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What if a Tree Falls

Home Insurance, Tree falling into house, Huff InsuranceHome Insurance companies don’t insure land, they insure structures. Always remember that when thinking of calling your homeowner’s insurance company when you’re about to file a claim for a fallen tree.

Generally, trees are not covered for wind. So if wind causes a tree to fall in your yard, there would be no coverage to have the tree removed.

However, if a tree that was hit by lightning falls in your yard, you would have some coverage to have the tree removed.  Please check your specific Home Insurance policy for the applicable limits of coverage.

What if a tree falls on a structure (House, garage, fence, etc.)?

You would have coverage to rebuild and repair the part of the structure that was damaged, along with removal of the part of the tree that was on the structure.

If a tree were to fall over your driveway most insurance companies will pay to have the tree removed from the driveway. Again, that’s MOST; it’s not always the case, so refer to your policy or your insurance agent for your specific coverages.

What if a neighbor’s tree falls on my property?

If the tree was alive, it could be covered by your home insurance policy. It would also depend on whether it just falls in your yard or hits and damages a structure.

If the tree was dead, it should be covered by your neighbor’s home insurance policy under their liability because they were negligent to not remove the dead tree.

As you can see, when a tree falls, whether or not there is insurance coverage is not a real simple question.  Please contact your Trusted Choice Independent Insurance Agent with any questions regarding this coverage on your home insurance policy.

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