What types of assets can builders’ risk coverage protect?
Builders’ risk can protect most assets kept at job sites. Contractors might insure their
- Heavy equipment
- Specialty equipment
- General equipment
- Power tools
- Hand tools
- Safety gear
- Custom supplies
- Common supplies
- Construction in progress.
When in-progress construction is insured, builders’ risk might help pay both labor costs and material costs associated with redoing work that’s damaged.
What kinds of job sites can builders’ risk coverage protect?
Builders’ risk coverage can protect assets on many different job sites. New residential developments, new commercial construction, major additions, major remodels, extensive hardscaping and extensive landscaping job sites all can typically qualify for coverage.
Finding coverage for one house or residential remodels is more difficult, but policies might still be available. An insurance agent who specializes in builders’ risk can check whether there are coverage options for smaller jobs.
What kinds of perils do builders’ risk policies extend coverage to?
Builders’ risk policies can cover many perils that might impact a job site. The exact perils covered by a policy are determined by that policy’s terms and conditions, and there are a couple of different ways terms can define what’s covered.
Named perils policies normally state explicitly what perils they cover. Basic form policies are named perils policies that have limited protections, usually extending to basic risks such as fire, lightning and wind (plus a few others). Broad form policies have more extensive lists, usually including non-flood water damage, falling objects (and others).
Open perils policies normally state explicitly what perils they don’t cover, usually covering any risks that aren’t noted in the exclusions. Exclusions often include risks such as earthquakes, war and other risks. Many open perils policies are called special form policies.