Property Owners Insurance and Trees – You Adore Them Your Insurance Firm Hates Them

19 Nov

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Coverage for damage caused by trees and for the trees themselves is one particular of several confusing locations of a Home owners insurance policy.

Your neighbors’ tree falls and damages your garage, shed and fence.
Will insurance pay for the harm?
Whose insurance must pay?
What will they pay for?

A tree falls in your yard.
Will your insurance policy pay for it to be removed?
Will it pay for a new tree?

A tree limb breaks from wind or a lightning storm and is dangling more than your residence.
Will your insurance policy spend for it to be removed?
What if it really is hanging more than a neighbor’s property?

A tree falls on your automobile.
What policy will cover the harm to my automobile?
Is there coverage for the tree removal?

Initial, the fundamentals it does not matter whose tree it was. If there is harm to your house (from anyone’s tree) your insurance policy is the 1 to respond. If there is harm from your tree to a neighbor’s home, their insurance policy is involved. If there is harm to both properties (from anyone’s tree) each policies will be involved and each will deal with its own home only.

The only time a Home owners insurance policy should be involved with harm to somebody else’s property is if there is liability involved. That is if the tree was rotten or leaning and need to have been removed or trimmed prior to the harm occurring. Even then the damaged properties insurance policy will typically spend for their customer’s harm and then try to recover their income from the tree owners’ insurance organization.

Second, the important consideration for coverage is what is physically damaged. If a tree, or portion of a tree, falls and does not damage any real home there is no coverage. Genuine property is any building, structure or contents item it does not consist of land, landscaping or plants of any kind. A fence, shed, patio, driveway, swing set or bicycle would count as true home.

If a tree falls into your yard and does not lead to any harm to the residence or any other genuine home then there is no coverage to take away the tree or for any cleanup. Sorry!

If there is harm to anything such as a fence then the policy must cover repairs or replacement of the damaged item(s) and also restricted coverage for removal of the tree. To make this even a lot more confusing the tree removal coverage is divided in 2 phases.

Phase 1: Obtaining the tree removed off of the actual home is covered with no sub-limit. That is if a tree is on a storage shed then the 1st stage of tree removal is to remove it off the shed so repairs can be made. The only limit for this part of the removal is the coverage limit on this section of your policy in this case the Other Structures coverage.

If the repairs to the shed and the tree removal combined are higher than the coverage available then there is an extra coverage offered for debris removal. This is 5% in most circumstances, so if you have $10,000 coverage on Other Structures you can have up to $10,500 for the repairs and tree removal price.

Phase 2: The second stage of tree removal is getting rid of the tree debris off the premises. This portion is limited to $500 or $1,000, this limit can differ by insurance firm, policy kind and state involved.

Third, the tree itself is covered in specific restricted circumstances and for a limited quantity only. The tree is not covered for wind or hail harm but is covered for harm from fire, lightning, explosion, vandalism and vehicle damage (as extended as it was not a automobile driven by members of your family members). The limit is generally $500 per tree but can be a lot more on some policies and in some states.

Fourth, If a damaged tree is leaning toward your residence or dangling precipitously over your house what is covered? Assuming that portion of the tree has not damaged genuine home then there is NO coverage. Even if one more tree or portion of the exact same tree has triggered damage.

It is your responsibility to safeguard your property. The insurance policy only covers harm, NOT prospective harm. The same is accurate if a single of your trees is dangling over someone else’s home, no coverage for prospective harm.

If you ignore the scenario and the tree later falls and causes damage to the neighbor’s residence their insurance will cover their harm. They will then want to recover their funds from your insurance company, or you. This is named subrogation.

If the later harm occurs to your property your insurance firm could attempt to deny coverage simply because you did not shield the house.

The Home owners insurance policy covers sudden and accidental harm it is not a maintenance policy.

Lastly, harm to any automobile will only be covered on the auto policy (then only if you have Comprehensive coverage). The tree removal will not be covered by your Home owners policy unless other true house was damaged.

See our websites pointed out beneath for more data. You can send direct inquiries or read what other home owners have asked.

18 Responses to “Property Owners Insurance and Trees – You Adore Them Your Insurance Firm Hates Them”

  1. Chauncey December 29, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

    I’ve strong reason to think that people within my family possess a life insurance coverage policy on me.

  2. Lacy December 29, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    Basically create a will along with a life insurance coverage policy in Florida, would each of them be valid in Hawaii or would I have to update it? Sources?

  3. Shirley February 19, 2013 at 6:42 am #

    My friend’s father died recently. Twenty years ago, her father took out a small life insurance policy to pay for his funeral expenses. The beneficiary is my friend’s stepmother. The stepmother doesn’t even recall a life insurance policy. She wonders if he had cashed it out. How can my friend find out if a life insurance policy still exists? Those unclaimed fund sites don’t usually include life insurance policies, and the life insurance company may not know that a death has occurred.

  4. Raymond February 21, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    I always see on Forensic Files and other shows about murderers, they are able to purchase a life insurance policy for their spouse or relative without the person’s knowledge. Then they kill the person for the money. Why are they able to buy a life insurance policy without the person knowing about it? Wouldn’t that prevent some murders if there were better procedures put in place?
    The shows I am talking about are shows abotu real people and real murders. Forensic Files, Snapped, even dateline.

  5. Sunday March 17, 2013 at 2:33 am #

    Is there a way to find out if someone has taken out a life insurance policy on you, without your knowledge, much less permission? And if they have, is there a way to have that policy cancelled or any other legal reprocussions?

  6. Torri March 28, 2013 at 12:33 am #


    $1500 worth of dental services are rendered to the patient.

    The patient’s insurance policy pays at 80%, leaving the patient a co-pay of 20%, meaning the patient pays $300 to the dental provider.

    If there is a $200 deductible, is that paid to the dental provider or to the insurance company?

    If the deductible is to be paid to the provider, does the patient then pay a total of $500 to the provider?

  7. Olivia March 30, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    I currently have a $300,000 Adjustable Life Insurance policy and want to convert it to a $300,000 20 Year Term. Can I do this or will I have to surrender the policy and start a new policy? I checked my life policy and there is nothing mentioned about any type of conversion. Just curious about everyone’s thoughts.

  8. Dianne March 31, 2013 at 2:43 am #

    I need to show proof of my renters insurance policy. Will the renters insurance policy show my name and address that is covered similar to a home or auto insurance policy? They are actually asking for a home insurance policy for a job but would renters insurance policy be similar since I rent and don’t own?

  9. Berenice April 5, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    My aunt died recently, and she had a life insurance policy no one knew about, and my mom is the beneficiary. She wanted me to find out how much interest can be accumulated from a general policy. It was never updated, and it was just sitting there gaining interest since the 1960’s. The original amount was $500. Does anyone have an estimate of how much it could be worth now? My mom told me if i found out, and helped her, she would give me some money 🙂

  10. Ayako April 6, 2013 at 8:02 am #

    How do I know if I have gap insurance by looking at my insurance policy? I have Travelers, if that helps.

  11. Cleotilde May 9, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    I know my father had a life insurance policy, but we have been unable to find any documentation for it. How can I look it up without knowing his policy number or even the insurance company name?

  12. Damon May 16, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    My Dad told me he named me on a life insurance policy. He just died. Because of certain family dynamics, I may not ever receive information regarding this policy. Is there some way I can contact the major companies to find out if the policy is with them? What information might I need to give them? Can I do it on the phone or in writing? I just need to know which one and then I can provide them with the death cert etc.

  13. Tangela June 1, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    How long do i have after my home insurance policy renewal is sent to me and asking for payment for the new effective dates to cancel without penalty or fee?
    Homeowners policy in ny. I am shopping around for a new a policy and the policy coverage will renew tomorrow. Wanted to see how long I have until they cancel on me or I have until to notice them of new policy

  14. Tangela July 7, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    I need to know the minimum time that a health insurance policy can be bought for. I want to buy it for the least time since I am not sure if I would need it with my life and accident insurance plans.

  15. Modesto July 11, 2013 at 6:30 am #

    I would like to take a life insurance policy for my Father, and make myself the beneficiary. I have all of his information, but he lives out of state. What do I have to do to get one? Thanks in advance.

  16. Morton July 20, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    I am considering selling some of my annuity payments for a lump sum, but required to have life insurance policy as collateral. I currently have a policy which is more than needed to cover the amount needed, but dont know much about using as collateral. What types of policies are assignable? I know you can designate a beneficiary on the policy, but dont know if there is a certain type of policy needed for this purpose. Any info is greatly appreciated and thank you in advance.

  17. Jamison July 27, 2013 at 11:01 pm #

    I know someone who had a homeowners insurance policy that was cancelled because of a big dog that her friend gave her. Is that allowed?

  18. Carlos August 9, 2013 at 3:51 am #

    How can I tell the difference between a regular car insurance policy ,and a group insurance policy?

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