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 Gordon Insurance 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.

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Peter Kelsch Investment Property Owner San Francisco
I first met Dave Gordon about 20 years ago (!) when I had a retail printing shop near his insurance office. He needed printing for his business and I needed insurance for my business, my home and my cars. I have been doing business with Dave and his company ever since, and I have never had any reason to even consider switching my insurance business to anyone else. Dave and his staff are knowledgeable about their business (and they do a great job of staying informed about their industry, which is constantly changing) and they are always super responsive to any of my inquiries and needs. Dave's company is one that I can always count on. Try them and I don't think you will be disappointed. Gordon Insurance delivers!
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Over the years, I have found David Gordon to be a professional who knows his business thoroughly and has been able to provide competitive insurance products for my commercial properties as well as my home and cars. In addition, Travelers Insurance came through to exceed my expectations of how an insurance company responds to claims after a substantial water damage claim at my home last year. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Gordon Insurance to my friends and family.
F. William Mainzer Business and property owner
As HOA President for Bay Ridge Condominiums, I can confirm that we have been a satisfied client of Gordon Associates Insurance Services since 10/12/2002. I have had the pleasure of working with most of the staff and have found them to be dependable, hard-working and dedicated to providing me with the service and products that suit our association's needs. I'm happy to recommend Gordon Insurance for your insurance needs and would be open to providing further information if requested.
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In addition, Travelers Insurance came through to exceed my expectations of how an insurance company responds to claims after a substantial water damage claim at my home last year. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Gordon Insurance to my friends and family.”
F. William Mainzer, Business and property owner
I first met Dave Gordon about 20 years ago (!) when I had a retail printing shop near his insurance office. He needed printing for his business and I needed insurance for my business, my home and my cars. I have been doing business with Dave and his company ever since, and I have never had any reason to even consider switching my insurance business to anyone else. Dave and his staff are knowledgeable about their business (and they do a great job of staying informed about their industry, which is constantly changing) and they are always super responsive to any of my inquiries and needs. Dave's company is one that I can always count on. Try them and I don't think you will be disappointed. Gordon Insurance delivers!
Carl Gosline, TigerType Print & Design
I just want to say I have heard very good things about and your ethics in business. I was probably in the worst phase of my life when dealing with my insurance items with you and didn't care about much at the time. I feel better now and just want to thank you and appreciate your support. I have known you for a long time as a friend and I do not like business transactions in the first place. Hearing what I hear from various people is so nice and I feel you need to know that you are very well respected out there.
Julie G
I started with Dave Gordon in 1985, and have never looked back. He and his staff have been on the ball, always getting back to me in a day. I have my retail store in San Francisco and an apartment house with him. Every month I get a flyer in the mail, telling me about the great service and low price offered by others, and when I have followed up, the price was always higher and the answers slow to get. When I wanted to raise the coverage for "code upgrade" on the apartment house, to $250K he switched me to another carrier that included $500K in coverage at a cost of $120. a year more. That is looking out for the Client. His outfit is the best.
Ed Regan, Business and Property Owner