Isn’t snow great? Especially when we have to get up an hour earlier to shovel the sidewalk or plow the driveway. Then, it’s something we have to deal with. And part of what we have to deal with, whether you know it or not, is insurance.
Do you need insurance for your snow blower, or your snow plow? Like so many questions of insurance, the answer is, “it depends.”
It depends on whether your snow blower or plow is used in business or strictly personal. For personal use only, insurance is a non-issue. If you use your snow blower just to clear your own driveway, you do not need additional coverage. Even if you clear your neighbor’s sidewalk, that’s no problem. If you happen do ding their mailbox or bump into their house, your homeowners policy will extend to cover that. The same goes with snow plows. If you’re being a good neighbor and plowing out the driveway across the street, your auto policy will cover the damage.
The situation, however, changes dramatically as soon as money enters the picture. When you accept payment for your snow clearing services, you open yourself to a whole range of liabilities. Insurance is definitely an issue in this case. You need to purchase a contractors liability policy. Even if you’re just doing neighborhood driveways for $30 each and you have your customers sign a liability waiver, insurance is highly advisable.
Not all waivers are enforceable to bar a person from seeking restitution for perceived damages. Also, whether or not you’re in the right, court costs and lawyer fees can accrue.
Play it safe. If snow removal turns into a business, make insurance one of the first things you consider. If you need to talk insurance for snow equipment or anything else, make sure to call you Independent Insurance Agent. We’re always glad to walk you through any coverage issues and to make sure your policies offer all the protection you need.