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Mastering Tradesmen Insurance Policy Renewals

Rhino Trade Insurance 29 March 2024

Picture this: You're a house painter up a ladder, painting the exterior of a house when suddenly, bam! A gust of wind sends your paint tin flying, leaving an unwanted masterpiece on the driveway. You breathe a sigh of relief - you’re insured. But are you?

Being insured is like having a protective umbrella in that unexpected paintstorm. But your insurance needs regular checking to make sure it’s still fit for purpose and you’re not sheltering under an umbrella full of holes. 

So, grab a cuppa, kick back, and let's dive into the art of nailing your insurance policy renewals!

Understanding the Basics

It’s not just house painters - every single self-employed tradesperson needs insurance

And renewals are part of the process. They’re like the annual check-up for your business's insurance health. It's a chance to review, revise, and ensure your coverage still fits like a glove. 

Why Renew?

By renewing your policy, you're making sure that your protection is still valid and able to cover the risks you face in your work. Underinsurance is a real problem that many tradespeople face, and this includes lapsed policies as well as insufficient cover limits.

Without the right insurance coverage, you could find yourself facing hefty legal bills or, worse, having to close up shop. Renewing your policy is your way of saying, "I've got this," even when the unexpected comes knocking.

The Small Print

Now, let's tackle the elephant in the room - the small print. We get it; reading through pages of jargon is about as thrilling as watching paint dry. However, understanding the nitty-gritty details of your policy is crucial to ensuring you're adequately covered.

Start by reviewing the key elements: liability coverage, tools coverage, and any additional endorsements you may have. Make sure your policy aligns with the nature and scope of your work. It's like ensuring your spanner fits the nut - precision matters.

Don't hesitate to reach out to us for clarification on terms that make your head spin. It's our job to make sure you understand the ins and outs of your policy. Remember, the devil is in the details, and we want to ensure that you understand everything in your cover.

Assess Your Coverage Needs

As a seasoned tradesperson, you know that no two projects are alike. The same goes for insurance coverage. Your needs evolve with each job, and your policy should reflect that.

Take a moment to assess your coverage needs. Have you taken on larger projects? Do you have more employees? Have you invested in new, high-tech tools? These factors can impact your coverage requirements.

If you feel like your trade business has outgrown your current policy, it’s time to consider contacting one of Rhino's expert staff members to tailor your cover. Having your coverage customised further ensures you're not paying for protection you don't need while guaranteeing you're covered in all the right places.

Understanding Your Premiums

Let's talk money - the cold, hard cash you're shelling out for your insurance policy. Premiums are the regular payments you make to keep your policy active. With Rhino, they can be paid monthly on an interest-free basis or annually. On top, every policy we do comes with a flat £500 excess as long as your claim isn't as a result of the use of heat. 

Remember, the cheapest policy isn't always the best. It's about finding the sweet spot between affordability and comprehensive coverage. Fortunately for Rhino Trade Insurance members, our prices are some of the best on the market, and we work extremely hard to keep costs low and money in your pocket! Get a quote now

Your Claim History

Everyone loves a good track record, and your insurance is exactly the same. Your claim history is like your insurance report card - a clean slate can work wonders for keeping your premiums in check. On the flip side, a history of frequent claims can send your rates soaring faster than a drone on a construction site.

Before you renew, review your claim history. If you've managed to keep it clean, pat yourself on the back. If not, consider implementing safety measures, risk assessments, and best practices to minimise future claims. Find out all about claims history here

Review Your Business Growth

As a tradesperson, your trade business is likely a labour of love. Over time, you've watched it grow, evolve, and become a force to be reckoned with. But here's the million-pound question - does your insurance policy reflect that growth?

Take a moment to reflect on how far your business has come since your last policy renewal. Have you expanded your team? Taken on larger clients? Upgraded your tools and equipment? These are all signs that your insurance needs may have outgrown your current policy.

Don't let your insurance lag behind your business expansion. Use your renewal process as an opportunity to reassess your coverage with us and ensure it aligns with the current scale and scope of your operations.

Stay Informed about Industry Changes

The only constant in life is change, and the same goes for the insurance industry. Regulations, market trends, and coverage options are in a constant state of flux. Staying informed about these changes is crucial to ensuring your policy remains up-to-date and effective - we try to help as much as we can with our blog, but it's worth staying in the loop.

Make it a habit to keep an eye on industry news, attend trade conferences, and engage with fellow tradespeople. The more you know, the better equipped you'll be to make informed decisions about your insurance coverage.


Let Rhino Advise You Properly 

Navigating the world of insurance can be like navigating a labyrinth - confusing, full of twists and turns, and a bit overwhelming. If the jargon, fine print, and endless options are making your head spin, don't hesitate to seek professional advice through our five-star team.

Take the time to review your policy, and get in touch with Rhino Trade Insurance to tailor your coverage to suit the unique needs of your trade business. Don't be afraid to ask questions; that's what we are here for - to make insurance easy and accessible. 


With the right approach, insurance policy renewal can be a breeze, allowing you to focus on what you do best - mastering your trade and conquering the world, one project at a time. Find your next policy quote or call us today for all the info you need - 0116 243 7904

About The Author Phil McCormick

Experienced in brand marketing and content. Most of that lovely communication you see online will be from Phil. social media, emails, videos, how to make a bacon sarny? You get the gist!

Trade most identified with: Electrician - It’s our Phil’s job to map out all our communications and make sure the signal works! Also, he’s one of the cockiest blighters in the team so electrician fits perfectly!

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