Building Construction Insurance Explained

Coverage 101 – building construction insurance explained

Job site risks are everywhere. Lots can happen from the moment you dig for a foundation to the day you hand over keys to a newly build commercial property. This is why getting custom fit building construction insurance is so important. 

Here’s what it is. And how it works.

Building construction insurance is a type of property insurance specifically designed to cover property during the course of construction, including renovation and repair. Building construction coverage is typically is purchased by either the property owner or contractor.

Failure to disclose can exclude or void coverage.

This insurance product is essential if you are making major renovations or constructing a building in Canada.

It’s needed because most commercial property policies will exclude or null and void coverage if major renovations or construction are above a certain threshold and not fully/properly disclosed to the incumbent property insurance company.  

There are additional risks and responsibilities inherent in this type of work that a typical property policy is not designed or priced to cover.  

All parties that have property involved in the project should be named in the building construction insurance policy.

This may include the owner, contractor, subcontractors, the financial institution funding the project and, in some cases, the architects and engineers also.

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Here’s some things to consider about your building construction coverage 

When purchasing construction insurance, one of the issues often overlooked is the policy period.

What to know about the commencement of building construction insurance…

Construction insurance policies provide coverage for property in the course of construction, renovation or repair. But at what point does construction renovation or repair begin? 

  • Typically, contracts require that building construction insurance be provided for the duration of the contract period.
  • The lender may specify the inception date.
  • Be sure to review the building construction insurance policy provisions to determine whether there are restrictions on when coverage begins.

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What to know about the expiration of building construction insurance…

Determining when coverage terminates can be equally problematic. Construction insurance policies can contain provisions that terminate coverage prior to policy expiration.

The provisions typically state your construction insurance will end at the earliest of the following:

  • The policy expires or is cancelled
  • The property is accepted by the purchaser
  • Your interest in the property ceases

No matter how big or small your construction project is, your project may face a variety of risks and exposures. Some or all of the following construction site insurance products can help ensure that you are adequately protected:

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Careful planning is the foundation for any successful construction project. Getting custom-fit building construction insurance in Canada aligned with us can put your next job on a strong foundation.

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