When renovating or constructing a new building, among the voluminous line items of costs are related to insurance. Many owners or contractors utilize various insurance programs when it comes to a new project.
Under builders risk insurance, the provisions of the policy typically only account for property related coverages. This means that if you purchase only a builders risk policy for your project, and there happens to be a slip and fall type of incident; the possible resulting lawsuit would not be covered. You would also want to make sure to purchase an additional general liability policy for the project during the construction phase. There are times when the builders risk insurance company can provide liability coverage, but that would be an exception.
Because builders risk insurance is meant to be property coverage only, here you will find coverages sometimes seen in builders risk type policies:
- Theft of tools and smaller pieces of equipment by others (not party to the contract controlliing the project).
- Building Materials on site waiting to be installed
- The partially completed building would be covered for loss due to fire, wind, & lighting.
- Business Income and Loss of Rents or Receipts
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What types of Claims are Excluded?
It is imperative that you review your proposal or policy and double check exactly what coverages you have. If you are not sure, ask your insurance agent and they can tell you (your insurance agent should know the answers to your questions when it comes to Building Program Insurance. Below is an example of the types of claims usually NOT covered under Builders Risk, OCIP, CCIP, COC or Wrap Up Insurance. This is not meant to serve as an entire list of all the exclusions, just a glimpse of some of the items you may want to review. Check your policy or proposal for a full list of details, and ask your insurance agent at the same time.