At this time of the year many people are likely to be contacting their insurance companies regarding damage caused to sheds, greenhouses and fences. Robert Hall explains how GardenSite can help with an insurance quote and claim.
I have been working in the garden industry for over 40 years and during that time we've had plenty of bad weather. As a result of heavy rain and strong winds, GardenSite and my garden centres receive a lot of calls (Tel: 0121 355 7701) from people, regarding damaged property.
Based on experience this is my guide on how customers should go about making a claim with their insurance companies.
Garden Storm Damage
Damaged garden items usually include:
- Greenhouse glass that has been blown out
- Blown over garden fences
- Wind damaged sheds and greenhouses
- Up-rooted and damaged trees, shrubs and plants
- Damage to garden buildings hit by tree debris
Insurers expect this to happen after a big weather event and should be able to deal with your claim fairly easily. The great storm of 1987 cost insurance companies £2bn and the floods of 2007 set them back more than £3bn.
Greenhouse Accessories and Spares
If you simply want to purchase replacement parts then GardenSite stocks a wide range of Greenhouse Spares including nuts, bolts, seals, clips and staging.
Are You Covered For Storm Damage?
Most household and business policies cover flood and storm damage up to a specified amount.
When Should You Contact Your Insurance Company?
You should contact your insurer as soon as is possible. Most operate a 24/7 helpline enabling you to tell them what has happened.
When Should I Get Repair Work Done?
Your insurer will usually advise you to go ahead straight away with repairs, especially if it means preventing further damage. However always check with your insurer first. It's always a good idea to take lots of photographs of the damage, as you may be asked to send these to your insurer, and remember to keep any receipts.
Who Will Assess the Damage?
If the damage is large scale or serious enough, the insurance company will send a loss adjuster. Once they have visited your property, they will provide a timetable for the repair work and tell you who will be doing it.
Who Can Give Me An Insurance Quote?
Our Garden Centre Greenhouse team can help you put together a FREE Insurance Quote for your insurer, which can be emailed to you or posted. You can call our store damage team 7 days a week (9am - 5pm) on 0121 355 7701 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to do it online, simply follow these easy 5 easy steps:
- Find a Greenhouse and/or Accessories on www.GardenSite.co.uk
- Add them to your Shopping Basket
- Click the “Insurance Claim Quote” button in the Shopping Basket (right hand side)
- Fill in your contact details
- You will be issued with a quotation reference and receive your quotation by email
Prevent Stormy Weather Damaging Your Greenhouse