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Insurance Question from Clermont, FL

Asked on 03/11/2013

I have (2) 10 acre plots that adjoin each other but are separate tax bills. I farm both. One has my house & barn on it. The other is vacant. I have (2) 10 acre plots that adjoin each other but are separate tax bills. I farm both. One has my house & barn on it. The other is vacant. My agent wants me to buy a homeowners policy for the house & barn & a separate commercial policy for the vacant 10 acres & farm machinery. Isn't there a policy that will cover all of this?

Answer given on March 27, 2013

If you have two properties and one is vacant, there is no charge for the vacant land, whether it is adjacent to your property or not. If the second property is farmed, that is not considered vacant property, but farm land.Some insurance companies can write a farmowner’s policy to cover your residence, farm buildings, equipment and liability for the farmland. It is possible that your insurance company does not offer coverage for farmland, and a separate commercial policy is needed for the separate farmland.Contact another insurance agent or two to see if they have access to a company that will write a farmowner’s policy. The coverage is similar to the homeowners policy for the home and contents, but extends liability to farmland as well as covering the farm equipment and any outbuildings. The cost is a little more than the homeowner policy since there is more exposure to loss.


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