Construction sites are subject to various construction-related risks, accidents, damage etc that threatens the completion of project and exposes materials in use or in transit to grave risk. Builder’s risk insurance indemnifies the insured against any loss, theft, or damage to buildings, structures, equipments, and materials during the entire course of construction. Builder’s risk insurance provides coverage for new construction works, renovations, and remodelling works. Normally, it is taken by the owner of the building and contractor’s name can be added to it later.
Who Buys Builders Insurance?
Builder’s risk insurance is essential for those operating in construction industry. It provides financial protection against damages, theft, and losses to the new building or existing structure due to fire, vandalism, wind, lightning and other hazards. This insurance is generally taken by the owner of the building or project. Its scope can be extended further to cover contractors, sub-contractors, equipment owners, architects, engineers etc involved in the project. Builder’s risk insurance is beneficial for owners or contractors as many lenders, banks, financial institutions will finance the project only when this insurance is taken.
When to Buy Builders Risk Insurance?
Builder’s risk insurance covers the project during the entire course of its completion and ends automatically after completion. Often, builder’s risk insurance is purchased after a contract is signed without doing any detailed study of construction project. Issues pertaining to coverage can arise by purchasing such insurance without going into specifics. The builder’s risk insurance needs to be purchased from insurance company after meticulous study of the project as millions of dollars will be invested in the project. A detailed study of the project can ensure that the project owner gets right type and level of coverage. The insurance company needs to know the key information pertaining to size and scope of the project. Detailed information like number of stories to be built in the building, material to be used, type of roof to be used, and its location needs to be provided to help insurance company assess the level of risk associated with the project.
Information about the contractor who will be working on the project, number of years of experience the contractor company has in such projects, number of similar projects successfully executed etc needs to be provided to ensure all aspects of project get covered. The insurance company needs to be provided with scheduled start date of the project work and projected date of completion of each stage of the project to get more insight into the project. As the level of risk is higher during some phases of construction, informing this to insurance company can help it to formulate better insurance policy. Informing about security measures adopted like fencing, security guard at site can help reduce the premium. Thus, builder’s risk insurance should be bought after a detailed study into every aspect of construction project.
The insurance policy should be thoroughly scrutinized to ensure crucial aspects of construction project are covered and significant coverage is not excluded. Efficient coverage of any potential hazard to construction project ensures better recovery during loss period. This ensures that the project gets completed on time and all parties properly compensated.