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What is Builder's Risk Insurance?

Existing buildings are exposed to a wide variety of threats—fire, flooding, and vandalism are just a few of the ways building structures can be harmed. However, buildings under construction aren't ready to face risks that completed buildings can withstand. There's also the chance of an accident during the construction phase, like materials being destroyed or installed incorrectly. A proper risk analysis from our Mid-America Specialty Markets agents can help reduce the number of threats a new construction faces, and our agents can help reveal additional threats that may need to be covered by additional policies.

Builder's risk insurance is a policy designed to mitigate the chance of loss and protect you in the event that damage is done to the building. This policy is most commonly purchased by landowners and those funding the project, although some contractors purchase it in order to have more control over how each job is insured.

This policy is mainly designed for new construction, rather than changes and improvements to existing buildings. That form of construction is usually covered by property insurance and does not need any additional coverage, although it's best to talk with an agent before starting any particularly large project just to be absolutely sure it's covered.

What Does Builder's Risk Insurance Cover? What Does It Not Cover?

Builder's Risk Insurance generally covers the owner, the lending institution, the contractor(s) performing the work, and other related parties. In addition to providing coverage for damage to the building itself, most plans also cover temporary constructs (like scaffolding), materials, and equipment being used (whether it's currently on-site or off-site). The majority of policies are written on an all-perils basis, which means that reimbursements are available for any losses except those specifically excluded.

Common exclusions from this coverage include (but are not limited to):

  • The value of the land itself
  • Employee theft
  • Damages beyond the estimated value of the construction
  • Any losses brought by law or ordinance changes
  • Damage from earthquakes
  • Losses from war, nuclear hazards, or actions by civil authority

As you can see, most of the exclusions are not likely to occur during the course of a normal construction project. The value of the land is the only one likely to change as new work is done, and you will likely need to account for any improvements or losses the next time your company prepares taxes.

Builder's Risk Insurance Policy Lengths

Most policies last until the building is no longer under construction. The exact point at which this occurs can vary—it may be when certain parts of the structure are done (but finishing work, like painting, has not been completed), up to the day it opens for business, or when the contract with the construction company ends. If you're worried about interim risks—like the building being damaged between when construction finishes and when it opens for business—talk to one of our agents and ask about extending your coverage.

 

1. "Threat/Vulnerability Assessments and Risk Analysis." WBDG. Accessed April 20, 2016. https://www.wbdg.org/resources/riskanalysis.php.

2. "Who Should Buy Builder’s Risk Insurance?" BuildingAdvisor. Accessed April 20, 2016. http://buildingadvisor.com/who-should-buy-builders-risk-insurance/.

3. "How Do I Account for Land improvements?" Questions & Answers - AccountingTools. Accessed April 20, 2016. http://www.accountingtools.com/questions-and-answers/how-do-i-account-for-land-improvements.html.

Our Locations

MASM / Columbia

2800 Forum Blvd, STE 4B
Columbia, MO 65203
Main office: 573-447-4990

*MASM / O'Fallon

1656 Bryan Rd
O'Fallon, MO 63368
Main office: 636-978-3696
Toll free: 888-978-3696

MASM / Springfield

330 W Plainview Rd, STE F
Springfield, MO 65810
Main office: 417-865-1558

MASM / Clever

6809 State Highway 14 W, Ste F
Clever, MO 65631
Main office: 417-743-2288
Toll free: 888-978-3696

MASM / Joplin

1401 E 7th St, Ste B
Joplin, MO 64801
Main office: 417-553-0692

MASM / Lamar

128 W 10th St
Lamar, MO 64759
Main office: 417-682-3131

MASM / Neosho

613 W Coler St
Neosho, MO 64850
Main office: 417-451-9177

MASM / Nixa

204 Village Center St. Suite 7
Nixa, MO 65714
Main office: 417-595-4430

MASM / Seneca

908 Washington Ave
Seneca, MO 64865
Main office: 417-776-5433

MASM / Shawnee, KS

6208 Richards Dr
Shawnee, KS 66216
Main office: 913-322-3388

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