What is Driveway Sealing Contractor Insurance?
If you are wondering what driveway sealer contractor insurance is- it can be simply described as commercial liability protection in case of lawsuits arising from bodily injury or property damage. This contractor insurance policy is a commercial liability insurance product that provides protection in the event damages or losses result from negligence or faulty installation within a residential or commercial premises.
What is the General Liability Insurance Needs of Driveway Sealing Contractors?
Many homeowners and business owners throughout Ontario Canada hire a driveway sealer to seal their residential driveway or commercial parking lot. At the same time home and business owners are becoming more savvy when looking for a driveway sealing contractor and may request proof of insurance or WSIB coverage before they sign a contract or let you on their premises. We receive numerous calls from contractors who are looking for insurance coverage because their clients are requiring proof of insurance before starting a job.
What is Driveway Sealing Contractor Insurance?
Driveway sealing contractors, just like painters, plumbers, electricians, masons, flooring contractors, renovation contractors, HVAC technicians, window installers, fence and deck contractors, roofing contractors, and concrete contractors are all contractors who enter onto a client's premises and are at risk of being sued. If the client is dissatisfied with your service or something goes wrong with the driveway that you sealed, the customer could easily sue you for damages. It is common for home owners to turn their back and sue driveway sealing contractors when they are not happy with any work done on their driveway. Contractors insurance is designed to protect driveway sealing businesses from damaging lawsuits relating to negligence or improper work. General liability could mean the difference between forced liquidation and remaining in business.
What are the Potential Costs?
Every driveway sealing contractor has an obligation to ensure he or she is getting the best price for commercial insurance. For some small-business owners, they avoid being properly covered because of reasons of yet another cost of doing business. Unfortunately, many contractors only choose to get insurance protection when a problem with one of their jobs arises. This is a common mistake that I want to insure I can make sure doesn't happen to you. I hope that I can put you at ease by letting you know that driveway sealer insurance doesn’t have to break the bank and it is my goal to have proof of commercial insurance in your hands within a few hours.
However, the premium for driveway sealing liability insurance policies can vary from contractor to contractor. Typically, our liability, tool, loss of income, equipment and installation floater package start at $725/year for $2 million in coverage. This packaged rate will assume that you are a contracting business that provides exclusive sub-trade type of contracting work and have gross annual receipts of less that $2,000,000 a year. Please keep in mind that your price will also depend on your history and experience as a contractor, business contracts, company size, ownership of stock, buildings, contents and tools.
When Should Driveway Sealing Contractors Get Insurance?
If you are working as a driveway sealer in the province of Ontario, you should get a comprehensive driveway sealing insurance policy that covers your tools, legal expenses, and liability for property damage and bodily injury coverage. I am asked, what is the most appropriate time to get covered as an driveway sealer contractor? I recommend that sooner is better than later. A contractor engages in a level of risk each and every time he or she seals a driveway or parking lot on a client’s home or business premises. Something can always go wrong when a driveway is being sealed or damage can occur as a result of a repair. With that being said, one shouldn't wait to get driveway sealing liability insurance. Get it as soon as you can.
How Long Will it Take to Get Driveway Sealing Contractors Insurance?
Before you’re able to get general liability insurance for your driveway sealing business, I will first need to qualify that you fit into our underwriting criteria. After you complete your request for a quote, I will call you to collect all of your experience in the field of driveway sealing, business insurance history as a contractor, installation floater details, contractor tools, WSIB information for any employees you may have, review liability limits and deductibles, review business interruption coverage needs, commercial locations that you rent/own, locations that you occasionally rent for our tenant's legal liability coverage and the need for liability for non-owned auto coverage. If your commercial coverage needs falls into one of our extensive contractor packages, I could have coverage bound for you in as quickly as 20 minutes.
The Risks You Face
As a driveway sealing contractor, you face a wealth of risks. You may feel that you provided ultimate service for your client but that doesn't meant that the client won't accuse you of negligence causing damages. If you unknowingly damage the clients property or the driveway causes a problem at a later date, you may be deemed responsible. Driveway sealing companies are always at risk of being sued by their clients and you’re no different.
Even though the sealing job may have been done perfectly, the driveway may eventually crack badly and their insurance company is looking to find probable cause elsewhere. Do not be surprised if your business is served in a lawsuit. It is best business practice to close the gaps in risk for your driveway sealing business. Don't delay. Click "get a quote" and provide some details about your business so I can reach out to you and ensure you are properly covered today!