What Does Builder’s Risk Insurance Cover
Understanding what builder’s risk insurance covers is important before undertaking a construction project with any significant amount of money invested into it. There are various risks involved in this type of work, some of which cannot be foreseen at all. Having adequate insurance means that you won’t be out of a large sum of money in the event that something goes wrong.
What does builder’s risk insurance cover?
Builder’s risk insurance is intended to cover most types of property damage that can impact a construction project which aren’t caused directly by the builders themselves.
- environmental damage
- weather damage
Some builder’s risk insurance policies may vary in their exact coverage. It’s important to take a deeper look at the contract before going for a specific policy. It’s possible that a better deal might be available, depending on what exactly you’re looking to cover and what types of risks are involved in the project.
This should not be confused with public liability insurance, which covers damage done by your construction workers to surrounding properties. Both are important, but they are two separate policies. It’s also important to note that public liability insurance is something builders themselves are responsible for, which is not the case with builder’s risk insurance.
There’s also a difference in duration. Builder’s risk insurance is taken out for specific projects, unlike public liability insurance which is an ongoing insurance policy taken out by construction workers and contractors.
Who should get builder’s risk insurance?
Builder’s risk insurance does not necessarily need to be taken out by the contracting company. It can also be taken by the property owner, the architect involved in the project, as well as anyone else with a financial interest in the project.
This can include lenders and subcontractors as well. It’s not a problem if multiple builder’s risk insurance policies are present for a single project. The important thing is that there is at least one and that it has extensive enough coverage to address anything that could come up in the course of the construction work.