Whenever starting a construction project, builders risk insurance in one of the most essential protections you can establish. However, it is also one of the most misunderstood forms of coverage, given the unique design of coverage terms to meet a specific projects needs. However, if it is properly constructed, it can be more of the most powerful tools in a risk management strategy.
Also known as course of construction insurance, the coverage plan will have an effective date that is arranged by the insured but an expiration date for when construction is completed. The property must be ready for use in order for the policy to be terminated. During the course of the project, this coverage would protect from losses that could be incurred from hail, lightning, fire, explosions, vandalism, theft, or hurricanes. Depending on the location of the project, earthquakes, wind, and flood may or may not be included as well. Standard exclusions typically list normal wear and tear and acts that involve employee theft or faulty planning, executing, and design.
Anyone with a financial interest in the construction project, whether owner, lender, contractor or subcontractors, may wish to have this additional coverage added to the contract or to a standard BOP policy. Lenders may require it, should the project be financed. Having the wrong kind of coverage is just as damaging as not having coverage at all. Guard your exposures through a builder’s risk plan.