners secure complete property and liability insurance to protect their assets. At A.J. Benet Insurance, we offer property and liability coverages along with workers compensation and management liability insurance for your business operations. Our…
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