How your insurance company will deal with damage caused by a fallen tree.
Homeowners insurance policies will provide coverage for damage that is caused to your house during a strong windstorm. However, do you know if your home insurance policy will also provide coverage if that windstorm causes a tree to fall on your house? Keep these tree damage and homeowners insurance considerations in mind to ensure that you have the right amount of protection.
If a tree falls on your house, or any other structure on your house, your homeowners insurance policy will kick in and provide coverage. Your home insurance policy will provide coverage for any personal belongings that were damaged as well as the structures, up to the limits of your policy.
If a neighbor’s tree falls on your house during a storm, filing an insurance claim can be a little more confusing. If the tree was healthy and well cared for, your own home insurance policy will take care of the damage. However, if you are able to prove that the tree as dead or diseased, your insurance company will most likely try to collect a payout from your neighbor’s homeowners policy through subrogation. If your insurer is successful and able to get a payout from the other company, you will be reimbursed for your deductible.
When it comes to the clean-up of the tree, most homeowners insurance policies will only provide coverage for debris removal if the debris is what actually caused the damage. If the tree fell on your property and did not cause any damage, you will be left paying for the clean-up on your own.