Do I Need to Insure My Vacant Land?

Despite all appearances to the contrary, vacant land can pose a huge liability risk. It all comes down to the possibility of an injury or other incident occurring on your property and the injured party looking for someone to foot their medical bills. And whether you’re actively using that parcel of land or not, because you own it, you’re the one who’s responsible.

You can protect yourself with a vacant land insurance policy. Even though it may seem strange to spend money on insurance for an empty lot, it’s a smart investment. Just consider how much a lawsuit could cost if someone takes a shortcut across your land, trips, and breaks their ankle. There are also risks like lightning, which could strike and start a fire that spreads to adjacent property that isn’t vacant, leaving you with liability for burning down a neighbor’s house.

A vacant land policy is basically liability insurance. Just as your homeowners policy can protect you if a guest is injured on your property, a vacant land policy will protect you if something happens on the lot that results in injury to a person or someone else’s property. However, vacant land insurance is not designed to protect damage to the land or any structures or property on the land.

Getting vacant land insurance can be as simple as expanding your current homeowners insurance policy. In fact, your current policy may already cover vacant land in the liability provisions, but you need to read your policy carefully and consult with an agent to verify that current inclusions will be enough to keep you financially safe.

If your current home insurance doesn’t include a provision for vacant land, and extending your existing policy isn’t the best option, you might want to consider an umbrella policy. An umbrella policy is designed to extend coverage for incidents and expenses that go above and beyond your current insurance.

For example, an umbrella policy would kick in to help with liability expenses from a car accident if you’ve reached your auto policy’s limit. Similarly, it can cover liability damages that occur on your vacant land. If you already have an umbrella policy, you might be able to add vacant land coverage for a fairly minimal cost.

To protect yourself from unwanted and expensive lawsuits, it is important to insure your vacant lot. Call an agent today so he/she can help you compare insurance policies and find the policy that gives you all the protection you need.