Fence Installation Contractor Insurance
Fence installation insurance is coverage also known in the industry as commercial general liability insurance for fence installation and repair. This business insurance policy is a commercial liability insurance product that provides protection in the event damages and losses are caused as by installation contractors on households and business premises.
General Liability Insurance Needs of Fence Installation Companies
Many homeowners and business owners throughout Ontario Canada want a wood or vinyl fence to be erected to border their lawn, garden or patio. At the same time home and business owners are becoming more savvy when looking for a fence erecting 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 Fence Installation General Liability Insurance?
Fence installation 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 fence that you erected or repaired in the past, the customer could easily sue you for damages. It is common for home owners to turn their back and sue installation contractors when they are not happy with any work on fence repair or erection. Contractors insurance is designed to protect fence repair and erection 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 fence erecting 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 fence erection 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 fence erection 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 fence installation contractor, business contracts, company size, ownership of stock, buildings, contents and tools.
When Should Fence Installers Get Contractors Insurance?
If you are working as a fence erecting contractor in the province of Ontario, you should get a comprehensive appliance installation and repair 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 a fence erecting contractor? I recommend that sooner is better than later. A contractor engages in a level of risk each and every time he or she erects or repairs a fence on a client's premises. Something can always go wrong when a fence is installed or damage can occur as a result of a repair. With that being said, one shouldn't wait to get fence installation liability insurance. Get it as soon as you can.
How Long Will it Take to Get Fence Erecting Contractors Insurance?
Before you’re able to get general liability insurance for your fene erection 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 fence erection and repair, 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 fence erecting 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 fence causes a problem at a later date, you may be deemed responsible. Fence erection and repair companies are always at risk of being sued by their clients and you’re no different.
The fence could eventually cause injury 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 fence erection/repair 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!