Builder’s risk insurance is a special type of property insurance that indemnifies against damage to buildings while they are under construction. Builder’s risk coverage protects a person’s or organization’s insurable interest in materials, fixtures and/or equipment being used in the construction or renovation of a building or structure should those items sustain physical loss or damage from a covered cause.
Common law states that any new construction or other improvement to land becomes property of the owner of the land – the title holder – once there has been an “improvement” to the owner’s site. Builder’s risk insurance indemnifies against some of these losses.
Builder’s risk insurance coverage should be purchased by the custom builder or general contractor and may also be purchased by the property owner. Builder’s risk coverage may be necessary to show proof of insurance to comply with local city, county, and Connecticut building codes and is often required as a condition to many contracts.
Buildings are subject to many different risks while under construction. They may catch fire or be damaged by high winds. Builder’s risk insurance typically does not cover perils such as earthquake, flood, or wind in beach zones unless the policy has been specifically set up to do so.
Coverage is typically during construction period only, and it is intended to terminate when the work has been completed and the property is ready for use or occupancy. If you are going to properly setup your policy, coverage should be effective prior to when the materials are delivered to the job site.
Builder’s risk insurance ends upon closing of the sale, occupancy, or the policy expiration date. After builder’s risk coverage expires, due to sale or occupancy, the new owner should take out permanent property insurance on the building such as a homeowner’s policy or a commercial property policy.
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