What is Builders Risk Insurance?

What is Builders Risk Insurance
Builders Risk Insurance

Builders Risk Insurance is a specialized type of property insurance that helps protect buildings and structures under construction, as well as equipment and materials used on the job. If you are a builder or commercial property owner, you could face a high loss if something goes wrong with the construction or renovation and you don’t have Builders’Risk.

This insurance may also be required by a mortgage agreement or by your contractor before you even start construction work.

Having Builders Risk insurance is essential when starting a new project, but building a policy can seem complex and is often overlooked. However, it is crucial to understand how it works and what the possible coverages are so that you can guarantee your Builders’ Risk and the safety of your construction.

Who needs Builders Risk Insurance coverage?

Any person or company with a financial interest in the construction project needs Builders Risk Insurance. Some people you may want to include in your policy as policyholders include:

  • building owners
  • Contractors or subcontractors.
  • Architects or engineers involved with the project
  • subcontractors
  • creditors

When multiple parties participate in a construction project together, the general contractor usually purchases the policy and acts as the primary policyholder. The building owner and subcontractors will be listed as additional policyholders. However, depending on what the building contract says, the building owner may have to purchase the policy on their own.

What risks are covered by Builders’ Risk?

Builders’ Risk protects works, whether a construction from scratch or a renovation, against damage caused by:

  • Fire
  • Lightning
  • Hail
  • explosions
  • Theft
  • Vandalism
  • Acts of God such as hurricanes and earthquakes

What assets are covered by Builders’ Risk insurance?

The Builders’ Risk policy helps protect your projects from the property damage listed above and can also help with small additional costs or expenses not directly related to construction.

As each building is unique, each policy is unique. You customize yours to meet the particular needs of each project including additional coverage.

Builder’s insurance may cover coverage for the following goods and properties:

  • Buildings and structures under construction, including temporary structures, fences, siding and scaffolding
  • Repairs of damaged equipment as long as it is listed on the policy
  • materials and supplies
  • Signs, trees and plants
  • Valuable papers (such as floor plans) and electronic data
  • Job
  • Costs for ordinances and laws, or the increased cost of repair or reconstruction due to changing building codes and laws at the time of loss
  • Removal and disposal of debris in case of loss
  • Cleaning of pollutants

Builders’ Risk policies can also cover the following costs that result from construction delays:

  • Additional interest on loans
  • Loss of sales revenue
  • real estate taxes
  • rental income

What does Builders’ Risk not cover?

Not everything is covered by the Builders’ Risk policy. Earthquake, flood, wind or coastal areas are generally excluded from standard coverage, however, you do find extra coverage for almost all risks.

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We can still cite other common exclusions:

  • acts of terrorism
  • Guerra
  • Damage due to bad design
  • Employee theft
  • mechanical breakdowns
  • rust and corrosion
  • natural wear
  • Planning
  • Labor and materials
  • engineers

Always check a policy’s exclusions before purchasing it. It is important to be aware of the costs you will pay if the worst happens.

Builder policies also exclude damage that occurs after the completion of a work. Once the construction is complete, the penthouse is closed. At this point, you can get similar coverage by purchasing the following insurance:

  • Building & Personal Property, to keep the structure and its contents protected in case of fire, theft, hail or other accidents.
  • Inland Marine, to cover materials and products while in transit.

Your construction company may still need other insurance, such as:

How much does a Builders’ Risk policy cost?

The first factor that should be considered is your construction budget. That is, the total value of the completed building (excluding land value) plus material costs and labor costs.

The costs vary along with the variation of the value of its construction. Also, because it’s taken one by one, your policy may still need some additional coverage to help protect your construction project.

Generally, the cost of your builder’s risk insurance depends on:

  • project cost
  • Location
  • project schedule
  • Construction site square footage
  • Knowledge and experience of contractors and subcontractors
  • Amount of coverage chosen
  • Quality of materials used in construction
  • Project logistics, such as where building materials are stored

It’s a good idea to choose coverage limits that are equal to the estimated construction costs. So if your construction project has a high cost, it could result in a higher insurance rate.

Exact coverage and policy limitations vary between insurers. So make sure you shop around for coverage and price.

Depending on what your policy covers and what additional coverage you buy, you should also estimate the costs of construction delays. This can help you determine appropriate coverage limits. But the best way to find out the cost of insurance is to contact an insurance agent or broker to get a quote.

Builders’ Risk House Flippers

Builders’ Risk House Flippers


Flipping is a term used to describe the purchase of a home for resale, with the intention of making a profit. In other words, a house flipper is someone who decides to invest time and money in the purchase, rehabilitation and sale of properties as a business.

If you have already entered the business or are starting to consider the possibility, include in your financial planning the costs with Builders Risk insurance, you need to protect your assets if you want to make a profit, not collect losses.

Builders’ Risk tends to be the most affordable option when you’re starting out with a lower-priced home that needs major repairs. Otherwise, if it’s just cosmetic restorations, like new paint and installing furniture and appliances, you’ll likely only need an empty home protection policy.

Find the ideal policy for you

Follow the step-by-step guide to get the Builders’ Risk policy that’s right for you:

1. Find an experienced broker

As we said at the beginning, this is a complicated policy to put together. It is important to know all the coverages and exclusions, however having an experienced broker at your disposal can make all the difference. With each new project you will need different coverage and your trusted broker can help you choose the right amount of coverage and find the best value for money on the market.

2. Consider all your exposures

Make a list of all risk exposures on your work at different stages of the project, including those at the construction site, in transit, or in a temporary storage location. You can choose broad protection for all types of property in all locations, or you can restrict your coverage to specific properties and risks. Whichever level you choose, review your policy before closing the deal to ensure you have covered all possibilities.

3. Know the policy expiration dates

The term of the policy generally begins on the date all contracts are signed, but certain policy provisions may restrict when coverage begins for your project. So make sure you understand what triggers the start of coverage.

4. Know when coverage ends

As this is a temporary policy, your coverage will likely end after your project is complete. Your policy will state the specific terms and conditions. The policy ceases to be valid when:

  • Expires or is canceled
  • construction is busy
  • Or is the building put to its intended use

5. Read your policy

As we’ve said before, don’t sign any contract without reading it. Review your policy and all of its coverage. Ask any questions about coverage conditions and exclusions.

Look for any security breaches and if you find them, ask your broker for alternatives so that your entire work is insured.


We hope that the article has clarified your doubts and that, at least, it has awakened in you the awareness that you will be much more relaxed if your work is protected. 


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