2023 Commercial Property Insurance Outlook
The commercial property insurance market has been a tough one over the past several years. Unfortunately, 2023 won’t be any better. The property insurance market will certainly see increased rates in 2023, so it’s critical to start renewals well before deadlines. At least 90 days + prior to expiration.
Most seasoned industry brokers and underwriters agree that 2023 will likely be the firmest market they have ever experienced, despite most buyers feeling that they didn’t think things could get much worse after the last few years.
Almost all carriers have had less reinsurance capacity and options available to them to offset rate and retention increases, so without a doubt, buyers need to be prepared for carriers to pass the bulk of these costs onto them.
It’s more important now than ever to start property insurance renewals as far out as possible because it’s likely that renewal terms will continue to come down to the wire, despite everyone’s best efforts. As insurance programs see changes and increased costs, policyholders will need to see various deductible and limit options, and each option will take time to iron out with underwriters.
This post definitely has a pessimistic tune which is not how I like to sound. I’m simply passing along what I’ve seen in the market and what I have heard from industry leaders.
The positive in all of this is knowing that this is the state of the commercial property insurance market which we cannot control. What you can control is being prepared ahead of time for your policy renewals, so that you can secure the best possible terms for your organization.