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Fence Damage? Here's What You Need to Know About Home Insurance Coverage

Fence Damage Fence Damage

Jun 05, 2024

Homeowners Insurance

A sturdy fence adds beauty, privacy, and security to your property. But what happens when your once-proud fence falls victim to a storm, vandalism, or even a rogue baseball? Does your homeowners insurance policy have your back? This blog explores home insurance coverage for fence damage, empowering you to make informed decisions.

Does Homeowners Insurance Always Cover Fences and Walls?

While most homeowners policies offer some coverage for detached structures like fences, it's not always a guarantee. Most policies include "other structures coverage," typically extending to detached structures like garages, sheds, and fences. However, this coverage has limitations and might not encompass all types of damage.

How Does Home Insurance Cover Fences That Have Been Damaged?

If your fence falls under "other structures coverage" in your policy, coverage typically applies to damage caused by:

  • Covered perils: These are events explicitly listed in your policy, often including wind, hail, lightning, fire, theft, and vandalism.

  • Accidental damage: This might include a neighbor accidentally backing into your fence or a tree branch falling and causing damage.

When Won't Homeowners Insurance Cover Damaged Fences?

Here are some situations where your homeowners insurance might not cover fence damage:

  • Normal wear and tear: Fences, like all outdoor structures, deteriorate over time. Home insurance is not designed to cover gradual wear and tear.

  • Lack of maintenance: Your claim might be denied if your fence suffers damage due to neglect or poor maintenance (e.g., rotten wood).

  • Intentional damage: If you deliberately damage your fence, your insurance won't cover the repairs.

How Much Fence Damage Does Home Insurance Cover?

The amount of coverage for fence repair or replacement depends on your policy limits and deductibles. Here's what to consider:

  • Coverage Limits: This is the maximum amount your insurance company will pay for a covered loss (fence repair/replacement).

  • Deductible: This is the amount you pay out of pocket before your insurance kicks in.

Choosing coverage limits and deductibles that reflect the value of your fence and your risk tolerance is important.

Will Homeowners Insurance Replace My Damaged Fence?

Whether your fence gets repaired or replaced depends on the extent of the damage and your policy coverage. Generally, your insurance company will cover the repair costs if the damage is repairable. However, if the damage is severe and the fence is beyond repair, your insurance might cover replacement costs up to your policy limits for "other structures coverage."

How to File a Home Insurance Claim for a Damaged Fence?

If your fence is damaged, here's what to do:

  1. Document the damage: Take photos and videos of the damage from various angles.

  2. Contact your insurance company: Inform them about the damage and initiate the claim process.

  3. File a claim: Fill out the claim form and provide all requested documentation (photos, police reports, etc.)

  4. Work with your adjuster: An insurance adjuster will be assigned to assess the damage and determine the claim amount.

Ensure Your Home Is Adequately Protected with Little & Sons Insurance Services

At Little & Sons Insurance Services, we understand the complexities of homeowners insurance and are committed to providing clarity and guidance. Don't wait until disaster strikes to understand your coverage! Contact us today to ensure your home and its valuable features, like your fence, are adequately protected. Call us at 1-844-954-885 for a free consultation.

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